Volleyball Suffers 3-1 Loss At Stanford

Nov. 10, 2001

STANFORD, Calif. - The fifth-ranked USC women's volleyball team dropped a heartbreaker to third-ranked Stanford, 3-1 (30-26, 30-17, 19-30, 30-18), in front of 3,870 at Maples Pavilion on Saturday (Nov. 10) night. With the win, the Cardinal improves to 23-2 overall and 14-1 in the Pac-10 (their only loss coming to USC on Oct. 12). The Women of Troy fall to 18-3 overall and 12-2 against conference opponents with losses to Arizona and Stanford.

The Trojans were outdone in nearly every category. USC hit .167 to Stanford's .313 and posted 11.0 team blocks while the Cardinal accounted for 16.0. But the Women of Troy put forth a strong defensive effort in the backrow with 50 digs and gathered five points off of service aces - three coming from sophomore DS Nicole Davis.

The Cardinal jumped on the Trojans early in game one, grabbing a 10-5 lead on a kill by Logan Tom. Stanford continued to roll reaching 16-7 on a block and forcing a USC timeout. With the Cardinal leading 24-12, the Women of Troy went on a five point run to close the gap to 17-24, then put together a four point run to close within four points at 24-28 before a Stanford kill got the Cardinal to game point and eventually the game win, 30-26.

Stanford took 12-7 lead to begin game two and slowly pulled away from the Women of Troy to go ahead 20-12. A block and a kill eventually put the Cardinal at game point (29-16), which led to the 30-17 win.

Game three remained tight between the two teams until USC managed to roll off four consecutive points and gain a 12-9 advantage. The Trojans continued to play aggressively and increased the lead to six points at 17-11, forcing a Stanford timeout. Ahead 25-17, USC eventually won the game 30-19 thanks to its best offensive effort of the night with 15 kills off of 33 attacks and only three hitting errors.

Game four was a back and forth battle in the early stages. With Stanford leading by only a point at 9-8, the Cardinal strung together three points to take a 12-8 advantage. USC responded to close within two at 10-12 but Stanford answered by pulling ahead 15-10 on a Trojan miscue. The Cardinal then took control of the game by forcing a string of USC errors. Stanford took the game and match victory with a final 30-18 win.

USC will host Oregon State and Oregon this week, Nov. 15 and 16, in the final home matches of the regular season. Both matches will begin at 7 p.m. at the Lyon Center. To complete the regular season, the Trojans will then travel to the Oregon schools on Nov. 20 and 21.

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