Virginia Swept by No. 8 Southern California
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The No. 8 Southern California volleyball team defeated the Virginia Cavaliers, 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-16), Friday evening in front of 1,832 fans at the Galen Center.
Junior Simone Asque led Virginia (5-3) with eight kills, while sophomore Jess O’Shoney had seven and freshman McKenzie Adams contributed six.
Defensively, senior AJ Cushman picked up a team-high eight digs, while Adams posted seven. Senior Sydney Hill earned a match-high three blocks.
For USC (7-0), Katie Fuller and Alex Jupiter each reached double-digit kills, with Fuller landing 11 and Jupiter adding 10. Natalie Hagglund led the defense with 10 digs, while Kendall Bateman dished out 41 assists.
USC quickly gained control of the opening set. Thanks to an 11-2 run early in the frame, the Trojans built a 16-6 advantage and proceeded to trade points with the Cavaliers up until they won, 25-15.
Another early run in the second stanza plagued the Cavaliers. With the score tied at four all, USC strung together five-straight points before increasing its lead to 11 at 23-12. Virginia rallied to score four of the next five points, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Trojans would eventually win the set, 25-16.
The Cavaliers couldn’t hold off another early run by the Trojans in the third frame – as USC used a 6-1 run to pull ahead 12-6 and went on to win the frame 25-16.
Virginia will look to rebound tomorrow, as the Cavaliers head back to Long Beach State to face the 23rd-ranked 49ers. First serve is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET.