Nov. 4, 2011
LOS ANGELES - The Washington State volleyball team lost at No. 4 Southern California in set scores of 25-21, 25-8, 25-16 Friday night at the Galen Center. The Pac-12 Conference -leading Women of Troy advanced to a 19-4 overall record, 14-2 in league play as WSU fell to 12-13 and 4-11.
Two-time All-American senior outside hitter Alex Jupiter led USC with 11 kills and was the only player in the match with double-figure kills. Lauren Williams landed nine kills in nine attacks with a 1.000 hitting percentage. Williams and Katie Fuller led the match with three blocks each. Kendall Bateman had 36 assists and Natalie Hagglund had 22 digs.
Junior Rachel Todorovich led the Cougars with nine kills, hit .471 and added two blocks. Pac-12 kills average leader Meagan Ganzer, for just the second time this season, tallied under double-digit kills with seven. Camryn Irwin had 19 assists and seven digs. Jordan Levenseller added another seven digs and Marcelina Glab had a pair of aces.
"This USC team is so talented and their players get to see this caliber of volleyball all the time in their practice gym and we just aren't quite there yet," Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny said. "We really had trouble with passing, especially the jump serves of Alex Jupiter, and we didn't dig very well. We will get there and we are working on it but we will see the same thing on Sunday so hopefully we can adapt and do a better job."
WSU peeled off seven consecutive points including two service aces from Glab to take a 10-5 first set lead. USC battled back to tie the set at 14. The teams tied again three more times before USC grabbed the 25-21 win. Williams had six kills of USC's 16 kills with no errors.
In the second set, USC dominated the action taking a decisive 25-8 win. USC hit .429 for the set and held the Cougars to -.138. The third set was similar to the second with the home team taking a 25-16 win and hitting .500 in the set.
Washington State moves across Los Angeles to take on No. 1 UCLA (21-3, 14-2) Sunday afternoon in the John Wooden Center. UCLA defeated No. 10 Washington 28-26, 25-13, 28-26 Friday night.