Volleyball Sweeps Past Georgia State, 3-0

Dec. 1, 2000

LOS ANGELES -.Senior outside hitter Janae Henry had nine kills and 13 digs-both match highs-while hitting .500 to lead the No. 3 USC women's volleyball team to a 15-2, 15-4, 15-3, victory over Georgia State in the first round of the NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament before a crowd of 1,146 at USC's Lyon Center on Friday night (Dec. 1).

The Women of Troy, the Pac-10 co-champions and top seed in the Pacific Region, improve to 27-2 on the season and will now play Cal Poly (17-11) in the tournament's second round at 6 p.m. on Saturday (Dec. 2) at the Lyon Center. Georgia State, the champions of the Trans America Athletic Conference, finishes its season at 28-10.

It was the 18th sweep of an opponent this season by the Women of Troy and the nine total points scored by the Lady Panthers was the fewest scored in a match against USC all year. The Women of Troy took control from the outset, recording a team attack percentage of .560 in the first game while committing only one attack error. In game two, USC hit .349 to Georgia State's .036. In game three, the Women of Troy sprang out to a 10-2 lead before putting the match away, 15-3.

For USC, freshman middle blocker April Ross tied Henry for the match high with nine kills and added eight digs, while senior outside hitter Antoinette Polk recorded eight kills and nine digs. The Women of Troy hit .394 as a team to Georgia State's .094.

For the Lady Panthers, senior middle blocker Jill Thieneman had a team-high seven kills, while junior outside hitter Anna Popenko had five kills. Sophomore outside hitter Jennifer Rizzo added a team-best nine digs.

If USC wins round two, it will go on to play in the Pacific Regional at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on Thursday (Dec. 7).

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