Head coach Brent Crouch was proud of the effort his squad displayed despite injuries and is confident in its abilities going forward. With 10 of their 20 remaining matches coming against ranked opponents, the squad will be challenged to respond to adversity as it has done early on this season if it wants to build on last year’s strong performance. “We are not 100% [health-wise],” Crouch said. “We are getting there … We are looking forward to getting everyone practicing at 100% and really [hitting] the Pac-12 schedule in stride.” This is USC’s third 3-0 sweep this season, and it hopes to carry this momentum into Pac-12 play beginning Wednesday against UCLA. The Bruins were swept in their last two matches by No. 11 Hawaii and UC Santa Barbara, while the Trojans enter conference play ranked No. 25 in the nation. Senior outside hitter Khalia Lanier had a season-high 18 kills along with 19.5 points against the Toreros. USC regained its strength in the second game of the week against Long Beach State. The Trojans had 15 kills and four aces in the first set, taking it 25-21. They easily won the second set 25-11 with an additional 15 kills. The third set proved to be more difficult, but USC held the lead, finishing the sweep 25-20. The match against San Diego was a tough fight throughout the full five sets. USD won the first two sets, and USC struggled to keep up given the Toreros’ effective blocking. However, the Trojans stayed resilient after going down 2-0 and were able to battle back in the third and fourth sets to tie it up 2-2. Senior outside hitter Khalia Lanier had a combined 39.5 points in the Trojans’ two games this past weekend. ( Sinead Chang / Daily Trojan) The fifth set was tight, but USC fell behind 14-11 due to an overturned call. The Trojans couldn’t come back from the deficit, losing 15-13 and ending in a three-games-to-two loss. Lanier led the Trojans in the second match with 20 points and 17 kills. Junior outside hitter Brooke Botkin had a career high with six kills, six digs and four of the Trojans’ 12 service aces. Following its three-win performance at the Trojan Invitational — including a sweep of Villanova, which entered the game with a 5-1 record on the season — No. 20 women’s volleyball fell to San Diego 3-2 Thursday before swiftly defeating Long Beach State 3-0 Friday.
At the start of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament, Ponggay Gaston was listed as an opposite hitter for Ateneo.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Gaston isn’t new in playing different positions as she was a middle blocker during her high school days at University of Santo Tomas and she once played as an outside hitter for Ateneo in Premier Volleyball League.And in her first game playing as a libero, Gaston registered seven excellent receptions and that is just one less than Lo had.“When I got to Ateneo my position really changed so I’m used to all this constant changing,” said Gaston. “So whatever coach Tai tells me I’ll just do it and instead of complaining I’ll just think that coach Tai gave me this responsibility because I can do it.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City LATEST STORIES GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Time to face the monster Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Yet on Wednesday, the third year Lady Eagle got switched to a defense-centric player when head coach Tai Bundit decided that Gaston will be an effective libero against Far Eastern University.And Bundit’s gamble paid off with the Lady Eagles taking their fifth win of the season with a three-set sweep of the Lady Tamaraws, 25-19, 25-21, 25-17.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkGaston, who has a minor sprain on her left ankle, said she only knew of her assignment the night before they faced FEU at the second round of the tournament.“I have a sprain so I knew that my only job would be to receive and I can do that,” said Gaston, who shared libero duties with Ria Lo, in Filipino. “I knew I didn’t have to jump and I just focused on my job and make my teammates happy.” Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments