No.10 USC Edges Out No. 4 Hawaii
Sept. 6, 2010
Courtesy of USC
HONOLULU,HI - Junior All-America outside hitter Alex Jupiter (Paris, France/Redondo Union HS) registered 22 kills and 16 digs Sunday as the No. 10 USC Women of Troy upset the No. 4 Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine, 3-2 (23-25, 25-22, 25-17, 18-25, 15-7), to win the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic. Jupiter earned most outstanding player honors for the tournament as USC improves to 6-0 on the season.
Sophomore Katie Fuller had a career-high 17 kills for the Trojans with six blocks and 20.5 points while hitting .382 on the evening. Junior setter Kendall Bateman had 53 assists, six digs and six blocks while junior middle blocker Lauren Williams had 14 kills, five assists and six blocks (two solo) while hitting .500 (14-1-26). Bateman and Williams were named to the all-tournament team.
Kanani Danielson posted 21 kills and 15 digs for Hawai'i (5-1), who suffered its first loss of the season. Brittany Hewitt dominated for the Rainbow Wahine with 18 kills and 10 blocks while hitting .708 (18-2-24).
Both teams had equal stats in the serving department with three aces and 12 errors. USC held the slight edge on blocks, 16.0-15.5, while getting 68 digs to UH's 60 digs for the match. With the win, USC snapped a four-match losing streak to Hawai'i, which included back-to-back losses in the second round of the 2008 and 2009 NCAA Tournament with both matches taking place at the Galen Center on the USC campus.
Williams capped a 4-0 run for the Trojans to start the first set, but Hawai'i answered with four straight as Elizabeth Ka'aihue served an ace to tie it at 4-4. Williams capped a 4-1 run as USC held the 8-5 lead. Hewitt hammered the overpass to get within one at 8-7, but the Trojans scored four straight points to go up 12-7. Two service errors put the Rainbow Wahine back in the set and Hewitt took advantage of two overpasses to tie it at 15-15. Ka'ahiue served another aces as six straight points made it a 17-15 score for UH. Both teams traded points as Hawai'i stayed ahead. Hewitt gave set point for the Rainbow Wahine, but Fuller responded with a point at 24-23. USC had a chance on a freeball, but Falyn Fonoimoana's crosscourt attempt went into the net to give Hawai'i the early lead in the match.
At 6-6 in the second set, Fuller terminated from the back row to start at 5-1 run for the Women of Troy. After UH called a timeout, they responded with four straight points to tie it at 11-11. Jupiter's service ace made it 14-13 for USC, but another Trojan serving error put UH back on top at 17-16. Jupiter got hot as she accounted for the next five USC points with the Women of Troy taking the lead, 22-19. Danielson got the Rainbow Wahine within two at 23-21, but Fonoimoana and Alexis Olgard stuffed an attempt on the left side as the Trojans recorded the set win.
Olgard and Fuller forced a UH timeout in the third set with the block and the 6-3 USC lead. Emily Hartong put down an overpass to tie it at 7-7. Fuller came through again to start a 7-2 run with Jupiter's solo block putting USC ahead by five, 14-9. A serving error by UH, followed by an attack error kept USC up by six at 18-12 as the Rainbow Wahine burned their final timeout of the set. Olgard started four straight points for the Women of Troy and Williams hit one down the middle as USC took the third set.
Hawai'i got the crowd back into the match with a 9-3 run to start the fourth set. USC whittled the lead away as Olgard hit the kill to cut the deficit to two at 9-7. USC would tie it at 10-10, but Hawai'i took control with a 5-1 run as Hewitt and Danielson teamed on a block. A triple block on Jupiter kept UH ahead by five and Danielson served an ace to the back left corner to send the match to the deciding fifth set. The Women of Troy committed 10 attack errors against 12 kills for a .044 hitting clip in the set.
In the deciding set, Danielson went crosscourt for the first point. A UH attack error then got USC going with four straight points as Williams hit off the touch into the back corner for the 4-1 lead and a Rainbow Wahine timeout. Williams won a key joust on the next point and Fuller terminated off the right side for the 6-1 margin as Hawai'i called its final timeout of the set. Danielson got the home team within three at 7-4, but a service error by UH gave USC the four-point lead at the switch. The Trojans closed out the match with a 7-3 stretch, including five in a row started by a kill from freshman Kirby Burnham as a final dual block gave the match to USC. The Women of Troy hit .583 in the final set (7-0-12) while the Rainbow Wahine had six errors for a .000 clip (6-6-20).
USC hosts Virginia next Friday (Sept. 10) in a 7 p.m. match at the Galen Center. The match will be broadcast live through a video webcast on usctrojans.com, courtesy of SC TV.
Notes: Hawai'i leads the all-time series with USC by a 21-17 margin after the Women of Troy snapped a four-match losing streak in the series with three of the losses coming in NCAA Tournament play...freshman libero Natalie Hagglund posted a season-high 22 digs tonight...Alex Jupiter's 16 digs were a season high and her 22 kills was one away from tying her season high of 23, set last Saturday against Cal State Fullerton...Katie Fuller's previous career best for kills was 10, set last season...the trio of Alex Jupiter, Kendall Bateman and Lauren Williams earned all-tournament team honors for the second straight weekend...USC had a season-high 12 service errors in tonight's match with the previous high being nine.