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LOS ANGELES – Friday night’s battle between a pair of third-place Pac-10 volleyball teams was indeed worthy of TV coverage by Fox Sports Net, but ultimately, No. 8 USC (16-3, 5-3) pulled out the five-set contest, 3-2, over No. 16 Oregon (16-4, 4-4) at the Galen Center.
In its third five-set home victory the past five seasons in the rivalry, USC jumped out to a 2-0 lead with 25-21, 25-20 advantages in the first two sets. UO responded with 26-24, 25-23 third- and fourth-set outcomes, but USC answered with a 15-10 final-set reply.
Oregon senior outside hitter Heather Meyers connected on career highs and team season highs in kills (25) and points (29), and also led the team in hitting (.417) and aces (3). The Temecula, Calif., native posted her eighth +.400 mark of the season, and her ninth match with +3 aces after she entered the weekend ranked second nationally in the latter category (0.70 per set).
Meyers’ impressive evening moved up her the Oregon all-time list in career points to second (1547.5) past Kelly Russell (1523, third, 2002-05). She also moved up a place to seventh all-time for UO in aces in a season (51), and up the Pac-10 career service aces list two spots to fourth (164) ahead of former players Kim Glass of Arizona (162, 2002-05) and Brook Coulter of California (162, 1996-99).
Two other Duck outside hitters ended in double figures in kills – sophomores Alaina Bergsma (13, .258) and Katherine Fischer (11). Freshman setter Lauren Plum ended with 51 assists – her sixth +50 total of the season – and added a season-high nine kills, two aces and 10 digs for her fourth double-double of the season.
On defense, freshman middle blocker Ariana Williams added four blocks – one off her season high – and sophomore libero Haley Jacob posted her second-highest dig total of the year (22) and landed an ace.
Team-wise, No. 8 USC became only the third Duck foe to hit over .300 in 2010 (.392) with No. 2 Stanford (.443) and No. 5 Cal (.300), while UO finished with a .244 mark.
In other team comparisons, the Trojans held advantages in kills (77-68), assists (75-64), digs (53-51) and blocks (13-7), while Oregon, the Pac-10 team leader in aces this week, held a 7-1 advantage.
USC category leaders included All-American Alex Jupiter (20 kills), Lauren Williams (.640 (17 kills)), Kendall Bateman (71 assists), Falyn Fonoimoana (9 digs, 4 blocks) and Erin Yoder (1 ace).
In the first set, UO held a 15-12 edge at the media timeout before USC came back to tie the match, 16-16. The teams were again tied at 17, 18 and 21 before the Trojans added three more kills late en route to a .528 hitting mark in the 25-21 final outcome.
In the second set, USC came up with five blocks early to go up 20-13, then weathered a late 6-3 UO rally that closed its lead to 23-19 before ending the set with a pair of kills in the 25-20 decision.
In the third set, UO shot out to a 4-0 lead on two kills by Meyers, an ace by Plum and block by sophomore Jocelyn Levig and Bergsma. Oregon continued to hold a two- to three-point lead till 13-10, as USC rattled off four straights points on three kills and a block for its first lead of the stanza, 14-13. Seven more ties followed until 24-24, when a Meyers kill and Williams and Plum block ended the set, 26-24.
In the fourth set, the teams continued the side-out war with Oregon leading 15-13, it jumped ahead 19-14 and then 22-16 on USC service and attack errors. The Trojans responded with a 7-1 run to pull within 24-23, but a Bergsma kill sealed the 25-23 win, and tied the match, 2-2.
Neither team led by more than one point in the fifth set through USC’s 8-7 lead, but a 5-2 Trojan push gave them a 13-9 lead en route to a 15-10 outcome. USC staked seven kills and only error in its 13 attempts in the last period, and came up with four blocks (to help for force eight UO attack errors), while Oregon came up with no blocks in the finale.
A TV rebroadcast of Friday’s match will be on Fox Sports Northwest on Sunday at noon and Monday at 11 a.m., and other rebroadcast times are listed below.
Looking ahead, UO heads to No. 11 UCLA (14-5, 4-4) for a Saturday 7 p.m. match after the Bruins beat Oregon State, 3-1, Friday night at home. A free webcast of the event is available via the www.UCLAbruins.com website.
In other action around the Pac-10 Friday, No. 7 Washington beat No. 25 Arizona, 3-2, in Seattle; No. 5 California beat No. 2 Stanford, 3-1, in Palo Alto; and Arizona State won its third straight match with a 3-2 win at Washington State.
Upcoming Oregon vs. USC Volleyball Fox Sports Net Replays
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Fox Sports Arizona - Mon., 10/25 2 AM Pacific
Fox Sports Detroit - Wed., 10/27 Noon Eastern
Fox Sports Midwest - Tues., 10/26 1 AM Central
FSN NW - Sun., 10/24 Noon Pacific
FSN NW - Mon., 10/25 11 AM Pacific
Fox Sports South - Tues., 10/26 2 AM Eastern
Prime Ticket - Sat., 10/23 8 PM Pacific
Prime Ticket - Mon., 10/25 1 AM Pacific
Prime Ticket - Mon., 10/25 Noon Pacific
Prime Ticket - Tues., 10/26 8:30 PM Pacific
Prime Ticket - Thu., 10/28 11 PM Pacific
Comcast Bay Area - Sun., 10/24 2 PM Pacific
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Comcast Chicago - Sun., 10/24 Noon Central
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