Volleyball Looks To Rebound Against Cal, Stanford

Oct. 16, 2000

The Facts
Holding onto the conference lead, No. 4/5 USC (14-1, 8-1 Pac-10) embarks on the second-half of the 2000 season. The Women of Troy suffered their first loss of the season at No. 6 Arizona, 0-3, on Friday (Oct. 13), following a victory over Arizona State, 3-1, on Thursday (Oct. 12). This week, the Trojans host Cal and 17th-ranked Stanford on Thursday (Oct. 19) and Friday (Oct. 20). Both matches will start at 6 p.m. at North Gym.

The Last Outing
USC defeated Arizona State, 3-1, Thursday (Oct. 12) at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe. The Trojans overcame a first-game setback, just 30 minutes into the match, by taking the next three for the 9-15, 15-13, 15-6, 15-13 win. Five of six starters posted double-digits in kills on the night, while freshman Katie Olsovsky led all players with a .464 attack percentage (15 kills) and five total blocks. Outside hitters Antoinette Polk (22 kills, 11 digs), Janae Henry (13 kills, 13 digs) and April Ross (17 kills, 20 digs) all led both offensively and defensively.

USC suffered its first loss of the season at the hands of No. 6 Arizona 10-15, 17-19, 12-15 on Friday (Oct. 13). The two-hour match was played in front of 7,298 at Arizona's McKale Center - the highest attendance figure ever for an Arizona home match. The Trojans, who rank second in the Pac-10 in blocks per game average, were drastically out-blocked by the conference-leading Wildcats, 19.5 to 9.0. The Women of Troy collected 63 kills off of 187 attacks, but added 37 errors in the match for a season-low .139 attack percentage. April Ross led all players with 22 kills and a team-best .306 attack percentage.

Polk Hits 1,000
Senior Antoinette Polk collected her 1,000th career kill in the first game against Arizona State on Thursday (Oct. 12). To date, Polk owns a total of 1,021 kills and needs just 14 digs to become the 35th player in Pac-10 history to reach 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs. (Cal senior Alicia Perry is also on the verge of reaching this mark. Short nine digs, both players can reach the milestone during Thursday's match.)

The Rankings
USC fell to No. 5 according to Volleyball magazine's Division I poll after suffering a loss against Arizona. In the AVCA/USA Today Coaches Poll USC remains No. 4 -- the Trojans are still the highest ranked team in the Pac-10. Volleyball also ranked the freshman class as the nation's No. 1 recruiting class, and among Pac-10 coaches, USC is picked to finish 3rd in the conference race.

The Best (Pac-10) Start Ever
With an 8-1 record to start the 2000 conference season, the Women of Troy have posted the program's best start ever in Pac-10 play. The closest the Trojans have ever come is a 7-2 start in the 1989, 1991, 1992, 1997 and 1998 seasons - all under former head coach Lisa Love.

Midway Through
Pac-10 play reached the halfway mark for the 2000 season on Friday (Oct. 13). Despite meetings between the top four conference teams last week (USC, Arizona, UCLA, Arizona State), the standings did not change. The Trojans and Wildcats each took a loss and remain tied for the Pac-10 lead.

And Then There Were Two
Last week there were four Division I women's volleyball teams with perfect records, and now there are two. After last week's match-ups, Nebraska (17-0) and Hawai'i (15-0) remain untouched, while USC (14-1) endured a loss to Arizona and Ohio State (17-1) suffered a five-game loss to Minnesota.

Did You Know?
* A freshman has led in kills, digs and/or blocks in all but two matches this season (13-of-15).
* Friday's loss was USC's first at Arizona since 1997 when the Wildcats defeated the Trojans, 3-2, in Tucson.
* The loss against Arizona (Oct. 13) was USC's first 3-0 defeat since falling to UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 27, 1999.
* Averaging .323 this season and holding opponents to a .150 average, the Trojans surprisingly hit below .200 for the first time in 2000 against the Wildcats (Oct. 13).
* Jennifer Pahl had a season-high 11 digs against Arizona (Oct. 13).
* USC broke Stanford's 45-match home win streak with the win on Sept. 22, putting an end to a 23-year USC drought at Maples Pavilion. The Trojans had not won at Stanford since 1977.
* USC's longest match of the season was a two-hour, 30 minute bout against UCLA (Oct. 6)... the shortest lasted one-hour, three minutes against Texas-San Antonio (Sept. 7).
* The Women of Troy set a program record with a .556 team hitting percentage against Oregon (Sept. 30). The team's six errors in the match rank fourth among all-time program lows.

Game Win Streak Ends At 38
USC put an end to a 23-year old record by surpassing a 28-game win streak previously set over the 1976 and 1977 championship seasons. The 2000 USC volleyball team extended its single game win streak to 38 before dropping its first game of the season to UCLA in a 3-1 victory on Friday (Oct. 6). Ironically, the previous record was also broken by UCLA on Oct. 26, 1977 in a USC 3-2 win.

Pac-10 All-Time Win Streaks
UCLA holds the Pac-10 record for all-time game win streaks. In 1992 the Bruins won 14 consecutive matches (42 games) from Oct. 9 through Nov. 14. USC is now next on the list, having won 38 consecutive games to start the 2000 season. The Women of Troy surpassed Stanford's record of 37 games set in 1995 from Oct. 27 through Dec. 9.

Freshmen Bring Reminders of the Past
The nation's No. 1 (according to Volleyball magazine) freshman class has made a definite impact on USC women's volleyball this season. Not only are three of the six (April Ross, Katie Olsovsky and Toni Anderson) currently starting for the Women of Troy, but their contributions have been significant. Ross leads the team in kills per game (3.11), Anderson is splitting time and assists at setter, and Olsovsky is averaging 1.33 blocks per game. As a group (which also includes Kelli Lantz, Nicole Davis and Jamie Carroll), the freshmen have been compared to the class of newcomers that joined USC in 1976 under head coach Chuck Erbe. With Terry Place, Paula Dittmer-Goodwin, Debbie Green and Debbie Landreth, the '76 Trojans went on to win the AIAW National Championship.

Against Ranked Opponents
Then-ranked No. 6 Arizona was USC's fourth ranked opponent of the season, and the first to hand the Women of Troy a loss in 2000. This week, the Trojans face their fifth ranked opponent in No. 17 Stanford. USC defeated the formerly-ranked No. 11 Cardinal on Sept. 22, following a victory over then-ranked No. 18 Texas, 3-0, to open the 2000 season. The third victory came over No. 8 UCLA on Oct. 6. Texas has since fallen out of the Top-25, Stanford dropped to No. 21 after the loss, the Bruins fell to No. 10, while the Wildcats improved to No. 5.

Opponent Notes
Cal --
With a 9-7 overall record and 4-5 conference mark, Cal is coming off a 0-3 loss to Stanford and 3-1 win over nonconference opponent William & Mary last week... The Golden Bears have hit .200 or better in five of its last six matches... In the middle, the team is led by Reena Pardiwala who had eight blocks last week and has recorded three or more in 11 matches this year... Freshman OH Gabrielle Abernathy leads all Pac-10 freshmen with 218 kills and 3.57 kpg... Senior Alicia Perry is nine digs short of reaching 1,000 career kills and digs... In the last meeting, the Trojans tied the all-time program record with their 27th-straight game win by defeating Cal 3-0... USC hit .336 and tallied 11.0 team blocks thanks to the efforts of freshman middle blocker Katie Olsovsky who added a season-high seven stops.

Stanford -- Stanford, who began the conference season with a dismal 0-4 record, has been rejuvenated thanks to the addition of OH Logan Tom who returned from the Olympic Game... Since her arrival, the Cardinal has swept the last three matches to improve to 11-6 overall and 5-4 in Pac-10 play... Against Cal, Tom recorded 17 kills, six digs and four blocks, then added 13 kills, eight digs and six blocks against Long Beach State... In the last meeting, the Trojans swept the Cardinal 3-0, ending Stanford's 45-match home win streak... USC held Stanford to .000 hitting and only 14 points in the match, while USC outside hitter Janae Henry led the squad with 11 kills off of 19 attacks (.337) and 11 digs.

Series Records
The Trojans own a 29-6 (.829) all-time record against Cal. USC has earned 15 consecutive victories after sweeping the Golden Bears 3-0 in Berkeley on Sept. 23.

Of the 95 different opponents USC has faced in program history, only seven own a winning record against the Trojans - Stanford is one of them. USC improved to 11-41-1 (.212) against the Cardinal after a 3-0 victory on the road on Sept. 22. It was the first time the Women of Troy defeated Stanford at Maples Pavilion since 1977.

Past, Present and Future Coaches
Jerritt Elliott enters his second season as USC's interim head coach after serving as the Trojans' assistant for four seasons under former head coach Lisa Love. After leading the U.S.A. Women's National Team at the 2000 Olympic Games, head coach Mick Haley has joined the USC program.

Interim Head Coach Jerritt Elliott
USC interim head coach Jerritt Elliott was tabbed the 1999 Pac-10 Coach of the Year in his rookie season. Elliott, serving as the Trojans' head coach through the 2000 season, became just the second coach in Pac-10 history to post 13 league wins in their first season. Troy's 13-5 (.722) conference mark was the best win percentage ever recorded by a rookie coach in the conference. In 1999 Elliott led the Women of Troy to a third-place Pac-10 finish, a 21-9 overall record, and a No. 17 final ranking in the USA Today/AVCA Top-25 poll. Thanks to his efforts, USC's incoming class of 2000 was named the nation's No. 1 recruiting class according to Volleyball magazine.

Head Coach Mick Haley
U.S.A. Women's National Volleyball Team head coach Mick Haley, who won two national championships in the 1980s while guiding the Texas women's team, has joined the USC women's volleyball program after the conclusion of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. Due to the fact that he arrived in the middle of the collegiate season, Haley does not expect to take an active coaching role until 2001. Haley accepted the USC coaching position in June of 1999. In his fourth season as head coach of the U.S.A. National Volleyball Team, his squad earned a berth to the 2000 Olympics by defeating Canada to win the Nike Americas' Volleyball Challenge. Before taking over the national team, he spent 17 successful seasons (1980-96) at Texas, where he earned a 522-137-1 overall record, won two national championships and 13 Southwest Conference titles, and captured 15 NCAA tournament berths.

U.S.A. Women's Volleyball at the 2000 Olympics
Under the leadership of head coach Mick Haley, the U.S.A. women's volleyball team surprised many by advancing to the semifinals before falling to Russia 2-3 and Brazil in medal contention. The Americans, who weren't favored to make the semifinals much less push the powerful Russians to a fifth game, relinquished the bronze medal to Brazil with a 0-3 loss. The United States made a strong start at the 2000 Olympic Games by defeating China (3-1), Kenya (3-0), Croatia (3-0) and Australia (3-0). The team lost its first match of the Games to Brazil (1-2) in the first round of play, but returned to beat South Korea 3-2 and advance to the semifinals.

Player Profiles

#1 Tracy Lindquist
Setter * Sophomore
A returning starter... named to the 1999 Pac-10 All-Freshman first team... averaged 7.86 assists and 1.95 digs per game while sharing the setter's role... finished the season tenth in the Pac-10 in assists... an extremely versatile player and a great competitor for the Women of Troy.
Did You Know?... A true beach buff, Lindquist played in the 2000 Pro Seal Beach Open and represented the United States in 2-man beach volleyball in Israel this summer with her partner, sister Katie Lindquist.
This Season... Has played in 47 games and started 2 matches... Averaged 6.67 assists and 2.5 digs against Texas (Sept. 1) and Arkansas (Sept. 2) while splitting time at setter and DS... Averaged 6.6 assists per game at the Met-Rx Invitational (Sept. 6-8) and recorded a career-high five service aces against Temple... Collected six digs against Oregon State (Sept. 29) and averaged 5.0 apg for the weekend series... Added 33 assists and one ace against UCLA (Oct. 6)... Averaged 7.3 assists per game against Arizona State (Oct. 12) and Arizona (Oct. 13).

#2 Julie Mariani
Defensive Specialist * Sophomore

A returning letterwinner who made several starts in the backrow... collected 243 digs (2.27 dpg) and led the team with 50 service aces in 1999... led the Pac-10 averaging 0.47 aces per game... an aggressive player on the court.
Did You Know?... Mariani currently holds the USC career and single season record for ace average after posting 0.47 aces per game as a freshman.
This Season... Has played in 18 games... Entered the match against Oregon (Sept. 30) and accounted for one ace and one dig... Played three games against UCI (Oct. 3) and UCLA (Oct. 6), contributing three digs... Added four digs against Arizona (Oct. 13).

#3 Antoinette Polk
Outside Hitter * Senior

A returning starter... named to the 1999 All-Pac-10 honorable mention team... led the team in kills (407) and kills per game (3.82), finishing sixth in the conference... Ranked second on the team and fifth in the Pac-10 with 338 digs and 3.19 dpg... a premier ball control player whose offensive power makes her an All-American candidate.
Did You Know?... Polk was also a member of the USC women's basketball team during the 1996-97 season. She spent her freshman year as a redshirt on the volleyball team, and played nine games at guard with the basketball team.
This Season... Has played in 47 games and started 15 matches... Averaged 2.33 kills against Texas (Sept. 1) and Arkansas (Sept. 2)... Added five blocks against Rhode Island (Sept. 6)... Averaged a career-high .647 attack percentage against Washington State (Sept. 14) with 12 kills, one error and 17 attacks... Against Washington (Sept. 15) she added 13 digs... Hit .333 (9-3-18) against Oregon State (Sept. 29) and .455 (6-1-11) against Oregon (Sept. 30)... Added a season-high 17 kills (.250) and 12 digs against UCLA (Oct. 6)... Collected her 1,000th career kill against Arizona State (Oct. 12) with 11 kills and a team-high 22 digs in the match... Led with 19 digs against Arizona (Oct. 13).

#4 Nicole Davis
Defensive Specialist * Freshman

Considered one of the nation's best defensive specialist of the incoming class... played on the Junior National Team as the libero this summer... a two-time all-league selection at Lincoln High in Stockton, Calif.
Did You Know?... Davis owns a black belt in karate.
This Season... Has played in 21 games... Made her collegiate debut against Texas (Sept. 1) and added one dig... Saw playing time in four of six games against Stanford (Sept. 22) and Cal (Sept. 23)... Added four digs against Arizona State (Oct. 12).

#6 Jaime Carroll
Defensive Specialist * Freshman

A three-time all-league honoree at Medfield (Mass.) High... played outside hitter and setter as a prep.
Did You Know?... Carroll is the daughter of former NFL head coach Pete Carroll.
This Season... Has played in 3 games... Made her collegiate debut against Washington (Sept. 15) and recorded an ace on her first serve... Played two games against Oregon (Sept. 30).

#8 Sara Peterson
Outside Hitter * Senior

A three-year letterwinner... made several appearances in 1999, including a .556 hitting performance at Washington State to lead the Trojans in a 3-0 sweep of the Cougars.
Did You Know?... Peterson's uncle, Tom Peterson, is the current women's volleyball head coach at Utah State and was named the 1994 National Coach of the Year after leading the Penn State men's volleyball program to a national championship.

#12 Kelli Lantz
Middle Blocker * Freshman

A Volleyball Fab 50 selection and member of USC's No.1-ranked recruiting class... helped lead Centennial High (Bakersfield, Calif.) to the Division I state and national championship as a prep.
This Season... Has played in 14 games and made one start... Made her collegiate debut against Arkansas (Sept. 2) and added one kill and one block... Added three kills off of five attacks (.400) against UTSA (Sept. 7)... Played one game against Washington (Sept. 15) and added one kill (1.000) and a block... Entered the match for one game against Cal (Sept. 23) and added one kill off of one attack... Against Oregon (Sept. 30), she added two kills off of two attacks and one block... Made her first career start against UC Irvine (Oct. 3) in place of the injured Jennifer Pahl... Had an outstanding performance with six kills off of nine attacks and one error (.556)... Added three blocks while stepping in for one game against Arizona (Oct. 13).

#14 April Ross
Outside Hitter * Freshman

The 1999 Gatorade National Player of the Year and a Paul Mitchell prep All-American... enters as one of the nation's top freshmen and a member of USC's No. 1-ranked recruiting class... she guided Newport Harbor High (Newport Beach, Calif.) to the state and league championship in 1999.
This Season... Has played in 47 games and started 15 matches... Made her collegiate debut in the starting lineup against Texas (Sept. 1) and Arkansas (Sept. 2)... Averaged a .409 hitting percentage at the Texas Invitational, while collecting five blocks and 10 digs, including 13 kills (.417) against the Razorbacks... Honored as MVP of the Met-Rx Invitational (Sept. 6-8) after adding nine kills (.333) and 10 digs against Temple, and averaging 8.7 kills and a .365 attack percentage in the three tournament matches... Posted a season-high .562 attack percentage against the Huskies (Sept. 15), committed no hitting errors and also tied two season bests with 10 digs and four blocks... Led the team with 15 digs against Cal (Sept. 23)... Accounted for a season-high four aces against Oregon State (Sept. 29) while hitting .444 (9-1-18)... Hit .417 (7-2-12) against Oregon (Sept. 30)... Led USC with 25 kills against UCLA (Oct. 6) - a personal and team season high... Also added 12 digs and four blocks against the Bruins... Led the squad in kills against Arizona State (Oct. 12) and Arizona (Oct. 13) with 17 kills, 20 digs and 22 kills, 11 digs, respectively.

#15 Lauren Killian
Opposite Hitter * Sophomore

A returning starter... named to the 1999 Pac-10 All-Freshman honorable mention team... played in the middle and on the outside last season... averaged 0.94 blocks per game to finish second on the team... also added 1.67 kills per game... will pose problems for opponents playing her more natural right side position.
Did You Know?... Killian's Trojan roots span nearly four generations amounting to 10-plus USC alumni, including her father, Don, who played for USC's 1977 NCAA champion men's volleyball team.
This Season... Has played in 47 games... Led the team with a .450 attack percentage (11-2-20) against Texas (Sept. 1) and Arkansas (Sept. 2) and added seven blocks... Was flawless at the Met-Rx Invitational (Sept. 6-8), adding 15 kills off of 27 attacks with no errors for a .556 attack percentage... After a five-kill, error-free performance against Washington State (Sept. 14), she made her first hitting mistake in 14 games against Washington, despite another .545 hitting display... Hit .429 (4-1-7) against Oregon State (Sept. 29), then struggled against the Ducks (Sept. 30) with three kills and two errors off of eight attacks (.125)... Added three blocks against UC Irvine (Oct. 3) and five kills (.364), two blocks against UCLA (Oct. 6)... Contributed three blocks in each match against Arizona State (Oct. 12) and Arizona (Oct. 13).

#22 Janae Henry
Outside Hitter * Senior

A returning starter... named to the 1999 All-Pac-10 honorable mention team... led the team and ranked second in the Pac-10 with an average of 3.5 digs per game last season... with a 2.88 career dig mark, she is currently fifth on USC's all-time list... one of the strongest and most consistent players this season who should be considered an All-American candidate.
This Season... Has played in 47 games and started 15 matches... Led USC in win over Texas (Sept. 1) with 10 kills (.400) and 14 digs... At the Texas Invitational she averaged a team-leading 4.33 digs per game and finished with 19 total kills... Named to the Met-Rx Invitational all-tournament team after hitting .538 and posting nine digs against Temple (Sept. 8)... She averaged 3.3 digs and a .405 attack percentage in the tournament... Led the team with 15 kills against Washington State (Sept. 14)... Posted her second double-double of the season with a team-leading 11 kills (.474) and 11 digs against Stanford (Sept. 22)... Hit .500 (7-1-12) against Oregon State (Sept. 29) and a career-high .600 (7-1-10) against Oregon (Sept. 30)... Surpassed another career high with 25 digs against the Bruins (Oct. 6)... Also added two aces, 12 kills and three digs in the match... Her practice time has been limited due to shin splints (Oct. 9 - to date)... Despite collecting 22 kills and 21 digs against Arizona State (Oct. 12) and Arizona (Oct. 13), struggled with a .078 attack percentage in the series.

#26 Jennifer Pahl
Middle Blocker * Junior

A returning starter... named to the 1999 All-Pac-10 first team... led the team with a .293 attack percentage and 0.93 blocks per game... also averaged 3.38 kills and 2.27 digs per game... one of the premier middle blockers in the country due to her speed and quickness... an All-American candidate.
Did You Know?... Pahl spent the summer traveling throughout India with Athletes In Action.
This Season... Has played in 44 games and started 12 matches... Averaged 1.5 blocks to lead the Trojans against Texas (Sept. 1) and Arkansas (Sept. 2)... Also posted 2.5 digs and 2.5 kills per game... Averaged 1.7 blocks and a .396 attack percentage at the Met-Rx Invitational (Sept. 6-8), including a season-high seven stops against Rhode Island... Tied a career-best with three aces against Washington (Sept. 15) and added nine kills (.500) and five blocks... Named Pac-10 Player of the Week (Sept. 25) after posting six blocks and a then-career high .750 attack percentage (6 kills, no errors, 8 attacks) against Stanford (Sept. 22), then following with 10 kills (.556) and three blocks against Cal (Sept. 23)... Led the team against Oregon State (Sept. 29) and Oregon (Sept. 30), averaging a .692 attack percentage and 10.0 kills per game with only two hitting errors... Her .769 hitting effort against the Ducks was a career high... Did not play against UC Irvine (Oct. 3) due to a sore shoulder... Hit .304 (10-3-23) and added three blocks against UCLA (Oct. 6)... Added 15 kills (.256) and five digs against Arizona State (Oct. 12), but struggled with eight kills and 8 errors (.000), despite a season-high 11 digs against Arizona (Oct. 13).

#30/5 Toni Anderson
Setter * Freshman

A Volleyball Fab 50 selection, Paul Mitchell prep All-American and member of USC's No.1-ranked recruiting class... played with the Junior National Team after graduating from Esperanza High in Anaheim, Calif.
This Season... Has played in 47 games and started 13 matches... Made her collegiate debut against Texas (Sept. 1) and her first start against Arkansas (Sept. 2)... Split time at setter at the Texas Invitational and averaged 7.17 assists per game... Made her first start against Rhode Island (Sept. 6) and averaged 5.4 assists and 2.0 digs at the Met-Rx Invitational... Aside from 22 assists, she added six kills (.353) against Washington State (Sept. 14)... Added 31 assists while splitting time against Cal (Sept. 23)... Averaged 7.0 apg against Oregon State (Sept. 29) and Oregon (Sept. 30)... Added 19 assists against UC Irvine (Oct. 3) and 37 against UCLA (Oct. 6)... Averaged 9.6 assists against Arizona State (Oct. 12) and Arizona (Oct. 13).

#33 Katie Olsovsky
Outside Hitter * Freshman

A Volleyball Fab 50 selection and four-time Paul Mitchell prep All-American... a member of USC's No.1-ranked recruiting class who was also named the CIF Division I Player of the Year in 1999... led Bishop Montgomery High (Torrance, Calif.) to the league and CIF championships.
This Season... Has played in 47 games and started 13 matches... Made her collegiate debut as a starter against Texas (Sept. 1) and Arkansas (Sept. 2), averaging 2.17 kills, 0.67 blocks and a .423 attack percentage... Averaged 1.2 blocks and a .333 attack percentage at the Met-Rx Invitational (Sept. 6-8)... Hit .538 against the Huskies (Sept. 15), with eight kills and a team-leading five blocks... Added 11 kills (.500) and seven blocks to lead the squad against Cal (Sept. 23)... Against Oregon (Sept. 30), she recorded a season-best with a .688 attack percentage, 11 kills, no errors and 16 attacks - the mark ranks eighth among USC records... Averaged 1.57 blocks per game with four against UC Irvine (Oct. 3) and seven against UCLA (Oct. 6)... Also led the squad with 16 kills (.591) against the Anteaters... Had a great performance against Arizona State (Oct. 12) with 15 kills (.464) and five blocks... Added nine kills (.208) and two blocks against Arizona (Oct. 13).

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