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USC Women's Volleyball Travels to Texas


September 8, 2016

The 3-3 USC women’s volleyball team hopes to have better results in the state of Texas than the football team did against Alabama last Saturday. The women of Troy will play in the Rice Adidas Invitational in Houston on Friday and Saturday.

On Friday they face Sam Houston State and Saturday Oakland and Rice.

The then No. 7 Trojans started their season with three losses two weeks ago but they came back with three wins in a row last weekend at the USC Raddison Classic at the Galen Center on the USC campus.

“The players rebounded from the 0-3 start,” said USC head coach Mick Haley after his team beat a good Creighton team in five sets last Saturday night. “”The team was disappointed that they did not play well last week. Our offense was good this weekend and our setters play really well.”

What also helped the Trojans win their own tournament was the play of some new and old players who have not been getting a lot of playing time. “As we go along you willsee some of our young talent develop,” said Haley.

Nikkii Leonard, Jordan Dunn and Sarah Livingston came off the bench to help the Trojans get back into the win column. After starter Alyse Ford was injured against Creighton Livingston came in and the team continued to play at a high level.

“Livingston is our fireman.” said Haley. “When we need her she takes control.”

The Trojans were also led by veterans Elise Ruddins and Taylor Whittingham and freshman Khalia Lanier. Ruddins and Taylor made the all- tournament team and Lanier was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.


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