Fifth-Ranked USC Hands Washington Volleyball 3-0 Loss

Nov. 2, 2001

SEATTLE - USC sophomore All-American April Ross had a match-high 12 kills and 15 digs, as the Washington volleyball team fell to the fifth-ranked Trojans (3-0), 30-27, 30-19, 30-19, Friday evening at the Lyon Center in Los Angeles, Calif. With the loss, the Huskies dropped to 11-12 overall and 4-10 in the Pac-10, while the Trojans improved to 16-2 overall and 10-1 in conference play.

Freshman Kaitlin Leck (Carson City, Nev.) led the Huskies in kills with 10, as the UW offense struggled to find consistency, finishing with a .079 team hitting percentage. Junior Paige Benjamin (Redmond, Wash.) was second in kills with eight, while seniors Allison Richardson (Hemet, Calif.) and Britni Churnside (Eugene, Ore.) added 11 and 12 digs each. With her 12-dig performance, Churnside vaulted from 11th to eighth in UW history with 792 career digs.

The Huskies put up a fight early in the match, falling to the Trojans by just three points, 27-30, in the opening game. USC then carried the momentum into games two and three, posting a pair of .333 hitting performances in winning both games with identical 30-19 scores.

Washington plays its final Pac-10 road match of the season Saturday evening at UCLA (7 p.m.), before heading home for three straight conference matches versus Arizona, Arizona State and Washington State.

Washington at #5 USC - Los Angeles, Calif. (Nov. 2, 2001)

#5 USC (16-2, 10-1) def. Washington (11-12, 4-10), 30-27, 20-19, 30-19
Kills: UW 35 (Leck 10), USC 51 (Ross 12), Hitting Pct: UW (.079), USC (.269), Assists: UW 32 (Maurer 29), USC 49 (Anderson 21), Digs: UW 49 (Churnside 12), USC 58 (Ross 15), Aces: UW 1 (Maurer 1) , USC 0, Blocks: UW (8.5), USC (10.0).

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