USC Arizona State Women’s Volleyball Tops

TEMPE, Ariz. – USC women’s volleyball team (13-4, 5-1 Pac-12) earned a four-set (18-25, 25-13, 25-23, 25-16) win over Arizona State (8-10, 2-4) at Desert Financial Arena on Sunday, Oct. 9, to complete a two-game sweep of Arizona Schools.

KEY PLAYERS

  • SrOH Skylar Fields set a new career high with 27 kills (6th, 49atts) while hitting .429. She also hit a new career high of 29.0 points by adding a solo block and a serve ace. Fields produced his sixth career double-double with a 12-dig out and has gone six straight 20-plus eliminations and eight 20-plus elimination games this season.
  • So. setter Mia Tuaniga had 45 assists and 12 digs for his fifth double-double of the season (13th career). She also had two blocks (one solo) and three kills for 4.5 points.
  • Professor BIB Gala Trubint posted 14 digs to lead the Trojans and recorded his 17th game in double-digit digs.
  • So. Mo Catherine Smith blew by his previous career high (two kills) to finish with nine kills, no errors and a .562 hit percentage over 16 swings. She also had three blocks for a career-high 10.5 points.
  • Gr. Mo Kalyah Williams had six kills (2nd, 17att, .235) and added six blocks (two solo) and two aces for 12.0 points.
  • For the Sun Devils, Claire Jeter led with 11 kills (16atts, .688) and led ASU with five blocks. Geli Cyr has scored 10 kills and eight digs. Marta Levinska had nine kills and 11 digs. Annika Larson led all players with 15 digs.

HOW DID IT HAPPEN

  • USC eclipsed the double-digit block mark for the sixth time this fall and had a 12-9 block advantage over ASU. The Trojans also moved to 13-0 when they hit better than their opponent and had a .275-.179 finish on the Devils.
  • Arizona State kept control of the first set to earn a 25-18 victory. Six Trojans killed, but ASU hit .464 with 15 kills (2nd) on 28 shots led by five from Cyr and four from Iman Isanovic.
  • The Women of Troy turned the tide in the second set and leveled the game with a dominating 25-13 win. Fields had six of his wins and Jordan Wilson and Emilie Weske added three wins each. USC hit .333 (15k, 5th, 30att) but came alive for a 20-8 advantage in the digs to help hold the Devils to .062 hitting percentage (7k, 5th, 32att).
  • USC led by no less than five early in the third, but the score was tied seven times, and ASU used a 4-0 run to take the lead at 12-11. The Sun Devils stayed ahead until USC caught them at 21-all. Fields had 10 kills in the set and had two of the final four points in USC’s 25-23 victory. The Trojans made five blocks in the third and held ASU to .068 hits (10k, 7th, 44att).
  • Fields came back for more in the fourth and racked up eight more wins on just nine swings. Trubint had five of his digs and the Trojans had four more blocks to close out a 25-16 victory to win the game.

NEXT

  • The Women of Troy return home to host Oregon (10-3, 4-1 Pac-12) and Oregon State (6-10, 1-5) at the Galen Center next weekend. USC takes on the Ducks on Friday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. PT, then meets the Beavers for a matinee on Sunday, Oct. 16 at noon. Both games will be broadcast live on Pac-12 networks.

MATCH NOTES

  • USC improved to 74-14-1 all-time against Arizona State and extended its winning streak to four games against ASU.
  • The Trojans improved to 61-25 all-time at Arizona State and 33-9 at Tempe. It’s also USC’s sixth straight win in the Copper State and takes the Trojans to 8-10 in their last 10 games in Arizona.
  • The Women of Troy went 2-0 to sweep Arizona Schools for the 20th time in school history.
  • USC tied its longest winning streak of the season (four) also achieved between Aug. 26 and Sept. 26. 2 and 15-22 Sept.

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