The USC Women’s Volleyball team’s eagerly anticipated journey has come to fruition in Houston as they gear up for their initial three matches of the 2023 season. Ranking 22nd in the NCAA’s database, the Women of Troy are poised to tackle a series of formidable adversaries during this weekend’s excursion.
Kicking things off, the team is slated to compete against Houston at the Fertitta Center today, 6 pm PT, marking their first encounter since 2003. The much-anticipated clash, scheduled to be streamed on ESPN+, carries added significance for USC, given their unblemished record against Houston and their higher national ranking at number 19. The stage is set to witness how the USC stars will rise to the occasion.
“Houston… we have a problem.”
Speaking of stars, several players from USC, including senior Skylar Fields, will find themselves returning to their hometowns. Fields, a former University of Texas player, has since become a pivotal outside hitter for the Women of Troy. Her achievements, including selections to the AVCA All-America First Team, Pac-12 All-Conference Team, and Trojan All-Tournament Team in the 2022 season, underscore her prowess. With the first match against Houston underway, USC’s focus will then shift to encounters with Rice University and The University of Southern Mississippi.
Rice University, holding the 23rd national ranking, stands as a close contender to USC. Their previous clash in 2016 resulted in a single-game defeat for Rice. This upcoming showdown, set for Saturday at 4 pm PT, is another event to be broadcast on ESPN+, promising riveting action.
In a Sunday morning fixture at 9 am PT, USC faces The University of Southern Mississippi. While this will be the maiden meeting between the two schools, it won’t be streamed. Nonetheless, the intensity is expected to be palpable at the Fertitta Center.
In a recent press release by USC, it was revealed that other teammates of Skylar Fields will also have the privilege of playing near their hometowns during these matches, further amplifying the significance of this weekend’s events.
“Fr. OH and Fr. MB were each born in Houston. London’s mother Morgan played volleyball and her father Indi ran track for the Cougars. Her older brother Indiana Wijay is a freshman quarterback at Houston. Leah’s father Kirk was a captain for the Houston basketball team.”(Via USC Athletics)