Women of Troy Are Pac-10 Champions!

Nov. 21, 2002

LOS ANGELES -- The top-ranked USC women's volleyball team clinched the 2002 Pac-10 Championship with a 3-0 (30-17, 30-22, 30-26) victory over 16th-ranked Arizona on Thursday at the Lyon Center. This marks the first time the Women of Troy have won the Pac-10 title outright after sharing the championship with the Wildcats in 2000.

With the win, USC improves to 23-1 overall and 16-1 in the Pac-10, while Arizona drops to 15-10 overall and 10-7 in conference play.

Sophomore Emily Adams led the Trojans with 15 points in the match thanks to a career high nine blocks to go along with five kills. USC was also led by outside hitter April Ross who posted 12 kills, eight digs and 14 total points on the night.

Senior Lisa Rutledge led the Wildcats with 15 kills and 15.5 points.

After a slow start in game one, the Women of Troy broke an 11-11 tie with a 5-2 run to go ahead 17-12. At that point, the Trojans completely shut down the Wildcats' efforts by scoring 11 unanswered points thanks to the serving of Keao Burdine. USC earned a 30-17 win to start the night.

Trailing by as much as five points (15-10) in game two, Arizona fought to within one at 18-17 and 23-22. But the Wildcats came no closer and were held scoreless for the remainder of the game as USC rolled to the 30-22 win.

Arizona matched the Women of Troy point-for-point at the start of game three, and even took their first three-point lead at 13-10. The Trojans knotted the score at 14, 15 and 16, and then again at 21. At that point, thanks to three consecutive hitting errors by the Wildcats and two Trojan kills, the Women of Troy managed to separate themselves by five points (27-22) and eventually took the final game, 30-26.

USC hosts its final regular season home match of 2002 on Friday, Nov. 22, against Arizona State at 7 p.m. in the Lyon Center. Seniors Lauren Killian, Tracy Lindquist and Julie Mariani will be honored prior to the start of the match.

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