Women of Troy Upset No. 3 Arizona With 3-0 Win
Sept. 29, 2001
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - It was a battle of last season's Pac-10 Co-Champions as the fifth-ranked USC women's volleyball team upset third-ranked Arizona 3-0 (30-25, 30-26, 30-22) in front of 1,003 at the Lyon Center on Saturday night. The Trojans improve to 8-1 this season and remain undefeated in the Pac-10 (3-0). The Wildcats fall to 7-2 and 2-2 in conference play.
It took powerful offensive performances from its entire rotation for the Trojans to earn the sweeping victory over Arizona. The team posted a .450 attack effort and five players finished above .400 on the night. April Ross led both teams with 16 kills and hit at a .500 clip. The rest followed her lead as Alicia Robinson (15 kills, .560), Keao Burdine (13 kills, .500), Jennifer Pahl (6 kills, .455) and Lauren Killian (6 kills, .400) all played a crucial role in the victory. Sophomore Nicole Davis led the defensive effort with 10 digs in the backrow.
Arizona is the first team this season to surpass a .200 attack percentage against the Women of Troy. The Wildcats hit .305 for the match, while adding 52 kills and 32 digs.
Arizona took a 4-1 lead to start the match but the Trojans quickly returned to tie the game at 8-8. The two teams remained knotted through 14 before the Women of Troy were able to breakaway with a small advantage. USC led by no more than three points but slowly climbed its way to a 28-25 lead. The Trojans reached match point on a Wildcat blocking error then won the game by forcing an Arizona attack error.
Game two saw much of the same at the start. Tied at 11 apiece, USC used a 6-3 run to gain its first significant advantage (17-14) then Arizona returned with a 6-3 run of their own to knot the score at 20-20. At 25-25, the Trojans managed to hold the Wildcats to only one more kill as consecutive shots from Killian, Burdine and Ross secured the 30-26 win.
The Women of Troy set the tone quickly in the third game and never looked back by taking an early 10 point lead (19-9) - the largest spread of the match. A kill by Ross ended the game at 30-22.
USC will travel to the Northwest this week to face Washington State on Thursday, Oct. 4, and Washington on Friday, Oct. 5.