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Roundup: USC tops Cal in five sets

No. 2 Southern California 3, California 2

LOS ANGELES -- For the sixth time in eight meetings at the Galen Center, No. 2 Southern California (14-1, 4-0 Pac-12) went to five sets with California (9-4, 2-2). Thanks to a complete team effort, the Women of Troy came out on top with a 3-2 win (28-26, 22-25, 25-11, 18-25, 15-13) for their eighth consecutive victory. USC beat the Golden Bears for the fifth consecutive time as freshman outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu came through with a career-best 21 kills (4e, 37att) as she hit .459 in the match. Nwanebu added five blocks to her final line to finish with 23.5 points.

Sophomore outside hitter Samantha Bricio posted 16 kills (6e, 49att, .204) and had two service aces and a block for 18.5 points. She also put up 10 digs to post her second double-double of the season; the 13th of her career. Senior middle blocker Alexis Olgard put up a career-high 15 kills (1e, 25att) and was the model of efficiency as she logged a .560 hitting percentage. Olgard led all players with eight blocks (one solo) for 19.5 points.
Senior outside hitter Sara Shaw earned her third double-double of the year (11th of her career) with 13 kills (2e, 35att, .314) and 12 digs. Shaw also had five blocks (two solo) to finish with 16.5 points in the match. USC also got six kills from junior outside Emily Young and four from junior middle Hannah Schraer.

USC's setters had the offense running to the tune of a .318 hitting percentage (76k, 20e, 176att) as junior Hayley Crone put up 36 assists and freshman Alice Pizzasegola finished with 30. Senior libero Natalie Hagglund dug up 28 balls on the evening for her 13th double-digit digs performance of the season.

For the Bears, senior Adrienne Gehan led the way with 22 kills (14e, 63att, .127) and had 12 digs. Junior Christina Higgins chipped in with 15 kills (5e, 29att, .345) and did most of her damage in the final two sets. Middle hitter Lillian Schonewise put up 11 kills (4e, 25att, .280) and had three blocks for Cal while setter Joan Caloiaro had 61 assists and eight digs in the match.

No. 3 Florida 3, Alabama 0

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Behind a stunning offensive display from senior middle blocker Chloe Mann, No. 3 Florida earned its 12th sweep of 2013 in a 3-0 victory against Alabama (25-21, 25-16, 25-18) on Sunday. The Gators hit .529 against the Crimson Tide, the third-highest hitting percentage for a single match in program history.

Mann hit .737 on the afternoon with 14 errorless kills on 19 attempts. Two Gator sophomores also churned out double-digit kills, as sophomore middle blocker Simone Antwi and sophomore outside hitter Gabby Mallette tallied 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Antwi hit .588 against Alabama while Mallette hit .600 against the Crimson Tide.

Freshman Alex Holston turned in her ninth match of the season hitting at .400 and above. The Gator rookie hit .727 with eight kills on 11 swings.

The Gators notched 22 kills in the first set Sunday, the most in a single set since 2011.

Senior setter Taylor Brauneis dished out 41 assists and set Florida to a .529 hitting percentage, the 13th time the Gators have hit above .300 in 2013.

Florida hit .588 in the first set, as four Gator hitters were operating at .600 or above. Mallette hit 1.000 (4-0-4), Holston hit .857 (6-0-7), Mann hit .714 (5-0-7) and Antwi hit .600 (4-1-5).

The Gators charged back in the second set after Alabama jumped out to a five-point lead, tying the set at 12-12 with an ace from Holly Pole.

Florida moves to a 38-0 record over Alabama, including 36-0 under head coach Mary Wise.


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