No. 3 USC upends No. 16 Oregon
All-American Jupiter leads Women of Troy to ninth win in a row
LOS ANGELES -- Senior All-America outside hitter Alex Jupiter had a match-high 22 kills and a season-high 14 digs Friday as the No. 3 USC defeated the No. 16 Oregon Ducks, 3-1 (25-15, 25-27, 25-23, 25-21) in a Pac-12 Conference match. Jupiter added two service aces and three blocks for 26 points on the night as USC extended its season-long win streak to nine.
Lauren Williams added 10 kills and five blocks while Katie Fuller had 11 kills, 10 digs and three blocks. Senior All-America setter Kendall Bateman had 49 assists with a season-high three kills as the Women of Troy hit .242 in the match. Natalie Hagglund had 25 digs (6.25 dps) for the Trojans.
USC improved to 14-3 overall and 9-1 in conference while Oregon is now 12-5 overall and 5-4 in Pac-12 play. The Trojans have not lost to the Ducks at home since 1990.
Ariana Williams led the Ducks with 15 kills on a .414 night (15-3-29) with five blocks while Katherine Fischer had 10 kills with 20 digs and two blocks. Alaina Bergsma earned the double-double with 11 kills and 11 digs while adding eight blocks. Lauren Plum equaled Bateman with 49 assists for the Ducks.
Lauren Williams and Fuller teamed on a block to make it 5-2 for the Women of Troy in the first set. Sara Shaw used a solo block to give USC the 9-4 advantage. Williams and Fuller went back-to-back to push the USC lead to seven points, 15-8. Oregon was unable to put anything late as the Women of Troy finished with the 10-7 run to take the opening set.
Two consecutive errors by the Ducks gave USC a 9-6 lead in the second set. Down 13-9, Ariana Williams started a key stretch for the Ducks as Oregon unleashed nine unanswered points for a commanding 18-13 lead. Shellsy Ashen had back-to-back aces as part of the streak. Jupiter brought the Women of Troy within one at 20-19 with both trading points before Shaw tied it a 23-23. After four consecutive sideouts, Bergsma delivered for the Ducks with Jupiter hitting long for set point as Oregon tied the match.
Hannah Schraer and Jupiter capped an 11-4 run to begin the third set for the Women of Troy. Jupiter and Williams made it an eight-point lead at 16-8 on a block before the Ducks answered the call. Liz Brenner sparked four consecutive points for the Ducks on the kill as Fischer nailed back-to-back kills to make it 17-14 for USC. Schraer stuffed Ariana Williams for a solo stop and a 21-16 USC score. A USC service error put Oregon back in the set as four straight points cut the deficit to one, 21-20. Schraer and Bateman's block made it 23-21 for the Trojans. After a Duck hitting error gave set point to USC, Bergsma tallied another kill. Oregon went to Bergsma again, but Jupiter and Williams put a finish to the set with the block.
With an 8-7 lead in the fourth set, a UO serving error sparked a 6-2 run for the Women of Troy for the 14-9 advantage. Bergsma started four consecutive points again for the Ducks as her solo block made it 14-13. Ariana Williams kept the deficit at one for Oregon, 18-17, before Fuller's kill started three straight points for USC. The remainder of the set would feature consecutive sideouts as the host Trojans were able to close out the match.