Women's Volleyball Gets Past Centenary With Ease

Sept. 12, 2003

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The No. 1-ranked USC women's volleyball team opened the McDonald's/Texas A&M Invitational with a quick 3-0 (30-6, 30-13, 30-14) victory over Centenary on Friday afternoon in College Station. With the win, the Women of Troy improve to 7-0 this season and extend their win streak to 19.

It took the Trojans exactly one hour to collect the three game win over the Centenary Ladies. USC hit .433 in the match and committed only 10 total attack errors, while holding Centenary to 16 kills and a -.021 attack percentage. The Women of Troy also out-blocked (6.0 to 2.0) the Ladies despite their game plan to avoid USC's block with rollshots.

Senior April Ross surpassed a career high with seven service aces a mark that ties for fifth among the Trojans' all-time match records. Sophomore Bibiana Candelas also set a personal best with four service aces of her own.

All six Women of Troy hitters hit above .333 for the match, including sophomore Staci Venski who accounted for seven kills, committed no errors and hit at a .538 clip. Venski replaced Katie Olsovsky in the starting lineup due to illness.

Ross led with 19.5 total points and junior Emily Adams led with 13 kills and three blocks.

USC held the Ladies to only six points in the opening game the lowest opponent point total ever compiled against the Women of Troy in a single game since 30-point games were instituted in 2001.

The Trojans continue tournament play on Saturday, Sept. 13, when they face Southwest Missouri State at 10 a.m. CST and conclude against Texas A&M at 7 p.m. CST.

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