Volleyball Upsets No. 3 Arizona, 3-1
Nov. 10, 2000
Los Angeles, Calif. -- No. 6/10 USC women's volleyball (21-2, 14-2 Pac-10) upset No. 3 Arizona, posting a 15-9, 15-11, 12-15, 15-4 victory on Friday in front of 1093 at North Gym. With the win, the Women of Troy reclaim the lead in the Pac-10 and will clinch a share of the conference title by defeating Washington State and Washington in the final week of conference play.
USC recorded one of the season's best blocking performances led by middle blocker Jennifer Pahl who added six stops, and Katie Olsovsky and Lauren Killian who each finished with four. With an equally-dominant offensive attack, four Trojans added double-digit kills and five hit above .300 on the night.
The Women of Troy began the night by pounding their way to a 7-0 lead en route to a 15-9 game win thanks to a match-best .526 attack percentage. The second game began in similar fashion as USC led 13-2 before Arizona recorded nine unanswered points to close the gap, 13-11. Thanks to two final kills by senior Antoinette Polk, USC took a 2-0 lead in the match with a 15-11 victory.
Looking to end the night, the Trojans again jumped to an early lead (9-3), but Arizona was not prepared to quit. The Wildcats not only tied the score at 10 apiece, but rolled to a 15-12 win by taking advantage of five USC errors. In the final game, the Trojans held Arizona to one of its lowest point totals of the season and a .135 hitting effort for a 15-4 USC victory.
The Wildcats were led by outside hitter Allison Napier who finished with 20 kills, along with Lisa Rutledge who registered 10 digs. Polk and USC freshman April Ross also led with 20 kills apiece, while Killian hit a match-high .500 with no errors (5-0-10).
Before completing the conference season with matches against Washington State (Nov. 17) and Washington (Nov. 18) next week, USC will host one nonconference match on Tuesday, Nov. 14. The Trojans host San Diego at 6 p.m. at North Gym.
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