USC Women's Volleyball Sweeps Spartans to Claim Challenge Crown
LOS ANGELES – The USC women's volleyball team (8-3) captured the Trojan Challenge title with a 3-0 sweep (25-21, 25-15, 25-21) of San José State (6-4) at Galen Center on Sunday, Sept. 18. Skylar Fields was chosen as the tournament's Most Outstanding Player and was joined on the all-tournament team by Emilia Weske and Gala Trubint.
- Sr. OH Skylar Fields led all players with 16 kills (2e) on 36 swings for a .389 hitting percentage to go with two blocks.
- So. setter Mia Tuaniga put up 38 assists as the Trojans hit .359 (43k, 10e, 92att) and finished with eight digs, two blocks, two kills, and a service ace.
- Fr. LIB Gala Trubint recorded her 11th straight double-digit match and finished with a match-high 14 digs with an ace.
- Sr. OPP Emilia Weske scored 10 kills (3e, 17att) and hit .412 to go with four blocks (one solo) and one service ace.
- Fr. OH Jordan Wilson added seven kills (2e, 20att, .250) with one service ace.
- Gr. MB Kalyah Williams had two service aces with three blocks and finished with four kills.
- Fr. MB Rylie McGinest got her first-career collegiate start and had four kills (0e) on five swings to hit .800 and tied for match-high honors with four blocks.
- For the Spartans, Blaire Fleming led with 10 kills (2e, 18att, .444). Amethyst Harper had six kills to go with four digs and three service aces. Haylee Nelson put up four kills and seven digs. Fleming and Nelson were each named to the all-tournament team.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- USC outpaced SJSU, 57.0 to 39.0, in points. The Trojans also hit .359 to the Spartans' .129 and had a 39-31 edge in digs.
- The Trojans committed just one hitting error in the opening set and came away with a 25-21 win behind five kills from Weske, three from Fields, and four blocks as a team. USC raced out to an 8-2 lead, but San José State stayed the course and caught the Trojans at 12-all before taking a 20-16 lead. The Women of Troy finished the set on a 9-1 run which included a service error to give the Spartans their only respite down the stretch.
- Wilson had the hot hand in the second set and racked up five of her kills to lead USC to a 25-15 win on a .483 hitting performance. Fields added four kills and Weske and Trubint each served aces. The Trojans led, 8-2, like they did in the first set, but this time pushed to get a 10-point lead at 17-7 and then held off the Spartans to finish off the 10-point win.
- The score was tied 18 times in the third set and the lead changed hands six times before USC wrapped up the sweep with a 25-21 win. Fields was unstoppable in the third as she collected nine kills while hitting .389. Tuaniga put up 14 assists and Trubint had six of her digs. Tied at 19-all, USC surged ahead to close on a 6-2 run.
- The Trojans open Pac-12 play on the road and will face crosstown rival UCLA (6-3) at Pauley Pavilion on Thursday (Sept. 22) at 7 p.m. on the Pac-12 Networks. USC is 61-57 all-time against the Bruins.
- USC improved to 9-1 all-time against San José State and has won the last six meetings.
- The Trojans improved to 6-0 in home matches this season with an 18-0 record in sets. It is also USC's seventh straight home victory dating back to last season's final home match (a five-set win over UCLA on Nov. 26, 2021).
- The Women of Troy improved to 185-52 in all-time matches played at Galen Center.
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.