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Women of Troy upset Washington

first_imgThe No. 7 USC women’s volleyball team did not enter this weekend’s games at the Galen Center simply to win — it wanted to make a statement. A Friday night matchup against a No. 1 Washington team that was responsible for one of USC’s three losses was apparently the perfect opportunity for redemption.Supporting · Junior outside hitter Sara Shaw, who ranks third on USC’s team with 234 kills, delivered 15 kills against Washington at a .128 clip. – Austin Vogel | Daily TrojanThe Women of Troy played arguably their most thrilling game of the season Friday, knocking down the Huskies in five grueling sets before a sweep of the Washington State Cougars on Saturday night. The victories boost No. 7 USC’s record to 21-3 overall and 9-3 in Pac-12 play.“Just to win these games is extremely good,” USC coach Mick Haley said. “We wanted to get better as a team, and I think we accomplished that. We also got our confidence up to a pretty good level.”Though the Cougars gave their all Saturday night, they simply couldn’t match up with the Women of Troy, who recorded their 15th sweep of the season with a 25-13, 25-17, 25-18 victory. They were particularly dominant in the first set, as the Women of Troy built an insurmountable 21-9 lead before freshman middle blocker Alicia Ogoms knocked down consecutive kills to seal the set.The second set was a similar story, as Shaw recorded a kill to put USC up 19-9. The Cougars rebounded to make it close, but Young notched consecutive kills before an attack error gave the Women of Troy the set. The hosts put on a hitting clinic, attacking at a .600 clip in the opening frame before hitting .316 in the middle set.The final set was much tighter, as the Cougars rebounded from a 15-8 hole to come to within 16-15. The Women of Troy, however, went on a 6-1 run, highlighted by three alternating Shaw kills, the last of which sealed the match for the Women of Troy.“We played a lot of people, and we got to practice the game situations and be successful,” Haley said. “I felt like we had a successful weekend after practicing to our strengths.”Against the Huskies, the Women of Troy were once again paced by freshman outside hitter Samantha Bricio, who took advantage of the five-set match by registering a career-high 30 kills and 12 digs to help take out the Huskies. Throughout both games, though, junior outside hitter Sara Shaw rose to center stage. After recording 15 kills and a career high 30 digs against Washington, she posted a career-high 18 kills against the Cougars, notching a .643 hitting percentage with no errors.“The Washington match was definitely a tough one for us, but I think it was a good five games,” Shaw said. “Coming back to win that match definitely boosted our confidence.”Against the Huskies, the Women of Troy twice had to come back from deficits to win, an unfamiliar situation considering the dominance with which they’ve been able to put opponents away from the start. After falling behind 2-1, the Women of Troy fought hard during the fourth set, taking the Huskies to an 18-all tie before registering four straight points to go up 22-20. Bricio then knocked down a powerful kill to take the set 25-23 and tie the match at two apiece.It was only fitting that the fifth and final set was as close as the others, as the teams were tied at eight before the Women of Troy ran away with it. Senior opposite Katie Fuller knocked down a kill for a 13-9 lead, after which junior libero Natalie Hagglund and sophomore setter Emily Young combined to set up Bricio for a kill to end the set 15-10 and claim the match for the hosts.“When we left Washington, we felt like we should have won, even though they beat us 3-0 up there,” Haley said. “We weren’t in sync in that match. I thought that we could have won in three [sets] over here, but we made too many errors in the beginning. However, as we kept playing we got more and more confident, so winning in five was fine.”After the perfect, two-week homestand, the Women of Troy will again hit the road, with games at  Arizona State and Arizona this weekend.“Winning on the road is extremely important for us, because we have six of our ten matches on the road in the second round,” Haley said. “We’ll take them one at a time, and we need to take them seriously and prepare for that.”last_img read more

Boston College 1-hits Syracuse in 3rd game of weekend series sweep

first_imgFor the moment, Jessica Dreswick’s no-hit bid was in jeopardy.Alicia Hansen led-off the sixth with a liner that hit Dreswick’s left leg and ricocheted right to Boston College third baseman Danielle Thomas. It looked, if only for a second, that the hustling Hansen could beat the throw and end Dreswick’s no-hit bid. But Thomas fielded it quickly and threw a strike to first base to get Hansen by a step.It was one of just two hard-hit balls Syracuse mustered against Dreswick. The other — a Maddi Doane single to center field — eventually broke-up Dreswick’s no-hit bid in the seventh. At the time, BC’s sophomore right-hander was just two outs away from a no-hitter.Dreswick kicked dirt in frustration after Doane’s liner, but got Corinne Ozanne to ground into a 5-4-3 double play to complete the shutout. Her dominant outing powered the Eagles (28-21, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) past Syracuse (27-24, 9-14), 6-0, Sunday afternoon at SU Softball Stadium, completing BC’s weekend sweep. It was the first time this season Syracuse has been held to just one hit.The Orange has dropped five of its last six ACC games and sits as the No. 7 seed in the conference. The top eight teams advance to the ACC tournament. For SU to miss the tournament, Pittsburgh will need to take at least two of three at BC. In the No. 9 spot, Georgia Tech will also need to sweep North Carolina next weekend. That would tie Georgia Tech with Syracuse for the No. 8 seed. The Yellow Jackets and Orange split a doubleheader last month.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“She just really controlled the zone,” SU head coach Mike Bosch said. “She didn’t fall behind, she pounded the zone and she hit her spots.”What came out of Dreswick’s hands Sunday stifled SU hitters. As a light drizzle fell, she jammed hitters, producing several opposite-field foul balls and jam-shots.Andrea Bombace led off the second inning with a liner off her bat’s handle. She took three steps out of the box, then stopped in her tracks and jogged back to the dugout after shortstop Jessie Daulton corralled it.The next batter, Hannah Dossett, hit a grounder to second base that snapped her orange Easton bat. Rachel Burkhardt followed with a clunker to shortstop to end the inning.Dreswick earned ACC co-pitcher of the week honors last week after tossing a no-hitter against North Carolina State. She leads BC with a 13-6 record and 2.19 earned run average and has won six of her last seven decisions. While she only averages 3.45 strikeouts per seven innings, she throws strikes and attacks hitters.Dreswick allowed only two runners to reach base on Sunday. In the first inning, Doane fell behind 0-2, but worked the count to 3-2 before reaching base on a walk. Doane also reached in the seventh, but that inning, like the first, ended with a double play.Only Sammy Fernandez, Doane and Ozanne batted three times. Part of what made Dreswick so effective was her ability to pound the inside corner, especially to SU’s right-handed hitters.“If it was being called inside, it was going inside,” Hansen said. “Up and in, up and in. Wherever it was called, it was going.”Even though SU assistant coach Kristyn Sandberg could decipher where the pitches were coming and relay that to hitters, SU still managed just two base runners. Syracuse hitters often knew whether the pitch would be inside or out, but couldn’t drive the ball.While her fastball wasn’t the fastest SU has seen this year, Dreswick worked fairly quickly and hit her spots to dampen the Syracuse offense. And while she allowed Doane to reach base twice, Dreswick faced the minimum number of batters (21) thanks to a pair of double plays.“At the end of the day, she just kept pounding the zone, pounding the zone,” Sandberg said. “And we couldn’t make the adjustment to square the ball up.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 1, 2016 at 8:10 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21last_img read more