Trojans Sweep No. 6 Florida, 3-0, In Final Match Of BYU Tourney
Sept. 6, 2002
Provo, Utah - The third-ranked USC women's volleyball team got 10 points off of services aces and forced 44 Florida errors as they swept the sixth-ranked Gators, 30-24, 30-19, 30-26, in their final match of the BYU Mizuno Classic in Provo, Utah. With their second win over a Top 10 opponent in just five days, the Women of Troy improve to 6-0 overall, while Florida drops to 3-1.
USC did not have big numbers offensively as sophomore Keao Burdine was the only player to finish with double-digit kills (11) or digs (10), but the Trojans won the match by limiting team errors and serving well.
Junior Katie Olsovsky collected a career-high five service aces, while Burdine and Tracy Lindquist posted two apiece and April Ross added one for a total of 10 USC points. On the other side of the net, 12 of Florida's 44 total match errors were made at the line.
Sophomore Emily Adams had a great all-around match. The 6-5 middle blocker added four blocks, including two solo blocks, and seven kills on a .500 attack effort.
With the score tied 2-2 to begin game one, the Women of Troy went on a 4-0 run and took a 6-2 lead. USC led by as much as nine points (27-18) before the Gators began to mount a comeback. Florida went on a 6-0 run to bring the game to 27-24, but the Trojans held on to take the first game, 30-24.
By containing any type of Gator rally in game two, USC quickly built a six-point lead, 14-8. Florida collected no more than three consecutive points for the remainder of the game as the Trojans' used a 6-0 run to pull to 19-11, then opened up their biggest lead at 11 points with the final 30-19 tally.
USC trailed at the start of game three (0-3) for the first time since opening the match down 2-0. The Gators moved ahead 4-1 and 5-2 before the Trojans scored the next four consecutive to go ahead, 6-5. The teams remained close and knotted the score at 20-20. Neither team led by more than two points before the Women of Troy closed out game three and the match with a final 3-0 run.
The Trojans now return to Los Angeles to open the 2002 home schedule with two upcoming exhibition matches. On Friday, Sept. 13, USC hosts a Cardinal & Gold match at 6 p.m., then welcomes the Czech Republic for a 7 p.m. match on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Both matches will be played at the Lyon Center. Admission will be free for the Cardinal & Gold match only.
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