Hoosiers Record-Piercing Run Comes to an End
Dec. 10, 2010
DAYTON, Ohio - Indiana Volleyball's unprecedented run to the program's first Sweet 16 finally came to an end Friday night at the Dayton Regional, dropping a 3-0 decision (25-18, 25-21, 25-20) to the overall No. 6-seeded USC Trojans (28-4). The 2010 Hoosier conclude the season with a 23-12 overall record, the highest wins total since 1979.
Senior middle blocker Ashley Benson went down swinging, ending her career with a team-high 13 kills and three blocks against the Trojans. She also tossed in two assists, an ace and a dig in her final match donning the Cream and Crimson. Her senior classmate, Taylor Wittmer, was Indiana's next best offensive weapon with her five kills and .250 hitting efficiency.
In the backcourt, the Caitlin's led the way, as Cox paced the Hoosiers with 14 digs and Hansen followed with a dozen of her own.
USC started strong, leading the entire way in set number one despite a 3-kills-on-3-swings performance by Benson and six dug balls for Cox.
Sets two and three were much closer, however, with a combined 21 tied scores and six lead changes. The second stanza was IU's best defensively, limiting the Trojans to a .175 attack percentage. Unfortunately, the Hoosiers hit just .091 themselves in the 25-21 set defeat. A kill by Kelci Marschall knotted the score as late as 17-17 in the frame before a three-point USC run created some distance and led to the 25-21 final tally.
Indiana really showed some grit and heart in the third. After falling behind 7-1 in the early goings, the Hoosiers battled and scrapped their way back to a 15-15 stalemate following a service ace by Melanie Hicks. USC responded though by ripping of the next five points for a 20-15 advantage. That five-point gap would prove to be the difference as USC advanced to the Elite 8 with a 25-20 third-set triumph.
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