Volleyball Shuts Down UCSB In Home Opener

Sept. 18, 2001

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- With 12 kills and nine blocks, sophomore middle blocker Katie Olsovsky led the fifth-ranked USC women's volleyball team to a 3-0 (30-20, 30-18, 30-15) win over 18th-ranked UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday night (Sept. 18) at the Lyon Center. With the victory, the Trojans improve to 5-1, while the Gauchos drop to 2-4.

Olsovsky not only led the team in kills and blocks, but also hit .526 on the night (12-2-19) and committed only two hitting errors. Senior Jennifer Pahl and junior Lauren Killian also provided near-perfect performances. Pahl hit .667 with six kills and no errors, while Killian contributed eight kills, one error and a .500 attack percentage. April Ross led with 13 digs, in addition to 10 kills.

The Women of Troy held UC Santa Barbara to a .044 attack percentage for the match. The Gauchos were unable to surpass .100 in a single game and were out-hit (54 to 34 kills), out-dug (63 to 48) and out-blocked (14.0 to 2.0) throughout the match.

USC led by as much as 12 points in game one (23-11). At 28-18, the Gauchos made one final attempt to close the gap by forcing three consecutive Trojan attack errors, but the margin was too great. The Women of Troy reached game point on a UCSB service error, then ended the game on a block by Pahl and Keao Burdine.

The Gauchos matched USC point-for-point to begin game two, but with the score knotted at 10-10, the Trojans began to pull away. The Women of Troy embarked on a 20-8 run which included six UCSB attack errors to finish the game.

Killian posted five of her eight kills in the final game, fueling the Women of Troy to a 30-15 win to clinch the match. UCSB was held to only eight kills off of 44 attacks (-.023).

The Trojans begin the Pac-10 season on Friday, Sept. 21, against crosstown rival eighth-ranked UCLA. The match will be played at the Lyon Center at 7 p.m.

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