Volleyball Heads North For Final Pac-10 Series
Nov. 13, 2000
No. 3/10 USC women's volleyball (21-2, 14-2 Pac-10) regained its share of the lead in the conference race with wins over Arizona State and Arizona last week. With two final conference wins this week, the Women of Troy would claim their first-ever share of the Pac-10 title. USC will face Washington State on Friday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in Pullman, then travel to Seattle for a 7 p.m. match against Washington on Saturday, Nov. 18. Prior to hitting the road, the Trojans host nonconference opponent San Diego on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. in North Gym.
Ross Named Pac-10, AVCA National Player of the Week
April Ross was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week and AVCA/Sports Imports Division I National Player of the Week after leading the Women of Troy to victories over then-No. 3 Arizona and Arizona State. Ross opened the week by hitting .406 with a 17-kill, four-block effort in a four-game win over Arizona State on Nov. 9. She contributed 20 kills, seven digs, three blocks and three service aces in a four-game victory over Arizona on Nov. 10. Ross attacked at a .425 percentage in the win over the Wildcats. She averaged 4.63 kills, 1.63 digs, 0.88 blocks and 0.38 aces per game for the week. Ross charted a .417 hitting percentage for the eight games with only seven errors. This is USC's first AVCA Player of the Week honor since Jasmina Marinkovic was honored on Sept. 22, 1997.
The Last Outing
After dropping the first game of the night, the Trojans rebounded to defeat Arizona State, 3-1 (9-15, 15-5, 15-3, 15-7), on Thursday in front of 613 in North Gym. The Sun Devils jumped out to the early lead with a 15-9 win in game one, while holding the Women of Troy to a .125 attack percentage. The Trojans returned in game two with a decisive 15-5 victory, then continued in the third game with a .500 attack leading to a 15-3 win. Down 7-6 in game four, senior Janae Henry served for nine unanswered points, including four consecutive service aces, to stun ASU with a final 15-7 win for the match victory.
USC upset No. 3 Arizona with a 15-9, 15-11, 12-15, 15-4 victory on Friday in front of 1093 at North Gym. Four Trojans added double-digit kills and five hit above .300. USC began the night by pounding its way to a 7-0 lead en route to a 15-9 first 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. The Trojans took a 2-0 lead in the match with a 15-11 victory. Looking to end the night, USC again jumped to an early lead (9-3) in the third, 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.
With an upset victory over Arizona, USC jumped back into the limelight. The Trojans are No. 3 in the AVCA/USA Today Coaches Poll and rank No. 5 according to Volleyball magazine's Division I poll. 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.
Battle for the Pac-10 Championship
With USC's victories over Arizona State and Arizona, and the Wildcats' win over UCLA on Saturday (Nov. 11), USC (14-2) and Arizona (15-2) currently own the lead in the Pac-10 title race (USC has two conference matches remaining, Arizona has one). The Trojans will determine their own fate this week as they travel to Washington for their final two Pac-10 matches. Should there be a tie between two teams for the Pac-10 Championship, a co-champion shall exist. The conference tie-breaking procedure will determine the team that receives the Pac-10's automatic berth to the NCAA Championship, and most likely the opportunity to host an NCAA Regional.
Not On Our Turf
With only two home matches remaining this season, USC's record on its own territory remains unblemished. The Trojans are 12-0 at home this season playing in the North Gym - a campus P.E. building built in 1933 that has been regarded as one of the most intimidating home court advantages in the Pac-10. The classic quarters have been home to all four national championship volleyball teams.
The Last Time...
With the Women of Troy's 20th win of the season, USC has now won 20+ matches in 19-of-25 seasons... The last time the Trojans won less than 20 matches in a season was in 1995... In USC's history, there have only been three seasons (1976, 1977, 1980) with four or less losses... The last time was in 1980 when the team finished with a 46-4 overall record (USC won a national championship in each of these seasons).
USC Conference Championships
The Women of Troy have never won a Pac-10 Championship since the conference's inception in 1986. Prior to that, the Trojans earned three WCAA conference titles in 1976, 1977 and 1980. Below is USC's 14-year history in the Pac-10:
Year Coach Conf. Finish 1999 Jerritt Elliott 13-5 3rd 1998 Lisa Love 16-2 2nd 1997 Lisa Love 13-5 tie-2nd 1996 Lisa Love 12-6 tie-3rd 1995 Lisa Love 11-7 tie-4th 1994 Lisa Love 12-6 3rd 1993 Lisa Love 11-7 tie-4th 1992 Lisa Love 12-6 3rd 1991 Lisa Love 13-5 3rd 1990 Lisa Love 9-9 tie-4th 1989 Lisa Love 10-8 4th 1988 Chuck Erbe 10-8 4th 1987 Chuck Erbe 12-6 3rd 1986 Chuck Erbe 0-18 10th
Against Ranked Opponents
Of the eight ranked opponents USC has faced, then-ranked No. 6 Arizona and No. 8 UCLA are the only teams to have claimed victories.
Prior to match After loss/winSep. 1 vs. Texas W, 3-0 No. 18 NRSep. 22 vs. Stanford W, 3-0 No. 11 No. 21Oct. 6 vs. UCLA W, 3-1 No. 8 No. 10Oct. 13 vs. Arizona L, 0-3 No. 6 No. 5Oct. 20 vs. Stanford W, 3-2 No. 17 No. 17Oct. 24 vs. UCSB W, 3-2 No. 14 No. 15Nov. 3 vs. UCLA L, 0-3 No. 8 No. 7Nov. 10 vs. Arizona W, 3-1 No. 3 No. 5
Did You Know?
* USC recorded the season's highest attendance figure with 1,093 in attendance against Arizona (Nov. 10).
* With 15.0 blocks against Arizona (Nov. 10), USC has posted double figures in the last 5-of-6 games.
* The Trojans tallied a season-high 11 service aces against Arizona State (Nov. 9), led by the efforts of senior Janae Henry who accounted for a career-best seven, including four-straight in the final game.
* Antoinette Polk had a season-high 20 kills against Arizona State (Nov. 9).
* Setter Toni Anderson recorded a season-high 42 assists against Arizona State (Nov. 9). For the first time this season the team assists were not shared 50-50 by Anderson and Tracy Lindquist.
* A freshman has led in kills, digs and/or blocks in all but three matches this season (20-of-23).
* 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 (Trojans had not won at Stanford since 1977). USC's second win on Oct. 20 completed a first-ever season sweep of the Cardinal since becoming members of the same conference (WCAA) in 1982.
* The UC Santa Barbara match was USC's longest of the season, lasting two-hours, 30 minutes... 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.
Henry Proves #1 On Defense
Senior outside hitter Janae Henry is most valuable to the team not because of her offensive power, but because of the solid and steadfast defense she provides. Leading the team with a 3.44 digs per game average (4th in the Pac-10), she has contributed 12 double-digit performances this season, including nine double-doubles (kills-digs). She added a career-best 25 against UCLA on Oct. 6, and in the last six matches, Henry has produced 86 digs for an average of 3.9 dpg.
Senior outside hitter Janae Henry did not play against Cal (Oct. 19) nor start against Stanford (Oct. 20) due to sever shin splints in her right leg. She has since been cleared to play and reentered the starting lineup against UC Santa Barbara on Oct. 24. Senior outside hitter Sara Peterson has also been nursing shin splints and was cleared to begin practicing the week of Oct. 30.
If Game Records Were Kept
If volleyball game records were officially kept, USC would currently own an amazing 63-14 (.818) mark. The Trojans best ever was in 1980 when the team recorded a perfect 38-0 season with a 100-6 overall game record (.943).
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.
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.
San Diego -- The Toreros own a 12-13 overall record and 6-7 mark in the West Coast Conference this season... The team is enduring its worst season in recent years, despite starting the 2000 season with an upset victory over UC Santa Barbara (Sept. 2)... Last year, the Toreros advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament coming off a conference championship in 1998... Last week, San Diego defeat San Francisco, 3-0, but fell to Santa Clara, 1-3... The Toreros are led by outside hitter Lindsey Lampert who is averaging 4.04 kills and 0.39 aces per game... At the net, middle blocker Debra Robertson leads the team with 1.22 blocks per outing... The team is led by second year head coach Jennifer Torns and returned four starters from 1999.
Washington State -- The Cougars are currently 8-8 in the Pac-10 and 17-8 overall this season... The team ranks fifth in the conference standings and is riding a five-match win streak after defeating Oregon, 3-0, and Oregon State, 3-1, last week... WSU has won its last seven of nine matches and has secured its eighth winning season in the last 10 years... Outside hitter LaToya Harris leads the team with 4.08 kills, 3.02 digs and 0.43 aces per game... Harris collected nine aces last week to bring her season total to 38 and rank second in the Pac-10... At the net, Trina Kightlinger leads the squad with 1.12 blocks per outing... The Cougar are third in the conference in kills (16.81 kpg), third in assists (15.83), fourth in aces (1.48) and second in digs (16.82).
In the last meeting, USC swept Washington State 3-0 to open Pac-10 play and extend its win streak to six matches and 18 games. The Cougars challenged the Trojans from start to finish as they posted 49 kills off of 113 attacks, becoming the first USC opponent to hit above .100. The Women of Troy hit .364 with 60 kills, 38 digs and 8.0 blocks. WSU took control early in the match leading for much of the first game. At game point and down by three, USC senior Janae Henry halted the Cougars's momentum to force a sideout for the Trojans. Able to contain WSU's attack, six sideouts allowed the Trojans to post the final five consecutive points and claim the game victory. In each of the final two games, USC was forced to battle back from a deficit to eventually claim the 16-14, 15-9, 15-8 win.
Washington -- With a 7-17 overall record and 2-14 mark in the Pac-10, Washington is currently 10th in the conference standings... The Huskies earned just their second Pac-10 win in an upset over Oregon State, 3-2, last week after falling to Oregon, 3-0... Setter Britni Churnside averaged 14.89 assists per game against the Oregon schools, including a season-high 68 assists against Oregon... The team's .270 attack percentage against OSU was the second-highest in a conference match for the Huskies.
In the last meeting, USC defeated Washington 15-7, 15-5, 15-5 and extended a 21-game win streak. The Trojans hit .424, added 46 kills in the match and dominated defensively with 12.0 blocks and 40 digs. Washington hit .153 for the night. Down by 12 points (2-14) in the first game, UW managed to hold the Women of Troy at game point to post its next five points. Despite the effort, a Huskie attack error capped off a 15-7 Trojan win. In game two, USC capitalized on seven Huskie errors to jump out to a 10-0 lead. Jennifer Pahl served five straight points in the game which ended at 15-5. By an identical score (15-5) USC concluded the match in game three. The Trojans had four players hit above .500 in the one-hour, 13 minute match.
In nonconference matches, USC and San Diego have only met twice. The Trojans won both meetings - 3-0 in 1991 and 3-2 in the second round of the NCAA tournament in 1997.
USC owns a 20-10 all-time record against Washington State, including victories in its last four meetings. Last season the Trojans earned a narrow 3-2 (9-15, 12-15, 17-15, 15-6, 15-11) win in Pullman on Sept. 30, then defeated the Cougars 3-0 in Los Angeles on Oct. 30.
Against Washington, the Trojans own a 23-9 all-time record and have won the last five matches. Last season USC defeated the Huskies twice, each by 3-0 scores.
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 but will not take an active coaching role until the completion of the 2000 season.
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.
#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 77 games and started 5 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)... Made her third and fourth start of the season against Cal (Oct. 19) and Stanford (Oct. 20), setting a career-high against the Cardinal with 16 digs... Added 11 digs against UCSB (Oct. 24) along with 38 assists... Posted eight digs and 24 assists as a starter against UCLA (Nov. 3).
#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 32 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)... Tallied five digs against Oregon State (Oct. 26) and four against Oregon (Oct. 27)... Played in all eight games against Arizona State (Nov. 9) and Arizona (Nov. 10) contributing nine total digs.
#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 77 games and started 22 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 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)... Reached her 1,000th career dig against Stanford (Oct. 20) and became just the 35th player in Pac-10 history, sixth player at USC, to surpass 1,000 in career kills and digs... Tied a career-high with 23 digs against UC Santa Barbara (Oct. 24)... Contributed a double-double against UCLA (Nov. 3) with 11 kills and 11 digs... With two strong offensive performances, added a season-best 20 kills (.341) against Arizona (Nov. 10) and hit .318 against Arizona State (Nov. 9).
#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 29 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 5 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 27 games and made 3 starts... 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)... Made her second and third career start against Cal (Oct. 19) and Stanford (Oct. 20)... Was unstoppable with a .733 attack percentage (fourth among USC match records) against the Bears, a .556 effort against the Cardinal and committed no errors in either match... Entered game three against Oregon (Oct. 27) and added two kills off of three attacks (.667)... Entered the third game against UCLA (Nov. 3) and added five kills (.375) and two blocks... In one game against Arizona State (Nov. 9) she contributed a .667 effort (2-0-3).
#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 77 games and started 23 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... Had two outstanding defensive performances against Cal (Oct. 19) and Stanford (Oct. 20) with a team-leading nine and 18 digs, respectively... Led with 23 digs against UCSB (Oct. 24) and six blocks against Oregon (Oct. 27)... Despite 10 digs against UCLA (Nov. 3), struggled with seven errors (.000) in the match... Named the Pac-10 Player of the Week and AVCA/Sports Imports National Player of the Week on Nov. 13 after leading the squad in wins over Arizona State (Nov. 9) and Arizona (Nov. 10)... In the two matches she averaged 4.6 kills, 1.63 digs, 0.88 blocks, 0.38 aces and a .417 attack percentage.
#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 74 games and made 1 start... 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)... Hit .500 against Cal (Oct. 19)... Averaged 1.1 bpg against UCSB (Oct. 24), Oregon State (Oct. 26) and Oregon (Oct. 27)... Made her first start of the season against UCLA (Nov. 3). .. Added four blocks and a .500 attack (5-0-10) against Arizona (Nov. 10).
#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 72 games and started 21 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... Did not play against Cal (Oct. 19) nor start against Stanford (Oct. 20) due to severe shin splints... Entered against the Cardinal in game three and was explosive with 12 kills (.320) and nine digs in the match... Posted double-doubles against UCSB (Oct. 24) with 22 kills and 22 digs, and against Oregon State (Oct. 26) with 10 kills and 12 digs... Was the team's driving force against UCLA (Nov. 3) with 16 kills, 13 digs and five blocks (ties a career high) in the match... Accounted for a career-high seven aces against Arizona State (Nov. 9), including four-straight in the final game... Posted 13 kills, 13 digs against the Sun Devils, and 12 kills, 11 digs against the Wildcats (Nov. 10).
#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 74 games and started 20 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)... Led the team throughout the series with 14 kills (.684) and six blocks against Cal (Oct. 19) and 17 kills (.268) against Stanford (Oct. 20)... In her best series performance yet, Pahl averaged a .514 attack percentage committing only three errors in three matches and averaging 3.6 kills, 1.3 digs and 1.4 blocks per game against UCSB (Oct. 24), OSU (Oct. 26) and Oregon (Oct. 27)... With 18 kills and 10 digs against the Gauchos, she posted her first double-double of the season... Led with six blocks against UCLA (Nov. 3), but hit .074 in the match... Led with six blocks against Arizona (Nov. 10), while recording a .417 effort with 14 kills.
#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 77 games and started 18 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)... Contributed 11 digs against UCSB (Oct. 24)... Recorded a season-high 42 assists against Arizona State (Nov. 9), marking the first time this season the team assists were not shared 50-50 by Anderson and Tracy Lindquist.
#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 77 games and started 19 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)... Struggled against Cal (Oct. 19) with .053 hitting and no blocks, but rebounded with four blocks and a .333 effort against Stanford (Oct. 20)... She added a team-high eight blocks against UCSB (Oct. 24) and seven blocks, 12 kills and a .667 attack percentage against Oregon State (Oct. 26)... Despite four blocks against UCLA (Nov. 3), she struggled with seven hitting errors (.000)... Added 12 kills, four blocks against Arizona State (Nov. 9) and another four stops against Arizona (Nov. 10).