Fifth-Ranked Women's Volleyball Defeats Cougars, 3-1

Nov. 3, 2001

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Behind an explosive effort from sophomore April Ross, the fifth-ranked USC women's volleyball team defeated Washington State 3-1 (30-23, 30-19, 27-30, 30-24) on Saturday night, Nov. 3, in front of 732 at the Lyon Center. The Women of Troy improve to 17-2 overall and 11-1 in the Pac-10. The Cougars drop to 13-10 overall and 7-8 in conference play.

With a season-best 23 kills and .442 attack percentage in addition to 13 digs, Ross was one of five Trojans to finish with double digit kills and one of six to finish with double-digit digs. Katie Olsovsky led USC at the net with five blocks and setter Toni Anderson recorded a career-high three aces.

USC dominated defensively, out-digging the Cougars 86 to 64 and out-blocking 12.0 to 7.0. The Women of Troy hit .341 with 78 kills off of 170 attacks, while Washington State hit .200 with 66 kills off of 190 attempts.

With a 6-3 lead to start game one, USC embarked on a 7-1 run (13-5) to solidify its advantage. The Cougars would come no closer than three points at 21-18, 22-19 and 23-20, before a kill by Ross capped the 30-23 USC win.

After an early 13-13 tie, game two saw much of the same. With a final 7-2 run, which included three kills by Olsovsky, the Trojans took a 2-0 lead.

Just one game away from concluding the match, the Women of Troy were caught by surprise as Washington State rallied to tie the score at 22-22. Thanks to a USC attack error the Cougars took their first lead of the match at 23-22, then capitalized on four more Trojan errors en route to the 30-27 win.

WSU matched the Trojans point-for-point to start the fourth game 11-11. After gaining a slight 15-13 edge, USC scored five consecutive points following three Cougar errors. Washington State did manage to come within one at 21-20 but watched as the Women of Troy rolled to the 30-24 game victory with a final 9-4 run.

The Trojans face the Golden Bears on Friday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. in Berkeley, Calif., then travel to No. 3 Stanford on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m.

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