“We have so much room to grow, and that game showed us what we can do better,” Botkin said. “We can hang with teams like Texas, and we are definitely a top-five team, and we will be at the end of the season.” “We have such a strong freshman class,” Botkin said. “They bring a lot to this team and play an important role for us.” “That game was very eye-opening for us,” Botkin said. “We saw a bunch of things we need to work on like passing and cutting down on the number of errors we make.” USC’s hitting percentage dropped every set in the match. In the first, they hit a solid .290, then dropped to .103 in the fourth. The hitting errors also steadily increased for USC as the match went on. The Trojans didn’t play their best in the third set, posting a hitting percentage of just .156, but the Bobcats couldn’t capitalize. They hit a dismal .026, helping USC secure the 2-1 lead. Statistically, the match appeared to be a tight battle. The Longhorns picked up 10 aces to the Trojans’ six, but every other category was nearly split between the two teams, giving Botkin confidence that the team will only improve for the rest of the season. Junior outside hitter Brooke Botkin serves against UCLA in September of last season. (Daily Trojan file photo) Two freshmen started for USC in the matchup with the Bobcats: middle blocker Madison Horin and defensive specialist Keila Barra. Horin tallied seven kills on 14 attempts along with three blocks. Barra provided a boost to the team with her serving, totaling 2 aces, and played solid defense with six digs and no errors. Barra switched to libero for the fourth set. Texas State battled in the fourth set and got out to an 18-11 lead, but the Trojans refused to give in and settle for a deciding fifth set. Senior outside hitter Khalia Lanier helped bring the Trojans back into the match with multiple kills to bring USC within three at 20-17. After powerful serves from Botkin propelled the Trojans to a 7-0 run, they eventually won the set 25-23. The team looks prepared to pick up two important wins after a promising first weekend of the regular season. USC was able to reign in its energy and dominated the middle part of the match. The Trojans won the second set 25-15 and carried that momentum into the third by jumping out to a 12-4 lead, eventually finishing the frame 25-17. Botkin finished second on the team with 10 digs and 12 kills in the match. USC dropped a tight first set 28-26 against Texas State Friday. The team battled hard in the beginning, not wanting to give up an all-important first set against an unranked team. Texas State had three match point opportunities before finally securing the game. The No. 15-ranked USC women’s volleyball team traveled to Texas this past weekend, defeating Texas State before falling to No. 4 Texas. To achieve that top-five goal, the Trojans will need to get back in the win column quickly. Defeating No. 12 Kentucky and No. 23 Creighton this week will be crucial to climbing up i the NCAA rankings. “It felt really good for everything to come together, and we were seeing all of our hard work come to life on the court,” Botkin said. “We were over-the-top with the energy,” junior outside hitter Brooke Botkin said. “We just had to bring it back a bit to play our game.” The box score flipped for the Trojans when they played Texas — after winning the first set, they dropped the next three to lose 3-1.
‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “That’s my favorite play, the chasedown block,” Dionisio, the reigning MPBL Defensive Player of the Year, said in Filipino. “But this one is special, because it helped us win the game.”Dionisio finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 2 blocks for the Stars, who spoiled the debut of former Ateneo star Aaron Black in the league.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBlack finished with seven points in 20 minutes of action as the Capitals failed to finish off the Stars even after taking an 85-82 lead on Joco Tayongtong’s triple with 24 seconds remaining.Later, the Makati Super Crunch crushed the Rizal Golden Coolers, 73-51. Manila Stars forward Aris Dionisio could have easily let this one go. Not this play, though. Not when the game was on the line.With Quezon City’s Peejay Barua ready to complete a fast break layup in the dying seconds, Dionisio swatted away the shot, preserving the Stars’ 86-85 victory over the Capitals in their season opener in the MPBL Lakan Season at Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo.ADVERTISEMENT Still smarting from his team’s postseason collapse three months ago, Makati coach Cholo Villanueva drew solid outputs from former Meralco guard Joseph Sedurifa and John Rey Villanueva, who had 15 and 14 points, respectively.“At the back of our minds, the setback from last season is still there,” said Villanueva, whose team went on a 15-game winning streak before bowing to Quezon City in the first round of the playoffs.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City PLAY LIST 01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:16CJ Peralta says QC judge followed rules in giving nod to raids on militant offices01:51SC gives QC court one month extension to resolve Maguindanao massacre case02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ Petron vows no letup in All-Filipino Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport
Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Busmen target AFC finals slot against Vietnamese View comments MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Powerhouse Petron tests the mettle of an overhauled Foton squad Tuesday to cap a heavy three-game schedule of the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The first serve will be at 7 p.m. with the Blaze Spikers to size up how the retooled Tornadoes could match up with them and derail their bid for a “three-peat” in the midseason tournament.ADVERTISEMENT PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Still, Petron coach Shaq Delos Santos will not take Foton lightly.“They are still contenders, a powerhouse team that has tall players. We cannot let our guards down,” said Delos Santos, who has steered the Blaze Spikers to the All-Filipino throne for the last two years.Delos Santos said his wards are oozing with confidence after making short work of Marinerang Pilipina in their first match since winning the Grand Prix title last month, 25-21, 25-16, 25-10.Veteran Aiza Maizo-Pontillas led the Blaze Spikers in that game, firing 12 kills and three blocks for 15 points.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Newcomer Marinerang Pilipina, meanwhile, resumes its hunt for a first win and will clash with PLDT Home Fibr in the 2 p.m. opener, even as struggling Sta. Lucia battles Cignal in the 4 p.m. game.Despite beefing up its roster with quality talents like Marian Buitre, Justine Dorog and Laizah Bendong to help the solid core of Jaja Santiago, Dindin Manabat, Elaine Kasilag and Jen Reyes, Foton has still struggled in the early stages here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsFoton split its first two games against Sta. Lucia and Generika-Ayala before taking a tough 9-25, 25-23, 22-25, 16-25 setback to F2 Logistics last Saturday at Imus Sports Center in Imus City, Cavite.In that match, open spiker Shaya Adorador carried the team, but the Tornadoes failed to draw impressive numbers from other scorers like Santiago, Mina Aganon, Manabat and Kasilag. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next