Trojans Contain Pepperdine Rally To Sweep 12th-Ranked Waves
Oct. 8, 2002
Malibu, Calif. - In its third match in the last five days, the top-ranked USC women's volleyball team seemed to have little difficulty in getting past No. 12 Pepperdine on Tuesday, Oct. 8, with a 3-0 (33-31, 30-26, 30-28) victory in Malibu. With the win, the Women of Troy improve to 13-0 overall, while the Waves drop to 9-6.
Led by reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week Emily Adams, USC contained the Waves' every comeback effort. Adams posted a team-leading 15 kills off of 23 attacks for a .522 attack percentage. Outside hitter April Ross led with nine digs and middle blocker Katie Olsovsky led with five blocks. Ross and Olsovsky posted two aces apiece.
The Trojans stunned the Waves in game one by collecting four blocks in just the first seven points to take a 7-4 lead. USC maintained the pace to go ahead by seven at 19-12, but it was then that Pepperdine began to chip away at the Trojans' lead. Pepperdine worked its way back to a 23-23 tie and knotted the score seven more times as the two teams reached 31-31. At that point, an Olsovsky kill and Waves attack error capped off the USC game-one victory, 33-31.
Game two was much more one-sided as the Women of Troy led by as much as seven points at 20-13, 21-14 and 22-15 before eventually taking a 2-0 lead in the match with the 30-26 win.
Following the break, the Waves earned their first lead of the match by jumping ahead 4-3 in game three. Pepperdine then used 7-3 and 8-5 runs to go ahead by as much as eight points, 19-11. The Trojans worked their way back and eventually knotted the score 27-27 thanks to a kill by Ross. The teams alternated points before a Pepperdine attack that went long put USC at game point and a kill by Adams completed the Trojan sweep.
USC returns home this week to host Oregon State and Oregon on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11 and 12.