Top-Ranked Volleyball Travels To Washington, Washington State

Oct. 22, 2002

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The Facts
The No. 1-ranked USC women's volleyball team (16-0, 9-0 Pac-10) -- off to its best start in 25 years -- enters the second half of the Pac-10 season this week by traveling to the Pacific Northwest. The Women of Troy face Washington (12-6, 4-5 Pac-10) on Friday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in Seattle, then travel to Pullman on Saturday, Oct. 26, for a 7 p.m. match-up against 20th-ranked Washington State (14-5, 4-5 Pac-10). USC is coming off a 3-0 sweep over No. 13 UCLA on Friday, Oct. 18.

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.

Nine Down, Nine To Go
The Trojans enter the second half of the Pac-10 season this week with a two-match lead over second-place Stanford (7-2). With nine matches down and nine to go, USC will have to play five of the remaining Pac-10 matches on the road. The first (USC), second (Stanford) and third place (Arizona State) teams stand alone, but only one match separates teams four through eight.

And Then There Were Three...
Only three NCAA Division I teams remain undefeated heading into this week. With No. 17 Eastern Washington enduring a loss to unranked Sacramento State last week, only No. 1 USC (16-0), No. 2 Hawai'i (15-0) and No. 5 UC Santa Barbara (19-0) remain unscathed. The Trojans will face the Gauchos in the final match of the regular season on Nov. 26, but will not have the opportunity to play the Rainbows prior to the NCAA tournament.

USC Off To Best Start In 25 Years
With 16 consecutive wins to start the 2002 season, USC is off to its best start in 25 years. In 1977 the Women of Troy captured the AIAW National Championship and finished the season with a 38-0 record - the first undefeated record ever logged by a women's volleyball team in NCAA or AIAW history.

Match Recaps
vs. #13 UCLA
- Behind top hitting performances from Emily Adams, April Ross and Keao Burdine, USC defeated No. 13 UCLA, 30-24, 30-22, 30-24, in front of a sold-out crowd of 1,214 at the Lyon Center on Friday (Oct. 18) night. The match wasn't pretty, but it got the job done for the Trojans who only hit .215 in the outing but managed to hold the Bruins to a .034 attack percentage (the second-lowest for a USC opponent this season). The Women of Troy also out-blocked (13.0 to 6.0) and out-dug (54 to 40) UCLA. Ross led USC with 13 kills and tallied a .385 attack percentage, while Adams hit .444 and Burdine hit .308 with 11 kills apiece. Burdine led with a career-high 16 digs. Down by only two at 15-13 in game one, UCLA was unable to stop a 10-5 USC rally, which put the Trojans ahead by as much as seven points (25-18) en route to the 30-24 win. UCLA hit .000 in the game with 10 kills and 10 errors. Attack errors continued to plague the Bruins in game two. After closing the gap to 16-15, the Bruins again watched as USC used a 14-7 run, aided by five UCLA errors, to win 30-22. Again, the Bruins hit .000 with nine kills and nine errors. UCLA took its first lead of the match in game three after a USC error put the Bruins ahead 5-4. UCLA built a three-point lead, 11-8, but the Trojans knotted the score at 14, 18 and again at 19. At that point, the Women of Troy used a 5-1 run to go ahead 24-20 and never trailed again. Ahead 26-24, USC scored the last four consecutive points thanks to three kills and a Ross ace for the final 30-24 victory.

Volleyball Evens Score For Lexus Gauntlet
With the win over UCLA, the USC volleyball team earned the first five volleyball points towards the Lexus Gauntlet. The Women of Troy's victory evened the score between the two crosstown rivals at five apiece this season. UCLA claimed its first five points of the year in men's water polo. This unique program awards points for the winner of each Bruin-Trojan head-to-head athletic contest throughout the year and the Lexus Gauntlet trophy, which USC won in 2002) will be awarded to the school with the most points at year's end.

Burdine and Ross Provide 1-2 Punch
Junior outside hitter April Ross is never alone out on the floor. If it's not Ross getting every dig, outside attack and kill, it's sophomore outside hitter Keao Burdine. On a team that has six attackers who can get their share of kills against any opponent, Ross and Burdine are the Women of Troy's 1-2 punch. Together they account for 7.42 kills, 5.76 digs, 0.49 service aces, 1.02 blocks and 8.54 points per game. The two have tallied 452.5 of USC's 1,162 total points 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 (USC also overcame an 8-0 deficit versus Pepperdine on Oct. 8 in game three). 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.

USC Leads NCAA In Assists Thanks To Setting Duo
As of Oct. 3, the Trojans have led the nation in team assists with a 16.74 assist per game average (1.76 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 8.77 and 6.55 assists per game, respectively.

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.

Washington, Washington State Connections
Second-year Washington head coach Jim McLaughlin is a former USC men's volleyball coach. McLaughlin coached the Trojans from 1990 through 1996 and accumulated a 142-75 (.654) overall record. He led USC to its fourth NCAA title in 1990 and an NCAA runner-up finish in 1991.

News To Note
* Keao Burdine collected a career-high 16 digs against UCLA (Oct. 18).
* Keao Burdine posted a career-high .625 hitting mark with 10 kills off of 16 attacks and no errors against Oregon (Oct. 12).
* Emily Adams was named Pac-10 Player of the Week after leading the Trojans to wins over Stanford and Cal. She hit .491 with 33 kills (3.30 kills per game) and nine blocks, six digs and two service aces in a pair of five-game victories.
* 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).

Haley Coaches 1,000th Match, 800th NCAA Match And Wins 800th
The 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 814-192-1 (.809) career record in 26 seasons in the college ranks.

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.

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.

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.

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 814-192-1 (.809) overall record, 563-141 (.800) NCAA Division I record and a 175-12 (.936) conference mark.

Opponent Notes

Washington (12-6, 4-5 Pac-10) -- The Huskies are coming off a split in the Bay Area last week with a 3-0 loss to Stanford and 3-2 win over Cal. With the victory in Berkeley, Washington surpassed last season's 11-win total to improve to 12-6 this season. Under second-year head coach Jim McLaughlin, UW is looking for a top-5 finish in the Pac-10 this season and currently sits in a three-way tie for sixth place, only one match behind fourth. Washington also earned a big 3-1 win over instate rival No. 20 Washington State on Oct. 11. The team is led by outside hitter Paige Benjamin who is averaging 5.13 kills per game. Middle blocker Egan Metcalf leads with 1.40 blocks per game and defensive specialist Sanja Tomasevic leads with 3.02 digs per outing.

USC-Washington Series Record -- USC owns a 27-9 (.750) all-time record against Washington and is riding a nine-match win streak going into this week's match (the Huskies last victory was a 3-2 win in Los Angeles in 1997). The Women of Troy swept the Huskies in their first meeting of the season on Sept. 28 in Los Angeles. Last season the Trojans swept the Huskies at home and in Seattle.

Opponent Comparisons	Kpg	Pct.	Apg	SApg	Dpg	Bpg
Washington 15.74 .289 14.19 2.10 14.06 2.58
USC 17.75 .292 16.74 1.32 16.11 2.85

#20 Washington State (14-5, 4-5 Pac-10) -- The No. 20-ranked Washington State Cougars are trying to climb their way out of a three-match losing streak that has dropped them four spots in the polls. The streak began with a 3-1 loss to instate rival Washington on Oct. 11 and was capped by two losses in the Bay Area last week (3-0 at Stanford and 3-2 at Cal). The Cougars are currently in a three-way tie for sixth place in the Pac-10 standings and are one match away from fourth place. Washington State is led by outside hitter Adrian Hankoff who averages 3.78 kills per game, libero Kortney Jamtaas who averages 4.05 digs per game and middle blocker Victoria Prince who averages 1.12 blocks per outing.

USC-Washington State Series Record -- USC owns a 24-10 (.706) all-time record against Washington State and has won the last eight consecutive meetings (last WSU victory was a 3-1 win in Pullman in 1998), including a 3-0 victory in Los Angeles earlier this season on Sept. 27. Last season, USC defeated the Cougars 3-0 at home and on the road.

Opponent Comparisons	Kpg	Pct.	Apg	SApg	Dpg	Bpg
Washington State 16.43 .253 14.45 1.65 16.38 2.23
USC 17.75 .292 16.74 1.32 16.11 2.85

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 (16 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... at Pepp (10/8): 18 assists, 1 ace, 4 digs... vs. OSU (10/11): 22 assists, 5 digs... vs. Oregon (10/12): 26 assists, 7 digs... vs. UCLA (10/18): 17 assists, 9 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 (13 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... at Pepp (10/8): played two games... vs. OSU (10/11): 7 digs... vs. Oregon (10/12): 2 digs... vs. UCLA (10/18): 1 dig.

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#3 Toni Anderson
Setter * Junior
This Season (16 matches played, 16 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... at Pepp (10/8): 22 assists, 3 digs... vs. OSU (10/11): 31 assists, 1 ace, 4 digs... vs. Oregon (10/12): 20 assists, 1 ace, 2 digs... vs. UCLA (10/18): 22 assists, 4 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 (15 matches played, 14 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... at Pepp (10/8): 5 digs... vs. OSU (10/11): 3 digs... vs. Oregon (10/12): 4 digs... vs. UCLA (10/18): 6 digs.

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#5 Kristen Anderson
Defensive Specialist * RS Freshman
This Season (2 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... at Pepp (10/8): DNP... vs. OSU (10/11): 1 dig... vs. Oregon (10/12): played two games... vs. UCLA (10/18): 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 (16 matches played, 16 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... at Pepp (10/8): 9 kills (.143), 6 digs... vs. OSU (10/11): 15 kills (.542), 12 digs... vs. Oregon (10/12): 10 kills, career-high .625 attack percentage, 1 ace, 8 digs, 1 block... vs. UCLA (10/18): 11 kills (.308), career-high 16 digs, 2 blocks.

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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 (16 matches played, 16 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... at Pepp (10/8): 15 kills (.522), 1 ace, 1 dig, 4 blocks... vs. OSU (10/11): 9 kills (.312), 4 digs, 2 blocks... vs. Oregon (10/12): played only one game, 4 kills (.429)... vs. UCLA (10/18): 11 kills (.444), 2 digs, 2 blocks.

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#12 Kelli Lantz
Middle Blocker * Junior
This Season (4 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... at Pepp (10/8): DNP... vs. OSU (10/11): 1 kill... vs. Oregon (10/12): 6 kills (.750), 1 block... vs. UCLA (10/18): 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 (16 matches played, 16 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... at Pepp (10/8): 5 kills (.231), 3 digs, 3 blocks... vs. OSU (10/11): 7 kills (.091), 3 digs... vs. Oregon (10/12): 4 kills (.000), 2 digs, 1 block... vs. UCLA (10/18): 8 kills (.188), 1 dig, 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 (16 matches played, 16 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... at Pepp (10/8): 8 kills (.296), 2 aces, 9 digs, 4 blocks... vs. OSU (10/11): 14 kills (.333), 2 aces, 6 digs, 2 blocks... vs. Oregon (10/12): 10 kills (.368), 1 ace, 7 digs, 2 blocks... vs. UCLA (10/18): 13 kills (.385), 2 aces, 9 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 (16 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... at Pepp (10/8): 7 kills (.312), 2 digs, 1 block... vs. OSU (10/11): 2 kills (.000), 1 dig, 2 blocks... vs. Oregon (10/12): 6 kills (.400)... vs. UCLA (10/18): 5 kills (-.045), 1 dig, 3 blocks.

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#21 Staci Venski
Middle Blocker * Freshman
This Season (9 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... at Pepp (10/8): DNP... vs. OSU (10/11): 2 kills (.333), 1 ace, 3 digs... vs. Oregon (10/12): 4 kills (.571), 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 (16 matches played, 12 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... at Pepp (10/8): 7 kills (.222), 2 aces, 5 blocks... vs. OSU (10/11): 7 kills (.400), 1 ace, 5 digs, 4 blocks... vs. Oregon (10/12): 9 kills (.667), 9 digs, 2 blocks... vs. UCLA (10/18): 3 kills (.000), 1 ace, 5 digs, 4 blocks.

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