Volleyball Rolls To 3-1 Win Over No. 14 Pepperdine

Oct. 16, 2001

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - With a near-flawless effort from sophomore middle blocker Katie Olsovsky, the third-ranked USC women's volleyball team posted a 3-1 (25-30, 30-24, 30-20, 30-18) victory over No. 14 Pepperdine Tuesday night in front of 461 at the Lyon Center. With the win the Women of Troy improve to 13-1 overall, while the Waves drop to 10-3.

Olsovsky, who was named AVCA National Player of the Week for her performance against Stanford and Cal last week, managed to hit .636 on the night with 14 kills and no errors. She also led the team with 11 digs (ties a career high) and five blocks. USC had five players finish in double figures, including freshman Alicia Robinson and sophomore April Ross who also contributed 14 kills apiece.

As a team, USC hit .319 (72-20-163) on the night and recorded 13.0 blocks -- out-doing the Waves at the net by a 9.0 margin. Pepperdine had an edge in the backrow by posting 61 digs to the Trojans' 54.

The two teams kept it very close in the opening game. After a 14-10 Pepperdine lead to begin the match, USC tied the game at 16-16, then continued to answer the Waves point-for-point. The Women of Troy matched Pepperdine to a 22-22 score but were caught off guard when the Waves garnered the next two points on USC errors then rolled to a 30-25 win thanks to three kills by Katie Wilkins.

After losing only their sixth game this season, the Women of Troy regrouped to begin game two. This time, after knotting the score at 9, 10, 12, 13 and 17 points, USC sprung into the lead (23-20) with a 6-3 run. Pepperdine came within one at 23-22, but USC took advantage of two Waves' attack errors and two kills from Burdine to tie the match 1-1 with a 30-24 win.

Everything fell into place in game three as the Trojans held Pepperdine to a .161 attack effort and collected 19 kills off of 35 attacks (.429) of their own. USC led by as much as 10 points, three different times before closing out the 30-19 victory.

The Trojans used runs of 11-3 and 7-2, and capitalized on nine Pepperdine attack errors (.054) to roll to a 30-18 win in game four.

USC travels to No. 5 UCLA this Friday, Oct. 19. The match will begin at 7 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus.

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