No. 25 Trojans Host Golden Bears and No. 14 Cardinal|
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Oct. 17, 2016
LOS ANGELES -- The No. 25-ranked USC women's volleyball team (13-6, 5-3 Pac-12) begins a four-match home stand at Galen Center this week. The Women of Troy host California (8-10, 2-6) on Friday (Oct. 21) at 6 p.m. PT. The match will be broadcast on Pac-12 Los Angeles and Pac-12 Bay Area. On Sunday, Oct. 23, USC and No. 14-ranked Stanford (11-5, 5-3) will meet at 2 p.m. PT in a contest that will be shown on ESPNU.
The Trojans have won two in a row and five of their last six matches. USC returned to the AVCA's Top 25 after a week on the outside. The Women of Troy earned a pair of road victories last week and are 7-0 in matches away from Galen Center, but are just 6-6 on their own home floor. USC is one of seven teams locked in a tie for second place in the Pac-12 with a 5-3 record.
LAST TIME OUT: The Women of Troy earned a pair of Pac-12 road victories last week. The Trojans defeated No. 16-ranked Oregon in four sets and then earned their first sweep of a Pac-12 opponent over Oregon State. Freshman OH Khalia Lanier led the Trojans in kills and points in each match and put up a career-high 23 kills against the Ducks. She also had eight digs and a service ace. Against the Beavers, Lanier came back to score her ninth double-double of the season with 16 kills and 14 digs. Senior libero Taylor Whittingham moved into fifth place for career digs at USC during the two matches and secured her 14th and 15th matches in double digits for digs this season. She also served the Trojans out of a five-point deficit and got USC a crucial 25-23 win in the second set against the Beavers. Sophomore OH Alyse Ford earned her third-career double-double with 12 kills and 14 digs against Oregon State and junior setter Reni Meyer-Whalley had 28 assists and 10 digs against Oregon for her third double-double of the year. As a team, the Trojans recorded their seventh and eighth matches with double-digit blocks this season. USC had 13 blocks against the Ducks and 10 more against the Beavers.
1,000 SHIPS: USC's win over Arizona State (Oct. 5) was the program's 1,000th all-time victory. The Trojans became the 17th program in NCAA Division I women's volleyball history to reach the 1K milestone. USC is the owner of six national championships (three AIAW and three NCAA) and has won eight conference crowns including two since the inception of the Pac-12 in 2011. Head coach Mick Haley has led USC to each of its 100-match milestones since the program's 600th win. The Trojans won their 800th, 900th, and 1,000th all in home matches under Haley's direction.
ROAD WARRIORS: The Trojans are 7-0 in matches away from Galen Center this season. USC has played five true road matches. The Trojans also earned a pair of neutral-location sweeps over Sam Houston State and Oakland in a tournament held in Houston.
900 CLUB: Head coach Mick Haley reached the 900-win mark in NCAA Division I women's volleyball last season. He ranks fourth in career DI wins (927) among active coaches behind only Penn State's Russ Rose, Hawai'i's Dave Shoji, and Navy's Larry Bock. Haley is in his 33rd season as a Division I coach, but has 40 years of overall coaching experience and is 1,275-321-1 (.799) in all matches including men's and women's at Kellogg Community College.
FRESH PHENOM: Freshman OH Khalia Lanier was the Gatorade National Player of the Year in 2016 and through 19 collegiate matches, has already produced nine double-doubles. She was named the Pac-12's Freshman of the Week on Oct. 17, following a week when she scored her ninth double-double and secured a new career high with 23 kills against Oregon. She the Most Valuable Player at USC's second tournament, the Radisson Classic, and was on each of the Trojans' pre-conference all-tournament teams. Lanier, who averages 4.01 kills and 4.52 points per set is the only freshman to rank among the top 10 in the Pac-12 in each of those statistical categories. She ranks fourth in both.
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DIGGIN' DEEP: Senior libero Taylor Whittingham became the 16th Trojan to cross the 1,000 career-dig plateau last season. On the first weekend of the 2016 season, she moved into 10th all-time in the USC record books. She now has 1,527 career digs and ranks fifth among all-time Trojans. She needs 10 digs to surpass Nancy Hillman (1985-88) who had 1,536 career digs in fourth place.
HIT `EM UP: Senior MB Elise Ruddins leads the Pac-12 in hitting percentage (.470) with 120 kills (19 errors) on 215 attempts. USC's single-season record is .451 held by Leslie Devereuax who had 245 kills (35 errors) on 466 attacks in 1985.
HOME, SWEET HOME: The Trojans have enjoyed the comforts of home to the tune of a 136-27 (.834) all-time record at the Galen Center. When it comes to the volleyball court, the Women of Troy are less than hospitable to their visitors. The Trojans went 12-1 in home matches in 2011 and completed the 2012 home schedule with a 17-1 mark. In 2007, USC was 19-0 at home on the way to an appearance in the NCAA national semifinal match.