Volleyball Opens Season With 3-0 Win Over Ball State

Aug. 31, 2002

MUNCIE, Ind. - The third-ranked USC women's volleyball team put an end to Ball State's 42-match home win streak Saturday night with a 30-22, 30-17, 30-20 sweeping victory to open the 2002 season. The streak was the third longest active home win streak in Division I women's volleyball and dated back to the Cardinals' 1999 season.

The Women of Troy not only recorded their first win of the season, but also managed to break a few personal records. Sophomore outside hitter Keao Burdine led the team with 15 kills and set a new career mark with a .583 attack percentage. Middle blocker Emily Adams, in her first start as a Trojan, not only collected nine kills and posted a .667 hitting percentage, but also made a career-high five blocks.

Outside hitter April Ross led the team with 11 digs and collected 12 kills (.348), while fellow returning All-American Katie Olsovsky had nine kills, hit .357 and made two blocks. Senior Lauren Killian also contributed seven kills (.333) and three blocks.

USC held Ball State to a .073 hitting performance and only 30 kills. The Cardinals were led by outside hitter Katie Butts who finished with 11 kills, a .242 attack percentage and three blocks.

The Women of Troy trailed only once in the three-game match. After winning the first two games, 30-22 and 30-17, respectively, the Trojans made four consecutive errors at the start of game three and allowed the Cardinals to go ahead 4-3. USC trailed for two more rotations, then jumped back on top with a 6-1 run of its own. Soon after, Burdine served for six straight points, giving the Trojans a 19-10 advantage. The Women of Troy cruised to the 30-20 win for the match.

USC will face Pittsburgh in game two of the Radisson Hotel Roberts/Nike Classic on Sunday, Sept. 1, at 4 p.m. CST, then take on No. 2/4 Nebraska in the tournament finale on Monday, Sept. 2, at 11:30 a.m. CST.

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