No. 2-Ranked Women Of Troy Ease Past Ducks, 3-0

Nov. 8, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - Behind top hitting performances from juniors April Ross and Katie Olsovsky, the No. 2 USC women's volleyball team eased past Oregon, 3-0 (30-20, 30-21, 30-23), on Friday night in front of 715 at the Ducks' McArthur Court. With the win, the Women of Troy improve to 20-1 overall and 13-1 in the Pac-10, while Oregon drops to 11-16, 1-12 in conference play.

Six USC attackers hit above .300 on the night. Olsovsky led both teams with 12 total kills, a .450 attack percentage and five blocks, while Ross added 10 kills and hit .429. Libero Nicole Davis posted a match-high 16 digs and setter Toni Anderson led with 31 assists on the night. USC held the Ducks to a .112 attack percentage and four team blocks. The Trojans collected 12.0 team blocks and 49 kills off of 105 attacks (.333).

Oregon pulled within one (11-10) at the start of the first game, but was forced to watch as the Women of Troy used a 14-2 run to mount a 13-point advantage. In the run, the Trojans forced three Oregon attack errors, posted two service aces and freshman Bibiana Candelas entered the game for four kills as USC continued to tally points en route to the 30-20 win.

The Ducks were able to match USC to a 6-6 tie in game two, but an 8-1 Women of Troy rally put six points (13-7) between the squads. Before Oregon had the opportunity to mount a comeback, USC embarked on a 11-0 run with Ross at the service line, eventually overpowering Oregon in game two, 30-21.

Midway through game three (15-12), Oregon had managed to stay close to the Trojans, but the match-up ended the same. USC sealed the Pac-10 victory with a 30-23 decision in the final game.

The Women of Troy finish their road trip with a 7 p.m. match at Oregon State on Saturday, Nov. 9.

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