Volleyball Stunned By Seventh-Ranked Wildcats

Oct. 25, 2001

TUCSON, Ariz. - The third-ranked USC women's volleyball team suffered a 3-0 (30-25, 30-15, 30-28) loss to No. 7 Arizona Thursday (Oct. 25) night in front of 1633 at the McKale Center. The loss put an end to the Women of Troy's 13-match win streak - marking their first loss since falling to Wisconsin 3-2 on Sept. 2. USC drops to 14-2 overall and 8-1 in conference play, while the Wildcats improve to 14-3, 9-3 in the Pac-10.

Arizona stunned the Trojans with their powerful offense from the start. Unable to find its rhythm on either offense or defense, USC hit .223 with 46 kills, 44 digs and 4.0 blocks in the match. The Wildcats hit a season-best .395 with 58 kills, 60 digs and 6.0 blocks.

While Arizona had five players hit above .400, the Women of Troy struggled as all six starters hit below .273. Keao Burdine led the team with 11 kills and Jennifer Pahl led with 4.0 blocks. Lauren Killian and Kelli Lantz rotated into the match and provided the team's strongest performances, hitting at a .357 (7-2-14) and .500 (2-0-4) clip, respectively.

With a slow start, the Trojans allowed Arizona to embark on a 6-2 run and gain a 12-8 edge to begin the match. The Wildcats led by as much as six points (26-20) before sealing the 30-25 game one victory.

Arizona's momentum only strengthened in game two. The Wildcats took a 5-1 lead then built a 10-point advantage (23-13) two points at a time. With a final 6-1 run, Arizona handed USC its worst game loss of the year, 30-15.

After the break, the Trojans returned to the court with renewed energy but it was too late. USC kept the score knotted through 21-21 as it matched the Wildcats point-for-point. Arizona then collected four-straight points on a kill, an ace, a block and a Trojan error to gain the final edge it needed. Despite holding the Wildcats at match point (29-27) thanks to a kill by Pahl, Arizona finished the match with a 30-28 win in game three.

The Women of Troy travel to Tempe, Ariz., to face Arizona State on Friday (Oct. 26) at 7 p.m.

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