Women of Troy Begin Defense of Pac-12 Crown This Week|
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Sept. 19, 2016
LOS ANGELES -- The No. 21-ranked USC women's volleyball team (8-3, 0-0 Pac-12) opens defense of its Pac-12 championship this week when the Women of Troy host crosstown rival No. 9 UCLA (9-1, 0-0) on Wednesday, Sept. 21, and No. 4 Washington (10-0, 0-0) on Friday, Sept. 23, at Galen Center. First serve for each match is set for 7 p.m. PT with both contests slated for broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks. USC-UCLA will air on Pac-12 Network and Pac-12 Los Angeles. USC-Washington will be shown on the same two networks and Pac-12 Washington additionally.
The Women of Troy carry an eight-match winning streak into the beginning of conference play and have turned things around since opening the season with three straight losses. Last year, the Trojans went 18-2 and shared the Pac-12 title with Washington. It was the program's eighth league championship, the fourth under head coach Mick Haley, and the first since USC claimed the first Pac-12 title in 2011.
LAST TIME OUT: The Women of Troy extended their winning streak to eight matches and produced a pair of 3-0 sweeps over Oklahoma and Maryland as hosts of the Pac-12 Challenge at Galen Center. Elise Ruddins and Khalia Lanier were each named to the all-tournament team. The Trojans completed their eighth straight win following an inauspicious 0-3 start to the season. In the process, USC won its 16th out of the last 17 sets played and brought 16th-year head coach Mick Haley his 400th victory with the program when it defeated the Terrapins on Friday, Sept. 16.