Oct. 31, 2010

LOS ANGELES - -

Courtesy of USC Athletics

Junior All-American Alex Jupiter (Paris, France/Redondo Union HS) recorded 30 kills and 14 digs Saturday as the No. 8 USC Women of Troy defeated the No. 7 Washington Huskies, 3-2 (15-25, 25-17, 25-19, 23-25, 15-13), in Pac-10 Conference action at the Galen Center. Jupiter hit .414 (30-6-58) in the match and was one off her career best of 31 kills set last year at Arizona State.

Kendall Bateman had 57 assists and 12 digs for the Trojans (19-3, 8-3) while freshman outside hitter Falyn Fonoimoana had a season-high 21 kills with eight digs and two aces in a .311 performance (21-7-45). Freshman middle blocker Alexis Olgard had eight kills in a .571 afternoon (8-0-14) with three blocks (two solo) while freshman Natalie Hagglund had 23 digs.

Becky Perry led Washington (17-5, 6-5) with 21 kills and eight digs while hitting .320 for the match. Jenna Hagglund registered 59 assists with two kills, two aces, seven digs and two blocks. Bianca Rowland hit .500 (15-3-24) with 15 kills and three blocks while Kindra Carlson had the double-double with 11 kills and 14 digs.

The Huskies dominated the Trojans early in the match, building a commanding 16-6 lead in the first set. Perry posted seven kills in the first set alone as Carlson's kill ended the set as UW hit a match-high .417, committing just two attack errors.

Trailing 9-7 in the second set, USC got back in the match with a run of seven straight points. The Huskies could not get closer than a five-point deficit as Jupiter went back-to-back terminations to tie the match. Another run of six straight points aided the Women of Troy in the third set as they took the 10-6 lead. Rowland kept the deficit at four, 19-15, but Jupiter came back with a kill and a service ace from senior Geena Urango pushed the Trojans to the 2-1 lead in the match.

Washington held its own in the fourth set as both teams fought their way to a 22-22 score. Kylin Munoz put the advantage back to the Huskies as Jupiter's hitting error gave set point to UW. Carlson had a service error, but Rowland forced the deciding set with a kill for the Huskies.

In the fifth set, Olgard gave USC a 7-4 lead, but the Huskies climbed back with three straight points. Jupiter hit a key kill for the 8-7 lead at the side switch. Jupiter hit another kill as Washington burned its final timeout of the set, trailing 10-8. Carlson and Fonoimoana had two kills each as USC maintained the lead, 12-10. Perry hit her final kill of the match for the 12-11 score, but Fonoimoana once again came through to put it at 13-11. Carlson sided out for the Huskies, but a critical service error by Kelcey Dunaway gave match point to USC, 14-12. Rowland terminated again for UW on Urango's serve, but it was Jupiter who tallied her 30th kill of the match to give the victory to the Trojans.