Women's Volleyball To Face Bruins At Pauley Pavilion On Friday

Nov. 13, 2002

This Week
Friday, Nov. 15, at UCLA at 7 p.m.
Audio: www.usctrojans.com
TV: Fox Sports Net
Tape Delay starting Saturday, Nov. 16

The Facts
The No. 2-ranked USC women's volleyball team (21-1, 14-1 Pac-10) is back to its winning ways this week as it prepares to travel to No. 19 UCLA (15-10, 8-7 Pac-10) on Friday, Nov. 15, for a 7 p.m. match at Pauley Pavilion. The match-up will be the final meeting for women's volleyball in the 2002-03 Lexus Gauntlet competition. The match can be heard live on www.usctrojans.com and will be televised by Fox Sports Net on a tape-delay basis Saturday-Wednesday, Nov. 16-20 (times listed below and check local listing for additional air times). To find the USC audio broadcast go to the 'Multimedia' link at the top of the homepage. The Women of Troy are coming off 3-0 wins over Oregon and Oregon State last week.

USC vs. UCLA (11/16) TV Dates & Times
Fox Sports West 2 - Nov. 16 at 10 a.m., Nov. 17 at 6 p.m., Nov. 19 at 2 p.m.,
Fox Sports Bay Area - Nov. 16 at 1 p.m.

The Rankings
USC remains at No. 2 this week. With the loss to Stanford on Nov. 2, the Trojans lost the top spot in the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Poll to then-undefeated Hawai'i. The drop to No. 2 ended a seven week-period in which the Women of Troy held the top spot (the Women of Troy made the jump to No. 1 on Sept. 16). USC earned a No. 5 final ranking in 2001 by both USA Today and Volleyball magazine (Volleyball is no longer producing a weekly poll as of Oct. 20) and entered the 2002 season at No. 3.

Time Change & TV Pick Up
The start time for the USC-Arizona match on Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Lyon Center has been changed to 7:30 p.m. Fox Sports Net has also selected this game as the Pac-10 wilcard selection and will be airing the match on a tape-delayed basis starting on Saturday, Nov. 23.

Battle For Second-Annual Lexus Gauntlet
The Trojans are looking secure all 10 women's volleyball points in the battle for the Lexus Gauntlet with a second win this season over the Bruins on Friday. The Lexus Gauntlet is a season-long competition between USC and UCLA in all sports. This unique program awards points for the winner of each Bruin-Trojan head-to-head contest throughout the year and the Lexus Gauntlet trophy will be awarded to the school with the most points at year's end. USC captured last year's inaugural trophy, but this year trails UCLA, 15-5. Women's volleyball earned USC's five points with a 3-0 victory over UCLA on Oct. 18.

Sharing The Spotlight
The Women of Troy are once again the epitome of a 'Team' effort. It is hard to distinguish the best players on the squad, with three players averaging more than 3.0 kills per game, two players splitting the setting duties, three players averaging nearly 3.0 digs per outing and both starting middle blockers tallying nearly 1.20 blocks per game.

Pac-10 Standings
With two victories last week, the Women of Troy remain in the lead for the conference title. USC (14-1) sits just one match ahead of Stanford (13-2) with three conference matches remaining this season. The next five Pac-10 teams are bunched from third to seventh place with only a match separating them.

Undefeated No Longer
The nation's two remaining undefeated teams got knocked off last week. Hawai'i was beat by Stanford on Nov. 10 and dropped to 23-1 (.958) overall. UC Santa Barbara fell to Pepperdine on Nov. 6 to fall to 24-1 (.960) overall. USC (21-1, .955) is now one of six teams among the top 25 with only one loss (Florida, Nebraska and Eastern Washington are the other three).

USC Holding On To Best Record In 25 Years
With a 21-1 record USC is still holding on to its best record 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. Oregon
- Behind top hitting performances from April Ross and Katie Olsovsky, USC eased past Oregon, 3-0 (30-20, 30-21, 30-23), on Nov. 8 at McArthur Court. 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. The Trojans 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 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, 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.

vs. Oregon State - Emily Adams had a match-high 16 kills on a .560 hitting performance to lead USC to a 3-0 sweep of Oregon State on Nov. 9 at Gill Coliseum. Game scores were 30-27, 30-18, and 30-17. The Beavers kept it close against the Women of Troy in game one, but USC 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 a Beaver error to take a two-point lead, OSU 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 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. 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.

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 .417 attack percentage. On the block, she is second on the team and fifth in the conference with a 1.28 blocks per game average.

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 the trip to the Washington schools and has appeared in five of the six matches since then.

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.

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 7.03 kills, 5.99 digs, 0.59 service aces, 1.05 blocks and 8.16 points per game. The two have tallied 612 of USC's 1,654 total points this season.

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 Nov. 2, the Trojans have led the nation in team assists with a 16.62 assist per game average (1.58 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 8.63 and 6.43 assists per game, respectively.

UCLA Connections
UCLA defensive specialist Chrissie Zartman and USC setter Tracy Lindquist are offseason partners on the beach volleyball circuit. Together they won the inaugural 2002 World Beach Volleyball Championships this summer, five AAU Pro Beach Championships and became the youngest players to ever receive an AAA beach volleyball rating *** The father and grandfather of UCLA sophomore Brynn Murphy both played football at USC Her father, George, lettered in 1944 and 1946-48 *** April Ross and UCLA sophomore outside hitter Heather Cullen were prep teammates at Newport Harbor High in Newport Beach, Calif. *** Reserve defensive specialist Kristen Anderson and UCLA freshman outside hitter Teryn Spragg were prep teammates at Manhattan Beach Mira Costa High.

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.

Burdine Follows In Lindquists' Footsteps
Sophomore Keao Burdine stepped in for Tracy Lindquist and paired with UCLA's Chrissie Zartman for the 2002 Under-21 World Beach Volleyball Championship in Catania, Italy, not long after Lindquist and Zartman captured the world title. Although Lindquist is Zartman's long-time partner, she was too old to qualify for the under-21 event. Representing the United States, the new team advanced to the quarterfinal round (fifth place), but was eliminated by third-place finisher Maria Salgado Rufino and Talita Rocha of Brazil, 21-13, 21-15.

Injury Update
No injuries to report.

News To Note
* The Women of Troy held the Bears to the lowest point total for a USC opponent this season (50) in a 3-0 win on Nov. 1.
* Against Cal (Nov. 1), USC took advantage of the opportunity to spread the ball around and had nine different players post kills, while all 14 players logged minutes.
* Emily Adams collected a career-high six block solos against Stanford (Nov. 2).
* Lauren Killian set a career high with 16 kills against Stanford (Nov. 2).
* Nicole Davis tied her career high with 24 digs against Stanford (Nov. 2).
* 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).
* 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).
* April Ross collected a career-high 26 kills against Wake Forest (Sept. 6).

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).

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 8185-193-1 (.809) overall record, 567-142 (.800) NCAA Division I record and a 179-13 (.932) conference mark.

Opponent Notes

#19 UCLA (15-10, 8-7 Pac-10) -- The Bruins are coming off two Pac-10 victories over Oregon State, 3-0, and Oregon, 3-1, and are now riding a three-match win streak. Their loss to the Trojans on Oct. 18 was the first of an unprecedented four straight losses for the Bruins this season. Currently fourth in the Pac-10 standings, the Bruins are only 1/2 match out of third. The team is playing without leading blocker Angela Eckmeier, who underwent ACL surgery on Nov. 7 and will miss the remainder of the season. Outside hitter Lauren Fendrick currently leads the Bruins with 3.64 kills per game. Libero Chrissie Zartman leads with 4.43 digs per outing and middle blocker Cira Wright is now leading the Bruins with 1.0 blocks per game.

USC-UCLA Series Record -- The rivalry continues as the Bruins and Trojans meet for the 79th time in program history on Friday (Nov. 15). Earlier this season, the Women of Troy defeated the Bruins 3-0 at home to even the all-time series at 39-39 (.500). Last season, USC defeated the Bruins 3-0 at home and 3-2 at Pauley Pavilion.

Opponent Comparisons	Kpg	Pct.	Apg	SApg	Dpg	Bpg
UCLA 16.66 .210 15.22 1.20 17.18 2.47
USC 17.68 .289 16.60 1.36 16.55 3.01

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 (22 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... vs. Cal (11/1): 22 assists, 1 ace, 5 digs... vs. Stanford (11/2): 35 assists, 8 digs... at Oregon (11/8): 12 assists, 2 aces, 4 digs... at OSU (11/9): 19 assists, 3 digs...

* * * * * * * * * * * * *

#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 (18 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... vs. Cal (11/1): 2 digs... vs. Stanford (11/2): DNP... at Oregon (11/8): 1 dig... at OSU (11/9): 1 dig...

* * * * * * * * * * * * *

#3 Toni Anderson
Setter * Junior
This Season (22 matches played, 22 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... vs. Cal (11/1): 20 assists, 2 digs... vs. Stanford (11/2): 39 assists, 1 ace, 13 digs... at Oregon (11/8): 31 assists, 2 aces, 6 digs, 1 block... at OSU (11/9): 29 assists, 2 digs...

* * * * * * * * * * * * *

#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 (22 matches played, 20 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... vs. Cal (11/1): 1 assist, 7 digs... vs. Stanford (11/2): 1 assist, tied a career-high 24 digs... at Oregon (11/8): 16 digs... at OSU (11/9): 8 digs...

* * * * * * * * * * * * *

#5 Kristen Anderson
DS * RS Freshman
This Season (4 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... vs. Cal (11/1): played 2 games... vs. Stanford (11/2): DNP... at Oregon (11/8): DNP... at OSU (11/9): played one game...

* * * * * * * * * * * * *

#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 (5 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... vs. Cal (11/1): 7 kills (.462), 1 ace, 3 digs, 1 block... vs. Stanford (11/2): DNP... at Oregon (11/8): 9 kills (.316), 3 blocks... at OSU (11/9): 4 kills, no errors (.571), 5 digs, 2 blocks...

* * * * * * * * * * * * *

#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 (22 matches played, 22 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... vs. Cal (11/1): 13 kills (.259), 14 digs... vs. Stanford (11/2): 17 kills (.140), 1 ace, 12 digs, 1 block... at Oregon (11/8): 0 kills off of 6 attacks (-.500), 1 ace, 6 digs, 3 blocks... at OSU (11/9): 5 kills (.154)1 ace, 8 digs, 1 block...

* * * * * * * * * * * * *

#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 (22 matches played, 22 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... vs. Cal (11/1): 7 kills (.583), 3 assists, 4 dig, 2 blocks... vs. Stanford (11/2): 14 kills (.370), 7 blocks (career-high six solo blocks)... at Oregon (11/8): 5 kills (.444), 3 blocks... at OSU (11/9): 16 kills (.560), 3 digs, 2 blocks...

* * * * * * * * * * * * *

#12 Kelli Lantz
Middle Blocker * Junior
This Season (7 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... vs. Cal (11/1): 3 kills (.286), 1 block... vs. Stanford (11/2): DNP... at Oregon (11/8): played one game... at OSU (11/9): played one game...

* * * * * * * * * * * * *

#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 (22 matches played, 22 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... vs. Cal (11/1): 8 kills (.615), 1 dig, 2 block... vs. Stanford (11/2): 16 kills (.324), 2 blocks... at Oregon (11/8): 4 kills (.167), 2 digs... at OSU (11/9): 10 kills (.269), 3 blocks...

* * * * * * * * * * * * *

#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 (22 matches played, 22 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... vs. Cal (11/1): 12 kills (.385), 3 aces, 9 dig, 1 block... vs. Stanford (11/2): 13 kills (.174), 3 aces, 20 digs, 3 blocks... at Oregon (11/8): 10 kills (.429), 2 aces, 4 digs, 3 blocks... at OSU (11/9): 7 kills (.312), 2 aces, 16 digs, 2 blocks...

* * * * * * * * * * * * *

#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 (22 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... vs. Cal (11/1): 1 kill (-.200)... vs. Stanford (11/2): career-high 16 kills (.414), 2 digs... at Oregon (11/8): 6 kills (.500), 2 blocks... at OSU (11/9): 3 kills (.250), 1 block...

* * * * * * * * * * * * *

#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 (14 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)... vs. Cal (11/1): 1 kill (.250), 1 dig, 1 block... vs. Stanford (11/2): DNP... at Oregon (11/8): 3 kills (.375), 2 blocks... at OSU (11/9): 1 kill (.250)...

* * * * * * * * * * * * *

#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 (22 matches played, 18 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... vs. Cal (11/1): 8 kills (.467), 4 digs, 3 blocks... vs. Stanford (11/2): 13 kills (.250), 1 dig, 2 blocks... at Oregon (11/8): 12 kills (.450), 1 ace, 5 digs, 5 blocks... at OSU (11/9): 9 kills (.500), 2 aces, 5 digs, 7 blocks...

Categories:
Now on Pac-12 Network
4:30 PM PT

Airing on:

  • Pac-12 Network
Get Pac-12 Networks
Unable to get Pac-12 Network?
Contact your provider ▶
Pac-12 Networks Channel Finder
Close