April Ross Has Season-High 24 Kills To Lead No. 5 Women's Volleyball Over Oregon
Nov. 16, 2001
April Ross had a season-high 24 kills to lead the fifth-ranked USC women's volleyball team to a 24-30, 30-15, 30-17, 30-18 Pac-10 win over Oregon on Friday (Nov. 16) in USC's Lyon Center in the Women of Troy's final regular season home match of 2001.
In winning its 23rd consecutive match over Oregon, USC improved to 20-3 overall and 14-2 in the Pac-10. The Ducks lost for the 18th time in their past 19 matches to fall to 9-19 overall while remaining winless in the Pac-10 at 0-16.
Ross hit .477 and added 4 blocks and 8 digs, while teammate Keao Burdine had 11 kills and 11 digs. Senior Jennifer Pahl, one of the top players in USC history who fittingly closed the final regular season home appearance of her career with a match-ending spike, had 10 kills (hitting .350) and a match-best 6 blocks. Kelli Lantz came off the bench midway through the second game when Alicia Robinson sprained her ankle and recorded 10 kills and a .500 hitting mark (Robinson could be sidelined 7 to 10 days). Nicole Davis and Toni Anderson each served 3 aces, with Davis also getting a match-leading 14 digs.
For Oregon, Lindsay Closs had a team-best 14 kills, while Stephanie Martin and Monique Tobbagi each added 10 kills (Martin also had 4 blocks and Robbagi had 12 digs).
The Ducks jumped out to a 13-4 lead in the first game and maintained control as USC hit just .067 to Oregon's .238. But the Trojans settled down the rest of the way and hit at least .441 in each of the final 3 games while limiting Oregon to no better than .237 in any remaining game. After having 10 hitting errors in the first game, USC totaled just 7 in the final 3 games.
Overall, USC hit .340 to Oregon's .161 and had more blocks (12.0 to 5.0), digs (62 to 54) and aces (9 to 2).
USC closes its regular season with matches at Oregon State next Tuesday (Nov. 20) and at Oregon on Wednesday (Nov. 21). Those matches originally were scheduled for Sept. 14 and 15, but were rescheduled after the tragic events of Sept. 11.