Third-Ranked Women of Troy Contain Cougar Attack

Sept. 5, 2002

PROVO, Utah - The third-ranked USC women's volleyball team opened the BYU Mizuno Classic with a 3-0 (23-30, 27-30, 15-30) victory over host BYU on Thursday, Sept. 5, at the Cougars' Smith Fieldhouse. With the win, the Women of Troy improve to 4-0 this season, while BYU drops to 1-3.

Led by a six-block effort by Trojan sophomore middle blocker Emily Adams, USC held BYU to a .053 attack effort and only 34 team kills and 3.0 team blocks. Adams also had an outstanding offensive performance, collecting seven kills off of 15 attacks with no errors for a match-high .438 attack percentage.

Fellow sophomores Keao Burdine and Alicia Robinson added nine and eight kills, respectively. Junior April Ross and freshman Staci Venski followed with seven kills apiece. Venski, a 6-3 middle blocker, made her first collegiate start against the Cougars in place of junior Katie Olsovsky who has been fighting flu symptoms for the last two weeks. Libero Nicole Davis led with 12 digs, while Ross added 11.

Carrie Bowers who had team-highs with seven kills and a .429 attack percentage led BYU. Libero Uila Crabbe compiled a team-leading 13 digs.

As USC tried to find its rhythm with a new starting lineup, the Cougars went up 13-10 in the first game. Following a timeout the Trojans returned to the court and reeled off a 7-1 run to force the Cougars to take the next timeout. BYU managed to pull within two, 17-15, but that's as close as the Cougars would get as the Women of Troy sealed the game one win with a kill by senior Lauren Killian.

USC pulled ahead quickly in game two to take a 5-1 lead thanks to consecutive kills by Venski. The Cougars then clawed their way back into the game thanks to eight Trojan hitting errors to tie the score, 10-10. BYU led by as many as three points, 26-23, before the Trojans turned the tables and scored the nest 7-of-8 points for the game

The Women of Troy dominated the Cougar attack in game three, outhitting BYU .417 to .034. The Cougars trailed by as much as 15 points Olsovsky, coming off the bench, ended the match with her third kill of the night.

The Trojans will play two matches on Friday, Sept. 6, to complete the tournament. USC will face Wake Forest at 10 a.m. MST and No. 6 Florida at 7 p.m. MST.

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