Volleyball Streaks Past 13th-Ranked Washington, 3-0
Oct. 4, 2003
SEATTLE, Wash. -- Thanks to double-digit scoring efforts from five players, the No. 1-ranked USC women's volleyball team defeated No. 13 Washington, 30-24, 30-27, 30-19, in a Pac-10 match-up on Saturday night at UW's Bank of America Arena. With the win, the Women of Troy improve to 14-0 overall and 5-0 in the Pac-10. The Huskies fall to 11-4 overall and 2-4 in conference play.
USC had three players finish in double-figure kills -- Bibiana Candelas who led with 12, Katie Olsovsky who contributed 11 and Keao Burdine who added 10. Burdine, Olsovsky and setter Toni Anderson also contributed double figures in digs, while Emily Adams and Olsovsky led with six blocks apiece.
Candelas also enjoyed a second-straight error-free performance. The 6-5 middle blocker hit .545 thanks to 12 kills off of 22 attacks and no errors.
USC and Washington played even through the first half of game one, knotting nine times to an 11-1 tie. Fueled by kills from Burdine and Candelas, the Trojans used a four-point run to take a 15-11 lead. USC never turned back and completed the first game with a 30-24 decision.
The Huskies regrouped and came out even stronger in the second game. Despite UW's slight advantage in both kills and blocks at the end of the game, it was USC's serve receive and passing that lifted the Trojans to the 30-27 win. After trailing by no more than four points Washington tied the game at 27 apiece, but the Women of Troy were quick to shut down the Huskies' late-run efforts. USC collected three consecutive kills at that point to finish the game.
USC jumped out to a quick five-point lead (10-5) in the final game, then watched as the Huskies pulled within one at 11-10. But that was as close as the Huskies would get. The Trojans responded with a 12-3 run and eventually captured the match with the 30-19 win.
The Women of Troy now return home to face Arizona State and Arizona on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 10 and 11.