Senior All-American Taryn Kloth had a career-high 25 kills but it wasn’t enough as No. 13 Creighton lost a five-set marathon match at No. 10 USC on Saturday night.
The contest took 3:04 to complete, the longest match in school history by time, and saw host USC (3-0) win by scores of 28-26, 23-25, 25-22, 21-25, 18-16.
USC survived three set points from CU to take the opening frame, 28-26. The Bluejays trailed for much of the set, but used a pair of clutch Kloth kills to move ahead 24-23. CU had chances to 24-23, 25-24 and 26-25 to take a 1-0 lead, only to be turned back each time. The Women of Troy took the set on a Creighton attack error. Kloth had four kills and Jaali Winters added five kills and three solo blocks in the first set, while USC was paced by six kills from Brooke Botkin.