Volleyball Sweeps Washington 3-0 To Remain Undefeated
Sept. 28, 2002
LOS ANGELES - With four players contributing double-digit scoring, the No. 1-ranked USC women's volleyball team swept Washington, 30-28, 30-19, 30-26, on Saturday in front of 668 at the Lyon Center. With the win, the Women of Troy improve to 10-0 overall and 4-0 in the Pac-10. The Huskies dropped both matches in Los Angeles and return home at 10-3 overall and 2-2 in conference play.
Sophomore Keao Burdine led the Women of Troy with 14.5 points in the match thanks to a team-high 14 kills off of 28 attacks for a .429 attack percentage. Junior April Ross followed closely with 13.5 points and 12 kills (.321), in addition to 13 digs. Lauren Killian and Emily Adams rounded out the scoring leaders with 12.0 and 10.5 points, respectively.
Neither team had an outstanding night offensively, as USC averaged a .271 attack percentage and Washington hit .231. With a slight advantage in blocks (8.0 to 6.0), digs (58 to 51) and aces (3 to 1), the Trojans made up the difference in kills (55 to 42), while taking advantage of 16 Washington service errors.
Washington matched USC point-for-point in the first game as the two teams reached a 10-10 tie. The Women of Troy took their first two-point lead at 12-10 thanks to a Burdine kill and a Husky hitting error, but UW remained close and knotted the score five more times. A kill by Adams broke a 28-28 tie to reach game point, and a service ace by Alicia Robinson give USC a 30-28 win.
In the second game, USC's offense proved too tough for Washington. The Trojans hit .386 and held the Huskies to .214. The Women of Troy used two five-point runs to take an 18-9 lead and eventually rolled to a 30-19 win for a 2-0 lead in the match.
Ahead 5-4 at the start of game three, USC scored eight consecutive points to take a 12-5 lead. Slowly the Huskies began to climb back, out-scoring the Trojans 10-to-4 to come within one, 16-15, and force a USC timeout. The break helped the Women of Troy reorganize and upon returning to the court USC scored three straight points to go ahead 19-15. Washington came no closer as USC took the final game 30-26.
The Trojans travel to the Bay Area this week to face the fourth-ranked Stanford Cardinal on Friday, Oct. 4, and the Cal Bears on Saturday, Oct. 5. Both matches will be played at 7 p.m.