3rd-Ranked Volleyball Cages Dawgs With 3-0 Sweep

Oct. 5, 2001

SEATTLE, Wash. - With her first start this season, sophomore Kelli Lantz accounted for six blocks and a .421 attack percentage to lead the third-ranked USC women's volleyball team to a 3-0 (30-28, 30-23, 30-17) victory over Washington on Friday (Oct. 5) night. In front of 753 at the UW's Bank of America Arena, the Trojans improved to 10-1 overall, 5-0 in the Pac-10 and extended their single game win streak to 27. The Huskies drop to 8-6 overall and 2-4 in conference play.

Despite two close games, the Women of Troy out-hit (.303 to .153), out-dug (50 to 44) and out-blocked (9.0 to 3.0) Washington. The Huskies join the list of 10 Trojan opponents who have hit below .200 against them this season.

In her first three-game match of the season, Lantz tallied eight kills off of 19 attacks with no errors, in addition to a career high six blocks. April Ross (10) and Keao Burdine (11) collected double figure kills, Ross led with 11 digs and Lantz, Ross and Lauren Killian all hit above .400 in the effort.

The closest game of the match was the first, as Washington opened with an early 6-1 lead. The Trojans, caught off-guard by the Huskies quick start, finally rallied to tie the score at 16 apiece thanks to a kill by Lantz. The two sides then remained close, tying the score seven times before a Husky service error gave USC a 28-27 advantage. With a kill by Burdine to reach match point, the Women of Troy ended the game 30-28 following a kill by blocker Jennifer Pahl.

To start game two, Washington was able to match the Trojans' efforts to a 7-7 tie, but USC used a 6-2 run to establish a significant lead. The Huskies came no closer than four points for the remainder of the game as the Women of Troy used a final 5-2 run to match their largest lead and capture the 30-23 win.

Again, UW stuck with the Trojans early in game three, before USC used an 8-0 run to gain a 10-point advantage (15-5). The Huskies countered back with a four-point run of its own, but the Trojans regained momentum, capturing the game and the match with a final 30-17 game win.

The Women of Troy return home to face fourth-ranked Stanford on Friday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m., and Cal on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. Both matches will be played at the Lyon Center.

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