USC’s women’s volleyball has kicked off their season strong with an undefeated home record and a 6-4 overall record.
Now that the Women of Troy are 10 games into the season, it’s time to look at the five players who have made a name for themselves so far.
Freshman outside hitter Kalen Owes is leading the team with 98 kills. The newcomer, originally from Phoenix, Ariz., is making a name for herself early on and currently sits on four of the five-team leaderboard. Owes sits at third in digs with 72, fifth in blocks with 18 and fourth in service aces with nine.
Owes dominated in games for USC against Yale and Creighton. Her season-high for kills came against Yale with 18. The 6-foot-2-inch outside hitter was able to get three season-highs against Creighton with a commanding 22 points, 15 digs and three aces. Owes was able to nab the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for Sept. 9-15, and fans are expecting her to receive this honor more as the season continues.
Setter Raquel Lazaro, the former Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, is turning heads once again this season. The 6-foot sophomore is leading the team with a dominant 410 assists. She comes in second with 104 digs and second in blocks with 35.
So far this season, Lazaro has a .349 hitting percentage, played in 39 sets, and has 19 kills. The sophomore setter made a name for herself in the 2018 season and achieved an AVCA All-American honorable mention. She was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week four times and holds the record for the sixth-highest single-season assists in USC’s history. Lazaro looks to continue her dominance for the rest of this season and years to come.
Senior outside hitter Khalia Lanier is entering her final season as a Trojan as she sits on three of the five-team leaderboard. Lanier comes second in kills with 92, second in service aces with 11 and third in assists with seven.
Picking up from where she left off in 2018, where Lanier received an AVCA All-America honorable mention, the 6-foot-2-inch outside hitter has an impressive .316 hitting percentage, 40 digs and 105 points. Coaches during the Pac-12 conference selected Lanier as one of the three Trojans to be a part of the preseason All Pac-12 team. Look for the Scottsdale, Ariz. senior to end her career at USC on a high note.
Senior middle blocker Jasmine Gross is continuing to impress at USC since her transfer from Pepperdine last season. Gross leads the team with 54 blocks and comes in fifth with 80 kills.
Since her transfer to the Women of Troy, the 6-foot-2-inch middle has made an impact on the court. In her first year as a Trojan, Gross was named to the Marquette Invitational All-Tournament team and ranked 10th in the Pac-12 in blocks. This season, the Portland, Ore. native has a .436 hitting percentage, 114.5 offensive points, 17 digs and she was already awarded the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 9-15.
Libero Jenna Adams is looking to come back strong this season after having to sit the 2018 season out due to injury. So far, Adams sits on two of the five leaderboards. She leads the team with 109 digs and comes in second with 21 assists.
Adams transferred to USC after her freshman season at Ohio State and had an accomplished sophomore season in 2017 before her 2018 injury. In her 35 sets played, the 5-foot-10-inch libero has dominated the backcourt with 3.11 digs per set.
Ultimately, the Women of Troy as a team are expected to do well this season. During the Pac-12 Conference with the volleyball head coaches, USC was selected to finish second in the league. They are currently ranked 25th in the American Volleyball Coaches Association top-25 poll.