Top-Ranked Women of Troy Travel To Bay Area For Pac-10 Matches

Sept. 30, 2002

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This Week
USC at Stanford, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m.

Audio: www.gostanford.com
TV: Fox Sports Net (check times listed below)
USC at Cal, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.
Audio: None
TV: None

The Facts
The No. 1-ranked USC women's volleyball team (10-0, 4-0 Pac-10) will face defending NCAA champion Stanford (12-1, 3-0 Pac-10) and California (11-1, 2-1 Pac-10) this week when it travels to the Bay Area. The Women of Troy face the fourth-ranked Cardinal on Friday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. at Maples Pavilion. The match can be heard live at www.gostanford.com and will be televised by Fox Sports Net on a tape-delay basis Saturday-Wednesday, Oct. 5-9 (see below and check local listing for additional air times). USC then travels to Berkeley on Saturday, Oct. 5, to face Cal at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. The Trojans are coming off 3-0 victories against No. 18 Washington State and Washington last Friday (Sept. 27) and Saturday (Sept. 28).

USC vs. Stanford (10/4) TV Dates & Times
Fox Sports West 2
- Oct. 5 at 1:30 a.m. & 10 a.m., Oct. 7 at 6 p.m., Oct. 8 at 1 p.m.
Fox Sports West - Oct. 9 at Noon
Fox Sports Arizona - Oct. 5 at 1 p.m., Oct. 6 at 3 p.m.
Fox Sports Bay Area - Oct. 5 at 1 p.m., Oct. 6 at 2 a.m.

The Rankings
USC jumped to No. 1 in both the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Poll and Volleyball Magazine Poll on Sept. 16 and continues to maintain its top position this week. The Women of Troy earned a No. 5 final ranking in 2001 by both publications and entered the 2002 season at No. 3.

Who Will Claim The Top Spot?
This week's match-up at Stanford will define a Pac-10 leader, as both USC and Stanford enter the match undefeated in conference play. But the Cal match can not be taken lightly either. The Bears are 2-1 in the Pac-10 and in second place after 3-2 wins over Oregon and Oregon State last week and a loss to the Cardinal the week prior.

Haley Coaches 1,000th Match
Last Saturday's (Sept. 28) USC-Washington match marked Mick Haley's 1,000th career match as head coach. Earlier this season, Haley collected his 800th career victory when USC defeated Pittsburgh, 3-0, on Sept. 1. Haley, who also spent four years as the U.S. Women's National Team coach, now boasts an 808-192-1 (.808) career record in 26 seasons in the college ranks.

USC Jumps To No. 1 Without Playing A Match
The Women of Troy earned the top spot in both polls on Sept. 16 and didn't even have to play a match. The previous week, the Trojans hosted two exhibition matches, but it was their performances the week before that made the difference. Stanford, which previously held the No. 1 spot, was defeated by Florida, 3-0, at the USA Credit Union Invitational in Gainesville, Fla., one week after USC defeated the Gators 3-0 at the BYU Mizuno Classic, thus giving the Trojans a boost.

The Last Time...
The last time USC held the No. 1 spot in either poll was on Oct. 9, 2000. The Trojans were ranked No. 1 by Volleyball magazine for five straight weeks (Sept. 11-Oct. 9), but dropped four spots the following week to No. 5 after falling to Arizona, 3-0, in Tucson on Oct. 13. The last time USC was ranked No. 1 by the AVCA was on Oct. 16, 1984, following a four-game win over previous No. 1 Pacific. USC completed the 1984 season with a 30-7 overall record and No. 5 AVCA ranking.

Powerful At The Line
Thanks to the addition of three jump servers - Katie Olsovsky, April Ross and Julie Mariani - USC has tripled its serving power. Last season, Nicole Davis was the only player to jump serve (and she led the team with 0.30 aces per game), but the Trojans are no longer able to benefit from her serve due to her new role as the libero. Olsovsky, Ross and Mariani have managed to fill the gap. USC is averaging 1.39 aces per game this season (averaged 1.23 sapg in 2001). Ross leads the team with a 0.32 average.

USC Leads Pac-10 In Assists Thanks To Setting Duo
The Trojans lead the conference in team assists with a 17.13 assist per game average (2.13 ahead of second-place UCLA). Ironically, the Women of Troy don't have a setter ranked in the Top 25 nationally or even among the Top 5 in the Pac-10. This is because USC uses two setters. Running a 6-2 offense, USC boasts the talent of both Toni Anderson and Tracy Lindquist and, while they sacrifice individual accolades, together they lead the nation's No. 1 team. Anderson and Lindquist average 9.23 and 6.55 assists per game, respectively.

Match Recaps
vs. #18 Washington State
- Thanks to a career-high 13 kills from Lauren Killian, USC defeated No. 18 Washington State, 30-18, 30-21, 30-24, on Sept. 27. The Women of Troy handed the Cougars their first loss of the season and put an end to the Cougar's school record 32-game win streak. In addition to Killian, Katie Olsovsky and Emily Adams added 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Olsovsky hit .588 for the night and collected three blocks, while Adams hit .529 in addition to four blocks. USC held Washington State to a .133 attack percentage, out-hit the Cougars 59 to 37 and out-dug WSU 65 to 41. The Trojans also posted 10.0 team blocks, while the Cougars collected 3.0. The Women of Troy wasted no time in establishing control of the match, hitting .333 while pushing WSU to a -.070 hitting percentage thanks to 11 Cougar hitting errors in the first game. USC also took advantage of its height, out-blocking WSU six to zero in the 30-18 game one win. WSU managed to climb within one, 18-17, in game two, but USC rolled to a 30-21 win. The Cougars again found themselves within one at 18-17 in the third game, but USC responded with four straight points and never looked back, marching to a 30-24 win in the final game.

vs. Washington - With four players contributing double-digit scoring, USC swept Washington, 30-28, 30-19, 30-26, on Sept. 28. 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. 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. UW 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, as the Trojans earned a 30-19 win. Ahead 5-4 at the start of game three, USC scored eight consecutive to take a 12-5 lead. Slowly the Huskies began to climb back, out-scoring the Trojans 10-to-4 to bring the score within one, 16-15, but it didn't last long as USC scored three straight points to go ahead 19-15 and took the final game 30-26.

Bay Area Connections
Cal head coach Rich Feller was an assistant coach to USC head coach Mick Haley with the U.S.A. women's national team in 1997-98 *** Haley coached Stanford outside hitter Logan Tom while on the U.S. National Team *** Cal junior defensive specialist Ashleigh Turner and USC DS Kristen Anderson were prep teammates at Mira Costa High in Manhattan Beach, Calif. *** USC senior defensive specialist Julie Mariani prepped at St. Francis High in Los Altos, Calif.

Black Uni Debut
The Women of Troy saved something special for the Arizona Wildcats by donning new black uniforms on Sept. 21. The Trojans, who have always worn cardinal uniforms on the road and white at home, will sport the new unis for select matches.

News To Note
* Lauren Killian posted a career-high 13 kills, leading USC against #18 WSU on Sept. 27.
* Katie Olsovsky was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Sept. 23 after hitting .625 with just two errors, recording 17 kills (3.40 kpg) and a team-leading seven blocks (1.40 bpg) for a grand total of 21.5 points as the Women of Troy swept both Arizona schools on the road.
* April Ross was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Sept. 3 after being named the Radisson Hotel Roberts/Nike Classic MVP by guiding USC to three 3-0 victories, including a 3-0 upset sweep over No. 2 Nebraska. Ross posted double-double kill-dig performances in all three matches.
* Katie Olsovsky hit .733 (11-0-15) against Arizona (Sept. 21) - the mark ranks sixth among USC's all-time individual match records, tying a .733 performance she posted last season against Cal. Since her freshman season she has recorded three hitting performances ranked among USC's top-10.
* April Ross tied a career high with four aces against Arizona State (Sept. 20)
* Emily Adams collected a career-high six blocks against BYU and posted a career-high 12 kills against Wake Forest.
* April Ross collected a career-high 26 kills and tied a career-high with three aces against Wake Forest (Sept. 6).

Trojans Sweep Through Early Season Tourneys
USC opened the 2002 season by winning the Radisson Hotel Roberts/Nike Classic. USC's 3-0 win over Ball State (Aug. 31) ended the Cardinals 42-match home win streak - the third-longest active home win streak in Division 1. The 3-0 win over Pittsburgh (Sept. 1) gave Mick Haley his 800th career victory and the 3-0 win over Nebraska (Sept. 2) solidified USC's Top 5 standing and marked Nebraska's first 3-0 loss since 1997. April Ross was honored as the tournament MVP and Pac-10 Player of the Week, and both Ross and Keao Burdine were named to the all-tournament team.

The following week the Women of Troy captured the BYU Mizuno Classic tournament title with wins over BYU, 3-0, Wake Forest, 3-1, and No. 6 Florida, 3-0. USC's win over sixth-ranked Florida on Sept. 6 was its second-victory over a top 10 opponent in five days after beating Nebraska, 3-0, on Sept. 2. The Trojans also played all three tournament matches in 24 hours (first match was at 7 p.m. on Thursday, final match was played at 7 p.m. on Friday). Keao Burdine was honored as tournament MVP, while April Ross and Emily Adams were named to the all-tournament team.

Trojans Welcome First International Recruit in 7 Years
Bibiana Candelas, a 6-5 middle blocker from Torre�n, Mexico, is the Trojans' first international recruit since Jasmina Marinkovic was recruited in 1995 from Uzice, Serbia by former USC head coach Lisa Love. Marinkovic went on to become a two-time All-American with the Women of Troy before graduating in May, 1999. Candelas missed the first two weeks of the 2002 season while competing with Mexico's National Team at the Women's Volleyball World Championships in Dresden, Germany. She arrived on campus on Monday, Sept. 9, and made her first appearance with the Women of Troy at the Cardinal & Gold scrimmage on Sept. 13, but has not yet been cleared by the NCAA to compete in a regular season match.

2002 Team Captains
This year's team captain, as voted on by the players, is senior Lauren Killian. Teams must have a captain on the floor at all times, so junior April Ross will act as the floor captain when Killian is not present.

Reaching New Heights
The 2002 squad boasts the tallest lineup of hitters and blockers in recent history at USC. The Trojans' front line measures at a 6-foot-3 average height and as a team USC stands at 6-0.

A Trojan and a Bruin Get Together
Senior Tracy Lindquist and beach volleyball partner Chrissie Zartman (UCLA sophomore libero) represented the U.S. and captured the gold medal in late June at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World University Games in Guadeloupe of the French Antilles. At 5-7 and 5-5, respectively, Lindquist and Zartman were the shortest competitors in the tournament. In 1997, at ages 16 and 13, Lindquist and Zartman became the youngest players ever to receive an AAA beach rating.

USC Takes Over USA Team
Head Coach Mick Haley has ensured himself one of the best trained teams in the country. For the second-consecutive summer, USC had six players (Katie Olsovsky, April Ross, Emily Adams, Tracy Lindquist, Keao Burdine and Alicia Robinson) train with the Women's National A2 Team in Colorado Springs, Colo. - this is by far more than any other school (next on the list is Stanford and Nebraska with two apiece).

Venski Forgoes High School Volleyball
Stacy Venski (California City, Calif.), a 6-3 middle blocker, did not play high school volleyball as a junior and senior. Instead, she chose to solely compete with her club volleyball team and during the summers she trained with the U.S. Youth and Junior National Teams. She was never eligible for prep awards or accolades and made an early verbal commitment to USC.

NCAA Women Adopt Libero Position
The libero (pronounced 'LEE-bah-ro) is a designated backrow player. The libero is allowed to replace any player in the backrow without counting as a substitution and there is no limit to the number of libero replacements. The color of the libero's uniform must contrast from the color of her teammates' uniforms, but the libero's shorts must be the same. The libero plays only in the backrow but may not serve, block or attempt to block.

2001 Recap
In his first season at the helm of the USC program, Mick Haley led his squad to a 25-4 overall record, second-place Pac-10 finish (16-2) and No. 5 final ranking, but fell 'an ankle short' of the team's ultimate goal of returning to the NCAA Final Four. Behind the efforts of senior Jennifer Pahl (All-Pac-10) and then-juniors April Ross (All-Pac-10) and Katie Olsovsky (All-Pac-10), the Trojans dominated the regular season, but were eliminated in the NCAA Regional Final by Arizona, 3-2. Up 1-0 in the match, Ross went down with an ankle injury in game two and the Wildcats took advantage to gain the comeback win and advance.

Head Coach Mick Haley
Mick Haley is in his second season as head coach of the Women of Troy. Though hired in 1999 to replace former head coach Lisa Love, Haley completed his term as head coach of the U.S.A. Women's National Team before joining the Trojans in 2001. At the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, he led the United States to an unexpected fourth-place finish. Haley coached Texas for 17 seasons (1980-1996) and led the Longhorns to two national championships. He boasts a 808-192-1 (.808) overall record, 557-141 (.798) NCAA Division I record and a 170-12 (.934) conference mark.

Opponent Notes

#4 Stanford (12-1, 3-0 Pac-10) -- The fourth-ranked Cardinal is coming off 3-0 victories over Oregon State and Oregon last week. With a sweep of crosstown rival Cal the week prior, Stanford is currently half a game behind first place USC in the Pac-10. The defending NCAA champions have endured one loss this season to then-No. 6 Florida, 3-0, which cost the Cardinal its No. 1 ranking. Stanford is led by All-American outside hitter Logan Tom, who is averaging 4.42 kills and 2.37 digs per game. Middle blocker Jennifer Harvey leads at the net with 1.32 blocks per game. Under second-year head coach John Dunning, Stanford returned four starters and nine letterwinners from its 2001 national title squad.

USC-Stanford Series Record -- The Women of Troy have won three of the last four meetings against the Cardinal, but of the 100+ opponents USC has faced in program history, only seven own a winning record against the Trojans and Stanford is one of them. USC is 13-42-1 (.226) against the Cardinal after defeating Stanford, 3-1, at home last season and dropping the match at Stanford, 3-1.

Opponent Comparisons	Kpg	Pct.	Apg	SApg	Dpg	Bpg
Stanford 16.45 .326 14.81 1.83 13.14 3.56
USC 18.10 .301 17.13 1.39 16.84 3.00

California (11-1, 2-1 Pac-10) -- Cal is off to its best start since the 1989 season (the last time the Bears were in the NCAAs) and has already surpassed last season's win total with an 11-1 overall record and 2-1 mark in the Pac-10. The Bears are coming off a sweep (by 3-2 scores) of the Oregon schools for the first time since 1999. The team is led by sophomore Mia Jerkov, who leads the Pac-10 with 5.69 kills per game, in addition to 3.13 digs and 0.67 aces per outing. Freshman Alicia Powers and sophomore Camille Leffal lead at the net with 1.00 and 1.03 blocks per game, respectively. The Bears returned four starters and 11 letterwinners from last year's squad which posted a 10-18 overall record and 3-15 mark in the Pac-10 under head coach Rich Feller, currently in his 13th season.

USC-California Series Record -- The Trojans own a 32-6 (.842) all-time record against Cal. USC has recorded 19 consecutive victories over the Golden Bears after sweeping both meetings in 2001.

Opponent Comparisons	Kpg	Pct.	Apg	SApg	Dpg	Bpg
California 16.02 .268 14.40 2.05 15.80 2.46
USC 18.10 .301 17.13 1.39 16.84 3.00

Player Profiles

#1 Tracy Lindquist
Setter * Senior
Did You Know? At 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-5, respectively, Tracy Lindquist and partner Chrissie Zartman (UCLA) captured the first-ever World University Beach Volleyball Championship, held in Guadeloupe of the French Antilles this summer. They were the shortest two-man team in the tournament.
This Season (10 matches played, 2 starts): vs. Ball State (8/31): 21 assists, 5 digs... vs. Pitt (9/1): 19 assists, 1 ace, 6 digs... vs. Nebraska (9/2): 20 assists, 10 digs... at BYU (9/5): 20 assists, 1 ace, 5 digs... vs. Wake Forest (9/6): 21 assists, 7 digs... vs. Florida (9/6): 22 assists, 2 aces, 9 digs... at Arizona St (9/20): 20 assists, 6 digs... at Arizona (9/21): 17 assists, 1 ace, 3 digs... vs. WSU (9/27): 21 assists, 11 digs... vs. Wash (9/28): 22 assists, 5 digs...

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#2 Julie Mariani
Defensive Specialist * Senior
Did You Know?
Julie Mariani currently ranks sixth all-time (0.27 sapg) among USC's service ace career record holders.
This Season (8 matches played, 0 starts): vs. Ball State (8/31): 3 digs... vs. Pitt (9/1): 2 digs... vs. Nebraska (9/2): DNP... at BYU (9/5): 1 ace... vs. Wake Forest (9/6): 5 digs... vs. Florida (9/6): DNP... at Arizona St (9/20): 1 ace, 2 digs... at Arizona (9/21): 1 dig... vs. WSU (9/27): 1 ace, 2 digs... vs. Wash (9/28): 1 assist...

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#3 Toni Anderson
Setter * Junior
This Season (10 matches played, 10 starts):
vs. Ball State (8/31): 28 assists, 2 aces, 4 digs... vs. Pitt (9/1): 32 assists, 2 aces, 11 digs... vs. Nebraska (9/2): 28 assists, 8 digs... at BYU (9/5): 24 assists, 5 digs, 1 block... vs. Wake Forest (9/6): 2 kills, 42 assists, 9 digs... vs. Florida (9/6): 22 assists, 9 digs... at Arizona St (9/20): 29 assists, 2 kills (.667), 1 ace, 3 digs... at Arizona (9/21): 28 assists, 2 aces, 5 digs, 1 block... vs. WSU (9/27): 28 assists, 1 ace, 9 digs... vs. Wash (9/28): 25 assists, 11 digs...

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#4 Nicole Davis
Libero * Junior
Did You Know?
Nicole Davis will forever be listed as USC's first-ever libero since the position was just introduced by the NCAA this season. Not only is she skilled on the volleyball court (an outside hitter in high school), Davis is a black belt in karate.
This Season (9 matches played, 8 starts): vs. Ball State (8/31): 9 digs... vs. Pitt (9/1): 6 digs... vs. Nebraska (9/2): 13 digs... at BYU (9/5): 12 digs... vs. Wake Forest (9/6): 16 digs... vs. Florida (9/6): 1 kill, 6 digs... at Arizona St (9/20): 5 digs... vs. WSU (9/27): 21 assists, 11 digs... vs. Wash (9/28): 22 assists, 5 digs... vs. WSU (9/27): 13 digs... vs. Wash (9/28): 14 digs...

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#5 Kristen Anderson
Defensive Specialist * RS Freshman
This Season (0 matches played, 0 starts):
vs. Ball State (8/31): DNP... vs. Pitt (9/1): DNP... vs. Nebraska (9/2): DNP... at BYU (9/5): DNP... vs. Wake Forest (9/6): DNP... vs. Florida (9/6): DNP... at Arizona St (9/20): DNP... at Arizona (9/21): DNP... vs. WSU (9/27): DNP... vs. Wash (9/28): DNP...

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#7 Bibiana Candelas
Middle Blocker * Freshman
This Season (0 matches played, 0 starts):
Missed the first two weeks of the season while competing with the Mexican National Team at the World Championships... Joined the team on Sept. 9, but has yet to be cleared for competition by the NCAA.

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#8 Keao Burdine
Outside Hitter * Sophomore
Did You Know?
During the summer, Keao Burdine made her debut on the beach with Tracy Lindquist's partner Chrissie Zartman (UCLA). The two advanced to the quarterfinal round of the 2002 Under-21 World Beach Volleyball Championship in Catania, Italy.
This Season (10 matches played, 10 starts): vs. Ball State (8/31): Led with 15 kills, tallied a career-high .583 attack percentage, 10 digs, 1 block solo... vs. Pitt (9/1): 11 kills (.222), 10 digs, 1 block... vs. Nebraska (9/2): 12 kills (.214), 9 digs, 3 blocks... Named to the Radisson Hotel Roberts/Nike Classic all-tournament team... at BYU (9/5): 9 kills (.280), 6 digs, 1 block... vs. Wake Forest (9/6): 8 kills (.167), 8 digs, 2 blocks... vs. Florida (9/6): 11 kills (.333), 2 aces, 10 digs... Named BYU Mizuno Classic MVP and placed on the all-tournament team... at Arizona St (9/20): 13 kills (.156), 4 digs, 3 blocks... at Arizona (9/21): 9 kills (.115), 7 digs, 3 blocks... vs. WSU (9/27): 7 kills (.316), 10 digs... vs. Wash (9/28): 14 kills (.429), 8 digs, 1 block...

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#9 Emily Adams
Middle Blocker * Sophomore
Did You Know?
At 6-foot-5, Emily Adams is one of the four tallest players to ever play for USC - the group includes 6-5 All-American Cica Baccelli (1991-92), 6-5 Amber Oliver (1996-99) and 6-5 teammate Bibiana Candelas.
This Season (10 matches played, 10 starts): vs. Ball State (8/31): 9 kills, career-high .667 attack percentage and 5 blocks... vs. Pitt (9/1): 6 kills (.278), 2 digs, 3 blocks... vs. Nebraska (9/2): 6 kills (.250), 2 blocks... at BYU (9/5): 7 kills (.438), 1 ace, 3 digs, career-high 6 blocks... vs. Wake Forest (9/6): career-high 12 kills (.455), 1 ace, 4 digs, 3 blocks... vs. Florida (9/6): 7 kills (.500), 4 blocks... Named to the BYU Mizuno Classic all-tournament team... at Arizona St (9/20): 8 kills (.333), 4 digs, 2 blocks... at Arizona (9/21): 7 kills (.200), career-high 2 aces, 6 blocks... vs. WSU (9/27): 10 kills (.529), 1 ace, 2 digs, 4 blocks... vs. Wash (9/28): 8 kills (.333), 3 digs, 3 blocks...

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#12 Kelli Lantz
Middle Blocker * Junior
This Season (2 matches played, 0 starts):
Sprained right ankle during practice on Aug. 28 and sat out for the first six matches... at Arizona St (9/20): 2 kills (.333)... at Arizona (9/21): DNP... vs. WSU (9/27): DNP... vs. Wash (9/28): DNP... vs. WSU (9/27): DNP... vs. Wash (9/28): 1 attack...

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#13 Alicia Robinson
Outside Hitter * Sophomore
Did You Know?
Alicia Robinson is the daughter of NBA 10-year veteran Truck Robinson (a three-year Phoenix Suns teammate of Alvan Adams, Emily's father). Alicia Robinson and Emily Adams have known each other since elementary school.
This Season (10 matches played, 10 starts): vs. Ball State (8/31): 4 kills (.000), 2 digs, 1 block... vs. Pitt (9/1): 10 kills (.444), 1 dig, 1 block... vs. Nebraska (9/2): 12 kills (.231), 2 blocks... at BYU (9/5): 8 kills (.235), 1 dig, 3 blocks... vs. Wake Forest (9/6): 10 kills (.192), 2 digs, career-high 6 blocks... vs. Florida (9/6): 6 kills (.000), 2 digs, 1 block... at Arizona St (9/20): 3 kills (.111), 3 blocks... at Arizona (9/21): 6 kills (.000), 1 block... vs. WSU (9/27): 9 kills (.250), 3 digs, 1 block... vs. Wash (9/28): 6 kills (.083), 1 ace, 3 digs, 2 blocks...

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#14 April Ross
Outside Hitter * Junior
Did You Know?
April Ross currently ranks among USC career record-holders in service aces (4th, 0.28 sapg), kills (5th, 3.83 kpg) and digs (5th, 3.05 dpg). Ross was the Gatorade National Prep Player of the Year in 2000.
This Season (10 matches played, 10 starts): vs. Ball State (8/31): Led with 11 digs, also had 12 kills (.348) and 2 blocks... vs. Pitt (9/1): led with 17 kills (.387), 10 digs, 1 block... vs. Nebraska (9/2): 11 kills (.267), 11 digs, 2 blocks... at BYU (9/5): 7 kills (.182), 1 ace, 11 digs, 1 block... vs. Wake Forest (9/6): career-high 26 kills (.512), 3 aces, 12 digs, 4 blocks... vs. Florida (9/6): 22 assists, 2 aces, 9 digs... Named to BYU Mizuno Classic all-tournament team... at Arizona St (9/20): 12 kills (.375), tied career-high with 4 aces, 10 digs, 1 block... at Arizona (9/21): 9 kills (.304), 8 digs, 4 blocks... vs. WSU (9/27): 9 kills (.103), 6 digs, 3 blocks... vs. Wash (9/28): 12 kills (.321), 1 ace, 13 digs, 1 block...

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#15 Lauren Killian
Opposite Hitter * Senior
Did You Know?
Lauren Killian was one of two athletes to be named to the USC Provost's Oversight Committee on Athletic Academic Affairs for the 2001-02 academic year. The committee met directly with USC President Steven Sample to discuss student affairs.
This Season (10 matches played, 0 starts): vs. Ball State (8/31): 7 kills (.333), 3 blocks... vs. Pitt (9/1): 8 kills (.438), 2 blocks... vs. Nebraska (9/2): 8 kill (.400), 1 dig... at BYU (9/5): 8 kills (.357), 4 blocks... vs. Wake Forest (9/6): 3 kills (-.143), 5 digs, 2 blocks... vs. Florida (9/6): 9 kills (.353), 1 dig, 1 block... at Arizona St (9/20): 6 kills (.417), 2 digs... at Arizona (9/21): 10 kills (.250), 2 blocks... vs. WSU (9/27): career-high 13 kills (.455), 4 digs, 2 solo blocks... vs. Wash (9/28): 11 (.333), 1 block ...

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#21 Staci Venski
Middle Blocker * Freshman
This Season (6 matches played, 2 starts):
vs. Ball State (8/31): 1 kill (.333), 1 block... vs. Pitt (9/1): DNP... vs. Nebraska (9/2): 1 kill... at BYU (9/5): made first collegiate start, 7 kills (.353), 1 dig, 2 blocks... vs. Wake Forest (9/6): 5 kills (.250), 2 dig, 2 blocks... vs. Florida (9/6): DNP... at Arizona St (9/20): 3 kills (.600), 1 ace, 1 block... at Arizona (9/21): DNP... vs. WSU (9/27): DNP... vs. Wash (9/28): 2 attacks...

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#33 Katie Olsovsky
Outside Hitter * Junior
Did You Know?
Katie Olsovsky currently ranks fifth among USC career record-holders in blocking with a 1.23 average.
This Season (10 matches played, 6 starts): vs. Ball State (8/31): 9 kills (.357), 5 digs, 2 blocks... vs. Pitt (9/1): 10 kills (.643), 7 digs, 4 blocks... vs. Nebraska (9/2): 5 kills (.286), 1 dig, 6 blocks... did not start against BYU and Wake Forest due to illness... at BYU (9/5): 3 kills (.375)... vs. Wake Forest (9/6): 5 kills (.364), 4 digs, 5 blocks... vs. Florida (9/6): 4 kills (.059), career-high 5 aces, 3 digs, 4 blocks... at Arizona St (9/20): 6 kills (.444), 1 ace, 2 digs, 4 blocks... at Arizona (9/21): 11 kills, .733 attack percentage - ties for sixth among USC match records, 1 dig, 3 blocks... Diagnosed with mono on Sept. 3 and, in addition to missing starts against BYU (Sept. 5) and Wake Forest (Sept. 6), she only played two-of-three games against Arizona State (Sept. 20)... vs. WSU (9/27): 11 kills (.588), 7 assists, 5 digs, 3 blocks... vs. Wash (9/28): 4 kills (.143), 2 assists, 1 digs, 3 blocks...

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