Oct. 17, 2010

Courtesy of USC Athletics

TUCSON, Ariz. - Alex Jupiter had 17 kills, including the critical final kill Saturday, as the No. 5 USC Women of Troy defeated the No. 25 Arizona Wildcats, 3-2 (19-25, 25-17, 25-18, 21-25, 18-16), in a Pac-10 Conference match. USC (15-3, 4-3) won in Tucson for the first time in three years to rebound after losing to Arizona State last evening for the first time since 1995.

Jupiter recorded her sixth double-double out of seven Pac-10 matches this season, adding 12 digs with three aces. Falyn Fonoimoana had 13 kills and 11 digs while junior setter Kendall Bateman had 58 assists and nine digs. The Trojans received strong play from the middle with junior Lauren Williams hitting .565 with 13 kills and no errors (13-0-23) while freshman Alexis Olgard hit .435 with 10 kills, no errors and three solo blocks.

Tiffany Owens led Arizona (14-6, 3-4) with 20 kills and 19 digs with Cursty Jackson hitting .481 on 17 kills (17-4-27). Courtney Karst had 19 kills while setter Paige Weber had 57 assists on the evening.

Arizona took a commanding 16-9 in the first set as USC attempted a rally with a 6-2 run to make it 18-15. Karst and Owens kept the Wildcats ahead and Jackson's kill gave Arizona the lead in the match.

In the second set, USC broke away from an 11-11 score with a 4-1 run. After a UA service error, Fonoimoana later added an ace as USC took the lead, 19-13. Geena Urango added another ace later and Fonoimoana tied the match for the Women of Troy. USC would break away again in the third set from the 10-10 score. Katie Fuller went back-to-back to make it 20-16 as three more points put USC ahead 23-16 with the Trojans taking the 2-1 lead in the match.

The Wildcats hit .333 in the fourth set to force a fifth and deciding set. Arizona led by six points at 20-14 and kept the Women of Troy from a late rally.

Williams capped a 4-0 run to start the fifth set for the Trojans. Neither team scored two straight as the score worked itself to an 8-4 advantage in favor of USC for the court switch. Jupiter's attack error helped the Wildcats get within one, 9-8. USC stayed ahead as Olgard gave match point at 14-12. Fonoimoana served long and Jupiter's attempt went past the endline as Arizona tied it at 14-14. Jupiter then recorded a solo block on Karst, but Bateman's bad set tied it at 15-15. Danielle Holloway served an ace to give match point to Arizona. After the USC timeout, Williams came back with a kill to tie it. Whitney Dosty hit one off the antenna and Jupiter put the cap on the match as she tooled one of the block for the winner.

USC returns home to host Oregon on Friday (Oct. 22) and Oregon State on Saturday (Oct. 23) with a 7 p.m. start on both nights. Friday's game will be broadcast by FOX Sports Net with an audio broadcast on usctrojans.com. Saturday's match will feature a live video webcast on usctrojans.com.