Women of Troy Silence Cardinal In Front Of Sell-Out Crowd

Oct. 12, 2001

LOS ANGELES - In the battle of the undefeated, No. 3 USC women's volleyball came back after dropping the first game to defeat fourth-ranked Stanford 3-1 (28-30, 30-28, 30-22, 30-26) in front of a sell-out crowd of 1205 at the Lyon Center. With the victory, the Women of Troy take sole possession of first place in the conference race while improving to 11-1 overall and 6-0 in the Pac-10. Stanford falls to 14-2 overall and 7-1 in conference play.

It was a match decided in the back row as the Cardinal won the hitting (.278 to .274) and blocking (12.0 to 8.0) battle, but succumb to a Women of Troy defense which collected 61 digs compared to Stanford's 42. The Trojans also tallied nine points off of service aces thanks to the efforts of defensive specialist Nicole Davis who contributed a career-high seven, just one shy of the USC record.

The Women of Troy finished with four players in double figure kills and four in double figure digs, including double-double performances from April Ross (20 kills, 13 digs), Keao Burdine (20 kills, 11 digs), and Katie Olsovsky (10 kills, 10 digs). Olsovsky and Lauren Killian each added five blocks.

Stanford opened the match by taking the first lead and using an 8-2 run to gain a 19-13 advantage. USC then used a 7-1 run of their own to knot the score at 20. The two teams reached ties at 24, 25, 27 and 28 before a kill by Stanford freshman Ogonna Nnamani brought the Cardinal to match point and a USC error ended the game at 30-28.

The Cardinal again took the first lead in game two, but the Trojans quickly evened the score at eight apiece. Neither team led by more than four points and kept it close with eight more tie scores to reach 26-26. With an ace and two kills by Davis, Ross and Killian, the Trojans went up by three at match point (29-26). Stanford managed to add two more before another kill by Ross gave USC its first win, 30-28.

Game three saw much of the same battles as the teams alternated with the lead. Ahead 18-17, the Women of Troy embarked on an 11-2 run which gave them a 10-point advantage at 29-19. Stanford held the Trojans for three more points but tallied the 30-22 loss.

By the fourth game the Trojans had control of the momentum and produced their best performance of the night. With only five errors and a .381 attack percentage (21 kills off of 42 attacks), USC opened with a commanding 12-5 advantage. Stanford managed to come no closer than four points in the game as the Women of Troy captured the game and match victory with a final 30-26 score.

USC will face Cal on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Lyon Center.

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