Women's Volleyball Hosts Arizona, Arizona State In Final Regular Season Matches

Nov. 19, 2002

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This Week
Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m.

USC vs. #16 Arizona
Audio: www.usctrojans.com
TV: Fox Sports Net (tape delay)
Friday, Nov. Nov. 22, at 7 p.m.
USC vs. Arizona State
Audio: www.usctrojans.com

The Facts
The No. 1-ranked USC women's volleyball team (22-1, 15-1 Pac-10) clinched at least a share of the Pac-10 title last week with its 3-0 win over UCLA on Nov. 15. By capturing at least one win this week, the Women of Troy will claim sole possession of the 2002 Pac-10 title - their second-ever Pac-10 conference championship (USC shared the 2000 Pac-10 title with Arizona). The Trojans host No. 16 Arizona on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m., and Arizona State on Friday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. Both matches will be played at the Lyon Center and can be heard live on www.usctrojans.com (To find the USC audio broadcast go to the 'Multimedia' link at the top of the homepage). The USC-Arizona match will be televised by Fox Sports Net on a tape-delay basis starting Saturday, Nov. 23 (see below and check local listings for additional air times). The Women of Troy will honor seniors Tracy Lindquist, Lauren Killian and Julie Mariani before the start of the USC-Arizona State match on Friday.

USC vs. Arizona TV Dates & Times
Fox Sports West 2 - Nov. 23 at 12:30 p.m., Nov. 25 at 1 p.m.
Fox Sports Arizona - Nov. 23 at 2 p.m.
Fox Sports Bay Area - Nov. 23 at 1 p.m.

The Rankings
USC reclaimed the No. 1 spot this week after then-ranked No. 1 Stanford fell to Washington State last week. The Women of Troy spent two weeks at No. 2 after holding the top spot for the previous seven week-period (the Women of Troy made their first 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.

Keep Your Eye On...
With the postseason right around the corner, keep an eye on USC's three All-American candidates April Ross, Katie Olsovsky and Emily Adams!

Women Of Troy Look To Capture Sole Possession of Pac-10 Title
With its win over the Bruins on Nov. 15, USC guaranteed at least a share of the 2002 conference championship. This is only the second-ever Pac-10 title for the Women of Troy, who have won four conference titles (1976, 1977 and 1980 WCAA champions, 2002 Pac-10 co-champions) in their 26-year program history. In 2000, USC shared the conference crown with Arizona after splitting the season series with the Wildcats and falling to UCLA for a 16-2 school-best record in the Pac-10. If the Women of Troy post two wins this week it will establish a new program-best. USC was picked to finish second in this year's Pac-10 preseason coaches poll.

Senior Salute
Friday's match will mark the final regular season match for USC's three seniors - opposite hitter Lauren Killian, setter Tracy Lindquist and defensive specialist Julie Mariani. First recruited under former head coach Lisa Love, these three seniors have so far led the Women of Troy to three NCAA appearances, including the 2000 NCAA Final Four, and two Pac-10 Championships (2000, 2002).

Lindquist has been one of the team's most valuable all-around players over the last four seasons. In head coach Mick Haley's words, 'you can not afford to not have her on the court at all times.' Lindquist has started and shared setting duties in every match since her freshman year and will likely finish her career at USC with nearly 2,700 assists, placing her among the Trojans' top five all time setters. She currently boasts a 6.69 career assist and 2.02 career dig average. She also comes from a family of Trojans including her father who played volleyball, basketball and baseball, and her great grandfather, Hobbs Adams, who captained the SC football team in 1925 and made it to age 99 as the second-oldest USC letterwinner (Adams passed away on Sept. 27, 2002).

Serving as the team captain for the second straight year, Killian has been the driving force behind the Women of Troy's success over the last four seasons. Her organization and leadership are unmatched. With a hard-to-stop right-side attack, she is currently averaging a .300 career attack percentage - a mark that would put her among USC's career top 10. At the end of her career she will compile nearly 600 kills and 300 blocks. Her dedication to USC comes from a rich Trojan family tradition, including her father, Don, who led the Trojan men's volleyball team to the 1977 NCAA Championship.

Always prepared with an outstanding serve or great backrow play, Mariani has been a key to USC's defense and offense over the last four seasons. She helped lead the squad to the 1999 NCAA Tournament thanks to her talent at the line, and en route, captured a few USC records. As a freshman she averaged a USC single-season record 0.47 service aces per game. She also finished the season with 50 total aces - a mark that ranks third among the Trojans' all-time season records. By the time she leaves USC, Mariani will have collected nearly 100 service aces and 400 digs.

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 3.08 kills per game, two players splitting the setting duties, three players averaging more than 3.0 digs per outing and both starting middle blockers tallying nearly 1.22 blocks per game.

USC Holding On To Best Record In 25 Years
With a 22-1 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.

Arizona Connections
Sophomores Alicia Robinson and Emily Adams both grew up in the Phoenix area. Robinson prepped at Central High and was the 2000 Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year. Adams prepped at Xavier College Prep where she was the 4A-5A Arizona Player of the Year as a senior. The two were club volleyball teammates throughout high school. They are the daughters of some well-known former Phoenix Suns, Truck Robinson and Alvan Adams, respectively.

Match Recaps
vs. #19 UCLA
- Alicia Robinson recorded a team-high 12 kills and Emily Adams led with 10 blocks as USC swept No. 19 UCLA (30-24, 30-21, 30-23) on Nov. 15 at Pauley Pavilion. The Women of Troy outhit the Bruins by a narrow .182-.176 margin in the first game, but USC took control of the match in the second and third games, thanks in part to the play of Katie Olsovsky and Lauren Killian. Killian led all players, hitting .583 for the match with seven kills and no errors. Olsovsky hit .467 to go with nine kills on the evening. In the opening game of the match, the teams kept it close, staying within one point as late as 24-23 before the Women of Troy scored on six of the final seven rallies to win 30-24. Game two was not as close. USC took advantage of UCLA's .095 attack percentage in the game en route to a 30-21 win, taking a 2-0 lead to the locker rooms at the break. UCLA led game three as late as 23-22, but got stuck on that number, falling 30-23 in the third and final game of the match.

Debbie Green To Be Inducted To USC Hall of Fame
Debbie Green, regarded as America's greatest women's volleyball setter, is among 24 Trojan luminaries that have been selected to the sixth class of USC's Athletic Hall of Fame and they will be honored at a gala black tie induction dinner on May 3, 2003, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. Green was a two-time All-American (1976-77) and led the Women of Troy to AIAW national championships both of those years (the 1977 team recorded the first-ever undefeated season in collegiate women's volleyball, 38-0). A two-year letterwinner (1976-77), she was named to two U.S. Olympic teams (1980 and 1984), helping the American women win a silver medal in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. She was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1995, the United States Volleyball Association Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Orange County Sports Hall of Fame in 1998. A product of Westminster High, she has been an assistant coach with the Long Beach State women's team since 1986.

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 .411 attack percentage. On the block, she is second on the team and fourth in the conference with a 1.22 blocks per game average.

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 6.97 kills, 6.02 digs, 0.59 service aces, 1.05 blocks and 8.10 points per game. The two have tallied 631.5 of USC's 1,728 total points this season.

USC Second In NCAA Assists Thanks To Setting Duo
As of Nov. 11, the Trojans rank second in the nation in team assists with a 16.69 assist per game average (0.04 behind first-place Hawai'i and 1.38 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 8.68 and 6.49 assists per game, respectively.

Trojans Welcome First International Recruit in Seven Years
Bibiana 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.) 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 did not start competing with the team until she received full clearance from the NCAA on Oct. 24.

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).

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.

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 819-193-1 (.809) overall record, 568-142 (.800) NCAA Division I record and a 180-13 (.933) conference mark.

Opponent Notes

#16 Arizona (15-9, 10-6 Pac-10) -- The No. 16 Wildcats secured a third-place finish in the Pac-10 with last week's 3-0 wins over Oregon and Oregon State. Freshman Kim Glass is still leading the team with 4.87 kills per game, while hitting .307 this season. Senior Lisa Rutledge leads in digs with an average of 2.63 per game and freshman Bre Ladd leads with 1.07 blocks per game. The Wildcats rank second in the Pac-10 in service aces (1.68), fourth in hitting percentage (.255) and blocks (2.78), fifth in kills (15.7), seventh in assists (14.10) and opponent hitting percentage (.214) and 10th in digs (14.0).

USC-Arizona Series Record -- USC owns a 40-15 (.727) all-time record against Arizona, as the two teams face each other for the 56th time in school history on Thursday (Nov. 21). With a 3-0 win in Tucson to start the 2002 season, the Trojans broke a two-match losing streak to the Wildcats, which included a 3-2 defeat that ended USC's 2001 season in the NCAA Pacific Regional Final.

Opponent Comparisons	Kpg	Pct.	Apg	SApg	Dpg	Bpg
Arizona 15.7 .255 14.1 1.7 14.0 2.8
USC 17.7 .288 16.7 1.4 16.8 3.1

Arizona State (12-9, 8-8 Pac-10) -- Currently fifth in the conference standings, Arizona State could move up with wins this week. The Sun Devils are coming off wins over Oregon State (3-0) and Oregon (3-1) last week. JC transfer Juliana Escobar continues to lead the team with 4.39 kills and 3.35 digs per game, despite a .180 attack percentage. Middle blocker Jodi Smith leads the team with 0.92 blocks per game. ASU ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in digs (15.30), seventh in hitting percentage (.212), service aces (1.33) and blocks (2.25) and ninth in opponent hitting percentage (.237), kills (15.16) and assists (13.6).

USC-Arizona State Series Record -- USC and Arizona State will meet for the 54th time in program history on Friday (Nov. 22). The Women of Troy own a 42-10-1 advantage in the series (.808) and have won the last 13 meetings. Earlier this season, USC defeated the Sun Devils 3-0 in Tempe.

Opponent Comparisons	Kpg	Pct.	Apg	SApg	Dpg	Bpg
Arizona State 15.2 .212 13.6 1.3 15.3 2.2
USC 17.7 .288 16.7 1.4 16.8 3.1

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 (23 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... at UCLA (11/15): 24 assists, 5 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 (19 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... at UCLA (11/15): played one game...

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#3 Toni Anderson
Setter * Junior
This Season (23 matches played, 23 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... at UCLA (11/15): 30 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 (23 matches played, 21 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... at UCLA (11/15): 15 digs...

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#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... at UCLA (11/15): 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 (6 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... at UCLA (11/15): 4 kills (.400), 1 dig...

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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 (23 matches played, 23 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... at UCLA (11/15): 6 kills (.053), 1 ace, 9 digs, 1 block...

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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 (23 matches played, 23 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... at UCLA (11/15): 10 kills (.286), 1 ace, 4 digs, 6 blocks...

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#12 Kelli Lantz
Middle Blocker * Junior
This Season (8 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... at UCLA (11/15): 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 (23 matches played, 23 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... at UCLA (11/15): 12 kills (.212), 2 digs, 3 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 (23 matches played, 23 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... at UCLA (11/15): 10 kills (.200), 11 digs, 2 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 (23 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... at UCLA (11/15): 7 kills (.583), no errors, 1 dig, 4 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 (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)... at UCLA (11/15): DNP...

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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 (23 matches played, 19 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... at UCLA (11/15): 9 kills (.467), 2 aces, 10 digs, 2 blocks...

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