Volleyball Defeats National Team of Czech Republic, 3-0

Sept. 17, 2002

LOS ANGELES - Even without All-American middle blocker Katie Olsovsky, who has been fighting flu symptoms for the last two weeks, the No. 1-ranked USC women's volleyball team defeated the national team of the Czech Republic, 30-23, 30-20, 30-19, in an exhibition match on Tuesday night (Sept. 17) at the Lyon Center.

Junior outside hitter April Ross led with 16 points in the match, while sophomore Alicia Robinson added 15.5 and Keao Burdine tallied 12. Robinson and middle blocker Emily Adams each had six blocks apiece. Ross and libero Nicole Davis posted 10 and 12 digs, respectively.

Freshman Staci Venski started in place of Olsovsky. The first-year middle blocker collected nine kills (.389) and two blocks.

The Women of Troy held the Czech Republic to a .129 attack percentage, 38 kills and only two team blocks. USC averaged a .376 attack, posted 56 kills and collected 12.0 blocks.

Coming off a five-game loss to Long Beach State on Monday (Sept. 16), the Czech Republic was in control at the start of the match and maintained a two-point lead through much of the first game. But with a four-point rally to go ahead 18-16, USC jumped ahead and never trailed again. USC took the first game 30-23, and eased to 30-20 and 30-19 wins in games two and three.

USC begins Pac-10 play this week when it travels to the Arizona schools. The Women of Troy face Arizona State on Friday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. in Tempe, then travel to 15th-ranked Arizona on Saturday, Sept. 21, for a 7 p.m. match in Tucson.

-- GO SC --

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