Women Of Troy Face Ohio State In Sweet 16, Thursday

Dec. 5, 2001

This Week
Thursday, Dec. 6 - 5 p.m.
(5) Arizona vs. (12) Pacific
Thursday, Dec. 6 - 7 p.m.
(4) USC vs. (13) Ohio State
Friday, Dec. 7 - 6 p.m.
USC/Ohio State vs. Arizona/Pacific

Listen to USC's matches live on www.usctrojans.com.

The Facts
The fifth-ranked USC women's volleyball team (24-3, 16-2 Pac-10) - selected as the tournament's No. 4 seed overall - will be making its second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Regionals (11th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance) this week. As the highest seed in Region 2, the Women of Troy will host the regional semifinals and final on Thursday and Friday (Dec. 6-7) at the L.A. Sports Arena. USC will face 13th seed and 10th-ranked Ohio State (27-3) in the semifinal on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. No. 12 seed Pacific (28-7) and fifth-seed Arizona (23-4) will face each other in Thursday's earlier match at 5 p.m. The winners of each semifinal match will advance to the regional final on Friday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m.

The regional winner advances to the NCAA Final Four (championship semifinal and final) to be played Dec. 13 and 15 at San Diego State's Aztec Bowl in San Diego, Calif.

Led by first-year head coach Mick Haley, the Women of Troy are coming off two 3-0 victories over Liberty and Duke in the NCAA first and second round, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, in Durham, N.C.

The Rankings
USC kept its position in the polls after last week's NCAA wins over Liberty and Duke. The Women of Troy are No. 5 in this week's final regular season USA Today/AVCA Coaches poll and the Volleyball magazine poll. Long Beach State and Nebraska, both of whom USC did not face in the regular season, held onto the No. 1 and 2 spots on the charts, while Stanford and Arizona remained at No. 3 and 4, respectively.

NCAA First Round Recap -- def. Liberty, 3-0
USC swept Liberty by scores of 30-18, 30-20, 30-14 on Friday, Nov. 30. As a team, the Women of Troy collected 55 kills off of 95 attacks with only seven errors. The .505 attack effort ranks fourth among all-time USC match records. April Ross led all with 14 kills and no errors to set a new career record with a .636 hitting percentage. She also led with 12 digs for her 11th kill-dig double-double of the season. All nine Women of Troy who took a swing at the ball hit above .333 in the match. To start game one, USC rattled off seven consecutive points for a 7-1 lead before Liberty brought the score within one (9-8). But that's as close as the Lady Flames would get as the Women of Troy rolled to a 12-point win (30-18). The score was knotted at 6-6 to start game two until a solo block by Lauren Killian jump-started the Trojans on an 11-4 run to put them ahead by seven (17-10). USC led by as much as 12 (28-16) before earning the final 30-20 victory. The Lady Flames started with a two-point advantage in the final game. Down 4-2 and 5-3, USC returned to tie the score at six apiece and never trailed again.

NCAA Second Round Recap -- def. Duke, 3-0
USC posted a 30-18, 30-19, 30-22 win over host Duke in the NCAA second round on Dec. 1. Five Trojans hit above .400 in the match, as USC hit a combined .377 by collecting 57 kills off of 122 attacks with only 11 errors. The Women of Troy held Duke to a .106 effort (37-24-123), in addition to out-digging (53 to 46) and out-blocking (8.0 to 3.0) the Blue Devils. Keao Burdine (.458), Alicia Robinson (.435) and Jennifer Pahl (.333) each posted double-digit kills, while April Ross led with 12 digs. Katie Olsovsky, with a .455 effort of her own, led with five blocks. With Tracy Lindquist serving, USC collected six straight points to take a 10-4 lead in game one. Duke came no closer than six points for the remainder of the game, falling 30-18. Burdine had six kills off of six attacks (1.000) in the game. With Lindquist at the line again, USC used another run (7-0) to start game two with a 10-2 advantage. This time the Blue Devils responded and were able to come within four twice (14-10, 15-11) before the Trojans increased the lead to 11 to finish the game (30-19). Despite keeping it close at the start (9-7), Duke had lost its fire by game three, hitting .064 with nine attack errors as the Women of Troy won the final game, 30-22.

USC Tries To Return To Final Four
After making its first trip to the NCAA Final Four in 15 years last season, the Women of Troy are looking to get back for a chance to advance to the championship match this year. In 2000, the Women of Troy defeated Georgia State, Cal Poly, Florida and Penn State to reach the NCAA semifinals, but fell one match short of the finals with a 3-0 loss to Wisconsin.

2001 Team Captains
This year's team captain, as voted on by the players, is junior Lauren Killian. Teams must have a captain on the floor at all times, so sophomore April Ross is the floor captain when Killian is not present.

2001 NCAA Tournament Notes
Sixteen first and second round matches were played Nov. 29 through Dec. 2 on the campuses of participating institutions. Winners advance to regional tournaments to be held Dec. 6-9 on the campus of the top-seeded qualifying teams. The four regional winners advance to the national championship hosted by San Diego State University in San Diego, Calif. The semifinal matches will be played on Dec. 13 and the championship match will take place on Saturday, Dec. 15. USC (Region 2), Stanford (Region 3), Nebraska (Region 4) and Long Beach State (Region 1) were selected as the top seeds in each region and all advanced to the regionals.

USC History In The NCAAs
The Women of Troy are making their 11th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and their 19th overall since the tournament's inception in 1981. USC has only missed the tournament twice, in 1986 and 1990, after posting its only two losing seasons in program history. With a 32-17 all-time NCAA tournament record, USC has won one NCAA national championship and advanced to the Final Four on four occasions, including last season. Led by All-Americans Dana Smith and Cathy Stukel, the Trojans claimed the first-ever NCAA women's volleyball title in 1981. Entering the tournament as underdogs on a four-match losing streak, USC won when it counted by beating UCLA in the championship match after being down 2-1. The team ended the 1981 season with a 27-10 overall record and the title in hand. USC also won AIAW national titles in 1976, 1977 and 1980.

The Last Time...
The last time...
USC played its first and second round matches on the road was in 1991 when the Trojans finished third in the Pac-10 (23-8, 13-5) and were sent to BYU. USC defeated BYU, 3-1, and advanced to the regional semifinal.
The last time...
USC and Arizona met in the postseason was in the 1994 NCAA regional semifinal in Palo Alto, Calif. The Women of Troy defeated the Wildcats 3-0.
The last time...
USC and Pacific met in the postseason was in the 1995 NCAA second round in Stockton, Calif. The Women of Troy defeated the Tigers 3-0 and advanced to the Pacific Regional Semifinal.

Haley En Route To 800 Career Victories
With 796 collegiate career wins to date, head coach Mick Haley is just four wins shy of reaching the 800 mark. These career victories include the 252-51 record he garnered while at Kellogg Community College. His overall Division I record is 545-140-1.

Common Connections: USC vs. Ohio State
USC head coach Mick Haley ('65) and Ohio State head coach Jim Stone ('75) are both graduates of Ball State. Both were four-year volleyball letterwinners for the Cardinals and both earned MVP honors, Haley in 1965 after leading Ball State to the MIVA title, Stone in 1974.

Against Ranked Opponents
Of the 10 matches USC has played against ranked opponents, Arizona and Stanford are the only teams to have claimed victories.

						Prior to match	After loss/win	
Sept. 2 vs. Wisconsin (N) L, 3-2 No. 4 No. 2
Sept. 7 at Hawai'i (A) W, 3-0 No. 10 No. 12
Sept. 18 vs. UCSB (H) W, 3-0 No. 18 No. 19
Sept. 21 vs. UCLA (H) W, 3-0 No. 8 No. 8
Sept. 29 vs. Arizona (H) W, 3-0 No. 3 No. 7
Oct. 12 vs. Stanford (H) W, 3-1 No. 4 No. 4
Oct. 16 vs. Pepperdine (H) W, 3-1 No. 14 No. 12
Oct.19 at UCLA (A) W, 3-2 No. 5 No. 6
Oct. 25 at Arizona (A) L, 3-0 No. 7 No. 4
Nov. 10 at Stanford (A) L, 3-1 No. 3 No. 3
Dec. 6 vs. Ohio State (H) --- No. 10 ---

Southland Dominance
As it is in most years, seven Southern California teams (USC, UCLA, Pepperdine, San Diego, Long Beach State, UCSB and San Diego State) advanced to the 2001 NCAA Championships and four of the seven (USC, UCLA, Pepperdine, Long Beach State) advanced to the regionals. Between USC, UCLA and Long Beach State are seven NCAA titles and 13 national championships. A Southern California team has also reached the semifinals (Final Four) in 15 of 19 NCAA Championships (including the last three consecutive).

Opponent Notes

Ohio State
(27-3, 17-3 for second place finish in Big Ten Conference)
Ohio State is playing in its 13th consecutive NCAA Tournament and this marks the ninth time that OSU has advanced to regional play. The Buckeyes have an 18-12 record in NCAA matches. Seeded 13th this season, Ohio State advanced to the regional with home wins over Robert Morris (30-17, 30-16, 30-13) and Cincinnati (30-16, 22-30, 30-27, 30-20) on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 in the first and second rounds. This season OSU boasts a 27-3 overall record and 17-3 mark in the Big Ten, finishing second behind conference champion Wisconsin and marking its best finish since 1995. Head coach Jim Stone is in his 23rd year at the helm of the Buckeye program and owns a 501-233 career record. The team is led by three All-Big Ten first team selections: outside hitter Anne Botica, setter Katie Virtue and outside hitter Stacey Gordon. Botica averages 4.85 kills per game, Gordon leads with 3.00 digs per game and Virtue leads the nation with 14.18 assists per game. Middle blocker Suzie Stiling, who was named to the All-Big Ten honorable mention team, leads the team with 0.92 blocks per outing. The Buckeyes do not have a player taller than 6-foot-1.

USC-Ohio State Series Record - USC and Ohio State have each earned a win in the two-match series. On Oct. 13, 1989, the Women of Troy won a five-game match in Columbus, Ohio (15-11, 2-15, 15-10, 14-16, 15-9). The two teams met 15 years later on Sept. 2, 1994, at the Long Beach Invitational. Ohio State won the meeting in three, 15-12, 15-4, 15-3.

Opponent Comparisons	Kpg	Pct.	Apg	SApg	Dpg	Bpg
Ohio State 17.52 .311 15.77 2.39 14.13 2.12
USC 17.48 .318 16.02 1.25 16.23 2.98

Arizona
(23-4, 14-4 for third place in Pacific-10 Conference)

Arizona is playing in its 17th NCAA Tournament and making its third consecutive appearance in the regional semifinals. The fifth-seeded Wildcats improved to 17-16 all-time in postseason play after defeating Eastern Illinois (30-14, 30-14, 30-20) in the first round on Nov. 30 and Illinois (32-30, 30-26, 27-30, 30-20) in the second round on Dec. 1. Arizona (23-4) finished third in the Pac-10 (one spot behind USC) after dropping conference matches to USC, UCLA and Stanford (twice). The Wildcats have won 15 of their last 16 matches with the exception being a 3-2 loss to No. 3 Stanford on Nov. 17. Under the guidance of 10th-year head coach David Rubio, Arizona posted its sixth consecutive 20-win season. Thanks to outside hitter Jill Talbot's Pac-10 leading .430 hitting percentage, the Wildcats are one of three conference teams (USC, Stanford, Arizona) to hit .300 or better this season. Junior Lisa Rutledge leads the team in kills (4.24 kpg), Talbot leads in digs (3.31 dpg) and Stefani Saragosa leads in blocks (1.07 bpg). Rutledge, Talbot and setter Dana Burkholder were each named to the All-Pac-10 first team. Saragosa was named honorable mention.

USC-Arizona Series Record - USC owns a 39-14 (.736) all-time record against conference foe Arizona, as the two teams could face each other for the 53rd time in school history in Friday's regional final. The match would mark the sixth time the two teams meet in the postseason record. The last time was on Dec. 8, 1994, when USC defeated Arizona, 3-0, in the NCAA West Regional Final. This season, the Trojans defeated the Wildcats 3-0 in Los Angeles (Sept. 29), then lost 3-0 in Tucson, Ariz. (Dec. 25). Last season, Arizona and USC shared the conference championship.

Opponent Comparisons	Kpg	Pct.	Apg	SApg	Dpg	Bpg
Arizona 17.33 .304 15.51 1.69 15.41 2.53
USC 17.48 .318 16.02 1.25 16.23 2.98

Pacific
(28-7, 15-3 for second place in Big West Conference)

Pacific, one of only four Division I teams to appear in all 21 NCAA Championship Tournaments, is making its 19th appearance in the regional semifinals. Selected as the NCAA tournament No. 12 seed, the Tigers advanced by defeating Alabama A&M (30-18, 30-13, 30-16) in the first round on Nov. 30, and Louisville (24-30, 30-26, 30-19, 30-22) in the second round on Dec. 1. In her first season, head coach Jayne McHugh led Pacific to a second place finish in the Best West, finishing behind top-ranked Long Beach State. The Tigers had three players named to the All-Big West first team, including senior outside hitter Jamie Hamm (team high 4.19 digs per game), junior setter Megan Hauschild (11.57 assists per game) and sophomore middle blocker Jennifer Joines (team high 4.78 kills and 1.53 blocks per game). Aside from dropping matches to ranked opponents such as Nebraska, Long Beach State, Santa Clara, Utah State and Stanford, Pacific lost a 3-0 match at Nevada on Sept. 18. Since its last loss to Long Beach State (Nov. 3), the Tigers have won eight consecutive. Pacific starts four seniors.

USC-Pacific Series Record - Of the 100-plus opponents USC has faced in its history, only seven own a winning record against the Trojans and Pacific is one of them. The Tigers boast a 10-8 advantage in the series which began in 1979. The last meeting took place on Nov. 28, 1998, when the Women of Troy fell to Pacific 3-2 in the championship of the Banker's Classic in Stockton, Calif. USC does own a 5-0 record against Pacific in the postseason, including a 3-0 victory in 1980 to win the AIAW national championship.

USC and Pacific were originally scheduled to meet this season, but the events of Sept. 11 forced the Trojans to withdraw from the UOP Banker's Classic (Nov. 23-24) in order to be able to reschedule cancelled conference matches.

Opponent Comparisons	Kpg	Pct.	Apg	SApg	Dpg	Bpg
Pacific 16.19 .263 14.77 1.93 15.85 2.77
USC 17.48 .318 16.02 1.25 16.23 2.98

Stanford Wins 2001 Pac-10 Title, Trojans Finish Second
Stanford has won or shared the Pac-10 title seven of the last eight years, including this season - the exception was last season when USC and Arizona shared the 2000 conference title. After dropping two matches in the Pac-10 this season, the Women of Troy finished second at 16-2, while the Cardinal placed first with a 17-1 record (its only loss was to USC on Oct. 12).

Pac-10 Notes
USC, Arizona, UCLA and Stanford all remain in the hunt for the national title - these teams have combined for a 161-67 all-time mark in the NCAA Tournament *** For the second consecutive season, the Pac-10 sent six teams into the NCAA Tournament *** Since Pac-10 play began in 1986, the Conference has sent at least half of the league's teams into NCAA play in 12 of the 16 championships *** Over the last 11 years of NCAA Tournament play, the Pac-10 has piled up an impressive 105-35 (.750) record against non-league opponents, producing six national titles (UCLA 1990, 1991, Stanford 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997) *** The Pac-10 posted a 22-13 (.629) record this season against non-league teams that make up the 64-team field for the NCAA Tournament *** The six Pac-10 teams participating in the Tournament sported a 20-7 (.741) record against teams in the field *** The Pac-10 posted an impressive 80-22 (.784) record against non-league foes this season, including a mark of 20-10 (.667) against non-conference teams ranked in the Top 25 *** Neutral court experience should help Pac-10 teams in postseason play as they compiled a 32-2 (.941) record in neutral venues.

USC Has Five Named To All-Conference Teams
Three USC women's volleyball standouts - Jennifer Pahl, April Ross and Katie Olsovsky - were each named to the 2001 All-Pac-10 women's volleyball first team. The first-team honor is the third consecutive of Pahl's career, the second of Ross' career and the first for Olsovsky. The Women of Troy had five total players who earned all-conference honors. Freshmen Keao Burdine and Alicia Robinson were each named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team, while Burdine also received All-Pac-10 honorable mention accolades. Stanford's Logan Tom, a three-time All-Pac-10 selection, was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year, teammate Ogonna Nnamani was named Freshman of the Year and Cardinal head coach John Dunning was honored as the Pac-10 Coach of the Year.

Five Named Pac-10 All-Academic
Sophomores April Ross (3.06, business major) and Toni Anderson (3.29, psychology), juniors Lauren Killian (3.00, business) and Tracy Lindquist (3.21, general studies) and senior Jennifer Pahl (3.01, anthropology) were named to the 2001 Pac-10 all-academic honorable mention team. This is the second consecutive honor for Killian and Lindquist. To be eligible for selection to the all-academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average and be either a starter or significant contributor.

Pahl Plays Final Season At USC
Senior middle blocker Jennifer Pahl played her final regular season home match of her four-year career at USC on Friday, Nov. 16, against Oregon. Fittingly, she recorded the Trojans final point of the night on a kill and finished with 10 kills (.350) and a team-leading six blocks. The lone senior on this year's roster, Pahl will leave USC as one of its top all-time middle blockers. A Pac-10 All-Freshman selection in 1998, she has earned three All-Pac-10 first team selections (1999, 2000 & 2001) since then, and was named an All-American by the AVCA (second team) and Volleyball magazine (honorable mention) last season. Pahl likely will finish her career among the Women of Troy's top 10 record-holders in total blocks (396 to date), block assists (334 to date), blocks per game (1.06 bpg to date) and attack percentage (.353 to date).

April in November
April Ross has been the Trojans' most consistent performer all season, but the sophomore outside hitter did nothing but improve her performances in November. In nine matches last month, Ross averaged a .357 attack percentage, 4.45 kills, 3.10 digs and 5.23 points per game. The dramatic increase is evident when you compare the numbers to her stats in October - a .220 attack percentage, 3.68 kills, 2.93 digs and 4.07 points per game.

USC Ends Home Schedule With Clean slate
With wins over Oregon State and Oregon on Nov. 15 and 16, the Women of Troy completed their second-consecutive season with a perfect record at home. On Sept. 21, a home victory over UCLA set a new mark for consecutive home wins (20) for the Trojans. To date, USC has won 29 consecutive matches at home, starting with a 3-0 win over Rhode Island on Sept. 6, 2000. USC's previous record was 19 straight home victories set between Sept. 25, 1976, and Oct. 19, 1978.

Fab Freshmen Become Super Sophs
USC's Fab Freshmen of 2000 have become Super Sophs of 2001! Last season, three of USC's six starters were first-year players (Toni Anderson, Katie Olsovsky, April Ross). Between the three of them, they led the team in kills, attacks, assists and service aces throughout the season. So far this season, sophomores lead the team in kills (Ross, 4.04 kpg), assists (Anderson, 8.54 apg), digs (Ross, 2.97 dpg), blocks (Olsovsky, 1.24 bpg) and aces (Nicole Davis, 0.32 sapg).

Olsovsky Making Mark In Record Books
With a .786 attack percentage (11-0-14) against OSU on Nov. 20 (just two weeks after hitting .778 against Cal on Nov. 9), Katie Olsovsky added another mark to the USC record books. This time her performance ranks second among USC's top 10, pushing her record against Cal to third. Earlier this season she also hit .733 against the Bears in their first meeting on Oct. 13 - a mark which now ranks sixth in the record books. Last season she posted a .688 effort against Oregon which was 10th on the charts but has since been knocked off.

Trojans Find Ace In Davis
Defensive specialist Nicole Davis has a killer serve... and no team knows that better than Stanford. Davis collected seven service aces against the Cardinal, including six in the first two games. The mark fell just one ace shy of the USC record and ranks Davis' performances fifth in the record books (there is a four-way tie for first place with eight aces in a match). On the year, Davis has 29 aces and averages 0.32 aces per game.

We've Got Options
It was just two years ago that the volleyball team only had nine healthy players on the roster. Now, the 2001 roster lists four outside hitters, four middle blockers and five defensive specialists. The depth allows USC to better match-up with opponents, but it does sacrifice individual statistics. No one player has amassed more than 24 kills in a single match this season (April Ross vs. Oregon, Nov. 16). A group of players share the lead in nearly every category - five players are averaging more than 2.40 kills per game, six average more than 2.0 digs per outing and two average more than 1.21 blocks per game.

USC Second in NCAA In Assists Thanks To Setting Duo
As of Nov. 16, the Trojans are second in the nation in team assists with a then-16.05 assist per game average. Ironically, the Women of Troy don't have a setter ranked in the Top 25 nationally or even among the Top 9 in the Pac-10. This is because USC uses two setters. Running a 6-2 offense, the Trojans boast the talent of both Toni Anderson and Tracy Lindquist. The two see equal time on the court and, while they sacrifice individual accolades, together they lead the nation's No. 5 team. Anderson and Lindquist average 8.59 and 5.74 assists per game, respectively.

USC Still Dominating At The Net
USC has held opponents this season to a .160 average attack percentage. Arizona and Stanford are the only opponents this season to hit above .200 when the Wildcats managed to hit .305 on Sept. 29 and .395 on Oct. 25, while the Cardinal hit .278 on Oct. 12 and .313 on Nov. 10. The Trojans dominate at the net overall by out-hitting opponents .318 to .160 (16.02 to 12.18 kills per game), out-blocking opponents by a 1.30 margin and forcing 7.22 opponent attack errors per game. USC ranks first in the Pac-10 in attack percentage, opponent attack percentage and kills, and second in blocks (2.98 bpg).

Olsovsky Named AVCA/Sports Imports National Player of the Week and Two-Time Pac-10 Player of the Week
Katie Olsovsky was named Pac-10 Player of the Week and AVCA/Sports Imports National Player of the Week on Oct. 14. One week later, she earned her second-consecutive Pac-10 Player of the Week honor. Olsovsky first led the Trojans in wins over Stanford (Oct. 12) and Cal (Oct. 13), hitting a combined .667 with 21 kills (3.00 kpg), 18 digs (2.57 dpg) and seven blocks (1.00 bpg). Her .667 average attack percentage included just one error in 30 attempts in seven games. Against Cal, Olsovsky hit .733 (11-0-15) - a mark which ranks sixth among USC individual match records. The following week, she played a pivotal role in USC's victories over No. 14 Pepperdine and No. 5 UCLA. For the week, she hit .511 with 24 kills (2.67 kpg) and just one error in 45 attempts. In the win over UCLA, Olsovsky fell one block short of a triple-double with 10 kills (.391), 10 digs and a career high nine blocks. Olsovsky is only the third athlete in USC women's volleyball history to earn National Player of the Week honors. The first was Jasmina Marinkovic on Sept. 22, 1997 and April Ross received the honor last season on Nov. 13, 2000. She is only the second player in Pac-10 history to win the honor in back-to-back weeks USC's Jennifer Kessy was the first to do so in October, 1998.

A Scoring Leader?
This season's change to rally scoring has also introduced a new category of stats. Now every kill, block and ace will not only earn a team a point, but the responsible player gets a point as well (just as a basketball player contributes 20 points in a game). The formula is as follows: points = kills + service aces + solo blocks + 1/2 block assists.
For example, April Ross leads the team with a total of 417.5 points this season (she has accumulated 368 kills, 18 aces, nine block solos and 45 block assists). She averages 4.59 points per game and 15.5 points per match.

Wildcats Snap USC's 13-Match Win Streak
With a USC loss on Oct. 25, Arizona was the team to snap the Women of Troy's 13-match win streak. Ironically, it was the Wildcats who also put an end to the Trojans' 14-match win streak last season. Both losses took place in Tucson, Ariz., by 3-0 scores. The program win streak record was set during the 1976 through 1978 seasons when the Trojans won 56 consecutive matches.

News-N-Notes
April Ross hit a career high .636 against Liberty (Nov. 30) *** USC set a new mark in the record books with a .505 attack percentage against Liberty (Nov. 30) - the mark ranks fourth all-time *** Katie Olsovsky set a new career mark with a .786 (10-0-14) attack performance against Oregon State (Nov. 20) - the mark ranks second among program records... she now owns four of the top 10 USC individual attack percentages *** With nine against the Beavers (Nov. 20), Katie Olsovsky also tied a career high in blocks *** Kelli Lantz posted a career-high eight blocks against Oregon State (Nov. 20) *** Toni Anderson set a new career high with three blocks against Oregon (Nov. 16) *** Against Oregon (Nov. 16), Nicole Davis set a new career-high with 14 digs *** Kelli Lantz tied a career-best with 18 total attacks against Oregon (Nov. 16) *** USC has had three 1,000+ crowds (vs. UCLA 9/21, vs. Arizona 9/29, vs. Stanford 10/12) *** Toni Anderson tied a career high with three aces against Cal (Nov. 9) *** Toni Anderson set two career marks against Washington State (Nov. 3) with three aces and three kills *** Katie Olsovsky tied a career-high with 11 digs against the Cougars (Nov. 3) *** Against WSU (Nov. 3), Nicole Davis set a new career mark with 13 digs *** USC recorded its lowest point total in a single game against Arizona on Oct. 25 in a 30-15 game two loss *** The Trojans defeated the Bruins twice this season for the first time since 1998 *** Toni Anderson set a new career high with 54 assists against the Bruins (Oct. 19) *** Katie Olsovsky tied career highs with nine blocks against UCLA (Oct. 19) and 11 digs against Pepperdine (Oct. 16) *** Nicole Davis had a career-high seven service aces vs. Stanford (Oct. 12) - the mark ranks fifth among USC records (one ace shy of the mark) *** The Trojans won 27 consecutive games this season (9/6-10/5) *** Against No. 3 Arizona, five players hit above .400 and the Women of Troy hit .450 as a team *** Alicia Robinson's hitting performance (14-0-20, .700) against the Bruins (Sept. 21) ranks 10th all-time among USC individual match leaders *** Katie Olsovsky collected a career-high nine blocks against UCSB (Sept. 18) and then surpassed a career high with 11 digs against UCLA (Sept. 21).

Freshman Class Ranked No. 1 (Again)
For the second year in a row, the USC women's volleyball program landed the nation's top recruiting class, according to Volleyball and Student Sports Magazine. The Women of Troy's 2001 recruiting class - which includes Emily Adams, Alicia Robinson, and Keao Burdine - have added to the depth and talent that players such as April Ross (2000 AVCA second team All-American, Volleyball Freshman of the Year), Katie Olsovsky (Volleyball All-Freshman team) and Toni Anderson (Volleyball All-Freshman team) provided USC last season.

USC Takes Over U.S.A. Junior National Team
Sophomores Katie Olsovsky, April Ross and Toni Anderson and freshmen Alicia Robinson and Keao Burdine helped the U.S.A. Junior National Team qualify for the World Championships with a third place finish at the Intercontinental Qualification Tournament in Monterrey, Mexico, this summer. Of the six United States starters, four were Trojans.

Haley in First Season
Mick Haley is in his first official season as head coach of the Women of Troy. Though hired in 1999 to replace former head coach Lisa Love, Haley completed his term as head coach of the U.S.A. Women's National Team before joining the Trojans. At the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, he led the United States to an unexpected fourth-place finish. Haley coached Texas for 17 seasons (1980-1996) and led the Longhorns to two national championships. He owns a 543-140-1 (.796) Division I career record and a 794-191-1 (.807) overall mark.

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