Oct. 10, 2008
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The Washington State volleyball team had it most competitive match of the Pacific-10 Conference but No. 11 Southern California defeated the Cougs 25-20, 25-22, and 25-19, Friday night at the Galen Center on the USC campus.
WSU drops to an overall record of 7-9 and is 0-5 in the Pacific-10 conference action. No. 11 USC moved to 9-4 overall, 2-2 in league play.
Jackie Albright led the Cougs with 9 kills, 15 digs and two aces. Emily Rooney and Brittany Tillman each had seven kills with Rooney hitting .400 on the night. Kelly Hyder contributed a pair of aces and 13 digs becoming the 25th player in Pac-10 history to reach 1300 career digs (1307). Renee Bordelon had 23 assists. Bordelon and Tillman had four blocks each as the Cougars led USC in team blocks, 6.5 to 6. Redshirt freshman outside hitter Kimika Rozier made her Cougar debut late in the third set.
Zoe Garrett led the Women of Troy with 13 kills (.476) and Alex Jupiter added 10 kills (.320). Taylor Carico had 40 assists. Alli Hillgren led the match with 19 digs while Kimmee Roleder had 12 digs. Lauren Williams had four blocks.
"This match was much closer than the stats and score showed," WSU Head Coach Andrew Palileo said. "We hit zero in the first set and .149 in the second set against the number 11th-ranked team and in both of those sets we had the opportunity to win. I thought we played defense well and executed on some things defensively that USC had a difficult time making adjustments on. I am happy with the way went out and played and the adjustments we were able to make. It was fun to see our players play at that level. Now we have to have players who want to be in that situation and finish off the set with a win."
WSU had a three-point lead in the middle of the first set and there were six tie scores. Once USC went ahead, WSU was out-scored 7 to 2 as the home team took the opening set win, 25-20.
The Cougs played very competitively in the second set, with WSU again taking an early lead. This set had a dozen ties and seven lead changes. Washington State was up 22-20 but USC scored five straight points to take the 25-22 win.
With the third set knotted at 14-all, USC reeled off nine consecutive points to lead 22-14. A service error temporarily stopped the Women of Troy's string and WSU rallied for five more points but could not overcome a solid USC showing. The cardinal and gold defeats the crimson and gray in this set, 25-19.
Washington State stays in the Los Angeles area to meet No. 8 UCLA (11-4, 1-3) Saturday. No. 10 Washington defeated UCLA 3-2 Friday night.