Volleyball Sweeps Sun Devils 30-14, 30-16, 31-29
Sept. 28, 2001
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - With 17 kills by sophomore outside hitter April Ross, the fifth-ranked USC women's volleyball team was able to hold-off Arizona State for a 3-0 (30-14, 30-16, 31-29) win despite the Sun Devils' last-minute comeback attempt on Friday night. With the victory, the Women of Troy improve to 7-1 overall and 2-0 in the Pac-10, while ASU drops to 5-5 and 1-2 in conference play.
In their sixth consecutive win, the Trojans dominated statistically. USC held Arizona State to a .073 clip (no USC opponent has yet to hit above .200), 34 kills, 44 digs and 5.0 blocks. The Women of Troy accounted for a .281 attack percentage, 50 kills, 52 digs and 9.0 team blocks.
Ross led both teams in kills in addition to contributing nine digs. With an all-around effort, freshman Keao Burdine added 10 kills (.286), two aces, 12 digs and three blocks. Senior Jennifer Pahl led with a .500 (6-1-10) attack percentage and sophomore Katie Olsovsky posted a match-best four blocks.
The Trojans experienced little difficulty in the first two games, claiming 30-14 and 30-16 wins while hitting for a combined .333 attack percentage and holding the Sun Devils to -.026 in game one and .047 in game two.
Down 2-0 in the match, Arizona State stunned USC by taking the first lead in game three and maintaining the advantage to 9-8. A kill by Trojan freshman Alicia Robinson knotted the score for the first time (9-9) and USC used a 5-0 run to earn its first lead of the game. But the Devils responded with a 6-2 run of their own to tie the score, 15-15.
USC trailed by no more than three points in the game, but continued to play catch-up with Arizona State. The teams tied the score at 27, 28 and at 29 apiece until the Trojans finally finished the match with consecutive kills by Ross and Burdine to take the game 31-29 and seal the match victory.
USC will face No. 3-ranked Arizona on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Lyon Center. The Wildcats fell to UCLA 3-0 to begin the Los Angeles series on Friday.
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