No. 1 USC To Face 12th-Ranked Pepperdine Tonight

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Oct. 8, 2002

This Week
USC at #12 Pepperdine, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m.

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USC vs. Oregon State, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.

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USC vs. Oregon, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
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The Facts
The No. 1-ranked USC women's volleyball team (12-0, 6-0 Pac-10) took sole possession of first place in the Pac-10 standings last week after posting 3-2 wins over No. 4 (and previously undefeated) Stanford (Oct. 4) and California (Oct. 5). The Women of Troy have no time to rest this week as they travel to face 12th-ranked Pepperdine (9-5, 2-0 WCC) in Malibu on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. The Trojans then host two matches at home at the end of the week when they face Oregon State (6-8, 1-4 Pac-10) on Friday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. and Oregon (10-9, 0-5 Pac-10) on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. Both matches will be played at the Lyon Center. All three of USC's matches this week can be heard live on www.usctrojans.com. (To find the USC audio broadcast go the the 'Multimedia' link at the top of the homepage.)

The 2002 Trojans return 11 letterwinners and five starters from last year's squad which advanced to the NCAA Regional Final. Among the veterans, USC features the talent of All-Americans April Ross (Volleyball magazine third team) and Katie Olsovsky (AVCA second team), in addition to two other all-conference players (Keao Burdine, Alicia Robinson).

The Rankings
USC remains ranked No. 1 in both the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Poll and Volleyball Magazine Poll. The Women of Troy made the jump to the top spot on Sept. 16. USC earned a No. 5 final ranking in 2001 by both publications and entered the 2002 season at No. 3.

Emily Adams Named Pac-10 Player of the Week
Middle blocker Emily Adams was named this week's Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week after leading the Trojans to wins over Stanford and Cal. Adams, a sophomore from Phoenix, Ariz., hit .491 with 33 kills (3.30 kills per game) with nine blocks, six digs and two service aces in a pair of five-game victories. Versus Stanford, Adams was difficult to contain as she hit .400 with 14 kills on 25 swings with four errors. Against Cal, she hit .567 with 19 kills on 30 swings with just two errors. For the weekend, she accounted for 40.5 total USC points. This is the first weekly honor for Adams, USC's 30th Player of the Week honor all-time and third this season.

The Never-Say-Die Trojans
As they have proven twice this season, no feat is too great for the 2002 Women of Troy. Against then-No. 2 Nebraska on Sept. 2, the Trojans came back from an 11-point deficit in the third game (a difficult task thanks to rally scoring) to sweep the Huskers. But nothing compares to the performance they displayed against fourth-ranked Stanford (Oct. 4). The Cardinal was on the brink of victory in game five, ahead 14-9, but the Trojans held Stanford at game point and went ahead, 15-14, by scoring six-straight points (keep in mind it's rally scoring). The Cardinal later thought they had clinched the match and rushed the court when at 19-18 a USC attack went long. But Stanford was called on a blocking error which kept the match going and USC eventually took the game, 24-22, and match, 3-2.

Black Unis Make Second Appearance
The Women of Troy saved something special for the Arizona Wildcats (Sept. 21) and Stanford Cardinal (Oct. 4) by donning new black uniforms. The Trojans, who have always worn cardinal uniforms on the road and white at home, have decided to sport the new unis for selected matches this season. The Women of Troy are 2-0 when in black.

Haley Coaches 800th NCAA Match
Last Saturday's (Oct. 5) USC-Cal match-up marked Mick Haley's 800th career NCAA match as head coach. This is the latest of a long list of notable accomplishments for Haley this season. On Sept. 28, against Washington, Haley coached his 1,000th career match. 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 810-192-1 (.808) career record in 26 seasons in the college ranks.

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 1.29 aces per game this season (averaged 1.23 sapg in 2001). Ross leads the team with a 0.32 average.

USC Leads NCAA In Assists Thanks To Setting Duo
As of Oct. 3, the Trojans lead the nation in team assists with a 16.83 assist per game average (1.92 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 9.02 and 6.44 assists per game, respectively.

Match Recaps
vs. #4 Stanford
- In a match-up of what some consider the top two teams in the country, USC and defending national champion Stanford took it to the limit on Friday (Oct. 4), as the Women of Troy walked away with a 3-2 (23-30, 30-27, 28-30, 30-25, 24-22) win in front of 3,937 at Maples Pavilion. The two-hour, 37-minute match left the rowdy home crowd exhausted as the Trojans and Cardinal engaged in long rallies and a thrilling fifth-game effort that finally ended 24-22 in USC's favor. In the deciding game, the Trojans managed to hold Stanford at game point, 14-9, by scoring six-straight points to go ahead, 15-14. The score remained knotted through 18-18 when Stanford reached the sixth game-point of the match, 19-18, and thought it had clinched the win when a USC attack went long, but the referees called Ogonna Nnamani in the net and play resumed at 19-19. Alicia Robinson contributed the Trojans' three most important points of the match. Down 22-21, two straight Robinson cross-court kills put the Women of Troy ahead, 23-22. The final point was scored as Robinson and Katie Olsovsky blocked Logan Tom's final attack. With the win, the Trojans snapped the Cardinal's 26-match home win streak.

vs. California - USC had to fight for every point in a 3-2 (20-30, 30-28, 30-24, 20-30, 15-13) win over California on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Haas Pavilion. After an exhausting five-game match the previous night, the Women of Troy were caught off-guard as the Bears had a near-perfect outing. For a team that had only lost one game prior to arriving in the Bay Area, USC headed into a deciding fifth game for the second straight night. Cal was first on the board in that final game thanks to a Mia Jerkov kill and a USC attack error. The Women of Troy knotted the score at 5, 6, 7 and 8, but Cal took another two-point lead at 10-8. After alternating points, the Women of Troy called a timeout then returned to the court to tie the score at 11-11 and 12-12. The Trojans took advantage of a Cal service error, then reached game point on a kill by April Ross and clinched the win on a final kill by Adams. Cal out-did the Trojans in nearly every category, but USC garnered key blocks for points in the stretch, out-blocking the Bears 10.0 to 7.0.

Pepperdine Connections
Lauren Killian's brother, Donny Killian, played three season (1998-2000) with the Pepperdine men's volleyball team before transferring to USC *** USC men's tennis head coach Peter Smith, women's tennis head coach Richard Gallien and men's golf head coach Kurt Schuette all were former Waves head coaches *** Gallien, as well as women's tennis assistant coach Howard Joffe, also played tennis at Pepperdine *** Men's basketball assistant coach Damon Archibald spent one year as an assistant coach for the Waves.

Oregon State, Oregon Connections
Oregon State head coach Nancy (Hillman) Somera is a former USC player (starting four seasons, 1985-88) and former assistant coach. Somera graduate from USC in 1989 and later earned her master's degree in education in 1994. She joined the Women of Troy coaching staff in 1991 and served as assistant coach to then-head coach Lisa Love for eight seasons *** Her husband and current Beaver assistant coach, Ben Somera, was also an assistant for the USC women in the mid 1990s *** Oregon sophomore outside hitter Lauren Westendorf is a former prep teammate of USC middle blocker Kelli Lantz at Centennial High in Bakersfield, Calif.

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.

News To Note
* USC's 3-2 wins over Stanford (Oct. 4) and Cal (Oct. 5) marked the Trojans first five-game back-to-back effort since defeating the Arizona schools on the road in 1995.
* Emily Adams posted a career-high 19 kills against Cal (Oct. 5).
* Nicole Davis collected a career-high 24 digs against Stanford (Oct. 4).
* April Ross tied a career high with 26 kills against Cal (Oct. 5).
* 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 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 (Sept. 5).
* April Ross collected a career-high 26 kills against Wake Forest (Sept. 6).

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.

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 810-192-1 (.808) overall record, 559-141 (.799) NCAA Division I record and a 172-12 (.935) conference mark.

Opponent Notes

#12 Pepperdine (9-5, 2-0 WCC) -- Pepperdine has dropped matches this season to No. 4 Stanford, Notre Dame, No. 2 Nebraska, No. 14 Northern Iowa and Minnesota, yet still remains ranked in the Top 25. The Waves are only two matches into their conference schedule and are coming off 3-0 victories over Gonzaga and Portland last week. The team is led by junior outside hitter Katie Wilkins, who is averaging 3.90 kills per game, but only a .190 attack percentage. Middle blocker Lyndsey Hache leads with 1.26 blocks per game. Under 20th-year head coach Nina Matthies, the team returned five starters and seven letterwinners from the 2001 squad. Last season's team advanced to the NCAA Regionals, finished the season ranked No. 8 and posted a 23-4 overall record.

USC-Pepperdine Series Record -- USC owns a 28-7 all-time record against Pepperdine and has won the last eight matches. The Trojans defeated the Waves last season 3-1 at home.

Opponent Comparisons	Kpg	Pct.	Apg	SApg	Dpg	Bpg
Pepperdine 16.24 .253 14.27 1.49 16.22 2.22
USC 17.78 .289 16.83 1.29 16.39 2.80

Oregon State (6-8, 1-4 Pac-10) -- The Beavers snapped a seven-match losing streak last week by defeating Oregon, 3-0, but are enduring their worst start in recent years. After beginning the 2002 season with five-straight wins, Oregon State dropped seven matches, including losses to ranked opponents such as Minnesota, North Carolina, Washington State and Stanford. Despite its woes, the team's backcourt play currently leads the conference with 17.92 digs per game. Outside hitters Megan McMillian and Allison Lawrence lead the team with 3.45 and 3.24 kills per game, respectively. Libero Nikki Neuburger leads the team with 4.18 digs per outing and no player averages more than 0.80 blocks per game. Under fourth-year head coach Nancy Somera, Oregon State returned four starters and nine letterwinners from the 2001 squad, which posted a 17-12 overall record and 10-8 mark (fifth place) in the Pac-10 last season.

USC-Oregon State Series Record -- USC has won the last 10 matches against Oregon State, and beat the Beavers twice last season - 3-1 at home and 3-0 on the road. The Trojans are 25-7 all-time against the Beavers.

Opponent Comparisons	Kpg	Pct.	Apg	SApg	Dpg	Bpg
Oregon State 15.75 .228 14.51 1.31 17.92 1.78
USC 17.78 .289 16.83 1.29 16.39 2.80

Oregon (10-9, 0-5 Pac-10) -- Oregon started the season with a much-improved 10-3 nonconference record, but, for the fourth-straight season, the Ducks are winless thus far in Pac-10 play. The team has only faced one ranked opponent (Stanford). Senior middle blocker Lindsay Closs leads the team with 3.95 kills and 1.11 blocks per game. Four players split backrow duties, as Dariam Acevedo (2.60), Lindsay Murphy (2.83), Jodi Bell (2.83) and Katie O'Neill (2.51) average more than two digs per game. Head coach Carl Ferreira is in his third season with the Ducks and returned three starters and 11 total letterwinners from the 2001 squad, which posted a 9-21 overall record and 0-18 mark in the Pac-10.

USC-Oregon Series Record -- Against Oregon, USC owns a 23-match win streak which dates back to 1990. The Trojans are 29-6 all-time against the Ducks and defeated them twice in 2001, both by 3-0 scores.

Opponent Comparisons	Kpg	Pct.	Apg	SApg	Dpg	Bpg
Oregon 14.76 .214 12.82 2.00 14.98 2.07
USC 17.78 .289 16.83 1.29 16.39 2.80

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 (12 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... at Stanford (10/4): 1 kill, 34 assists, 6 digs... at Cal (10/5): 27 assists, 7 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 (9 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... at Stanford (10/4): DNP... at Cal (10/5): played 1 game...

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#3 Toni Anderson
Setter * Junior
This Season (12 matches played, 12 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... at Stanford (10/4): 1 kill, 46 assists, 10 digs, 2 blocks... at Cal (10/5): 38 assists, 10 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 (11 matches played, 10 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... at Stanford (10/4): 2 assists, 24 digs... at Cal (10/5): 13 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... at Stanford (10/4): DNP... at Cal (10/5): 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 (12 matches played, 12 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... at Stanford (10/4): 18 kills (.288), 2 assists, 2 aces, 14 digs, 2 blocks... at Cal (10/5): 9 kills (.146), 1 ace, 13 digs...

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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 (12 matches played, 12 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): 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... at Stanford (10/4): 14 kills (.400), 2 aces, 4 digs, 5 blocks... at Cal (10/5): career-high 19 kills (.567), 4 assists, 2 digs, 4 blocks... Named Pac-10 Player of the Week (Oct. 7) for performances at Stanford and Cal...

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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... at Stanford (10/4): DNP... at Cal (10/5): DNP...

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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 (12 matches played, 12 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... at Stanford (10/4): 14 kills (.070), 2 assists, 4 digs, 4 blocks... at Cal (10/5): 9 kills (.146), 1 ace, 13 digs...

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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 (12 matches played, 12 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... Named Pac-10 Player of the Week (Sept. 3) for performances at Ball State tourney... 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... at Stanford (10/4): 19 kills (.204), 2 aces, 8 digs... at Cal (10/5): career-high 26 assists (.385), 1 ace, 14 digs, 2 blocks...

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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 (12 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... at Stanford (10/4): 10 kills (.083), 3 digs, 2 blocks... at Cal (10/5): 5 kills (.333), 3 digs...

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#21 Staci Venski
Middle Blocker * Freshman
This Season (7 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... at Stanford (10/4): DNP... at Cal (10/5): 2 attacks, 1 block...

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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 (12 matches played, 8 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)... Named Pac-10 Player of the Week (Sept. 23) for performances at Arizona and Arizona State... 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... at Stanford (10/4): 12 kills (.250), 1 ace, 5 digs, 6 blocks... at Cal (10/5): 11 kills (.308), 4 assists, 6 digs, 6 blocks...

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