Volleyball To Host UCSB, UCLA This Week
Sept. 17, 2001
This Week's Matches
Tuesday, Sept. 18
vs. #18 UCSB 1t 7 p.m. (Lyon Center)
Listen to match broadcast on www.usctrojans.com.
Friday, Sept. 21
vs. #8 UCLA at 7 p.m. (Lyon Center)
Listen to match broadcast on www.usctrojans.com.
No. 5 USC women's volleyball (4-1) won the 2001 Aston Imua Challenge in Honolulu, Hawai'i, (Sept. 6-8) with three, 3-0 wins over Cincinnati, No. 10 Hawai'i and Utah State. This week, the Women of Troy open the 2001 home schedule by hosting 18th-ranked UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday, Sept. 18, and Pac-10 foe eighth-ranked UCLA on Friday, Sept. 21. Both matches will be played at the Lyon Center and will begin at 7 p.m.
The 2001 Trojans return 10 letterwinners and four starters from last year's squad which advanced to the NCAA Final Four. Among the veterans, USC features the talent of All-Americans Jennifer Pahl (Murrieta, Calif.) and April Ross (Newport Beach, Calif.), in addition to two other all-conference players (Katie Olsovsky, Toni Anderson). For the second year in a row, the Women of Troy welcome the nation's top-ranked recruiting class (Volleyball, Student Sports).
USC moved back up a spot after making up for the loss to Wisconsin with a 3-0 win over No. 10 Hawai'i (Sept. 7). The Women of Troy are No. 5 in both polls - USA Today/AVCA Coaches Poll and Volleyball Magazine. The Trojans earned a No. 4 final ranking in 2000 by both publications and opened the 2001 season at No. 2/4.
vs. Cincinnati -- USC jump-started the 2001 Aston Imua Challenge with a 3-0 (30-19, 30-23, 30-13) win over Cincinnati on Sept. 6. The Women of Troy recorded 57 kills and a .331 hitting percentage in the match, while holding the Bearcats to 32 kills and .065 hitting. The Trojans also out-dug (53 to 34) and out-blocked (13.0 to 4.0) Cincinnati. USC was led in kills by Keao Burdine (15-2-25, .520), Jennifer Pahl (11-1-18, .556) and April Ross (10-7-29, .103). Burdine also led with 11 digs and Pahl led with seven blocks.
vs. (10) Hawai'i -- With five-of-six starters hitting above .375 in the match, USC defeated No. 10 Hawai'i 3-0 (30-17, 30-19, 33-31) in front of 6,728 at the Stan Sheriff Center on Sept. 7. With only eight total hitting errors in the match, the Women of Troy hit .357 and held the Rainbow Wahine to .157. Together, Jennifer Pahl (12-1-21, .524), April Ross (12-2-34, .294) and Keao Burdine (14-2-32, .375) displayed another outstanding tournament performance at the net. Pahl also tallied 10 blocks and Ross finished with 12 digs. The three were accompanied by an error-free (7-0-16, .438) performance by Alicia Robinson and a .455 effort (6-1-11) by Katie Olsovsky.
vs. Utah State -- USC won the 7th Annual Aston Imua Challenge title with a 3-0 victory over Utah State on Saturday (Sept. 8). Against the Aggies, the Trojans looked to junior captain Lauren Killian, Katie Olsovsky and April Ross to take the lead. Killian notched nine kills off of 13 attacks (.538), while Ross added 10 kills (.273) and a team-best nine digs. Olsovsky led at the net with five blocks and added nine kills (.429). The Aggies struggled offensively against the Women of Troy hitting only .043 (28-24-94) for the match and had three players hit below .100. The Trojans averaged a .301 attack percentage, including a .414 (17-5-29) effort in the first game.
Keao Burdine was named the 'Most Outstanding Player' for leading the team with 3.67 kills per game in addition to a .357 hitting effort and 2.56 digs per outing. April Ross (3.56 kpg, 3.33 dpg) and Jennifer Pahl (2.89 kpg, .478, 2.11 bpg) were named to the all-tournament team. The Trojans held all three opponents to a combined .097 attack percentage and committed only eight hitting errors against the Rainbows.
This season's change to rally scoring has also introduced a new category of stats. Now that every kill, block and ace will earn a team point, players will be credited for the point. Just as a basketball player contributes 20 points to the final score (and is credited for those points), volleyball athletes will accumulate their own points. The formula is as follows:
points = kills + service aces + solo blocks + 1/2 block assists
For example, April Ross leads the team with a total of 74.5 points this season. She contributes 4.4 points per game.
We've Got Options
It was just two years ago that the volleyball team only had nine healthy players on the roster... now we've got options! The 2001 roster lists four outside hitters and four middle blockers. The depth allows USC to be a better match-up against opponents, but it does sacrifice individual stats. No one player has amassed more than 22 kills in a single match this season (April Ross vs. Wisconsin, 9/2). A group of players share the lead in almost every category - four players are averaging more than 2.5 kills per game, four average more than 2.00 digs per outing and four average more than 1.0 block per game.
Haley Begins First Season
Mick Haley begins his first official season as head coach of the Women of Troy. Though hired in 1999 to replace former head coach Lisa Love, Haley completed his term as head coach of the U.S.A. Women's National Team before joining the Trojans. At the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, he led the United States to an unexpected fourth-place finish. Haley coached Texas for 17 seasons (1980-1996) and led the Longhorns to two national championships. He owns a 526-138-1 (.792) Division I career record and a 777-189-1 (.804) overall mark.
Volleyball Makes Move To Lyon Center
USC women's volleyball is making a move back to a familiar place. After playing the last five seasons in the North Gym, the Women of Troy are returning to the Lyon Center in order to accommodate more fans in a more comfortable atmosphere. Home to women's volleyball from 1988 through 1996, the Lyon Center hosted many of USC's top volleyball teams. The campus recreation center, opened June of 1989, includes a 20,000 square foot playing surface (including a new Sport Court) and seats 1,300 fans. It is located off of McClintock and can be accessed by entering campus through Gates 5 or 8 off of Jefferson Boulevard at Parking Structure B.
Fab Freshmen become Super Sophs
USC's Fab Freshmen of 2000 are looking to become Super Sophs of 2001! Last season, three of USC's six starters were first-year players (Toni Anderson, Katie Olsovsky, April Ross). Between the three of them, they led the team in kills, attacks, assists and service aces throughout the season.
Freshman Class Ranked No. 1 (Again)
For the second year in a row, the USC women's volleyball program has landed the nation's top recruiting class, according to Volleyball and Student Sports Magazine. The Women of Troy's 2001 recruiting class - which includes Emily Adams, Alicia Robinson, and Keao Burdine - will only add to the depth and talent that players such as April Ross (2000 AVCA second team All-American, Volleyball Freshman of the Year), Katie Olsovsky (Volleyball All-Freshman team) and Toni Anderson (Volleyball All-Freshman team) provided USC last season.
USC Takes Over U.S.A. Junior National Team
Sophomores Katie Olsovsky, April Ross and Toni Anderson and freshmen Alicia Robinson and Keao Burdine helped the U.S.A Junior National Team qualify for the World Championships with a third place finish at the Intercontinental Qualification Tournament in Monterrey, Mexico, this summer. Of the six United States starters, four were Trojans.
The Adams-Robinson Duo
Freshmen Emily Adams and Alicia Robinson are the second coming of the famous Adams-Robinson duo. Their fathers, Alvan Adams and Truck Robinson, played together on the NBA's Phoenix Suns for three seasons. Despite attending different high schools, Emily and Alicia grew up in the same city (Phoenix, Ariz.), were club volleyball teammates through high school and even began playing softball together in elementary school.
Did You Know?
* Jennifer Pahl, the team's only senior and a three-year starter, is an anthropology major who hopes to pursue a career as a primate curator (she wants to take care of monkeys!). She also uses her athletic skills and strong religious beliefs to travel the world. She spent her summer traveling with Uncharted Waters - a Christian sports ministry organization. With the team, she spent two weeks in Saoluis, Brazil. Last season, Pahl traveled to Sri Lanka, India, and Hong Kong with Athletes In Action.
* Junior Tracy Lindquist played on the AAA Pro Beach Volleyball circuit this summer with her sister, Katie (San Diego '99). The pair qualified for three open tournaments but did not accept any prize money to remain NCAA eligible. In 1999, Lindquist and with former partner Chrissie Zartman (now at UCLA) became the youngest players to ever receive an AAA beach rating at age 18. Keep in mind Tracy is only 5-7!
* Junior Lauren Killian comes from a long line of Trojans, including her mother and father, her brother, as well as 1 grandmother, 2 grandfathers (who each played basketball at USC), 1 great grandfather, 3 uncles, 1 aunt and numerous cousins. Her father, Don Killian III, was a member of the 1977 USC NCAA championship men's volleyball team. Her brother, Donny, transferred to USC from Pepperdine in 2001 and spent one season on the men's volleyball team. Donny also played three seasons with the Waves and advanced to the NCAA Final Four in 1998 and 2000. With the Women of Troy's Final Four appearance last year, Killian joined her father and brother on the national stage.
* Defensive Specialist Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) owns a black belt in karate.
No. 18 UC Santa Barbara (2-3) -- Ranked 18th in the recent poll, UCSB has faced difficult opponents to begin 2001. The Gauchos began the season with two losses to top-ranked Wisconsin (3-1) and Nebraska (3-0), and evena loss to No. 20 Santa Clara (3-0). The team earned two wins over North Carolina (3-0) and Creighton (3-0) in between. Under 27th-year head coach Kathy Gregory, UCSB posted a 26-8 record last season (14-2 in the Big West for second place) and advanced to the NCAA Regional Final. The squad returns 11 letterwinners and five starters from last year. Middle blocker Danielle Bauer leads the teams with 4.69 kills and 1.06 blocks per game, and even ranks second with 3.50 digs per outing.
USC-UCSB Series Record -- The Trojans own a 24-9 all-time record against UC Santa Barbara in a series that began in 1976. Last season, the USC-UCSB match on Oct. 24 was one of USC's most thrilling as the Women of Troy battled back after dropping the first two games to win the match 10-15, 12-15, 15-4, 15-4, 15-7 in Santa Barbara.
Opponent Comparisons Kpg Pct. Apg SApg Dpg Bpg
UC Santa Barbara 14.50 .186 13.25 1.44 17.62 1.94
USC 17.22 .324 15.61 1.17 15.94 3.33
No. 8 UCLA (5-1) -- With six matches already under its belt, eighth-ranked UCLA has already faced five ranked opponents and only suffered one loss - 3-0 to then-ranked No. 1 Nebraska. The Bruins defeated (then) No. 19 Kansas State (3-1), No. 5 Hawai'i (3-0), No. 20 Notre Dame (3-0) and No. 12 Pepperdine (3-0). Under 34-year head coach Andy Banachowski, UCLA is coming off a 25-8 record in 2001 (14-4 in the Pac-10, third place) and an NCAA Regional Final appearance. The team has 12 returning letterwinners and five returning starters. All-American Kristee Porter leads the team with 5.89 kills and 3.32 digs per game. In the middle, Angela Eckmier has accounted for 1.27 blocks per game.
USC-UCLA Series Record -- The rivalry continues as the Bruins and Trojans meet for the 75th time in program history on Friday (Sept. 21). Last season, USC defeated the Bruins 3-1 in North Gym on Oct. 6, but UCLA evened the series with a 3-0 win at Pauley Pavilion on Nov. 3. The Women of Troy are 36-39 all-time against the Bruins.
Opponent Comparisons Kpg Pct. Apg SApg Dpg Bpg
UCLA 18.42 .280 17.37 2.16 17.16 2.42
USC 17.22 .324 15.61 1.17 15.94 3.33
Equipped with the nation's No. 1 freshman class (according to Volleyball and Student Sports), the 2000 USC squad spent five weeks ranked No. 1 by Volleyball and won a share of its first-ever Pac-10 Championship (tied with Arizona) with a 16-2 conference record. The Women of Troy were selected as the top seed of the NCAA Pacific Regional (also a program first) and swept through the first four NCAA matches, including a 3-0 win over defending national champion Penn State, to earn their first Final Four appearance since 1985. USC fell to Wisconsin, 3-0, in the semifinals to end the season.
Player Profiles (*match-high)
#1 Tracy Lindquist (Setter * Junior)
vs. Utah State (9/8): 23 assists, 9 digs... vs. Hawai'i (9/7): 24 assists, *12 digs... vs. Cincinnati (9/6): 19 assists, 7 digs... vs. Wisconsin (9/2): 23 assists, 9 digs... vs. UCI (9/1): 29 assists, 9 digs, 1 ace.
#2 Julie Mariani (Defensive Specialist * Junior)
vs. Utah State (9/8): 4 digs... vs. Hawai'i (9/7): 1 dig... vs. Cincinnati (9/6): 19 assists, 7 digs... vs. Wisconsin (9/2): 1 dig... vs. UCI (9/1): 2 digs.
#3 Toni Anderson (Setter * Sophomore)
vs. Utah State (9/8): 1 kill (.500), *22 assists, 4 digs, 1 block... vs. Hawai'i (9/7): *27 assists, 1 ace, 2 digs... vs. Cincinnati (9/6): 1 kill, *28 assists, 7 digs... vs. Wisconsin (9/2): *33 assists, *15 digs... vs. UCI (9/1): *38 assists.
#4 Nicole Davis (Defensive Specialist * Sophomore)
vs. Utah State (9/8): 3 digs... vs. Hawai'i (9/7): 1 kill, 8 digs... vs. Cincinnati (9/6): 4 digs... vs. Wisconsin (9/2): 1 ace, *15 dig... vs. UCI (9/1): 2 aces, 9 digs.
#5 Kristen Anderson (Defensive Specialist * Freshman)
vs. Utah State (9/8): DNP... vs. Hawai'i (9/7): DNP... vs. Cincinnati (9/6): DNP... vs. Wisconsin (9/2): DNP... vs. UCI (9/1): DNP.
#6 Jaime Carroll (Defensive Specialist * Sophomore)
vs. Utah State (9/8): played one game... vs. Hawai'i (9/7): DNP... vs. Cincinnati (9/6): DNP... vs. Wisconsin (9/2): DNP... vs. UCI (9/1): 1 dig.
#8 Keao Burdine (Outside Hitter * Freshman)
Named Aston Imua Challenge Most Outstanding Player... vs. Utah State (9/8): 4 kills (.000), 4 digs... vs. Hawai'i (9/7): *14 kills (.375), 8 digs, 4 blocks... vs. Cincinnati (9/6): *15 kills (.520), *11 digs, 3 blocks... vs. Wisconsin (9/2): 17 kills (*.282), 1 ace, 8 digs, 2 blocks... vs. UCI (9/1): 12 kills (.417), 2 aces, *13 digs.
#9 Emily Adams (Middle Blocker * Freshman)
vs. Utah State (9/8): 3 kills (.200), 3 blocks... vs. Hawai'i (9/7): DNP... vs. Cincinnati (9/6): 1 kill (.333), 1 dig, 1 block... vs. Wisconsin (9/2): DNP... vs. UCI (9/1): 3 kills (1.000).
#12 Kelli Lantz (Middle Blocker * Sophomore)
vs. Utah State (9/8): 2 kills (.400), 4 blocks... vs. Hawai'i (9/7): DNP... vs. Cincinnati (9/6): 2 kills (.200), 1 block... vs. Wisconsin (9/2): DNP... vs. UCI (9/1): 5 kills (.556), 1 block.
#13 Alicia Robinson (Outside Hitter * Freshman)
vs. Utah State (9/8): 6 kills (.444), 1 block... vs. Hawai'i (9/7): 7 kills (.438), 3 digs... vs. Cincinnati (9/6): 6 kills (.417), 3 digs, 1 block... vs. Wisconsin (9/2): 12 kills (.077), 3 digs, 1 block... vs. UCI (9/1): 13 kills (.310), 3 digs, 2 blocks.
#14 April Ross (Outside Hitter * Sophomore)
Named Aston Imua Challenge All-Tournament... vs. Utah State (9/8): *10 kills (.273), 1 ace, *9 digs, 2 blocks... vs. Hawai'i (9/7): 12 kills (.294), *12 digs, 1 block... vs. Cincinnati (9/6): 10 kills (.103), 9 digs, 4 blocks... vs. Wisconsin (9/2): *22 kills (.250), 1 ace, 9 digs, 5 blocks... vs. UCI (9/1): 11 kills (.476), 6 digs, 2 blocks.
#15 Lauren Killian (Opposite Hitter * Junior)
vs. Utah State (9/8): 9 kills (*.538), 1 block ... vs. Hawai'i (9/7): 6 kills (.174), 1 dig, 5 blocks... vs. Cincinnati (9/6): 4 kills (.200), 2 digs, 2 blocks... vs. Wisconsin (9/2): 6 kills (.267), 2 digs, 5 blocks... vs. UCI (9/1): 10 kills (*.714 - no errors), 4 digs, 7 blocks.
#26 Jennifer Pahl (Middle Blocker * Senior)
Named Aston Imua Challenge All-Tournament... vs. Utah State (9/8): 3 kills (.143), 1 ace, 7 digs, 2 blocks... vs. Hawai'i (9/7): 12 kills (*.524), 7 digs, *10 blocks... vs. Cincinnati (9/6): 11 kills (*.556), 2 digs, 7 blocks... vs. Wisconsin (9/2): 6 kills (.250), 2 digs, *10 blocks... vs. UCI (9/1): *15 kills (.600), 3 digs, *8 blocks.
#33 Katie Olsovsky (Outside Hitter * Sophomore)
vs. Utah State (9/8): 9 kills (.429), 1 ace, 4 digs, *5 blocks... vs. Hawai'i (9/7): 6 kills (.455), 5 digs... vs. Cincinnati (9/6): 7 kills (.222), 3 digs, 4 blocks... vs. Wisconsin (9/2): 6 kills (.062), 1 ace, 9 digs, 4 blocks... vs. UCI (9/1): 7 kills (.176), 7 digs, 5 blocks.