USC Women's Volleyball Falls to No. 15 Utah
LOS ANGELES – The USC women's volleyball team (6-8, 2-3 Pac-12) fell to 15th-ranked Utah (11-3, 4-1) in three sets (25-22, 25-23, 25-23) at Galen Center on Friday, Oct. 8.
- Gr. OH Brooke Botkin led the Trojans with 13 kills and had five digs and three blocks (one solo).
- Gr. MB Candice Denny scored 10 kills on a career-best .769 hitting percentage (0e, 13att) and added two solo blocks.
- Jr. OPP Emilia Weske had 10 kills, two digs, and a service ace.
- For Utah, Dani Drews led with 17 kills (6e, 45att, .244) to go with 13 digs and two blocks. Madelyn Robinson had 12 kills on 26 swings without an error to hit .462 with 13 digs.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Despite a strong .314 hitting percentage (15k, 4e, 35att) by the Trojans in the opening frame, Utah collected 20 kills (3e, 37att) and hit .459 to claim a tightly contested first set, 25-22. USC trailed by as many as four points several times but closed to within one at 21-20 with five kills apiece from Botkin and Weske.
- The score was tied 12 times in the second set and the Trojans came within a point of the Utes at 22-23 and 23-24, but Utah had the last word in a 25-23 win for a 2-0 lead in the match.
- USC fought through the third set and used a 5-0 run to claim a 23-21 lead over the Utes, but Utah put the clamps down and replied with a 4-0 run of its own to get another 25-23 win to complete the sweep. The Trojans had 17 kills in the final frame with six from Botkin alone.
- USC is back in action on Sunday (Oct. 10) against No. 24 Colorado (11-3, 2-3 Pac-12) at 1 p.m. PT. The match is Dads and Daughters Day at Galen Center with a special limited ticket promotion available at USCTrojans.com/promos.
- USC fell to 18-9 all-time against Utah and has lost six straight to the Utes since 2018.
- The Women of Troy fell to 173-48 all-time (.783) at Galen Center and to 6-5 against the Utes in home matches.
For more information on the USC women's volleyball team and a complete schedule and results, please visit USCTrojans.com/WVB. Fans of the Women of Troy can follow @USCWomensVolley on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.