#9 USD defeats #1 USC in NCAA women’s volleyball!
I was born and raised in Texas where sports is a culture all its own.
I tried playing basketball when I was in sixth grade but promptly broke an ankle. That was all I wanted of basketball.
My next sport was tennis, which I played in junior high, which was grades six through nine. I wanted to play in high school, too. The problem was that the high school was about six miles from our house whereas grade school was two blocks south and junior high was two blocks north. My wise old grandmother would not let me stay after school for tennis — every school day! — when after school was six miles away. She could not yet trust me with my background as a juvenile delinquent before she adopted me.
When I got to college at Texas A&M University, I continued to play chess but also took up volleyball with my dorm’s intramural team.
Although I don’t play sports anymore, I certainly enjoy watching them, especially football, basketball, tennis, and volleyball. Last night I had the opportunity to go to two college volleyball games at the University of San Diego (USD), both part of the USD Volleyball Tournament. The first game was between the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) and Eastern Washington. UCSB easily won in three sets.
It was the second game that I was there to see: USD, ranked #9 in the nation (highest in program history) would be taking on the USC Trojans, ranked #1 in the nation (a position that they have become accustomed to over the years.
USD was coming in on an emotional high. In their previous three games they had beaten #11 Hawaii, #11 Iowa State, and #18 Illinois. Their only loss was a five-set match against Texas, ranked #1 at the time.
USC and USD have played often throughout the decades, but USD has never won……………
…….until last night.
USD took down #1 USC in four sets: 25-23, 20-25, 25-22, 25-19.
There were 2,014 fans in Jenny Craig (yes, that Jenny Craig!) Pavilion, and the place was rocking! Both teams played excellent volleyball, and while USC had the taller team and took advantage of that height with kill shots, USD had the better defense, and it showed in the number of digs for the match.
I took videos of every single point during the match. Following is the best point, occurring in the third set. Point and set were won by USD.
When USD won on the third match point, half of the 2,014 fans somehow were on court celebrating:
The best thing about last night’s entertainment is that it lasted six hours, cost $10 for two tickets for mid-court general admission seating, $12 for nachos and drinks, and about five dollars’ worth of gas. Try getting that at a professional sporting event!
Let’s hear it for college sports! Now on to Saturday college football. Go, Johnny, Go! Gig ‘em, Aggies. BTHO Alabama!
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