Top-Ranked Women's Volleyball Hosts Cal, Stanford This Week

Oct. 29, 2002

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This Week
USC vs. Cal, Nov. 1, 7 p.m. at Lyon Center
Audio: www.usctrojans.com*
USC vs. #6 Stanford, Nov. 2, 7 p.m. at Lyon Center
Audio: www.usctrojans.com*

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The Facts
The No. 1-ranked USC women's volleyball team (18-0, 11-0 Pac-10) -- off to its best start in 25 years -- returns home this week to host California (15-6, 5-6 Pac-10) and No. 6 Stanford (19-3, 7-2 Pac-10). The Bears and Cardinal are the only two teams to push the Trojans to five games this season in the first meetings of the season. The Women of Troy will host Cal on Friday, Nov. 1, and Stanford on Saturday, Nov. 2. Both matches will be played at the Lyon Center at 7 p.m. and can be heard live at www.usctrojans.com. The Trojans are coming off two 3-1 wins at Washington and then-No. 20 Washington State last week.

USC Expecting A Sellout
After enjoying a sellout crowd at the USC-UCLA home match on Oct. 18, the Trojans have added seating to the Lyon Center for this week's matches. Lyon Center capacity will be increased to 1,700+ (from 1,304) for Cal and Stanford. Advance sale tickets are being made available to fans especially for these two events and can be purchased by calling (213) 740-GO SC.

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.

An Unbelievable Match-Up
This Saturday's match against the sixth-ranked Stanford Cardinal marks the rematch of one of the most unbelievable matches in recent women's volleyball history - and if you don't believe that, then just ask one of the thousands who watched the thriller when it was replayed on Fox Sports Net the following week...

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 Stanford 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.

Opponents Have Difficulty Measuring Up To Adams
At 6-foot-5, sophomore middle blocker Emily Adams is hard to match on the other side of the net. She leads the team - and ranks second in the Pac-10 and third in the nation - with a .418 attack percentage. On the block, she is second on the team and fifth in the conference with a 1.19 blocks per game average. On Oct. 7 she was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for her outstanding performances against Stanford and Cal.

Mexican National Team Standout Declared Eligible
Bibiana Candelas received full clearance from the NCAA on Oct. 24. Candelas, a 6-foot-5 middle blocker from Torre�n, Mexico, missed the first two weeks of the season while competing with the Mexican National Team at the World Championships in Dresden, Germany. She arrived on campus on Sept. 9 and began practicing with the team, but was not allowed to compete while the NCAA reviewed her eligibility. Candelas joined the team on last week's trip to the Pacific Northwest and appeared in both matches. Against Washington State (Oct. 26), she collected four kills off of eight attacks (.375) and one block off the bench.

Candelas 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.

And Then There Were Three...
Only three NCAA Division I teams remain undefeated. With No. 17 Eastern Washington enduring a loss to unranked Sacramento State on Oct. 18, only No. 1 USC (18-0), No. 2 Hawai'i (19-0) and No. 5 UC Santa Barbara (21-0) 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 17 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. Washington
USC survived close games to defeat Washington, 3-1 (30-27, 30-17, 25-30, 32-30), on Oct. 25 in Seattle. Despite hitting .220 compared to the Huskies' .317 in game one, the Trojans took advantage of six UW service errors for points. USC took its first lead of the game at 17-16 on a kill by Emily Adams and never looked back, pushing its lead to 28-23 and a 30-27 final score. The Trojans cruised to the 30-17 victory in game two, quickly grabbing the 10-point lead at 17-7 and again at 22-12 behind a .333 attack percentage. The Huskies battled their way back in game three. Washington kills, combined with three USC errors broke a 12-12 tie and gave UW a 17-12 advantage. The Huskies extended their lead to eight (29-21) to reach match point, but the Trojans were not going down without a fight and reeled off the next four points. A USC error finally lifted the Huskies to the 30-25 win. The Women of Troy gained momentum early in game four, jumping out to a 16-10 lead. USC eventually reached match point at 29-24 with four straight kills, but the Huskies fought off defeat five times to tie the score at 29-29 and again at 30-30. Back-to-back kills by Adams and Keao Burdine, however, gave USC the match victory.

vs. #20 Washington State
Katie Olsovsky led with 20 points as USC kept its record intact with a 30-19, 30-14, 18-30, 30-25 win over 20th-ranked Washington State at the Cougars' Bohler Gym on Oct. 26. The Women of Troy jumped out to an eight-point lead (20-18) in game one and never trailed. At 23-19, the Trojans scored seven consecutive points, thanks to five kills and two Cougar attack errors to take game one, 30-19. The Cougars were unable to produce any offense in game two. USC pulled ahead by double digits at 13-3 and led by as much as 15 four times before capturing the 16-point win, 30-14. The roles were reversed in game three. The Cougars raced to a commanding 22-9 lead and easily held on for the 30-18 win. Washington State hit .282 in this game, its only hitting percentage above .100, while the Trojans were held to their lowest hitting single-game effort this season (-.026). With a bit of confidence after the game three win, WSU took the first lead in game four before the Women of Troy knotted the score at 9-9 and 10-10. At this point, the Trojans embarked on a 12-2 run that put them ahead by 10 (22-12). The Cougars managed to cut the lead in half, but it was not enough as USC rolled to the 30-25 win.

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 7.28 kills, 5.81 digs, 0.51 service aces, 1.05 blocks and 8.42 points per game. The two have tallied 513.5 of USC's 1,333 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 two Appearances
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 16.61 assist per game average (1.88 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 8.66 and 6.46 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.

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.

News To Note

  • Keao Burdine posted a career-high five blocks against Washington State (Oct. 26).
  • Emily Adams collected a career-high three service aces and seven blocks against Washington (Oct. 25).
  • Keao Burdine tied a career high with three aces against the Huskies.
  • 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 (Oct. 7) 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).

    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 816-192-1 (.810) overall record, 565-141 (.800) NCAA Division I record and a 177-12 (.937) conference mark.


    OPPONENT NOTES

    California (15-6, 5-6 Pac-10)
    The Golden Bears are coming off a 3-2 nonconference win over Saint Mary's, a 3-0 loss to Oregon State and a 3-2 victory over Oregon last week. Sophomore Mia Jerkov was named National Player of the Week the previous week after top performances against Washington and Washington State. She leads the Pac-10 and ranks third nationally with 6.15 kills per game and leads the team with 3.35 digs per outing. Last week, senior Leah Young recorded the conference's first triple-double of the season with 28 kills, 11 digs and 10 blocks against Saint Mary's. Blockers Camille Leffall and Heather Diers average a team-leading 1.05 and 1.03 blocks, respectively.

    USC-California Series Record -- The Trojans own a 33-6 (.846) all-time record against Cal. USC has recorded 20 consecutive victories over the Golden Bears after claiming a 3-2 victory in Berkeley on Oct. 5. The Women of Troy swept both meetings in 2001.


    Opponent Comparisons Kpg Pct. Apg SApg Dpg Bpg
    California 15.81 .248 14.43 1.44 16.09 2.36
    USC 17.59 .282 16.61 1.30 16.62 2.97

    #6 Stanford (19-3, 7-2 Pac-10)
    Stanford is coming off three victories over Pacific (3-0), Oregon (3-0) and Oregon State (3-2) last week. The Cardinal is currently in second place in the Pac-10, two matches behind USC. Led by outside hitter Logan Tom and middle blockers Jennifer Harvey and Sara McGee, Stanford ranks 27th nationally in kills (16.22 kpg), third in hitting percentage (.320), 25th in assists (14.67 apg) and third in blocks (3.73 bpg). In the Pac-10, the team ranks third in kills, second in attack percentage, third in assists and first in blocks. Tom averages a team-leading 4.70 kills and 2.94 digs per game, while Harvey and McGee average 1.54 and 1.45 blocks per game, respectively. Harvey and McGee rank 11th and 19th nationally.

    USC-Stanford State Series Record -- The Women of Troy have won four of the last five 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 14-42-1 (.250) against the Cardinal after defeating Stanford, 3-2, at Maples Pavilion in the first meeting of 2002. Last season, the Women of Troy defeated the Cardinal 3-1 at home, but lost the match at Stanford, 3-1.

    Opponent Comparisons Kpg Pct. Apg SApg Dpg Bpg
    Stanford 16.22 .320 14.67 1.58 13.71 3.73
    USC 17.59 .282 16.61 1.30 16.62 2.97

    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 (18 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... at Wash (10/25): 19 assists, 9 digs... at WSU (10/26): 28 assists, 13 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 (15 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... at Wash (10/25): 1 dig... at WSU (10/26): 1 dig...

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    #3 Toni Anderson
    Setter * Junior
    This Season (18 matches played, 18 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... at Wash (10/25): 36 assists, 12 digs... at WSU (10/26): 27 assists, 8 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 (17 matches played, 16 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... at Wash (10/25): 21 assists... at WSU (10/26): 14 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... at Wash (10/25): DNP... at WSU (10/26): DNP...

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    #7 Bibiana Candelas
    Middle Blocker * Freshman
    Did You Know?
    Bibiana Candelas is the Trojans' first international recruit in seven years. Middle blocker Jasmina Marinkovic was recruited in 1995 from Uzice, Serbia by former USC head coach Lisa Love.
    This Season (2 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, was not cleared to compete by the NCAA until Oct. 24... at Wash (10/25): first collegiate appearance, 4 kills (.111), 2 digs, 2 blocks... at WSU (10/26): 4 kills (.375), 2 digs, 1 block...

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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 (18 matches played, 18 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... at Wash (10/25): 11 kills (.222), career-high 3 aces, 12 digs... at WSU (10/26): 14 kills (.387), 15 digs, career-high 5 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 (18 matches played, 18 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... at Wash (10/25): 12 kills (.400), career-high 3 aces, 2 digs, career-high 7 blocks... at WSU (10/26): 9 kills (.200), 1 ace, 3 digs, 5 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... at Wash (10/25): DNP... at WSU (10/26): 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 (18 matches played, 18 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... at Wash (10/25): 12 kills (.147), 1 dig, 2 blocks... at WSU (10/26): 6 kills (.222), 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 (18 matches played, 18 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... at Wash (10/25): 12 kills (.119), 1 ace, 12 digs, 2 blocks... at WSU (10/26): 13 kills (.222), 1 ace, 10 digs, 3 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 (18 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... at Wash (10/25): 5 kills (.200), 3 digs, 7 blocks... at WSU (10/26): 3 kills (-.105), 2 digs, 2 blocks...

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    #21 Staci Venski
    Middle Blocker * Freshman
    Did You Know?
    Stacy Venski 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.
    This Season (11 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... at Wash (10/25): 2 kills (.667), 1 block... at WSU (10/26): 1 kill (.000)...

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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 (18 matches played, 14 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... at Wash (10/25): 9 kills (.273), 7 digs, 5 blocks... at WSU (10/26): 15 kills (.393), 8 digs, 8 blocks...

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