Third-Ranked Texas Sweeps Fourth-Ranked USC at Showcase
OMAHA, Neb. - All-American Julianne Faucette's 13 kills led a balanced Texas attack, as the third-ranked Longhorns swept USC, 27-25, 25-15, 30-28, Friday night at the Runza/AVCA Showcase at the Qwest Center.
Faucette, the AVCA Freshman of the Year in 2007, totaled 13 kills and six digs, as the Longhorns avenged a season-ending loss to the Women of Troy at the 2007 NCAA Gainesville Regional.
Texas enjoyed a balanced attack in the sweep as four players totaled at least seven kills for the Longhorns, including nine by Lauren Paolini, who hit .421on 19 swings and chipped in a team-best six stuffs . Texas totaled 13 blocks on the evening, and held the Women of Troy to .095 hitting.
Freshman Alex Jupiter paced USC with a match-high 17 kills, while Kimmee Roleder finished with nine kills, four blocks and eight digs in a losing effort.
The Runza/AVCA Showcase continues Sunday afternoon with Texas taking on Stanford at 12:30 p.m. while the Huskers take on USC at 3 p.m. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster outlets across Nebraska and Ticketmaster.com.
Press Conference Quotes
USC Coach Mick Haley
"I thought we let one slip away. We're young and got out of rhythm, and we felt bad about ourselves because we couldn't get in rhythm. Instead of fighting through it, we went for home runs instead of playing more experienced. That is going to be what we have to fight through to get better. I just talked to the team about that and learning to do better. I think this team is still a Final Four team, and I'll put that out there right now. I think they will get this eventually and be very good. They all want it, I am sure of that, but they don't know how to do it yet. This may be a great opportunity.
On Alex Jupiter
I think Alex has great potential. All she needs to do is relax, keep playing and let the older kids do the hard work. She can help us a great deal, but her game needs a lot of work also, but she is willing to work on it. We're happy that she could help us tonight with points, but had a few more errors then we would like to have. There is a lot of hope here and chances for us to do better. It is not too often that two Pac-10 teams lose 3-0. It's going to be interesting to see how this ends up in December. I told our team to accept this as a serious challenge and see how quickly we can right the ship."
Texas Head Coach Jerritt Elliott
"It's the first game of the season. We're trying to iron things out. If you looked at both matches tonight, there were lots of runs, some good stuff and some bad stuff. We were able to stay in system a little bit more than USC tonight, and execute the serve-and-pass game a little bit more, and we made some big plays at the end. It was good win for us."
On both Big 12 teams beating the Pac-10 teams on the night
"I think every school in the country takes pride in their conference. We're very proud to represent the Big 12, and we feel like it's a very strong conference. It's great to be able to represent it."
On his newcomers
"They did great. Our setter did a phenomenal job. There are things that we'll be able to look back and learn from, but she was very steady, very even-keeled, she found our big hitters in clutch situations in both of those games. Rachel Adams had a huge block in game one to win that game, and made another big block in game three."
On getting a victory
"I have to say it feels really good, especially losing to them 3-0 last year. I don't think our team was expecting a 3-0 win, because they're a great team. Both sides were a little shaky, but we just found a way to win, and that's the most important thing for the first match of every season."
On her performance in clutch situations
"I felt like we shouldn't give up at those critical points, so I took a little initiative and told our team hey, we can still win this game, and just run with it, and it worked. You never know with volleyball, but I'm glad it worked."
Article courtesy of Nebraska athletics.