The USC Trojans women’s volleyball team evened the season score with cross-town, PAC-12 rival, UCLA Bruins with a four set victory before a capacity crowd at the Wooden Center. Earlier in the season the Women of Troy suffered a three set sweep on their home court at the hands of the Bruins. Since then, USC has won the PAC-12 title, risen above UCLA in both the AVCA (#1 vs.#4) and RPI (#9 vs. #15) polls. The only unfinished PAC-12 business for USC was to defeat UCLA.
USC’s determination was evident in the first set achieving and extending it to an eight-point deficit, 18-10. UCLA responded by scoring four consecutive points and narrowing the margin to 18-14. The Trojans fought on extending their lead to 22-16. Another four-point surge by UCLA reduced USC’s lead to 22-20. UCLA took the lead at 25-24 and won the set at 26-24.
The second set was a see-saw battle with neither team having more than a two-point advantage until the Women of Troy went up 10-7. The Women of Troy would achieve a five-point lead before the Bruins, as they had in the first set, tied the score at 24-24. USC scored the next two points to win the set 26-24.
The third set began as had the first with UCLA scoring the first point and USC taking the lead from on the third point and running from the front. Unlike the first set, .there were no lead changes and only one tie thereafter. USC won the set 25-21.
With the match on the line, UCLA kept it close and maintained a slight advantage until USC began to pull away after an 11-11 tie.. There were two ties but no lead changes afterwards. USC took the set and the match at 25-20.
The usual kill leaders for both teams USC’s Alex Jupiter and UCLA’s Rachel Kidder tied for match lead at 18. Also recording double-digit kills were USC’s Katie Fuller (16) and Lauryn Williams (10) and UCLA’s Karsta Lowe (12). On the negative side, Kidder led the match with 13 attack errors followed by Jupiter’s 7 miscues. As a team UCLA committed 35 attack errors to USC’s 25.
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