No. 24 USC Bumps Bearkats in 3-0 Sweep

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    Sept. 9, 2016

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    HOUSTON -- The 24th-ranked USC women's volleyball team (4-3) defeated Sam Houston State (4-4) in a three-set sweep (25-18, 25-20, 25-15) in the first match of the Rice Adidas Invitational I at the Tudor Fieldhouse on Friday, Sept. 9. The Women of Troy won their fourth straight match since opening the season with three consecutive losses.

    Four Trojans scored in double digits led by freshman outside hitter Khalia Lanier (13.5 points) who had 11 kills (3e, 27att, .296) to go with nine digs, a service ace, and two blocks (one solo). Sophomore outside hitter Alyse Ford (11.0 points) added 10 kills (2e, 19att) with a .421 hitting percentage and 10 digs for her first-career double-double. Ford also had one of USC's eight service aces.

    Junior opposite hitter Brittany Abercrombie scored 11.5 points with 10 kills (3e, 19att, .368) and two blocks (one solo). Senior middle blocker Elise Ruddins (10.5 points) had eight kills without an error (13att) and hit .615 to go with a match-high five blocks. Senior libero Taylor Whittingham picked up 10 digs and served a pair of aces.

    The Trojans hit .311 (45k, 12e, 106att) with senior setter Alice Pizzasegola dishing out 15 assists with five digs. Junior setter Nikki Leonard also had 15 assists to go with six digs and a pair of service aces.

    For the Bearkats, Jordyn Vaugn and Taylor Cunningham had seven kills each. Amanda Gooch led the team with eight kills (0e, 21att, .381). Breanna Homer led all players with 15 digs. Sam Houston State hit .149 in the match (36k, 19e, 114att).

    The Women of Troy never trailed in the first set and opened up a lead as large as 10 points on several occasions before closing out the 25-18 win. The Bearkats led for much of the second frame but the Trojans caught them at 17-all and finished off the win, 25-20, on a kill by Ruddins. USC rolled out to a 7-1 lead to open the third set, and then broke things wide open with a 12-point lead at 20-8. USC gave no quarter as it polished off a 25-15 win for the sweep.

    Up next, the Trojans face Oakland (4-3) at noon CT (10 a.m. PT) on Saturday, Sept. 10. USC then concludes the Rice Invitational against the host Owls at 7 p.m. CT (5 p.m. PT). The final match will be streamed live for a fee on

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    • USC improved to 2-0 in all-time meetings with Sam Houston State (1998).
    • The Trojans played and won their first-ever match in the city of Houston.
    • The Women of Troy won their fourth straight match and have now won four consecutive sets.
    • The USC victory brings head coach Mick Haley just four wins from reaching his 400th at USC (396-98). It also puts the program at just seven wins from reaching the 1,000-win threshold.
    • Sophomore OH Alyse Ford logged her first-career double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs.