USC Women's Volleyball Wins Seventh In a Row on 3-1 Victory Over California
BERKELEY, Calif. – The USC women's volleyball team (16-4, 8-1 Pac-12) won its seventh consecutive match with a four-set victory (25-15, 25-27, 25-20, 25-19) over California (7-12, 0-9) at Haas Pavilion on Friday, Oct. 21. The Trojans have won 11 of their last 12 matches and extend on the program's longest win streak since 2016.
- Sr. OPP Emilia Weske set new career highs with 20 kills and a .586 hitting percentage (3e, 29att). She also added six digs and served one of the Trojans' five aces.
- Sr. OH Skylar Fields posted 19 kills (1e, 37att) to hit .486 and logged her seventh double-double of the season with 12 digs. Fields also put up a block and scored on a service ace for 20.5 points.
- So. setter Mia Tuaniga dished out a career-best 62 assists and added four kills, one block, and one ace.
- Gr. MB Kalyah Williams had 11 kills (1e, 20att) with .500 hitting and added three blocks (one solo) and four digs.
- Fr. OH Jordan Wilson tallied 15 kills (5e, 32att, .312) to go with three blocks (one solo) and two digs.
- For the Golden Bears, Leah Schmidt led with 15 kills. Lydia Grote had 11 and Peyton Dejardin had 10. Tara DeSa led all players with 14 digs and had two of Cal's 10 service aces.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Trojans posted a season-high 70 assists on their 74 kills and logged a season-best .459 hitting percentage in the win. USC hit no worse than .357 in any individual set and scored a season-high 85.0 points.
- USC led by nine several times before closing out a 10-point win, 25-15, to open the match. The Trojans racked up 16 kills on just 26 swings for a .538 hitting percentage. Weske led the team with four in the opening frame.
- Set two saw 14 ties and five lead changes before the Bears knotted the match with a 27-25 win. USC collected 20 more kills and hit .357 to outpace Cal's attack, which finished with 13 kills and a .270 rate. The Bears' seven aces in the second set did the Trojans in despite seven kills from Fields and six from Weske.
- In a tight third, the Bears stayed within no less than four points of the Trojans until USC closed out a 25-20 win. The Women of Troy stayed hot and added 18 more kills with just one error on 39 swings for a .436 hitting rate. Wilson racked up six of her kills in the third. Williams had five and Fields added four more.
- The Trojans created an eight-point lead at 18-10 and staved off a late Bear comeback to sew up the victory with a 25-19 win. Weske flew in for eight kills on eight attacks and Fields had five more as USC hit .571 in the final frame with 20 kills (4e) on 28 swings. Cal had nine kills (1e) on 19 attacks for a .421 hitting rate.
- The Trojans wrap up the front half of the Pac-12 schedule at No. 7 Stanford (13-4, 8-1 Pac-12) on Sunday (Oct. 23) at Maples Pavilion in Stanford, Calif. The match will be streamed live on the Pac-12 Insider platform with a 1 p.m. PT start.
- USC improved to 66-12 all-time against California and to 30-7 as the visiting team. The Trojans also extended their streak against the Golden Bears to 13 in a row.
- The Trojans' seven-match win streak is the longest this season and their longest under head coach Brad Keller. It is the program's longest streak since USC won eight in a row (Sept. 2-16, 2016) under Mick Haley.
- Four Women of Troy reached double-digit kills against the Bears (Weske, Fields, Wilson, and Williams). It was the second time this season that USC has had four double-digit kills performances in the same match (at Creighton, Sept. 2).
- USC has won 11 of its last 12 contests with only a single five-set loss.
- All eight of USC's Pac-12 victories this season have been in four-set contests.
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