Third-Ranked Women of Troy Travel To Northwest

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Oct. 1, 2001

Up Next
Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m.
at Washington State
To be aired on Fox Sports West 2 on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 1 p.m. and on Monday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m.
at Washington

The Facts
No. 3 USC women's volleyball (8-1, 3-0 Pac-10) travels to Washington State (7-4, 2-2) and Washington (8-4, 2-2) this Thursday (Oct. 4) and Friday (Oct. 5). Both matches begin at 7 p.m. The USC-WSU match will be aired by Fox Sports West 2 on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 1 p.m. and on Monday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. The Women of Troy are coming off two Pac-10 sweeps with a 30-14, 30-16, 31-29 win over Arizona State on Sept. 28 and a 30-25, 30-26, 30-22 win over then-ranked No. 3 Arizona on Sept. 29.

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 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 welcomed the nation's top-ranked recruiting class (Volleyball, Student Sports).

The Rankings
With wins over Arizona State and then-ranked No. 3 Arizona squad, USC moved up two spots in both polls this week. The Women of Troy jumped to No. 3 in the USA Today/AVCA Coaches poll and the Volleyball magazine poll. The Trojans earned a No. 4 final national ranking in 2000 by both publications and opened the 2001 season at No. 2 and 4, respectively.

Recent Matches
vs. Arizona State
-- With 17 kills by April Ross, USC was able to hold off Arizona State for a 3-0 (30-14, 30-16, 31-29) win despite the Sun Devils' last-minute third game comeback attempt on Sept. 28. The Trojans dominated statistically by holding Arizona State to a .073 hitting clip, 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. Keao Burdine added 10 kills (.286), two aces, 12 digs and three blocks. Jennifer Pahl led with a .500 (6-1-10) attack percentage and Katie Olsovsky had a match-best four blocks.

vs. No. 3 Arizona -- It was a battle of last season's Pac-10 co-champions as USC upset third-ranked Arizona 3-0 (30-25, 30-26, 30-22) in front of 1,003 at the Lyon Center on Saturday, Sept. 29. It took powerful offensive performances from its entire rotation for the Trojans to earn the sweeping victory over the Wildcats. 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. The Wildcats hit .305 for the match, while adding 52 kills and 32 digs.

Rescheduled Matches
The USC women's volleyball matches that were originally set for Sept. 14 and 16 but were postponed due to the tragic Sept. 11 events have now been rescheduled. To accommodate the rescheduled matches, other changes in the USC schedule also have been made.

Match			Originally			Rescheduled
USC at OSU Fri., Sept. 14 Tues., Nov. 20, at 7 p.m.
USC at Oregon Sat., Sept. 15 Wed., Nov. 21, at 7 p.m.
OSU at USC Sat., Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. Thur., Nov. 15, at 7 p.m.
USC at UOP Tournament Fri.-Sat., Nov. 23-24 WITHDRAWN

USC Sets Home Match Win Streak
With its win over UCLA on Sept. 21 USC set a new record for consecutive home victories. To date, the Trojans have won 22 consecutive matches at home which began with a 3-0 win over Rhode Island on Sept. 6, 2000. USC's previous record was 19 straight wins set between Sept. 25, 1976, and Oct. 19, 1978.

April In September?
Despite the depth of talent on the 2001 squad, sophomore April Ross still remains the Trojans' leader on the court. In the month of September, Ross averaged 4.10 kills and 3.00 digs. She ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in kills and seventh in digs. Last week she averaged a .403 attack percentage, 5.5 kills, 0.17 aces, 2.33 digs and 0.33 blocks per game, while collecting 35.5 points in the two wins.

Common Connections
First-year Washington head coach Jim McLaughlin is a former USC men's volleyball coach. McLaughlin coached the Trojans from 1990 through 1996 and accumulated a 142-75 (.654) overall record. He led USC to its fourth NCAA title in 1990 and an NCAA runner-up finish in 1991.

A Scoring Leader?
This season's change to rally scoring has also introduced a new category of stats. Now every kill, block and ace will not only earn a team a point, but the responsible player gets a point as well (just as a basketball player contributes 20 points in a game). 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 133.0 points this season (she has accumulated 119 kills, four aces, two block solos and 16 block assists). She averages 4.59 points per game and 14.78 points per match.

We've Got Options
It was just two years ago that the volleyball team only had nine healthy players on the roster. Now, the 2001 roster lists four outside hitters, four middle blockers and five defensive specialists. The depth allows USC to better match-up with opponents, but it does sacrifice individual statistics. 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 nearly every category - four players are averaging more than 2.4 kills per game, four average more than 2.3 digs per outing and five average more than 0.8 blocks per game.

Stopping the Attack
Arizona was the first team to hit above .200 against the Women of Troy this season. Prior to the Wildcats, USC had held its first eight opponents to a .124 average attack percentage and only 1.6 blocks per game. But despite the Wildcats' efforts, the Trojans still dominate at the net by out-hitting opponents .335 to .141 (17.53 to 13.23 kills per game), out-blocking opponents by a 1.6 margin and forcing 7.5 opponent attack errors per game.

News-N-Notes
USC has had two 1,000+ crowds this season (vs. UCLA 9/21 and vs. Arizona 9/29) *** Against No. 3 Arizona, five players hit above .400 and the Women of Troy hit .450 as a team *** USC has held opponents to 20 points or less in 16-of-30 games *** USC has won 22 consecutive home matches *** Alicia Robinson's hitting performance (14-0-20, .700) against the Bruins (Sept. 21) ranks ninth all-time among USC individual match leaders *** Katie Olsovsky collected a career-high nine blocks against UCSB (Sept. 18) and then surpassed a career high with 11 digs against UCLA (Sept. 21).

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 530-138-1 (.793) Division I career record and a 781-189-1 (.805) 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.

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. So far this season, sophomores lead the team in kills (April Ross, 4.10 kpg), assists (Toni Anderson, 8.03 apg), digs (Ross, 3.00 dpg) and aces (Nicole Davis, 0.24 sapg).

Freshman Class Ranked No. 1 (Again)
For the second year in a row, the USC women's volleyball program 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.

Lexus Gauntlet Challenge
By capturing the first win in the home-and-home series with the Bruins on Sept. 21, USC volleyball also earned the Trojans' first five points in the recently-announced Lexus Gauntlet Challenge between the two crosstown rivals. This unique program will award points for the winner of each Bruin-Trojan head-to-head athletic contest throughout the year and the Lexus Gauntlet trophy will be awarded to the school with the most points at year's end.

Opponent Notes
Washington State (7-4, 2-2 Pac-10)
-- Washington State returned nine letterwinners and all six starters from the 2000 squad which advanced to the second round of the NCAAs. Last season, the team finished tied for fifth in the Pac-10 with a 9-9 record and a 19-10 overall mark. This season, under 13th-year head coach Cindy Fredrick, WSU is 7-4 overall and 2-2 in conference play. Three of its four losses have been to ranked teams (Pacific, Stanford, Kansas State) and all seven wins have been 3-0 sweeps. Junior LaToya Harris leads the team with 3.44 kills and 3.11 digs per game. Holly Harris and Melissa Boyle are leading the team in blocks with an 0.92 and 0.91 average, respectively. Junior hitter Adrian Hankoff leads the Pac-10 in service aces with a 0.68 per game average.

USC-Washington State Series Record -- USC owns a 21-10 all-time record against Washington State, including victories in its last five meetings. Last season the Trojans earned a 3-0 victory at home and a 3-1 win in Pullman.

Opponent Comparisons	Kpg	Pct.	Apg	SApg	Dpg	Bpg
Washington State 16.19 .228 14.25 2.19 17.72 2.18
USC 17.53 .335 15.87 1.13 16.30 3.13

Washington (8-4, 2-2 Pac-10) -- Under first-year head coach Jim McLaughlin, the Huskies are currently 8-4 (already equalling their 2000 win total) and 2-2 in conference play. The team returns nine letterwinners and five starters from last year's squad which finished tied for ninth in the Pac-10 with a 2-16 conference record and 8-19 overall mark. Last week, Washington fell to Oregon State 3-0 but came back to defeat Oregon 3-0. The team is led by senior outside hitter Allison Richardson, who is averaging 4.47 kills, a .301 attack percentage, 3.08 digs and 1.00 blocks per game. At the net, senior hitter Lisa Underhill leads the team and the Pac-10 with 1.49 blocks per game.

USC-Washington Series Record -- Against Washington, the Trojans own a 24-9 all-time record and have won the last six matches. Last season USC defeated the Huskies twice, each by 3-0 scores.

Opponent Comparisons	Kpg	Pct.	Apg	SApg	Dpg	Bpg
Washington 15.73 .250 14.22 1.90 13.51 3.06
USC 17.53 .335 15.87 1.13 16.30 3.13

Player Profiles (*match-high)

#1 Tracy Lindquist (Setter * Junior)
vs. Arizona (9/29): 25 assists, 7 digs... vs. ASU (9/28): *21 assists, 2 kills (1.000), 8 digs... vs. UCLA (9/21): 17 assists, 1 kill, 6 digs... vs. UCSB (9/18): 19 assists, 12 digs... 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. Arizona (9/29): 1 dig... vs. ASU (9/28): 1 ace, 5 digs... vs. UCLA (9/21): 1 dig... vs. UCSB (9/18): played three games... 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. Arizona (9/29): 24 assists, 6 digs... vs. ASU (9/28): 18 assists, 5 digs... vs. UCLA (9/21): *28 assists, 3 digs... vs. UCSB (9/18): *23 assists, *1 ace, 4 digs... 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. Arizona (9/29): *10 digs... vs. ASU (9/28): 2 digs... vs. UCLA (9/21): career-high *3 aces, 7 digs... vs. UCSB (9/18): *1 ace, 9 digs... 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. Arizona (9/29): DNP... vs. ASU (9/28): DNP... vs. UCLA (9/21): DNP... vs. UCSB (9/18): DNP... 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. Arizona (9/29): DNP... vs. ASU (9/28): Played one game... vs. UCLA (9/21): DNP... vs. UCSB (9/18): played one game... 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.

#7 Tatiana Kalache (Defensive Specialist * Freshman)
Will redshirt this season.

#8 Keao Burdine (Outside Hitter * Freshman)
vs. Arizona (9/29): 13 kills (.500), *2 aces, 2 digs... vs. ASU (9/28): 10 kills (.286), *2 aces, *12 digs, 3 blocks... vs. UCLA (9/21): 8 kills, 4 digs, 1 block... vs. UCSB (9/18): 7 kills (.278), 12 digs, 1 block... 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. Arizona (9/29): DNP... vs. ASU (9/28): 1 kill... vs. UCLA (9/21): DNP... vs. UCSB (9/18): 1 kill (1.000)... 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. Arizona (9/29): DNP... vs. ASU (9/28): 4 kills (.429), 1 dig, 1 block... vs. UCLA (9/21): played one game... vs. UCSB (9/18): 2 kills, 3 blocks... 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. Arizona (9/29): 15 kills (*.560), 1 dig, 1 block... vs. ASU (9/28): 5 kills (.286), 1 block... vs. UCLA (9/21): hit *.700 (*14-0-20) - mark ranks ninth among USC match records, 2 digs, 2 blocks... vs. UCSB (9/18): 8 kills (.235), 3 digs, 1 block... 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)
vs. Arizona (9/29): *16 kills (.500), 1 ace, 5 digs, *2 blocks... vs. ASU (9/28): *17 kills (.333), 9 digs... vs. UCLA (9/21): 11 kills (.346), 1 ace, *15 digs... vs. UCSB (9/18): 10 kills (.195), *13 digs, 2 blocks... 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. Arizona (9/29): 6 kills (.400), 2 digs... vs. ASU (9/28): 3 kills (.091), 2 blocks... UCLA (9/21): 4 kills (.250), 1 dig, 4 blocks... vs. UCSB (9/18): 8 kills (.500), 2 digs, 3 blocks... 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)
vs. Arizona (9/29): 6 kills (.455)... vs. ASU (9/28): 6 kills (*.500), 4 digs, 2 blocks... vs. UCLA (9/21): 8 kills (.222), 1 dig, 1 block... vs. UCSB (9/18): 6 kills (*.667), 1 dig, 2 blocks... 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. Arizona (9/29): 5 kills (.077), 2 digs, 1 block... vs. ASU (9/28): 2 kills (-.100), 6 digs, *4 blocks... vs. UCLA (9/21): 5 kills (.182), 1 ace, career-high 11 digs, *6 blocks... vs. UCSB (9/18): *12 kills (.526), 7 digs, career-high *9 blocks... 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.

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