Women's Volleyball Earns 3-0 Sweep At Oregon State

Nov. 9, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Sophomore Emily Adams had a match-high 16 kills on a .560 hitting performance to lead the No. 2-ranked USC women's volleyball team to a 3-0 sweep of Oregon State on Saturday night in front of 607 at Gill Coliseum. Game scores were 30-27, 30-18, and 30-17.

The Beavers (7-16, 2-12 Pacific-10) kept it close against the Women of Troy in game one, but USC (21-1, 14-1) dominated the final two games to pick up the win.

OSU was down by as many as five points on three occasions in the opening game before coming back to tie the score at 26-26. After USC scored back-to-points on an Adams' kill and an error by the Beavers' Karah Rhoades to take a two-point lead, Oregon State again responded with a kill to come within one point. But the Women of Troy put the game away after scoring on an OSU hitting error and a kill from middle blocker Katie Olsovsky. Despite holding OSU to a .143 hitting percentage in the first game, the Trojans were also limited to a .186 mark in the outing.

However, the tide turned in the next two games. OSU hit .158 in game two and -.077 in game three, for a combined .086 mark for the match. USC, on the other hand, continued to improve and hit .429 in game two and .531 in game three to finish the night at a .368 clip.

'We got beat by a better team tonight. We're so limited right now, that by game three a team like USC has figured out what they need to do against us,' OSU coach Nancy Somera said. 'But, we were able to put together a pretty good string of points against a very good team.'

Olsovsky had an outstanding performance at the net for the Women of Troy with seven block assists, in addition to a .500 attack effort (9-1-16). Outside hitter April Ross led all players defensively, finishing with a match-high 16 digs.

USC's bench also logged ample playing time in the match, led by freshman Bibiana Candelas who hit .507 (4-0-7) and collected two blocks.

Rhoades led the Beavers with 11 kills, and Allison Lawrence chipped in eight. Amanda Eggert came off the bench and hit .375 with four kills in two games of action, but no other Beaver player hit above .250. USC had three players hit .500 or better.

The Women of Troy return to Los Angeles this week for the second crosstown battle of the season. The Trojans travel to UCLA on Friday, Nov. 15, for a 7 p.m. match at Pauley Pavilion. USC is looking to claim the final five points for the Lexus Gauntlet.

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