Volleyball Quickly Captures 3-0 Victory Over Cougars

Oct. 3, 2003

PULLMAN, Wash. - The top-ranked USC women's volleyball team needed just 65 minutes to complete a three-game sweep (30-15, 30-16, 30-12) over Washington State, Friday night before a crowd of 1,739 at the Cougars' Bohler Gym. With the win, the Women of Troy improve to 13-0 overall and 4-0 in the Pac-10, while WSU drops to 5-10 overall and 2-4 in conference play.

USC dominated the match both offensively and defensively. The Trojans accounted for only nine attack errors and hit at a .512 clip - a mark which ranks fourth among USC's all-time records. On the opposite side of the net, the Women of Troy held Washington State to a -.030 attack percentage - the lowest for a USC opponent this season - and out-blocked the Cougars, 10.0 to 4.0.

Displaying outstanding accuracy, the team was led by players like Bibiana Candelas, who collected seven kills off of eight attacks (.875), and Keao Burdine, who hit .818 with nine kills off of 11 attacks. Neither player made a hitting error on the night.

April Ross, with a stellar .524 hitting percentage of her own, led the team with 12 kills. Ross and freshman setter Kimi Freeburg posted nine digs apiece (a career-high for Freeburg) and Candelas and senior Katie Olsovsky each added five blocks.

Washington State did not play two starters due to injuries. No Cougar finished with more than five kills or six digs in the match. The Cougars' 43 total points in the match were the second-lowest for a USC opponent this season.

The Women of Troy face 13th-ranked Washington on Saturday, Oct. 4, in Seattle at 7 p.m., to complete the conference road trip.

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