No. 19 USC Bumps No. 21 Buffaloes in Straight Sets

    Junior MB Alicia Ogoms had 14.0 points and hit .769 against the Buffaloes.

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    Nov. 9, 2014

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    BOULDER, Colo. - The 19th-ranked USC women's volleyball team (14-10, 7-7 Pac-12) earned a three-set victory (25-23, 27-25, 25-22) over No. 21 Colorado (15-11, 7-7 Pac-12) at the Coors Events Center on Sunday, Nov. 9. The Trojans' junior class of outside hitter Samantha Bricio and middle blocker Alicia Ogoms powered their offensive output with 23.0 and 14.0 points respectively.

    The win was USC's 10th in a row over Colorado and maintained the Trojans' perfect 21-0 mark in sets against the Buffaloes since CU joined the Pac-12 in 2011.

    Bricio posted 20 kills for the fifth time this season and finished with a .317 hitting percentage (7e, 41att) to go with a pair of service aces, two blocks, and eight digs. Ogoms had 10 kills on 13 swings without an error to hit .769 and also had a pair of service aces to go with three blocks (one solo) and three digs. Sophomore outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu scored 14.0 points with 12 kills (5e, 36att, .194) and scored on a service ace and two blocks to go with five digs.

    The Trojans also got four kills from sophomore outside hitter Elise Ruddins who led the team with nine digs. Senior middle blocker Hannah Schraer finished with three kills (0e, 8att, .375) and led all players with six blocks. Senior setter and outside hitter Emily Young knocked down three kills (1e, 4att, .500) to go with three blocks, four digs, and 15 assists. Sophomore setter Alice Pizzasegola had 22 assists and four digs while sophomore libero Taylor Whittingham finished with eight digs and a career-best seven assists. USC hit .319 in the match with 52 kills (15e) on 116 attacks.

    Colorado was led by Taylor Simpson who had 16 kills (6e, 41att) as she hit .244. Simpson also served an ace and picked up eight digs. Alexis Austin finished with 10 kills (2e, 22att, .364). Cierra Simpson had 10 digs to lead all players while Katelyn Cuff added eight kills (2e, 13att) on a .462 hitting percentage with three blocks. The Buffaloes finished with a .229 hitting percentage with 42 kills (17e) on 109 attacks.

    The teams traded barbs to open the match, but Colorado steadied its offense to claim a 14-10 lead on a kill by Cuff. The Trojans were unfazed and completed a 10-3 run to lead, 20-17. Through that run, Nwanebu scored back-to-back kills to tie the score at 15-all before Young's kill gave the Trojans a 17-16 lead. Colorado fought back and caught USC at 20-all when Bricio's shot went long, before the Buffaloes took a short 22-20 lead. Bricio's tip-shot found the floor before Nwanebu and Ogoms teamed to block Gabby Simpson for the ninth tie of the set at 22-all. The Buffs stepped in front, 23-22, but USC scored the final three points as Ogoms knocked down an over-dug ball and then served an ace for set point. Nwanebu and Schraer went up together to stuff Austin for the final point in a 25-23 win. The Trojans hit .361 in the opening set with 17 kills (4e) on 36 attacks and outpaced Colorado's .257 effort with 15 kills (6e, 35att).

    In a wild second set, the Trojans stood tall to complete another two-point win, 27-25, for a 2-0 lead in the match. CU rolled out to a 7-4 lead, but USC remained close and scored a 10-all tie when Bricio and Ogoms blocked Taylor Simpson's attack. The Trojans led briefly, but the Buffs came back to tie the set at 13 before they took another two-point lead at 19-17. The Women of Troy needed every point down the stretch and equalized for a sixth time at 19-all when Bricio went down the line for a kill and Ogoms followed to crush a quick set from Pizzasegola to the ground. USC took a 20-19 lead, but Colorado continued to hold court and had set point twice before the Trojans closed out the win. Schraer and Young teamed to block Taylor Simpson and pull USC into a 12th tie at 25-all before the two went up to stuff Neira Ortiz-Ruiz to give the Trojans set point at 26-25. Bricio terminated crosscourt for the final point of the set. USC logged 18 kills (4e) on 40 swings to hit .350 in the second set. Colorado had 17 kills (7e) on 42 attempts for a .238 hitting percentage.

    USC controlled the tempo of the third set and held a 5-2 lead, but the Buffaloes turned the tables to score five unanswered points for a 7-5 lead. Bricio hit the pipe for a point and then Ruddins earned a kill to knot the score at seven before Bricio's tip-shot dropped for a 9-8 USC lead. From there, the Women of Troy ripped the set open with four points on five rallies that culminated in a 15-11 lead thanks to a solo stuff from Ogoms and then an Ogoms kill off an overpassed ball. The Buffs tried to fight back, but Ogoms went quick for a kill and then served her second ace to give USC a five-point lead at 18-13. Colorado wouldn't go quietly and stayed in striking distance despite the fact that USC rolled out to set point at 24-20 on a crosscourt kill from Nwanebu. The Buffs saved two points before Ogoms rightfully topped off her big night with the final kill of the match. USC's 25-22 win in the third sealed the Trojans' sweep. USC hit .250 in the third set with 17 kills (7e) on 40 attacks while Colorado had a .188 hitting rate with 10 kills (4e, 32att).

    The Women of Troy return home to host undefeated and No. 1-ranked Stanford (24-0, 14-0 Pac-12) on Wednesday (Nov. 12) at 7:30 p.m. PT. The match will be carried live on the Pac-12 Networks with Anne Marie Anderson and Holly McPeak on the call. USC gets Thursday off before it plays the final regular-season home match on the schedule against California (8-16, 0-14) on Friday (Nov. 14) at 7 p.m. The Trojans will honor seniors Hayley Crone, Hannah Schraer, and Emily Young before their match with the Golden Bears. The USC-Cal match will not be broadcast but will be live streamed on the Pac-12 Networks USC portal.

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    • USC improved to 10-0 all-time against Colorado with a 4-0 record in Boulder. The Trojans have not dropped a set to the Buffaloes since CU joined the Pac-12 in 2011 for a 21-0 set record.
    • Junior OH Samantha Bricio recorded two service aces to give her 68 this season, which now ranks for fifth most in Pac-12 single-season history. Bricio now has 196 career aces, which ranks second in Pac-12 history and is just two from tying the all-time record of 198 set by UCLA's Daiva Tomkus 1986-89.
    • Junior MB Alicia Ogoms tied her career highs with 10 kills and 14.0 points.