Volleyball Prepares For Back-To-Back Top 10 Match-Ups

Oct. 14, 2003

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THIS WEEK

at No. 7 Stanford
Friday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m. - Maples Pavilion
Listen live at www.gostanford.com

at No. 5 California
Saturday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m. - Haas Pavilion
Follow with Live Stats at www.calbears.com



The Facts
The undefeated and top-ranked USC women's volleyball team (16-0, 7-0 Pac-10) - the defending NCAA and Pac-10 champion - travels to the Bay Area this week for possibly its toughest road trip since starting the season with wins against Hawai'i and Florida. The Women of Troy face No. 7 Stanford (13-3, 6-1 Pac-10) on Friday, Oct. 17, at Maples Pavilion in Stanford, then face No. 5 California (16-0, 7-0 Pac-10) on Saturday, Oct. 18, at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley. Both matches will be played at 7 p.m. Fans can listen live to the USC-Stanford match at www.gostanford.com and follow the USC-Cal match with Live Stats at www.calbears.com. USC is coming off two 3-0 victories last week over Arizona State and Arizona.

The Rankings
After entering the season at No. 1, the Women of Troy have held on to the top spot every week. USC kept all 65 first-place votes to remain No. 1 on this week's USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 25 poll and the top spot in the Volleyball magazine poll.

NCAA Championship Rematch
Friday's match at Stanford will showcase a rematch of last year's NCAA Championship Final. USC defeated the Cardinal 3-1 to capture the 2002 national championship in New Orleans, La., avenging its only loss of the season. USC and Stanford split both regular season match-ups last year. Both were thrilling 3-2 victories won by the visiting team.

Possible Battle of The Undefeated
If both USC and Cal win their matches on Friday, then Saturday's showdown in Berkeley will be a battle of the undefeateds. The Bears enter this week with a perfect 16-0 record and face No. 11 UCLA on Friday night. Heading into this week, USC and Cal remain two of only three Division I teams with a perfect record (the other is Georgia Tech).

Pac-10 Lead On The Line
The Pac-10 Conference lead is also on the line this week as both USC and Cal are currently holding on to perfect 7-0 league records. If the Bears and Trojans win their matches on Friday night, then it would mark only the second time in Pac-10 history that two teams with 8-0 records clash. Stanford and UCLA met with 8-0 Pac-10 marks during the 1991 season.

Ross Serves for Six-Straight Aces
Senior April Ross could have made history last week, but unfortunately we'll probably never know. Against Arizona State, Ross tied her career high with seven service aces (just one ace short of the USC record), but more impressively, she served six consecutive service aces in game one. It is practically impossible to know if any player in Division I history has ever accomplished such a feat (due to the fact that old records do not include play-by-play), but the coaches had this to say...
'April was exceptional tonight,' said USC head coach Mick Haley. 'I don't think I've ever seen that happen.'
'I've never seen anything quite like it in all my years of coaching,' said Arizona State head coach Brad Saindon.

Team Has Best-Ever Hitting Performance
USC set multiple program records against Arizona on Oct. 11. As a team, the Trojans posted a .595 attack percentage - the best-ever team hitting performance in USC history. On its way to the outstanding mark, USC committed only three attack errors, which ties the program record for least number of errors in a match. No USC player hit below .389 in the outing.

Candelas Has Fourth-Straight Error-Free Match
Sophomore Bibiana Candelas has accounted for 38 kills off of 59 attacks (.644) and has not committed a single hitting error in the last four matches (she has made only two hitting errors in the last six matches). Her streak was highlighted last week with a .917 (11-0-12) attacking performance against Arizona.

Approaching USC's 300th Conference Victory
USC needs just two Pac-10 victories to record the program's 300th conference all-time win. The Women of Troy's 298-126 (.703) current conference mark includes matches played as part of the Pac-10, Pac-West and WCAA.

Charting the Streaks
USC has won its last 28 consecutive matches, 12 consecutive home matches and 80 of its last 83 consecutive games (and 49 of its last 50). The Trojans also have not dropped a road match since the 2001 season (a 3-1 loss at Stanford, 11/10/01). That's 25 consecutive wins on the road.

And Then There Were Three...
Only three Division I women's volleyball teams remain unbeaten this season, and two of the three are Pac-10 teams. The teams include Georgia Tech (18-0), California (16-0) and USC (16-0).

Losing to the Trojans Is A Good Thing?!?!
So far this season opponents have found that losing to USC is not necessarily a bad thing. Of the six ranked opponents the Women of Troy have faced and beaten, three teams held on to their rankings the following week (#2 Hawai'i, #3 Florida, #13 Washington) and three teams moved up in the polls (Northern Iowa went from #8 to #6, Pepperdine jumped from #8 to #7 and UCLA moved from #9 to #8).

Knocking Down The Top Teams
USC will take on its seventh and eighth top 15 teams of the season this week went it travels to No. 7 Stanford (Oct. 17) and No . 5 California (Oct. 18). The Women of Troy have so far faced six top 15 opponents (five in the top 10) this season and swept five of the six. With arguably the nation's toughest schedule, USC beat No. 2 Hawai'i (Aug. 22), No. 3 Florida (Aug. 21), No. 8 Northern Iowa (Aug. 30), No. 8 Pepperdine (Sept. 3) and No. 13 Washington (Oct. 4), all by 3-0 scores, and beat No. 9 UCLA (Sept. 19), 3-1.

Pac-10 Dominance
The Pac-10 continues to show why it is the most competitive volleyball conference in the nation. Five Pac-10 teams are ranked among the top 15 in the AVCA poll this week, including No. 1 USC, No. 5 California, No. 7 Stanford, No. 11 UCLA and No. 12 Washington. The West Coast Conference (Pepperdine, LMU, Santa Clara, San Diego) is next on the list with four teams ranked in the top 25.

Outstanding Numbers
USC is currently leading the Pac-10 in hitting percentage (.357), opponent hitting percentage (.111), kills (17.55) and assists per game (16.04). The Women of Try also rank third nationally in hitting percentage, fourth in assists and blocks, and fifth in kills.

It's All About The Team
Just like last season, USC relies on a true 'team' effort to win matches. There is not just one go-to player for the Trojans, there's a team full of standouts all sharing responsibility. Currently, three players are averaging more than 3.45 kills per game (Emily Adams - 3.51, April Ross - 3.47, Keao Burdine - 3.45), three average nearly 1.0 block per game (Adams-1.39, Bibiana Candelas-1.23, Katie Olsovsky-0.98), three average more than 2.68 digs per game (Nicole Davis - 3.52, Ross - 2.88, Burdine - 2.68) and three players are hitting above .400 (Candelas - .461, Adams - .459, Staci Venski - .407).

Stanford/Cal Connections
* Cal head coach Rich Feller was an assistant coach to USC head coach Mick Haley with the U.S.A. Women's National Team in 1997-98.
* Defensive specialist Anne Montgomery is the daughter of Stanford men's basketball head coach Mike Montgomery. The 5-7 freshman prepped at St. Francis High in Mountain View, Calif.
* Stanford sophomore outside hitter Courtney Schultz was a prep teammate of USC freshman setter Alex Dunphy at Harvard-Westlake High in North Hollywood, Calif.

Arizona State/Arizona Recap
vs. Arizona State
- Led by the outstanding offensive contributions of April Ross, USC defeated Arizona State, 3-0 (30-12, 30-20, 30-22), in front of a near-capacity crowd on Oct. 10. USC led 10-4 in game one when Ross embarked on her six-ace serving streak. She increased the Trojans' lead to 16-4 solely on aces, then continued to serve for four additional points. USC collected a total of 21 points in the match with Ross at the service line. Ross also led the team with 15 kills, 12 digs and 22.0 total points, in addition to hitting at a .500 clip. Seven of USC's eight eligible hitters hit above .333 in the match, while holding Arizona State to a .102 attack percentage.

vs. Arizona - USC displayed a near-flawless effort against Arizona on Oct. 11. The Women of Troy not only swept the Wildcats, 3-0 (30-15, 30-21, 30-17), in front of 1,018, but also posted a program-best .595 attack percentage and tied a program record with only three attack errors. Bibiana Candelas shined with an unbelievable .917 hitting percentage and no USC player hit below .389 in the outing.

News To Note
* The Women of Troy accounted for a program record .595 attack percentage against Arizona (Oct. 11) and tied a program record with only three attack errors.
* Bibiana Candelas hit a career-best .917 (11-0-12) against the Wildcats.
* April Ross tied her career record with seven service aces against Arizona State and six of the seven aces were scored consecutively.
* USC hit at a .512 clip against Washington State (Oct. 3) - the fifth-best in program history.
* The Women of Troy held Washington State (Oct. 3) to a .030 attack percentage - the lowest for a USC opponent this season - and a combined 43 points - the second lowest against the Trojans this season.
* Emily Adams was named Pac-10 Player of the Week after leading the Women of Troy to a 3-1 win over UCLA with a career-high 23 kills, no errors and a .579 attack percentage.
* Setter Toni Anderson surpassed her personal best with 55 assists against UCLA (Sept. 19). Ironically, her previous career high (54) was also set against the Bruins at Pauley Pavilion in 2001.
* Bibiana Candelas set a new career mark with 13 kills against UCLA (Sept. 19).
* Staci Venski collected a career-high seven kills and three digs versus Centenary on Sept. 12. The day after she posted a career-high three blocks against SW Missouri State (Sept. 13).
* April Ross served up a career high seven aces against Centenary on Sept. 12.
* Bibiana Candelas set a career high with four aces against Centenary on Sept. 12 and Florida on Aug. 22.
* It took USC just one hour to defeat Centenary (Sept. 12), USC's shortest match this season.
* USC held Centenary to only six points in the opening game, the lowest opponent point total ever compiled against the Women of Troy in a single 30-point game.
* Emily Adams compiled a career-high .750 hitting percentage (15-0-20) against Ball State on Aug. 29.
* Bibiana Candelas had a career-high eight total blocks and seven block assists against Pepperdine (Sept. 3).

Head Coach Mick Haley
Mick Haley is in his third season as head coach of the Women of Troy. In 2002, he collected his fifth career national title (three NCAA Division I titles, two JC titles) just two years after arriving at Troy. Haley guided the Women of Troy to the program's first NCAA championship in more than 20 years and became just the second coach in NCAA history to win a national title at two universities (John Dunning is the other). 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 845-193-1 (.814) overall record, 594-142 (.807) NCAA Division I record and a 190-13 (.936) career conference mark.

Opponent Notes

No. 7 Stanford (13-3, 6-1 Pac-10) -- Before last week, Stanford's only losses of the season had come to No. 3 Florida, 3-0, and No. 2 Hawai'i, 3-2. But the Cardinal dropped to No. 7 in the polls this week after falling to crosstown rival California, 3-2. Washington and Pacific are the other ranked opponents the Cardinal has faced and defeated. The team is led by junior outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani, who is averaging a .325 attack percentage, 5.24 kills, 2.31 digs and 0.76 blocks per game. Middle blocker Jennifer Harvey leads with 1.66 blocks per outing. Stanford has been running a 6-2 system this season, splitting time between setters Anna Robinson (5.09 apg) and Katie Goldhahn (9.91 apg). John Dunning is in his third season on The Farm.

USC-Stanford Series Record -- The Women of Troy have won five of the last seven 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 15-43-1 (.259) against the Cardinal. Last season, USC and Stanford played two dramatic matches during the conference season, then faced each other in the NCAA title match. The Women of Troy won the first match of the year 3-2 at Maples Pavilion on Oct. 4, dropped the second match 3-2 at home on Nov. 2, then avenged the loss by defeating the Cardinal 3-1 in New Orleans, La., for the 2002 NCAA Championship.

Opponent Comparisons	Kpg	Pct.	Apg	SApg	Dpg	Bpg
Stanford 15.97 .294 14.72 1.59 13.78 3.38
USC 17.55 .357 16.04 1.88 15.43 3.04

No. 5 California (16-0, 7-0 Pac-10) -- Cal's historic season reached a pinnacle last week when the Golden Bears upset fourth-ranked and cross-Bay rival Stanford, 3-2, for their first-ever win over the Cardinal in Pac-10 play. As one of three teams to remain undefeated this season, Cal not only boasts a best-ever program record, but also jumped to an unprecedented No. 5 ranking. In addition to Stanford, the team has also beaten No. 13 Washington and No. 14 Santa Clara. The Bears are led by reigning AVCA and Pac-10 Player of the Week Mia Jerkov. Jerkov is averaging a .308 attack percentage, 6.09 kills, 3.14 digs and 0.45 blocks per game. Middle blocker Camille Leffal leads the Bears with 1.32 blocks per game. Head coach Rich feller is in his fifth season at Cal.

USC-California Series Record -- The Women of Troy own a 34-6 (.850) all-time record against Cal. USC has recorded 21 consecutive victories over the Golden Bears and defeated them twice in 2002 - 3-0 at home and 3-2 in Berkeley.

Opponent Comparisons	Kpg	Pct.	Apg	SApg	Dpg	Bpg
California 16.75 .290 15.55 1.80 15.88 2.34
USC 17.55 .357 16.04 1.88 15.43 3.04

Player Profiles

#1 Kimi Freeburg Setter * Freshman
This Season (16 matches played): vs. Florida (8/22): 11 assists, 3 digs... at Hawai'i (8/23): 4 assists, 3 digs... vs. Ball St. (8/29): 14 assists, 3 digs... vs. S. Carolina (8/30): 12 assists, 1 dig... vs. N. Iowa (8/30): 12 assists, 3digs... vs. Pepperdine (9/3): 16 assists, 4 digs... vs. Centenary (9/12): 11 assists, 3 digs... vs. SMS (9/13): 11 assists, 1 ace, 4 digs... at Texas A&M (9/13): 16 assists, 3 digs... at UCLA (9/19): 6 assists, 1 dig... vs. Oregon St. (9/26): 20 assists, 3 digs... vs. Oregon (9/27): 8 assists... at Wash. St. (10/3): 14 assists, 2 aces, 9 digs, 2.0 points... at Wash. (10/4): 5 assists, 2 digs... vs. ASU (10/10): 22 assists... vs. Arizona (10/11): 19 assists, 1 ace, 4 digs...

#2 Debora Seilhamer Defensive Specialist * Freshmen
Did You Know?
Debora Seilhamer prepped at Colegio Ponce�o in Puerto Rico and was a teammate of sophomore Bibiana Candelas for one year (2001-02). *** Seilhamer and Candelas are the first international players to play at USC since Jasmina Marinkovic (1995-98).
This Season (16 matches played):
vs. Florida (8/22): played two games... at Hawai'i (8/23): 1 ace... vs. Ball St. (8/29): 4 digs... vs. S. Carolina (8/30): 3 digs... vs. N. Iowa (8/30): 1 dig... vs. Pepperdine (9/3): 1 dig... vs. Centenary (9/12): 8 digs... vs. SMS (9/13): 2 digs... at Texas A&M (9/13): 5 digs... at UCLA (9/19): 1 assist, 2 digs... vs. Oregon St. (9/26): 3 digs... vs. Oregon (9/27): 1 ace, 6 digs, 1.0 point... at Wash. St. (10/3): 3 digs... at Wash. (10/4): 1 dig... vs. ASU (10/10): 2 digs... vs. Arizona (10/11): 2 assists, 1 dig...

#3 Toni Anderson Setter * Senior
Did You Know?
Upon entering the season, Toni Anderson ranked sixth on USC's career record list with 2,612 career assists.
This Season (16 matches played, 16 starts):
vs. Florida (8/22): 29 assists, 1 ace, 1 dig, 1 block... at Hawai'i (8/23): 38 assists, 6 digs, 1 block... vs. Ball St. (8/29): 30 assists, 4 digs... vs. S. Carolina (8/30): tied career high with 3 kills and 1.000 attack pct., 35 assists, 3 digs... vs. N. Iowa (8/30): 33 assists, 2 aces, 9 digs, 1 block... Named to USC-Holiday Inns All-Tournament team... vs. Pepperdine (9/3): 28 assists, 2 kills, 1 ace, 8 digs, 3.0 points... vs. Centenary (9/12): 31 assists, 1 kill, 7 digs, 1 block, 1.5 points... vs. SMS (9/13): 36 assists, 1 kill, 2 aces, 6 digs, 1 block, 3.5 points... at Texas A&M (9/13): 31 assists, 1 kill, 8 digs, 1.0 point... at UCLA (9/19): career-high 55 assists, 1 kill, 6 digs, 1 block, 1.5 points... vs. Oregon St. (9/26): 21 assists, 1 ace, 4 digs, 1 block, 1.5 points... vs. Oregon (9/27): 32 assists, 4 digs... at Wash. St. (10/3): 28 assists, 6 digs... at Wash. (10/4): 36 assists, 1 kill, 1 ace, 11 digs, 2.0 points... vs. ASU (10/10): 1 kill, 22 assists, 4 digs... vs. Arizona (10/11): 21 assists, 1 ace, 3 digs...

#4 Nicole Davis Libero * Senior
Did You Know?
A black-belt in karate, Nicole Davis will always be known as the first women's player to ever play the position of libero at USC.
This Season (16 matches played, 16 starts):
vs. Florida (8/22): 6 digs... at Hawai'i (8/23): 18 digs, 3 assists... vs. Ball St. (8/29): 4 digs... vs. S. Carolina (8/30): 2 assists, 17 digs... vs. N. Iowa (8/30): 8 digs... Named to USC-Holiday Inns All-Tournament team... vs. Pepperdine (9/3): 10 digs, 1 assist... vs. Centenary (9/12): 5 digs (played only one game)... vs. SMS (9/13): 11 digs, 2 assists... at Texas A&M (9/13): 4 digs... at UCLA (9/19): 23 digs... vs. Oregon St. (9/26): 1 kill, 1 assist, 11 digs, 1.0 point... vs. Oregon (9/27): 13 digs... at Wash. St. (10/3): 8 digs... at Wash. (10/4): 3 assists, 4 digs... vs. ASU (10/10): 11 digs... vs. Arizona (10/11): 9 digs...

#5 Anne Montgomery Defensive Specialist * Freshman
Did You Know?
Anne Montgomery's father, Mike Montgomery, is the men's basketball head coach at Stanford.
This Season (5 matches played):
vs. Florida (8/22): DNP... at Hawai'i (8/23): DNP... vs. Ball St. (8/29): 2 digs... vs. S. Carolina (8/30): played 1 game... vs. N. Iowa (8/30): DNP... vs. Pepperdine (9/3): DNP... vs. Centenary (9/12): 1 ace, 2 digs, 1.0 point... vs. SMS (9/13): DNP... at Texas A&M (9/13): DNP... at UCLA (9/19): played 1 game... vs. Oregon St. (9/26): played 1 game... vs. Oregon (9/27): 1 dig... at Wash. St. (10/3): DNP... at Wash. (10/4): DNP... vs. ASU (10/10): DNP... vs. Arizona (10/11): DNP...

#7 Bibiana Candelas Middle Blocker * Sophomore
Did You Know?
A standout and seven-year member of the Mexican National Team, Bibiana Candelas is the tallest and regarded as the most-dominant player in Mexico. *** She and teammate Debora Seilhamer prepped at Colegio Ponce�o in Puerto Rico, where Candelas attended for one season (2001-02). *** Candelas and Seilhamer are the first international players to play at USC since Jasmina Marinkovic (1995-98).
This Season (16 matches played, 16 starts):
vs. Florida (8/22): 6 kills, .455 (6-1-11), 2 assists, career-high 4 aces, 3 blocks, 12.5 points... at Hawai'i (8/23): 12 kills, .524 (12-1-21), 2 assists, 1 dig, 5 blocks, 15.0 points... vs. Ball St. (8/29): 9 kills (.615), 5 blocks, 12.0 points... vs. S. Carolina (8/30): 9 kills (.471), 1 ace, 1 dig, 4 blocks, 12.5 points ... vs. N. Iowa (8/30): 6 kills (.462), 2 assists, 5 blocks, 9.0 points... vs. Pepperdine (9/3): 7 kills (.385), 2 assists, 1 ace, 2 digs, career-high 7 blocks, 12.5 points... vs. Centenary (9/12): 5 kills (.444), career-high 4 aces, 4 digs, 2 blocks, 10.5 points... vs. SMS (9/13): 11 kills (.471), 1 ace, 3 digs, 3 blocks, 14.0 points... at Texas A&M (9/13): 5 kills (.333), 1 ace, 2 digs, 3 blocks, 7.5 points... at UCLA (9/19): career-high 13 kills (.167), 3 digs, 4 blocks, 15.5 points... vs. Oregon St. (9/26): 8 kills (.500, no errors), 1 assist, 1 dig, 4 blocks, 10.0 points... vs. Oregon (9/27): 4 kills (.167), 1 dig, 2 blocks, 5.0 points... at Wash. St. (10/3): 7 kills (.875), 3 assists, 1 ace, 2 digs, 5 blocks, 10.5 points... at Wash. (10/4): 12 kills (.545, 12-0-22), 3 assists, 1 ace, 1 dig, 4 blocks, 15.0 points... vs. ASU (10/10): 8 kills, .471 (8-0-17), 4 digs, 9.0 points... vs. Arizona (10/11): 11 kills (career-high .917, 11-0-12), 1 assist, 2 digs, 1 block, 11.5 points...

#8 Keao Burdine Outside Hitter * Junior
Did You Know?
Keao Burdine made her presence known last season when she combined for 3.9 kills, 0.5 aces, 3.0 digs and 4.6 points per game in the final two rounds of the NCAA Tournament to be named NCAA Championship MVP - the third USC player to ever earn the honor, along with Tracy Clark in 1982 and Cathy Stukel in 1981).
This Season (15 matches played, 15 starts):
vs. Florida (8/22): 12 kills, .200 (12-6-30), 2 assists, 1 ace, 7 digs, 1 block, 13.5 points... at Hawai'i (8/23): 13 kills, .163 (13-6-43), 1 ace, 8 digs, 2 blocks, 15.5 points... Named NACWAA/State Farm Volleyball Classic All-Tournament... vs. Ball St. (8/29): did not play, resting sore elbow... vs. S. Carolina (8/30): 6 kills (.130), 2 aces, 6 digs, 8.0 points... vs. N. Iowa (8/30): 18 kills (.289), 9 digs, 4 blocks, 20.5 points... vs. Pepperdine (9/3): 11 kills (.367), 6 digs, 3 blocks, 12.5 points... vs. Centenary (9/12): 6 kills (.333), 1 ace, 9 digs, 1 block, 7.5 points... vs. SMS (9/13): 10 kills (.261), 10 digs, 10.0 points... at Texas A&M (9/13): 13 kills (.480), 1 ace, 6 digs, 2 blocks, 15.5 points... Named McDonald's-Texas A&M Invitational All-Tournament... at UCLA (9/19): 13 kills (.189), 1 ace, 1 assist, 13 digs, 1 blocks, 14.5 points... vs. Oregon St. (9/26): 6 kills (.267), 6 digs, 6.0 points... vs. Oregon (9/27): 11 kills (.409), 10 digs, 3 blocks, 12.5 points... at Wash. St. (10/3): 9 kills (career-high .818, 9-0-11), 1 ace, 3 digs, 1 block, 10.5 points... at Wash. (10/4): 10 kills (.240), 1 ace, 10 digs, 1 block, 12.0 points... vs. ASU (10/10): 7 kills (.375), 1 assist, 8 digs, 1 block, 7.5 points... vs. Arizona (10/11): 7 kills (.583), 7 digs, 7.0 points...

#9 Emily Adams Middle Blocker * Junior
Did You Know?
At 6-foot-6, Emily Adams is the tallest player to ever play for the Women of Troy. *** Adams is also the daughter of NBA 13-year veteran Alvan Adams (a three-year Phoenix Suns teammate of Truck Robinson). Adams and Alicia Robinson have known each other since elementary school.
This Season (16 matches played, 16 starts):
vs. Florida (8/22): 7 kills, .400 (7-1-15), 4 digs, 5 blocks, 9.5 points... at Hawai'i (8/23): 9 kills, .148 (9-5-27), 3 digs, 7 blocks, 13.5 points... vs. Ball St. (8/29): 15 kills with no error for a career-high .500 attack percentage - a mark which ties for fourth place among USC's all-time individual match records, 1 dig, 6 blocks, 18.0 points... vs. S. Carolina (8/30): 12 kills (.524), 2 aces, 4 digs, 5 blocks, 18.0 points... vs. N. Iowa (8/30): 6 kills (.200), 1 ace, 3 digs, 5 blocks, 10.0 points... vs. Pepperdine (9/3): 9 kills (.304), 2 assists, 1 ace, 2 digs, 2 blocks, 11.0 points... vs. Centenary (9/12): 13 kills (.476), 6 digs, 3 blocks, 15.5 points... vs. SMS (9/13): 15 kills and no errors (.577), 1 ace, 7 blocks, 20.5 points... at Texas A&M (9/13): 11 kills (.318), 2 aces, 1 dig, 2 block, 14.0 points... Named McDonald's-Texas A&M Invitational All-Tournament... at UCLA (9/19): career-high 23 kills (.579 with only one error), 1 assist, 1 ace, 7 digs, 4 blocks, 26.5 points... Named Pac-10 Player of the Week (Sept. 22)... vs. Oregon St. (9/26): 7 kills (.700, no errors), 4 blocks, 9.0 points... vs. Oregon (9/27): 16 kills (.714), 2 assists, 1 ace, 1 dig, 3 blocks, 18.5 points... at Wash. St. (10/3): 9 kills (.583), 1 ace, 1 dig, 4 blocks, 12.0 points... at Wash. (10/4): 6 kills (.188), 1 ace, 2 digs, 6 blocks, 10.5 points... vs. ASU (10/10): 8 kills (.500), 1 ace, 2 digs, 2 blocks, 10.0 points... vs. Arizona (10/11): 6 kills (.500), 1 ace, 3 blocks, 8.5 points...

#10 Alex Dunphy Setter * Freshman
Did You Know?
Alex Dunphy's father, Marv Dunphy, is the men's volleyball head coach at Pepperdine and a Volleyball Hall of Fame inductee who has guided the Waves to three national titles in 20 seasons. He was also the former head coach of the U.S. Men's Volleyball National Team (1985-88). His U.S. team captured the gold medal at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Korea.
This Season:
Has yet to play or travel this season while rehabilitating a back injury.

#12 Kelli Lantz Middle Blocker * Senior
This Season (2 matches played):
Did not play first half of season while rehabilitating a back injury.... vs. ASU (10/10): Made first apperance, 2 kills (.400), 2.0 points... vs. Arizona (10/11): 1 kill (1.000), 1.0 points...

#13 Alicia Robinson Outside Hitter * Junior
Did You Know?
Alicia Robinson is the daughter of NBA 10-year veteran Truck Robinson (a three-year Phoenix Suns teammate of Alvan Adams, Emily's father). Alicia Robinson and Emily Adams have known each other since elementary school.
This Season (16 matches played):
vs. Florida (8/22): 2 kills, -.222 (2-4-9), 1 dig, 2.0 points... at Hawai'i (8/23): 1 kill, -.182 (1-3-11), 2 blocks, 2.0 points... vs. Ball St. (8/29): 9 kills, career-high .818 attack percentage (9-0-11), 1 ace, 7 digs, 4 blocks, 12.5 points ... vs. S. Carolina (8/30): 4 kills (.083), 3 blocks, 6.0 points... vs. N. Iowa (8/30): 2 kills (-.111), 1 dig, 2 blocks, 3.0 points... vs. Pepperdine (9/3): 6 kills (.462, no errors), 1 dig, 1 block, 6.5 points... vs. Centenary (9/12): 8 kills (.429), 3 digs, 8.0 points... vs. SMS (9/13): 2 digs, 1 block, 0.5 points... at Texas A&M (9/13): 2 kills (-.111), 2.0 points... at UCLA (9/19): 2 kills (.111), 2 points... vs. Oregon St. (9/26): 5 kills (.000), 2 digs, 1 block, 5.5 points... vs. Oregon (9/27): 6 kills (.300), 1 ace, 2 digs, 7.0 points... at Wash. St. (10/3): 2 kills (-.200), 1 dig, 1 block, 2.5 points... at Wash. (10/4): 1 kill (.000), 1 ace, 2.0 points... vs. ASU (10/10): 4 kills (.333), 1 dig, 1 block, 5.0 points... vs. Arizona (10/11): 4 kills (.667), 1 dig, 4.0 points...

#14 April Ross Outside Hitter * Senior
Did You Know?
Upon entering the season, April Ross ranked among USC's top 10 career leaders in kills per game (3.75), attacks (2855), service aces (102), service aces per game (0.25), digs (940) and digs per game (3.03). As a three-year starter, Ross will leave USC as one of its all-time greatest players. Last season she earned her first AVCA All-America first team honor and third consecutive All-Pac-10 first team honor.
This Season (16 matches played, 16 starts):
vs. Florida (8/22): 10 kills, .364 (10-2-22), 1 ace, 9 digs, 2 blocks, 12.0 points... at Hawai'i (8/23): 10 kills, .308 (10-2-26), 16 digs, 3 blocks, 12.0 points... Named NACWAA/State Farm Volleyball Classic MVP... vs. Ball St. (8/29): 9 kills (.381), 3 aces, 3 digs, 1 block, 12.5 points... vs. S. Carolina (8/30): 15 kills (.400), 1 assist, 4 digs, 1 block, 16.5 points... vs. N. Iowa (8/30): 10 kills (.231), 1 ace, 7 digs, 2 blocks 13.0 points... Named USC-Holiday Inns Tournament MVP... vs. Pepperdine (9/3): 10 kills (.129), 2 aces, 9 digs, 2 blocks, 13.5 points... vs. Centenary (9/12): 12 kills (.375), career-high 7 aces, 7 digs, 1 block, 19.5 points... vs. SMS (9/13): 8 kills (.148), 3 assists, 10 digs, 1 block, 9.0 points... at Texas A&M (9/13): 10 kills (.308), 2 assists, 5 aces, 10 digs, 1 block, 15.5 points... Named McDonald's-Texas A&M Invitational MVP... at UCLA (9/19): 10 kills (.027), 1 assist, 3 aces, 17 digs, 4 blocks, 15.5 points... vs. Oregon St. (9/26): 11 kills (.400), 1 ace, 9 digs, 2 blocks, 13.5 points... vs. Oregon (9/27): 9 kills (.643, no errors), 4 assists, 2 aces, 5 digs, 11.0 points... at Wash. St. (10/3): 12 kills (.524, 12-1-21), 9 digs, 2 blocks, 13.5 points... at Wash. (10/4): 9 kills (.296), 1 ace, 9 digs, 5 blocks, 13.5 points... vs. ASU (10/10): 15 kills (.500), career-high 7 aces (served six consecutive aces), 12 digs, 22.0 points... vs. Arizona (10/11): DNP...

#21 Staci Venski Middle Blocker * Sophomore
This Season (15 matches played):
vs. Florida (8/22): 4 kills, career-high .800 (4-0-5), 4.0 points... at Hawai'i (8/23): DNP... vs. Ball St. (8/29): 3 kills (.600), 1 assist, 3.0 points... vs. S. Carolina (8/30): 4 kills (.429), 1 dig, 2 blocks... vs. N. Iowa (8/30): 1 kill (-.167), 1 point... vs. Pepperdine (9/3): played one game... vs. Centenary (9/12): career-high 7 kills (no errors, .538), 3 digs, 1 block, 7.5 points... vs. SMS (9/13): 2 kills (no errors, .400), career-high 3 blocks, 3.5 points... at Texas A&M (9/13): 1 block, 0.5 points... at UCLA (9/19): 1 kill (.200), 1 blocks, 2 points... vs. Oregon St. (9/26): 4 kills (.667, no errors), 1 assist, 1 block, 4.5 points... vs. Oregon (9/27): 3 kills (.600, no errors), 1 block, 3.5 points... at Wash. St. (10/3): 5 kills (.444, 5-1-9), 1 assist, 1 block, 5.5 points... at Wash. (10/4): 1 kill (-.200), 1.0 point... vs. ASU (10/10): 3 kills (.429), 1 dig, 1 block, 3.5 points... vs. Arizona (10/11): 4 kills (1.000), 2 digs, 4.0 points...

#33 Katie Olsovsky Outside Hitter * Senior
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Upon entering the season, Katie Olsovsky ranked among USC's career leaders in attack percentage (first, .367), solo blocks (eighth, 83), block assists (seventh, 292), total blocks (seventh, 375) and blocks per game (1.26, tied with teammate Emily Adams for fifth).
This Season (15 matches played, 15 starts):
vs. Florida (8/22): 7 kills, .375 (7-1-16), 10 digs, 4 blocks, 9.0 points... vs. Hawai'i (8/23): 7 kills, .375 (7-1-16), 1 dig, 3 blocks, 8.5 points... vs. Ball St. (8/29): 6 kills (.400), 5 digs, 4 blocks, 8.0 points... vs. S. Carolina (8/30): did not play games 2 and 3 after twisting left ankle, 2 kills, 1 assist, 1 ace, 3 digs, 3.0 points... vs. N. Iowa (8/30): 8 kills (.500), 1 assist, 4 digs, 2 blocks, 9 points... vs. Pepperdine (9/3): 7 kills (.312), 3 digs, 5 blocks, 10.0 points... vs. Centenary (9/12): DNP due to illness... vs. SMS (9/13): 10 kills (.533), 1 dig, 2 blocks, 11.0 points... at Texas A&M (9/13): 16 kills (16-1-21, .714), 1 dig, 2 blocks, 17.0 points... at UCLA (9/19): 10 kills (.320), 1 assist, 1 ace, 7 digs, 1 block, 11.5 points... vs. Oregon St. (9/26): 8 kills (.438), 1 dig, 4 blocks, 10.0 points... vs. Oregon (9/27): 5 kills (.133), 4 digs, 1 block, 5.5 points... at Wash. St. (10/3): 8 kills (.353), 4 digs, 5 blocks, 10.5 points... at Wash. (10/4): 11 kills (.381), 1 assist, 11 digs, 6.0 blocks, 14.0 points... vs. ASU (10/10): 3 kills (-.077), 2 digs, 3.0 points... vs. Arizona (10/11): 10 kills (.389), 3 blocks, 11.5 points...

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