USC women’s volleyball heads north for Bay Area Battles

Women’s volleyball | October 18, 2022

LOS ANGELES- The USC women’s volleyball team (15-4, 7-1 Pac-12) closes the first half of the Pac-12 schedule with a trip to the Bay Area where the Troy women will face California (7-11, 0-8) Friday (Oct. 21) and 7th-ranked Stanford (12-4, 7-1) on Sunday (Oct. 23). The Trojans and Cardinal enter the weekend tied atop the Pac-12 standings each with seven wins in eight contests. USC’s six-game winning streak is longest under head coach Brad Keller and is the team’s longest since an eight-game streak in 2016.

MATCH #20Friday, October 21 • 7:00 p.m. PT

USC (15-4, 7-1) at California (7-11, 0-8)
Haas Pavilion • Berkeley, California.

SERIES RECORD: USC cables, 65-12 (.844)

LAST MEETING: W 3-1 (September 26, 2021 • Berkeley, California)

STREAK: Won 12 • LAST 10 MEETINGS: 10-0

TV: Pac-12 Bay Area (Ted Enberg)

OPPONENT’S WEBSITE: CalBears.com

GAME #21 Sunday, October 23 • 1 p.m. PT

USC (15-4, 7-1) at No. 7 Stanford (12-4, 7-1)
Maple Pavilion • Stanford, California.

SERIES RECORD: USC Trails, 26-68-1 (.274)

LAST MEETING: L 0-3 (24 Nov 2021 • Galen Center)

STREAK: Lost 9 • LAST 10 MEETINGS: 1-9

TV/BROADCAST: Pac-12 Insider (TBD)

OPPONENT’S WEBSITE: GoStanford.com

FIRST SERVED (TL; DR)

  • USC is led by third-year head coach Brad Keller who has the unique experience of also serving as an assistant for USC men.
  • The Trojans only return six winning letters from last year’s team. Four transfers and seven freshmen make up the lion’s share of USC’s slate of 17 women.
  • USC’s six-game winning streak is the longest under Keller and the longest since the Trojans won eight in a row (Sept. 2-16, 2016) under Mick Haley. The Trojan Women have also won 10 of their last 11 matches.
  • USC has 12 straight wins over California and is 19-1 in the teams’ last 20 meetings since 2010. The Trojans are 29-7 at Berkeley and are off a 12-game winning streak at Haas Pavilion since 2009.
  • The Trojans have played 92 times in Bay Area cities and are 45-47.
  • SrOH Skylar Fields has received the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week award each of the past three weeks. She leads the Pac-12 in kills (358), kills per set (5.04 fps), points (386.5) and points per set (5.44 pps). She is the only outside hitter to rank in the league’s top 10 in hit percentage (.326).
  • So. S Mia Tuaniga set a new school record with 10 service aces against Colorado (Sept. 30) and recorded only the second triple-double in school history (37 assists, 10 digs, 10 aces). She leads the Pac-12 in ace (41), ace per set (0.54 aps) and assists (11.08 aps).
  • Professor BIB Gala Trubint ranks second in the Pac-12 in digs (4.20 dps) and has won back-to-back Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week awards. She has 19 double-digit dig games and five with 20 or more.
  • First-year assistant coach at Stanford Alex Dunphy was a member of USC’s 2003 NCAA Championship team as a rookie and later served as an assistant coach for the Women of Troy during the 2018-19 seasons.

LAST DEATH: USC extended its six-game winning streak with a pair of four-set wins over No. 17-ranked Oregon and Oregon State at home. The Trojans’ win over the Ducks was USC’s first against a ranked opponent this season. For their efforts, OH Skylar Fields and LIB Gala Trubint won back-to-back Pac-12 Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week awards. Fields recorded another 50 wins while hitting over .400 this week and Trubint posted 20-game streaks to maintain his 19-game streak in double-digit games.

SIX-PIECE NUGGETS: Trojan Women return just six letter winners from the 2021 team. Second-year passer Mia Tuaniga and superior of the OPP Emily Weske report significant starting experience. Main OH Kalen must and libero Keila Barra also return alongside second year MBs Catherine Smith and Tyrah Airial. In total, with seven freshmen and four transferring student-athletes, the lion’s share of the Trojans’ roster of 17 women will be made up of newcomers.

MILESTONE UNLOCKED: USC’s 3–0 win over New Mexico State (Sept. 15) was the program’s 1,100th all-time victory. Trojans are 1.109-408-4 of all time and has passed nearly six years since the last milestone of 100 wins. The last (1,000th) was won 3-1 against Arizona State on October 5, 2016, under the guidance of the head coach. Mick Haley.

PAC-12 POW(ER)S: USC players received Pac-12 Player of the Week honors 85 times (fourth all time). OH Skylar Fields was chosen Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 3 for her first career honor and won back-to-back awards (Oct. 10, Oct. 17). BIB Gala Trubint received her first career award on October 10 as Defensive Player of the Week and repeated on October 17. Fields has already been named the Big XII Player of the Week twice at Texas. Since 2011, when the Pac-12 began honoring separate Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week and introduced a freshman award, the Trojans have won 26 offensive rewards, 13 defensive rewards, and 20 freshman honors. trojans Samantha Bricio (9), Natalie Hagglund (5), Asia Kaczor (5), and Jennifer Kessy (5) have had the most individual career caps.

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