Oct. 16, 2010

TEMPE, Ariz. - In a match 15 years in the making the Sun Devil Volleyball team kicked it into high gear Friday night to rattle the cage in the Pac-10 as they toppled the fifth-ranked USC Women of Troy in 3-1 with final scores of 29-27, 25-23, 25-14 and 25-23 to seal the Sun Devil's first win over USC since 1995. The win pushes ASU to 7-11 overall and 2-5 in Pac-10 play while USC falls to 14-3 on the year and 3-3 in conference action.

The Sun Devils meant business in the first set to swing a .311 clip with Erica Wilson swinging out of her mind with an .800 attack percentage and four kills while the defense stepped up to shut down the ladies of Troy with 16 digs, eight from Sarah Johnson alone and 3.5 blocks to battle off nine tie scores and three lead changes to take a 29-27 win.

ASU kept the momentum going in the second set even with USC nipping at their heels to force 14 tie scores and four lead changes. The Sun Devils prevailed mostly on the grit of their middles defense, who collected eight blocks in the set five from Erica Wilson alone. Danica Mendivil bolstered the offense with four kills herself as ASU took off into the break 2-0 with a 25-23.

USC seemed to figure out ASU's blocking scheme as the Women of Troy shook off the earlier losses to swing to wicked .548 with Alexis Olgard six kills and a perfect 1.000 to lead USC to a nasty 25-14 win which saw ASU dropping the last 10 consecutive points to USC.

It wasn't meant to be for USC though as ASU came back scrappy in the fourth set though as Sarah Reaves put ASU on her back with six kills and a .312 attack percentage while her defense lit up USC for four blocks. The Women of Troy scrapped through six tie scores and two lead changes, but the night belonged to ASU as they pulled off the 25-23 win for a victory 15 years in the waiting.

The Sun Devils hit the home hardwood again tomorrow as they take on the No. 10 UCLA Bruins at 7 p.m. in Tempe at Wells Fargo Arena.