LOS ANGELES – California volleyball held No. 24 USC to its lowest hitting share in over a month on Friday night time due to spectacular defensive performances from senior Tara DeSa and sophomore Sophie Scott, however the Girls of Troy (18-9, 12-5 Pac-12) had been in a position to grind out a win over the Golden Bears (15-13, 4-13), 3-1, at Galen Middle to stay excellent at dwelling on the yr.
DeSa posted her second straight match with over 30 digs, recording 31 in 4 units of play to tie for the twenty fifth greatest efficiency by any Division I participant this season, whereas sophomore Scott equally held stout on protection with a season-high seven blocks. Freshman Maggie Li paced Cal with 15 kills and added 10 digs for her eleventh double-double of the yr; senior Sam Taumoepeau recorded a double-double of her personal with 14 kills and 15 digs, her sixth such efficiency of the season. First-year center blocker Sawyer Thomsen posted a career-high seven kills for third most on the staff, in addition to two blocks and two assists.
USC posted 5 of its 12 blocks and 5 scoring runs of three-or-more factors within the first set to win 25-15, regardless of Cal exhibiting life with a 5-0 run of its personal and 4 kills from Taumoepeau. The second set instructed an identical story, with the Trojans placing collectively 4 scoring runs (together with a five-point run to finish the set) to remain forward of the Bears from the get-go, overcoming Taumoepeau’s 5 kills to clinch it at 25-17.
Set three was Cal’s better of the night time because the Bears out-hit USC, .225 to .195, led by 5 kills from Li (together with the 25-23 set finisher). The Trojans scored first however kills from sophomore Mikayla Hayden tied up the rating at 4, then 5 apiece. USC went on a four-point run shortly thereafter earlier than the Bears responded with three consecutive factors of their very own to retake the 14-13 lead. One other three-point run for Cal – a Thomsen kill, a block from Thomsen and Scott, and an error – lastly allowed the Blue & Gold to grab management of the benefit for good and power the primary of USC’s timeouts at 21-19. The Trojans tried to take a pause once more after Taumoepeau introduced the rating to set level at 24-22 however had no reply for Li two factors later.
As soon as once more, the Bears out-hit USC within the fourth set, preserving the Trojans to beneath .200 due to 4 blocks from Scott, however this time fortune favored the house staff after a close-fought battle. Cal posted an early four-point run (with two kills from Thomsen) to take a 5-2 lead and had been the primary staff to 10 factors, however a pair of 4-0 runs from USC completely wrested management of the set away from the Bears. Cal clawed its manner again to inside three, then two factors, bringing the rating to 21-23 thanks partly to 2 late blocks from Scott and Maeder; nevertheless, USC ultimately claimed the set, 25-22, and the match.
The Bears head throughout city to Pauley Pavilion to tackle UCLA (16-11, 8-9) at midday on Sunday.
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