Volleyball Returns To Final Four In Search Of Fifth National Title

Dec. 17, 2002

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2002 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

SEMIFINALS * Thursday, Dec. 19 * New Orleans Sports Arena
6:30 p.m. CST - Hawai'i vs. Stanford
TV: Live on ESPN2
8:30 p.m. CST - USC vs. Florida
TV: ESPN2 (tape delayed 12/20, 1:30 p.m. EST)
Audio: www.usctrojans.com

FINALS * Saturday, Dec. 21, 2:30 p.m. CST * New Orleans Sports Arena
TV: Live on ESPN2
Audio: www.usctrojans.com (if USC advances)

The Facts
The top-ranked USC women's volleyball team (29-1, 17-1 Pac-10 Champions) - selected as the tournament's top seed overall - will be making its fifth all-time appearance in the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Final Four this week. In their 12th consecutive and 20th overall appearance in the postseason tournament, the Women of Troy travel to New Orleans, La., for the semifinals and finals to be played Thursday, Dec. 19, and Saturday, Dec. 21, at the New Orleans Sports Arena. USC will face Florida (34-2) in the semis on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. CST. If the Trojans advance, they will play Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CST for the national championship against the winner of Thursday's Hawai'i/Stanford match-up. The USC semifinal match will be aired on Friday, Dec. 20, at 1:30 p.m. EST on ESPN 2, while the championship match will air live on ESPN2. All Women of Troy matches can be heard live on www.usctrojans.com. The 2002 NCAA Championship is hosted by the Sunbelt Conference, University of New Orleans and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation.

Led by second-year head coach Mick Haley, the Women of Troy swept both Michigan State and No. 9 Pepperdine in the West Regional to advance.

NCAA West Regional Final Recap - def. #9 Pepperdine, 3-0
The Women of Troy posted another dominating offensive performance as they eased past Pepperdine 30-24, 30-20, 30-17 in the regional final. With 10 kills, seven digs, three service aces and a career high six blocks, April Ross was named the regional tournament MVP. Katie Olsovsky and Emily Adams also received all-tournament accolades. Adams hit .615 in the match, while committing no errors and posting six blocks. Olsosvky collected nine kills, hit .467 and added four blocks in the effort. The Women of Troy hit .389 in the three-game match, limiting Pepperdine to a mere .137 hitting percentage. USC jumped out to significant leads at the start of games one and two to establish early control of the match. The Trojans never trailed in the first two games of the match. In fact, until they fell behind 1-0 in the third game, they had not been behind in either of their two West Regional matches. In its two matches at the NCAA West Regional, a win over Michigan State to go along with the victory over Pepperdine, USC hit an amazing .419 and never had more than five errors in any of the six games.

West Regional All-Tournament Team
USC - April Ross (Most Valuable Player), Katie Olsovsky, Emily Adams
Pepperdine - Katie Wilkins
UC Santa Barbara - Erica Menzel
Michigan State - Jenny Rood

NCAA West Regional Semi Recap - def. Michigan State, 3-0
With an outstanding offensive performance, USC earned a 3-0 (30-17, 30-23, 30-15) victory over Michigan State in the regional semis. Every player that took a swing for the Trojans hit above .333 in the match. Keao Burdine and April Ross led with double figures, posting 10 and 11 kills, respectively. Burdine posted a .750 attack percentage and was one of three players to make only a single error in the three-game outing. USC's .454 hitting performance is its second highest of the year, while its 11 service aces marked a season high. Michigan State was held to a .200 attack percentage, five blocks and only one ace. The Spartans were unable to keep up with the Women of Troy as USC quickly jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the opening game. The Trojans extended their lead to 10 at 18-8 and Michigan State was never able to gain ground. After dropping game one 30-17 to the Women of Troy, the Spartans caught USC off-balance in game two and kept the score knotted through 6-6. At that point, a 4-0 rally gave the Trojans the edge they needed. USC maintained at least a two-point lead and then broke away with a 7-1 run to go ahead 23-17 before taking the game, 30-23. The Spartans had lost their fire in the final game despite trailing by only two points at 12-9 thanks to three USC service errors. But the Women of Troy were too dominant at the net as they ran away with the eventual 15-point victory thanks to an error-free attack. USC hit .643 in the game with 18 kills and no errors. Michigan State was held to .261.

NCAA Second Round Recap - def. Texas A&M, 3-0
With double-digit performances from April Ross and Keao Burdine, USC defeated Texas A&M, 3-0 (30-18, 30-21, 30-23), in the second round on Dec. 7. Posting 12 kills apiece, Ross and Burdine led USC's attack, which held Texas A&M to a .119 hitting percentage and only five team blocks. USC hit .327 on the night and collected 12 blocks. The Aggies only lead of the night came in the early points in game one, but the score was soon knotted at 8-8. USC rattled off six consecutive points to go ahead 14-8. The Women of Troy extended the lead to nine and then finished off the game with a final 5-1 run thanks to an ace and four consecutive kills that led to the 30-18 win. Despite being held to a .021 attack percentage in the second game, Texas A&M paced the Women of Troy and trailed by only three points, 20-17, midway through the game. But the Aggies, unable to slow USC's offense, were stuck at the 17th point as USC notched five straight to extend its lead en route to the final 30-21 win. The final game was much of the same, as USC led by seven points, three times, before capturing the final 30-23 victory. The Women of Troy made only three attack errors in the final game.

NCAA First Round Recap - def. #25 San Diego, 3-0
USC opened the 2002 NCAA Tournament with a 3-0 sweep (30-27, 30-15, 30-24) of 25th-ranked San Diego on Dec. 6. The Trojans were led by Katie Olsovsky who notched 10 kills and seven blocks, while hitting .533 on the night. Emily Adams posted seven blocks, while Keao Burdine collected 14 digs. The Toreros suffered on the attack, hitting .119 for the match, while USC posted a .319 attack percentage. Game one was close as each team struggled to take the lead. Thanks to two USD errors, the Trojans jumped ahead by three, 23-20, but San Diego did not stay far behind. The Toreros paced the Women of Troy and came within one at 27-26. At 28-27, a backrow attack was called on USD to give the Women of Troy game point and the eventual 30-27 win. Despite their efforts in the opener, the Toreros could not keep up with the Trojans in game two. USC held San Diego to a -.029 hitting percentage, while posting a .464 effort of their own. The Women of Troy took a two-game lead with a convincing 30-15 victory. USC led by as much as six points (16-10) at the start of game three, but a 7-1 San Diego rally changed the tone and knotted the score at 18, 19 and again at 22. Two points at a time, the Trojans managed to edge the Toreros for the final game win, 30-24.

USC Returns To Final Four
After making its first trip to the NCAA Final Four in 15 years in 2000, the Women of Troy are on their way back, and this time looking for a chance to advance to the championship match (USC was swept by Wisconsin in the 2000 semifinal). The Trojans' Final Four hopes were derailed last season when they fell 3-2 to Arizona in the regional final. USC was actually only three points away from a Final Four return as they led 12-9 in game five, but the Wildcats rallied for the upset victory. The Women of Troy were short-handed in the match after losing starting outside hitter April Ross to a severely sprained ankle in game two of the final.

When Was The Last Time... ?
The last time the Women of Troy advanced to the Final Four was in 2000. They were eliminated by Wisconsin 3-0 the semifinal.
The last time USC advanced to the championship match was in 1982. The Trojans fell to Hawai'i 3-2 for the title.
The last time USC won a national championship was in 1981. The Trojans claimed the first-ever NCAA Champions by defeating UCLA, 3-2.
The last time USC won 29 matches in a season was in 2000 when it finished 29-3.
The last time the Women of Troy won more than 29 matches was in 1984 when the team finished 30-7. USC has won 20+ matches in 21-of-27 seasons.
The last time USC finished with one loss or less in a single season was in 1976 and 1977. USC won national titles in both seasons. (In 1977 the team finished with a perfect 38-0 overall record - the only school to boast a perfect record until 1998 when Long Beach State finished 36-0.)

Women of Troy Win 2002 Pac-10 Championship!
USC captured sole possession of the 2002 Pac-10 Championship with its sweep of the Arizona schools on the final week of conference play. This is the first-ever outright Pac-10 title for the Women of Troy who shared the 2000 championship with Arizona. USC has now won five conference titles (1976, 1977 and 1980 WCAA champions, 2002 Pac-10 co-champions) in its 26-year program history. With a 17-1 conference record this season, this also marks USC's best-ever performance in the Pac-10.

Opponent Notes

FLORIDA
(34-2, 16-0 for first place in Southeastern Conference)
Florida is making its sixth Final Four appearance in the last 10 years. The Gators advanced with wins over Central Florida, 3-0, South Florida, 3-1, Temple, 3-0, and Washington State, 3-1. The team was originally selected as the fifth seed overall in its 12th consecutive NCAA postseason appearance. Four players were selected to the AVCA All-South Region team this season, including middle blocker Nicole McCray, outside hitter Aury Cruz, middle blocker Benavia Jenkins and opposite hitter Jacque Robinson. Cruz leads the team with 4.61 kills and 3.07 digs per game, while Jenkins leads with a team best 1.51 blocks per outing.

USC-Florida Series Record - Thursday's match will be the fourth all-time meeting between Florida and USC, the second this season and the third-ever in postseason play. The Trojans and Gators first met in the 1998 NCAA East Regional Semifinal, then again in the 2000 NCAA Pacific Regional Semifinal. Florida won the first match-up, 3-1, and USC took the second, 3-0. Earlier this season, USC and Florida met at the BYU Mizuno Classic, where the Women of Troy walked away with a 3-0 victory over the then-ranked No. 6 Gators.

Opponent Comparisons	Kpg	Pct.	Apg	SApg	Dpg	Bpg
Florida 16.26 .328 14.34 1.72 14.22 3.11
USC 17.63 .297 16.34 1.49 16.55 3.18

STANFORD
(31-4, 15-3 for second place in Pac-10 Conference)
Stanford advances to the Final Four for the 14th time in program history. The defending national champion Cardinal defeated Sacramento State, 3-0, Pacific, 3-1, Ohio State, 3-0, Arizona, 3-0, to win the Pacific Regional. Outside hitter Logan Tom, middle blocker Sara McGee and outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani were all named to the AVCA All-Pacific Region team. Tom and Nnamani lead the team with 4.94 and 4.06 kills per game, respectively. Tom also leads with 3.17 digs per game. At the net, middle blockers McGee and Jennifer Harvey average 1.40 and 1.44 blocks per outing.

USC-Stanford Series Record - The Women of Troy have won four of the last six meetings against the Cardinal, but of the 100+ opponents USC has faced in program history, only seven own a winning record against the Trojans and Stanford is one of them. USC is 14-43-1 (.246) against the Cardinal. This season, USC and Stanford played two dramatic matches during the conference season. The Women of Troy won the first match 3-2 at Maples Pavilion on Oct. 4, then dropped the second match 3-2 at home on Nov. 2. USC and Stanford have met a total of 10 times in the postseason. The last postseason match-up took place in 1996 when the Trojans fell 3-0 in the NCAA Pacific Regional Semifinal.

Opponent Comparisons	Kpg	Pct.	Apg	SApg	Dpg	Bpg
Stanford 16.51 .314 15.05 1.51 14.30 3.62
USC 17.63 .297 16.34 1.49 16.55 3.18

Hawai'i
(34-1, 13-0 for first place Western Athletic Conference)
No. 2 seed Hawai'i defeated Nebraska 3-0 to advance to its seventh NCAA Final Four in school history. En route to the Central Region championship, Hawai'i defeated Western Kentucky, 3-0, Washington, 3-0, North Carolina, 3-0, and Nebraska. UH outside hitter Kim Willoughby, middle blocker Lauren Duggins and outside hitter Lily Kahumoku were all named to the AVCA All-West Region team. Willoughby leads the team with a NCAA topping 6.28 kills per game, in addition to 3.34 digs per outing. Libero Melissa Willaroman averages a team-best 3.46 digs per game and Duggins leads with 1.37 blocks per outing.

USC-Hawai'i Series Record - This series dates back to the program's inaugural year. The two teams first met in 1976 during regular season play. In 1977, the Trojans met Hawai'i in the championship final and defeated the Wahine, 3-1, for their second national title. The two teams have met five times in postseason play (in 1977-78 and 1980-82). Hawai'i owns the all-time series advantage with a 17-15 (.531) record. The two teams last met in 2001 when USC defeated the Rainbows 3-0 at the Aston Imua Challenge in Honolulu at the start of the season.

Opponent Comparisons	Kpg	Pct.	Apg	SApg	Dpg	Bpg
Hawai'i 18.26 .336 16.79 1.56 18.71 2.36
USC 17.63 .297 16.34 1.49 16.55 3.18

USC-Florida Common Connections
USC junior libero Nicole Davis and Florida sophomore setter Lauren Moscovic both hail from Stockton, Calif. Davis attended Lincoln High, while Moscovic graduated from St. Mary's High.

USC-Stanford Common Connections
USC head coach Mick Haley coached Stanford outside hitter Logan Tom while on the U.S. National Team and at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. *** The Cardinal have two players (Jamie Brownell and Courtney Schultz) on their roster that hail from Southern California. *** USC has one Bay Area native on its roster (Julie Mariani).

USC-Hawaii Common Connections
Hawai'i has seven players on its roster that hail from California, including senior setter Jennifer Carey, who is a former prep teammate of USC junior outside hitter April Ross at Newport Harbor High in Newport Beach.

The Never-Say-Die Trojans
As they have proven twice this season, no feat is too great for the 2002 Women of Troy. Against then-No. 2 Nebraska on Sept. 2, the Trojans came back from an 11-point deficit in the third game (a difficult task thanks to rally scoring) to sweep the Huskers (USC also overcame an 8-0 deficit versus Pepperdine on Oct. 8 in game three). But nothing compares to the performance they displayed against then-No. 4 Stanford on Oct. 4. The Cardinal was on the brink of victory in game five, ahead 14-9, but the Trojans held Stanford at game point and went ahead, 15-14, by scoring six-straight points (keep in mind it's rally scoring). The Cardinal later thought they had clinched the match and rushed the court when at 19-18 a USC attack went long. But Stanford was called on a blocking error which kept the match going and USC eventually took the game, 24-22, and match, 3-2.

The Rankings
USC held on to the No. 1 spot after wrapping up the regular season. The Trojans reclaimed the top ranking on Nov. 18 after then-ranked No. 1 Stanford fell to Washington State. The Women of Troy had spent two weeks at No. 2 (after dropping a match to Stanford) and held 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.

USC History In The NCAAs
The Women of Troy are making their 12th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and their 20th overall since the tournament's inception in 1981. USC has only missed the tournament twice, in 1986 and 1990, after posting its only two losing seasons in program history. With a 33-18 (.647) all-time NCAA tournament record, USC has won one NCAA national championship and advanced to the Final Four on four occasions, including in 2002. Led by All-Americans Dana Smith and Cathy Stukel, the Trojans claimed the first-ever NCAA women's volleyball title in 1981. Entering the tournament as underdogs on a four-match losing streak, USC won when it counted by beating UCLA in the championship match after being down 2-1. The team ended the 1981 season with a 27-10 overall record and the title in hand. USC also won AIAW national titles in 1976, 1977 and 1980.

USC Posts Best Record In 25 Years
With a 29-1 overall mark, USC has secured 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. Since then, USC's next-best mark (least amount of losses) came in 2000 when the Trojans went 29-3.

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.

Pac-10 Dominance
A Pac-10 record eight teams earned bids to the 2002 NCAA Tournament, four advanced to the regional and two still remain in the hunt for the conference's 10th NCAA title in 22 years of the tournament *** Since Pac-10 play began in 1986, the conference has sent at least half of the league's teams into NCAA play in 13 of the 17 championships *** 2002 Pac-10 champion USC and defending national champion Stanford earned top seeds this season *** Five Pac-10 teams were ranked in the final regular season USA Today/AVCA poll... USC topped the poll at No. 1, followed by Stanford at No. 3, Washington State at No. 11, Arizona at No. 16, and UCLA at No. 21 *** The Pac-10 holds an impressive 90-19 record (.826) this season against non-conference competition and are 25-15 (.625) against non-league foes in the NCAA Tournament 64-team field.

USC Has Four Named To All-Conference First Team
USC's Emily Adams, Keao Burdine, Katie Olsovsky and April Ross were named to the 2002 All-Pac-10 first team. The Women of Troy's four first team selections are the most of any conference school and the most in USC history. Last season, the Trojans had three first team picks. This is the third career All-Pac-10 first team selection for Ross, the second for Olsovsky, who also received honorable mention honors as a freshman, and the first for Burdine and Adams. Burdine was an honorable mention pick in 2001. Junior setter Toni Anderson was also honored and selected to the 2002 All-Pac-10 honorable mention team.

Four Named Pac-10 All-Academic
Sophomore Emily Adams was named to this year's Pac-10 All-Academic second team. To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant contributor. Adams boasts a 3.64 cumulative GPA and is majoring in international relations. Also honored were senior Tracy Lindquist, junior Toni Anderson and sophomore Alicia Robinson, who were each named to the Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention list. Lindquist, a general studies major who will graduate in May, owns a 3.29 overall GPA. Anderson boasts a 3.11 overall GPA as a psychology major and Robinson, who is undecided on her major, owns a 3.25 GPA.

Senior Salute
First recruited under former head coach Lisa Love, USC's three seniors -- opposite hitter Lauren Killian, setter Tracy Lindquist and defensive specialist Julie Mariani -- have so far led the Women of Troy to three NCAA appearances, including the 2000 and 2002 NCAA Final Four, and two Pac-10 Championships (2000, 2002). 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. Killian, the team's captain, is currently averaging a .300 career attack percentage - a mark that would put her among USC's career top 10. As a freshman Mariani 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.

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 3.05 kills per game, two players splitting the setting duties, three players averaging more than 2.98 digs per outing and both starting middle blockers tallying more than 1.26 blocks per game.

Black Unis Make Four Appearances
The Women of Troy improved to 4-0 while wearing their black uniforms this season after defeating UC Santa Barbara, 3-0, on Nov. 26. The Trojans, who have always worn cardinal uniforms on the road and white at home, decided to sport the new unis this season for selected matches including Arizona (Sept. 21), Stanford (Oct. 4) and UCLA (Nov. 15).

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 .419 attack percentage. On the block, she leads the team and ranks third in the conference with a 1.37 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 6.85 kills, 5.98 digs, 0.69 service aces, 1.07 blocks and 8.07 points per game. The two have tallied 798.5 of USC's 2,208 total points this season (36 percent).

USC Second In NCAA Assists Thanks To Setting Duo
The Trojans rank second in the nation in team assists with a 16.34 assist per game average (0.11 behind first-place Hawai'i). 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 8.42 and 6.40 assists per game, respectively.

Trojans Welcome First International Recruit in 7 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.

Southland Dominance
As it is in most years, six Southern California teams (USC, UCLA, Pepperdine, San Diego, Long Beach State and UCSB) advanced to the 2002 NCAA Championships. Between USC, UCLA and Long Beach State are seven NCAA titles and 13 national championships. A Southern California team has also reached the semifinals (Final Four) in 16 of 20 NCAA Championships (including the last four consecutive).

Outstanding Crowd Witnessed Outstanding Match-Up
Nearly 2,200 fans (2,115 to be exact) witnessed an outstanding match-up against the Trojans and Stanford Cardinal on Nov. 2 at the Lyon Center. It was the largest crowd to ever watch a USC volleyball match played at the Lyon Center thanks to an additional 500 seats that were added for the match and a standing-room only group of 300-plus.

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.

Lindquist Captures Beach Volleyball World Championship
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.

Venski Forgoes High School Volleyball
Stacy Venski (California City, Calif.), a 6-3 middle blocker, 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 trained with the U.S. Youth and Junior National Teams. She was never eligible for prep awards or accolades and made an early verbal commitment to USC.

USC Takes Over USA Team
Head coach Mick Haley 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).

Haley Coaches 1,000th match, 800th NCAA Match And Wins 800th
The Oct. 5 USC-Cal match-up marked Mick Haley's 800th career NCAA match as head coach. It was the latest of a long list of notable accomplishments for Haley this season. On Sept. 28, against Washington, Haley coached his 1,000th career match. Earlier this season, Haley collected his 800th career victory when USC defeated Pittsburgh, 3-0, on Sept. 1. Haley, who also spent four years as the U.S. Women's National Team coach, now boasts an 814-192-1 (.809) career record in 26 seasons in the college ranks.

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 824-193-1 (.810) overall record, 572-142 (.801) NCAA Division I record and a 182-13 (.933) conference mark.

Top Honors Go To Former Women of Troy
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).

Debbie Landreth Brown To Receive Prestigious NCAA Silver Anniversary Award: Debbie Landreth Brown, the 1977 Player of the Year in collegiate women's volleyball while at USC, has been named a recipient of a prestigious 2003 NCAA Silver Anniversary Award. The award recognizes former student-athletes who have distinguished themselves since completing their college athletic careers 25 years ago. Brown is USC's eighth winner of this prestigious award (and first Trojan women). A two-year letterwinner (1976-77), Brown led the Women of Troy to a pair of AIAW national championships and a 72-1 record. She won All-American first team honors both seasons.

News To Note
April Ross set a career high with six blocks against Pepperdine (Dec. 13) *** Nicole Davis tied her career high with 24 digs against UC Santa Barbara (Nov. 26) *** Emily Adams tied her career high with 19 kills against Arizona State (Nov. 21) *** Emily Adams set a new career high with nine total blocks against Arizona (Nov. 20) *** 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 *** 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) *** 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 collected a career-high 26 kills against Wake Forest (Sept. 6).

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