USC Women's Volleyball Brings Home 3-1 Win Over UCLA
LOS ANGELES – The USC women's volleyball team (9-3, 1-0 Pac-12) collected a four-set win (25-22, 25-21, 27-29, 25-21) over crosstown rival UCLA (6-4, 0-1) at Pauley Pavilion on Thursday, Sept. 22, to open conference play and extended its winning streak to four matches.
- Sr. OH Skylar Fields led all players with 24 kills (5e) and hit .322 on a career-high 59 attacks. Fields finished with 27.0 points with five blocks (one solo) and also tallied five digs.
- So. setter Mia Tuaniga put up 50 assists to set the Trojans to a .313 hitting percentage (62k, 16e, 147att) and added nine digs, three blocks (one solo), two kills, and one service ace.
- Fr. LIB Gala Trubint recorded her 12th straight double-digit match and put up a career-best 20 digs with six assists.
- Sr. OPP Emilia Weske had 14 kills (2e, 31att) and hit .387 to go with 11 digs for her second double-double of the season (fourth career). She added two blocks and a service to finish with a season-high 18.0 points.
- Fr. OH Jordan Wilson racked up 12 kills (3e, 26att) while hitting .346 and put up a pair of digs.
- Gr. MB Kalyah Williams had eight kills and led all players with seven blocks.
- Gr. DS Kelli Barry returned to Pauley Pavilion where she played three seasons and totaled four digs and one assist.
- Sr. DS Keila Barra got the start and finished the night with eight digs.
- For the Bruins, Anna Dodson led with 13 kills (3e, 26att, .385) while Iman Ndiaye had 12 (6e, 33att, .182). Mackenzie Cole led all players with 24 digs and Matti McKissock had 41 assists and seven digs.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- USC had 62 kills to UCLA's 52 and out-hit the Bruins, .313 to .182. The Trojans also had a better night on net defense and finished with a 10-6 edge in blocks. UCLA had more digs (65-59) and more service aces (6-2).
- The teams went back and forth to open the match, but the Trojans pulled away to grab their largest lead at 18-13. Fields came up with eight kills on just 14 swings to lead USC to a 25-22 win despite a late push by UCLA.
- UCLA turned the tables in the second set and led by as many as four points on several occasions including at 18-14, but USC had the next five points to wrestle the lead away. Weske and Wilson had five kills apiece and Fields added four more to power the Women of Troy to a 25-21 win for a 2-0 lead in the match.
- The Trojans seized early control in the third and led by three at the media timeout, 15-12. USC appeared to have sealed the sweep with a kill at 25-23, but a challenge review reversed the point to make it 24-all. 18 kills including six from Fields was not enough to overcome the Bruins, who prevented the sweep with a 29-27 win in the third.
- USC opened the fourth on a 5-0 run and led by six at 17-11. UCLA came as close as two points at 23-21, but the Trojans held on to sew up the win with a 25-21 victory in the fourth frame. Fields added six more kills and Trubint had four digs.
- The Trojans host Washington State (8-4, 0-1 Pac-12) at Galen Center on Saturday (Sept. 24) for a 2 p.m. match-up. USC-WSU will be shown live on a USC live stream.
- USC improved to 62-57 all-time against UCLA and to 25-25 as the road team in the all-time series.
- The Trojans go to 34-13 in all-time conference openers, which now includes a 14-8 mark as the road team in openers and a 4-2 record against UCLA on the road to open league play.
- USC's four-match win streak matches its longest of the season and equals the longest under head coach Brad Keller.
- By winning the first two sets, the Women of Troy extended to a season-long 11-set win streak before dropping the third.
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