10th-ranked USC demonstrated its dominance with a pair of Friday sweeps against Louisiana and 24th-ranked San Diego in SDSU/USD Challenge action.
#10 USC def. Louisiana 3-0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-22)
10th-ranked USC opened the SDSU/USD Challenge with a sweep of Louisiana Friday afternoon in San Diego, Calif. It was the first all-time meeting between the programs.
📊 FINAL: No. 16 USC def. Louisiana, 3-0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-22), at the SDSU/USD Challenge in San Diego, Calif. #FightOn #vbscores ✌️🏐 pic.twitter.com/K9yS3T77FA
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The Trojans outdid their opponent in hitting percentage (.320 to .131), blocks (6 to 3) and kills (53-30) to secure the victory.
It was tight early before the Trojans used an 8-0 run to pull ahead 21-11 lead in the opening set. USC led the rest of the way and claimed a dominant 25-13 win.
In the second set, the Trojans put together a 6-1 stretch to post a 13-7 advantage over the Ragin’ Cajuns. They didn’t let up from there en route to a 25-16 victory.
The third set contained 12 ties before USC tallied 4 of the last 5 points to register the sweep with a 25-22 win.
Brooke Botkin (18 kills, 12 digs) and Raquel Lazaro (45 assists, 13 digs) each notched double-doubles for the Trojans, while Khalia Lanier tallied a team-best 19 kills and hit at a .410 clip. Victoria Garrick logged a team-high 17 digs in the victory.
Hali Wisnoskie and Dree’Ana Abram each recorded 8 kills to pace Louisiana. Milayne Danna registered 10 assists, while Sydney Davis posted 10 digs.
#10 USC def. #24 San Diego 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-20)
The 10th-ranked Trojans notched their second win of the day in straight sets with a nightcap win over 24th-ranked San Diego in straight sets. USC outdid the Toreros in attack percentage (.257 to .129) and blocks (11 to 3).
📊 FINAL: No. 16 USC def. No. 23 San Diego, 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-20), at the SDSU/USD Challenge in San Diego, Calif. #FightOn #vbscores ✌️🏐 pic.twitter.com/OPiL6XQagh
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In the opening set, the programs played through 9 ties before USC notched 4 of the final 7 points to record a 25-22 win.
San Diego used a 5-1 push to pull ahead in the second set and led the rest of the way en route to a dominant 25-15 victory.
USC trailed early in the final set, but worked its way back to a 13-all tie. The Trojans recorded the final 7 points to claim the set, 25-20, and the match, 3-0.
Khalia Lanier posted 15 kills to lead USC. Raquel Lazaro notched 31 assists, while Victoria Garrick logged 19 digs.
San Diego was led by Katie Luke, who recorded 10 kills. Laura Madill notched 20 assists, while Kelli Barry tallied 12 digs.