USC women’s volleyball drops to No.18 at Stanford

LOS ANGELES – The USC women’s volleyball team (14-15, 9-10 Pac-12) fell in straight sets (25-22, 25-18, 25-21) to No.18 Stanford (17-10 , 12-7) at Galen Center on Wednesday 24 November.

KEY PLAYERS

  • OPP junior Emilia weske led the Trojans with 17.0 points scored on 14 kills (3rd, 23att) with a 0.478 hit percentage, three blocks (one solo) and an ace on serve. It was Weske’s 19th double-digit game of the season.
  • Gr. Mo Candice denny had eight kills (1st, 11att) and hit 0.636 with a block.
  • Gr. OH Brooke botkin had eight kills (3rd, 25att, .200) and had six digs and two serve aces. She is now at 1,490 career eliminations and needs 10 more to become only the 11th USC player to break the 1,500 career elimination mark.
  • Gr. Mo Sabrina smith put in seven kills (1st, 11att) and hit .545 to go with a block.
  • Fr. S Mia Tuaniga distributed 36 assists and had six digs and two assists.
  • Gr. LIB Shannon scully led the Trojans with 12 digs and collected two assists.
  • For Stanford, Kendall Kipp led all players with 25.0 points earned on 22 kills (1st, 35) and 0.600 hits. Kipp also had three aces on serve and three digs. Caitie Baird had 14 kills (1st, 30 att) for a success rate of 0.433 with six digs and two aces. Elena Oglivie led all players with 14 digs. Kami Miner had 46 assists with six digs and a serving ace.

HOW DID IT HAPPEN

  • The Trojans clashed with the Cardinal and hit 0.323 (43k, 12th, 96att) against 0.408 for Stanford (52k, 10th, 103att). USC was edged out in digs, 37-36, but had three blocks to Stanford’s zero.
  • The first set was tied 12 times before Stanford created the first significant lead. The Cardinal led by up to four points, but USC came close to two to minus 23-21 before Stanford won by three. Kipp had eight of his kills in the first set and helped his side reach 0.432 against 0.355 for USC. Smith counted five of his kills in the opening frame.
  • USC led early in the second set, 5-2, but the Cardinal used a 10-2 streak to gain control of the momentum. Stanford created an eight-point lead, but USC continued to fight and reduced the lead to five before the Cardinal rallied to close at 25-18 behind six more wins for Kipp and four for Baird. For USC, Weske has six kills and Botkin has four.
  • Stanford took a big eight-point lead at 17-9, but USC fought back and moved one point closer to the Cardinal at 19-18. The Trojans were within two at 23-21, but Stanford finished the sweep with the last two points. The Cardinal reached 0.444 in the third quarter with eight more kills from Kipp and six from Baird. USC had 15 kills and beat Stanford, 14-12, with three aces, but that wasn’t enough to complete the comeback offer.

FOLLOWING

  • USC wraps up the regular season at the Galen Center against No.13 rival Crosstown, UCLA (23-4, 16-3 Pac-12) Friday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Network. and Pac-12 Los Angeles. The Trojans will honor their senior class in their final home game in pre-game ceremonies.

MATCH NOTES

  • USC fell to 26-68-1 against Stanford and to 15-24 in home games with the Cardinal.
  • Stanford won their ninth straight game in the head-to-head series dating back to 2015.
  • USC and Stanford have met for the first time since the 2019 season due to canceled games during the 2020-21 season.
  • The Trojans have enjoyed a four-game winning streak in the loss.
  • The Women of Troy are down to 7-7 in home games this season and to 178-52 all-time at the Galen Center.
  • USC’s loss to Stanford and the results of other Pac-12 matches ensure the Women of Troy will finish in seventh place in the league’s final standings.

For more information on the USC Women’s Volleyball Team and a full schedule and results, please visit USCtrojans.com/WVB. Women of Troy fans can follow @USCWomensVolley on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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