Ross Guides USC To Win Over Wake Forest With Career-High Effort

Sept. 6, 2002

PROVO, Utah - With a 26-kill effort from junior April Ross, the No. 3 USC women's volleyball team defeated Wake Forest, 3-1 (30-14, 26-30, 30-20, 30-20), in the second match of the BYU Mizuno Classic on Friday morning in Provo, Utah.

With the win USC improves to 5-0, while the Demon Deacons drop to 2-2. The Women of Troy will play their final tournament match tonight at 7 p.m. MST against the No. 6-ranked Florida Gators.

Despite dropping game two, the Trojans were dominant on every side of the ball. With a .308 attack effort of its own, USC held Wake Forest to .114 hitting, 47 kills, 49 digs and 9.0 team blocks. The Women of Troy accounted for 71 kills, 73 digs and 13.0 team blocks.

Ross, coming off her MVP performance at the Radisson Hotel Roberts/Nike Classic, put up big numbers against the Demon Deacons. In addition to her career-high 26 kills, she hit .512 (26-4-43) for the match and collected 12 digs, three aces and four blocks. Setter Toni Anderson also had an outstanding performance, recording 42 assists, two kills (.667) and nine digs. Sophomore outside hitter Alicia Robinson led with six blocks and libero Nicole Davis led with 16 digs. Middle blocker Emily Adams posted a personal-best with 12 kills (.455) for the match.

Wake Forest was led by sophomore middle blocker Kim Stern who contributed 14 kills on 27 attempts to go with four blocks. Redshirt freshman outside hitter Valerie Rydberg added 11 kills and 11 digs. Senior setter Ashlee Phillips had 41 assists and a pair of service aces.

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