Trojans and Irish Take Rivalry To The Volleyball Court
Nov. 20, 2000
No. 3/4 USC women's volleyball (24-2, 16-2 Pac-10) won its first-ever Pac-10 Championship with wins over Washington State, 3-1, and Washington, 3-0, last Friday (Nov. 17) and Saturday (Nov. 18). The Women of Troy play one more regular season match this week against No. 19 Notre Dame on Friday, Nov. 24. The match will begin at 6 p.m. at the USC Lyon Center (it was previously scheduled at North Gym).
Trojans Win 2000 Pac-10 Co-Championship
Before Saturday (Nov. 18) night, UCLA and Stanford were the only two schools to ever win at least a share of the Pac-10 title. USC, though winning three conference titles (1976, 1977, 1980) in its 24-year program history, had never won the Pac-10 Championship since the conference's inception in 1986. The 2000 Women of Troy made history on Saturday by winning its first-ever share of the Pac-10 Championship after defeating Washington 3-0. Arizona also earned a share of their first conference title ever with a 16-2 school-best record. The Wildcats and Trojans split the season series 1-1, but Arizona won the tie-breaker by winning more games in the series, 4-3. (The tie-breaker decides who will receive the NCAA automatic bid).
USC was picked to finish third by the Pac-10 preseason coaches poll. The Trojans swept seven of nine conference opponents and split series' with Arizona and UCLA. USC began the 2000 season with a 38-game win streak and has only played two five-game matches thus far.
Olsovsky Named Pac-10 Player of the Week
Middle blocker Katie Olsovsky was named the Pac-10 Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for November 14 - 19. Olsovsky hit .510 with 32 kills (4.57 kpg) and committed only six errors in 51 attempts for the week. She also showed her all-around skills by adding eight digs and seven blocks. Against Washington State, Olsovsky had 20 kills and hit .594 to go along with five digs and four blocks to help lead the Trojans to victory. She then went on to hit .368 with 12 kills and three blocks in a win at Washington. In the conference, Olsovsky currently ranks third in hitting percentage and fourth in blocks. This is the first weekly honor for Olsovsky, the third for the Trojans this season and USC `s 25th Player of the Week honor all-time.
The Last Outing
The Trojans earned a 15-12, 6-15, 15-12, 15-7 victory at Bohler Gym on Friday (Nov. 17) over Washington State. Katie Olsovsky led USC with 20 kills, Antoinette Polk added 21 digs and Jennifer Pahl posted 10 blocks. The Trojans out-blocked the Cougars, 14.5 to 3. Tied at 12 points apiece, USC served for the game four times before claiming the 15-12 decision. In game two, WSU had a 9-2 lead at one point, which extended to a 15-6 win. USC took a 10-3 lead in game three before the Cougars scored six unanswered points. The teams traded kills and sideouts before the Trojans tallied four quick points to complete the game, 15-12. In the final game, USC went on an 11-2 run before putting an end to the match with a final 15-7 game win.
Holding Washington to a .100 team hitting percentage, USC defeated the Huskies 15-7, 15-7, 15-4, on Saturday (Nov. 18) in the final Pac-10 match of 2000. After the Trojans claimed game one 15-7, the Huskies stuck close in game two, tying the score twice in the early going at 2-2 and 4-4. USC then broke open at 7-5, posting six unanswered points to push out to a eight-point advantage and a 15-7 win. Game three was briefly close until USC broke a 4-4 tie and rattled off 10 straight points to reach game point, 14-4. Katie Olsovsky led with 12 kills (.368).
With an upset victory over Arizona on Nov. 10, USC jumped back into the limelight. The Trojans are No. 3 in the AVCA/USA Today Coaches Poll and rank No. 4 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 was picked to finish 3rd in the Pac-10.
2000 NCAA Tournament Selections
The 2000 NCAA Division I women's volleyball selection show 64-team bracket announcement will take place on Sunday, Nov. 26, at 8 p.m.ET/5 p.m. PT. The 30-minute show can be viewed with DirecTV or the Dish Network. Sunshine Network (DirecTV 632/Dish Network 422) and home Team Sports (DirecTV 629/Dish Network 424) will each air the show live.
Stopping the Attack
After holding Washington (Nov. 18) to a sub .100 attack performance, the Huskies became the eighth opponent this season to be held below .100 hitting. In 26 matches, the Trojans have held 15 opponents below a .200 attack percentage.
Not On Our Turf
With only one home match remaining this season, USC's record on its own territory remains unblemished. The Trojans are 13-0 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).
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/win
Sep. 1 vs. Texas W, 3-0 No. 18 NR
Sep. 22 vs. Stanford W, 3-0 No. 11 No. 21
Oct. 6 vs. UCLA W, 3-1 No. 8 No. 10
Oct. 13 vs. Arizona L, 0-3 No. 6 No. 5
Oct. 20 vs. Stanford W, 3-2 No. 17 No. 17
Oct. 24 vs. UCSB W, 3-2 No. 14 No. 15
Nov. 3 vs. UCLA L, 0-3 No. 8 No. 7
Nov. 10 vs. Arizona W, 3-1 No. 3 No. 5
Did You Know?
* Jennifer Pahl had a season-high 10 blocks against Washington State (Nov. 17). It was the team's first kill/block double-double of the season.
* Lauren Killian recorded a season-high 12 kills against San Diego (Nov. 14).
* With 14.5 blocks against Washington State (Nov. 17), USC has posted double figures in the last 6-of-9 games.
* A freshman has led in kills, digs and/or blocks in all but three matches this season (23-of-26).
* 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).
* USC recorded the season's highest attendance figure with 1,093 in attendance against Arizona (Nov. 10).
* 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.
April 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.
If Game Records Were Kept
If volleyball game records were officially kept, USC would currently own an amazing 72-15 (.828) 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.
Notre Dame -- No. 19 Notre Dame owns a 25-5 record and captured the Big East Championship finishing the conference season with an 11-0 record... The Fighting Irish secured the championship with victories over UConn, 3-0, and Rutgers, 3-0, last week... Setter Denise Boylan, who averages 13.8 assists per game, was honored as Big East Player of the Year, Setter of the Year and Big East Championship Most Outstanding Player... Outside hitter Christi Girton leads the team with a 4.4 kills per game average, while opposite Kristy Kreher follows with a 4.27 average... Blocker Malinda Goralski leads with 1.48 blocks per game... The Irish losses this season have come to Nebraska, 0-3, UCLA, 0-3, Michigan State, 2-3, and Michigan, 0-3... Head coach Debbie Brown is currently in her 10th season at Notre Dame.
The Trojans and Fighting Irish last met in 1995 at the Shamrock Invitational in South Bend. Notre Dame defeated USC, 3-1, in one of two tournament matches on Sept. 2. With the loss, the all-time record between the schools is 3-1 (.750) in USC's favor. USC has won two meetings in Los Angeles (1992 and 1994). Both were the Trojans' final regular match.
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 86 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)... Added 30 assists against Washington State (Nov. 17).
#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 38 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... Played in all three games against Washington (Nov. 18).
#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 87 games and started 25 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)... Added a double-double against Washington State (Nov. 17) with 11 kills and 21 digs.
#4 Nicole Davis
Defensive Specialist * FreshmanConsidered 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 36 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)... Added nine and 11 digs against San Diego (Nov. 14) and Washington State (Nov. 17).
#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 6 games... Made her collegiate debut against Washington (Sept. 15) and recorded an ace on her first serve... Played two games against Oregon (Sept. 30)... Entered the third game against San Diego (Nov. 14).
#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 32 games and made 4 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)... Started against San Diego (Nov. 14) for the injured Katie Olsovsky and added 10 kills (.444) and two blocks.
#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 87 games and started 25 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... Led with 10 and nine digs against San Diego (Nov. 14) and Washington (Nov. 18).
#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 83 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)... Recorded a season-high 12 kills (.556) against San Diego (Nov. 14) and added four blocks.
#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 82 games and started 24 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)... Posted 18 kills and 17 digs against Washington State (Nov. 17).
#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 84 games and started 23 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... Earned the team's first kill/block double-double of the season with 16 kills and a season-high 10 blocks against Washington State (Nov. 17)... Also led with four and five blocks against San Diego (Nov. 14) and Washington (Nov. 18).
#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 87 games and started 21 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... Contributed 46 assists and 10 digs against Washington State (Nov. 18).
#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 84 games and started 21 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)... Sat out against San Diego to rest a sore ankle (Nov. 14)... Named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Nov. 20 after hitting .510 with 32 kills (4.57 kpg) and committing only six errors in 51 attempts for the week... She had 20 kills (.594), five digs and four blocks against WSU (Nov. 17), and hit .368 with 12 kills and three blocks against Washington (Nov. 18).
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