Women's Volleyball Downs Irish In Five
Nov. 24, 2000
LOS ANGELES - Behind a career-high 26 kills from senior outside hitter Janae Henry, the No. 3 USC women's volleyball team outlasted No. 19 Notre Dame, 15-5, 15-17, 15-17, 7-15, 15-11, in front of 865 at the Lyon Center on the USC campus in a non-conference match on Friday night (Nov. 24).
The Women of Troy improved to 25-2 overall in their regular-season finale. They are also co-champions of the Pac-10 with Arizona at 16-2 in the conference. Notre Dame finished 25-6.
Henry led a multi-faceted attack for USC, which had five players reach double figures in kills. Pac-10 Freshman of the Year April Ross had 21 kills, junior middle blocker Jennifer Pahl had 17 kills, senior outside hitter Antoinette Polk had 14 kills and freshman middle blocker Katie Olsovsky had 13.
Henry and Polk, honored along with middle blocker Sara Peterson during a Senior Salute in their final regular-season home match, both finished with double-doubles, adding 12 and 15 digs, respectively, to their kill totals. Ross also earned a double-double with her 22 digs.
Notre Dame had four players post double digits in kills, led by Christi Girton's 22 kills. She also had a team-high 16 digs.
USC breezed through Game 1 and rallied from a 10-14 deficit in Game 2 to take a 15-14 lead. But the Irish responded with three straight points to even the match at a game apiece.
The Women of Troy once again trailed early in Game 3 at 3-8, but stormed back and held leads of 11-9, 13-11 and 14-13. Notre Dame, however, repeated its Game 2 performance and came back to score the next three points and take a 2-1 lead in the match.
USC's defense came alive in Game 4 and held the Irish to a .043 hitting percentage en route to an easy win to tie the match.
Game 5 was tight throughout, but USC pulled away near the end and won the game on freshman Lauren Killian's kill.