Sept. 25, 2010

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Junior All-America outside hitter Alex Jupiter (Paris, France/Redondo Union HS) led with 21 kills and 12 digs Friday as the No. 6 USC Women of Troy opened their Pac-10 Conference schedule with a victory over the No. 11 UCLA Bruins, 3-1 (25-19, 19-25, 25-16, 25-19). Jupiter became the 17th player in USC history to record 1,000 career kills, needing five tonight to hit the milestone.

USC (12-0, 1-0) snapped a three-match losing streak in the series against UCLA (10-2, 0-1) in front of 4,523 at the Galen Center.

Freshman outside hitter Falyn Fonoimoana had a team-high .371 hitting night (17-4-35) and was second on the team with a personal season-high 17 kills. Junior setter Kendall Bateman had 49 assists and 12 digs while freshman libero Natalie Hagglund had a strong effort with 19 digs.

Dicey McGraw powered the Bruins with 16 kills and nine digs while Rachael Kidder had 14 kills. Lauren Van Orden posted 37 assists and four digs.

The Women of Troy began the match with a 4-0 lead. Jupiter kept the team ahead by four for a 12-8 lead and a Bruin hitting error gave USC the 15-10 advantage at the media timeout. Two straight errors by the Trojans brought UCLA within three at 17-14, but Jupiter tallied back-to-back kills to get it back to six, 20-14. UCLA got within four, but Katie Fuller and Fonoimoana closed out the set with kills and a 1-0 USC lead in the match.

UCLA hit .303 in the second set to even the match. McGraw made it a 10-7 lead with a kill. Lauren Williams cut the deficit to one, but Jupiter's attack error sparked the Bruins with a 5-1 run. Alexis Olgard tied it at 17-17, but it was all UCLA for the remainder of the set. Kidder finished it with three consecutive kills.

Fuller figured for three key kills in the third set as USC rallied from a 6-5 deficit with five straight points. Fonoimoana's kills and an attack error put USC ahead by seven at 17-10. It was an 8-6 run as back-to-back errors by the Bruins helped the Trojans with a 2-1 match advantage with USC hitting an evening-best .333 (14-3-33) in the set.

Bojana Todorovic's serving aided the Bruins as they got to a six-point advantage at 10-4. Zoe Garrett stopped the momentum and Geena Urango served the Trojans back into the set with five straight points for the 13-12 lead. The set evened to a 16-16 score with the key point coming on a block by Jupiter and Williams to give a final push for the Women of Troy. Fonoimoana made it 20-16 and the freshman would go back-to-back terminations to hand USC the win in the conference opener.

USC travels to Washington next Friday (Oct. 1) and Washington State on Saturday (Oct. 2). Both matches will start at 7 p.m. with Gametracker live stats available on usctrojans.com.