Top-Ranked Women of Troy Beat Bruins in Four Games, 3-1
Sept. 19, 2003
LOS ANGELES - Thanks to career-high performances from middle blocker Emily Adams and setter Toni Anderson, the No. 1-ranked USC women's volleyball team defeated crosstown rival No. 9 UCLA, 3-1 (30-21, 22-30, 30-19, 30-22), in front of 2,003 at Pauley Pavilion on Friday night.
With the win, the Women of Troy improve to 10-0 (1-0 in the Pac-10) this season and earn the first 5-of-10 possible women's volleyball points for the 2003-04 Lexus Gauntlet - a season-long competition that awards points for each Bruin-Trojan head to head contest throughout the year.
Adams led the Trojans with a personal-best 23 kills and hit .579 for the night. She also added seven digs and four blocks. Anderson, a four-year starting setter, posted a career-high 55 assists as she guided the Women of Troy to the four-game victory.
The Women of Troy established a significant lead in game one thanks to the serving of April Ross. Ahead 3-2 to start the match, Ross served for eight consecutive points, including two aces, to give the Trojans an 11-3 advantage. The Bruins (8-2, 0-1) were not able to recover as USC rolled to a 30-21 win.
The Bruins proved to be the Women of Troy's toughest opponent of the season when they captured a 30-22 win in game two - the first single-game victory for a USC opponent this season. The loss put an end to the Trojans' 30-game win streak, which dated back to last season's NCAA Championship final.
The Bruins accomplished the feat by holding USC to a -.037 attack percentage in the game and collecting six team blocks to the Trojans' two.
Returning from the break, the teams matched each other point-for-point to start game three. The Women of Troy managed to break away with an 11-to-1 run for a nine-point lead at 19-10. The run was inspired by the play of Adams who accounted for eight of the 11 points with six kills and two blocks. Adams appropriately ended the game at 30-19 with a solo block.
The 6-6 junior also served to give USC a 7-2 lead to start game four, but the Bruins stayed close behind. The Women of Troy eventually extended their lead to as much as nine points, 26-17, and completed the match by holding off a late Bruin rally, 30-22.
Senior libero Nicole Davis also had an outstanding night, falling just one dig short (23) of matching her career high. All five of USC's starting hitters (Ross, Adams, Bibiana Candelas, Katie Olsovsky, Keao Burdine) posted double-figure kills for the night.