No. 1-Ranked USC Gets Past Arizona, 3-1
Nov. 7, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz. -- The No. 1-ranked USC women's volleyball team extended its win streak to 35 with a 3-1 (30-25, 27-30, 30-26, 30-17) victory over Arizona on Friday in front of 1,282 in Tucson. With the win, the Women of Troy improve to 23-0 overall and 14-0 in the Pac-10, while the Wildcats fall to 12-13 overall, 6-8 in conference play.
USC sprang out to a 7-1 lead in game one, but the Wildcats worked their way back to gain a 10-9 lead of their own. After that point, the Trojans regained control by taking advantage of Arizona's attack errors. The Women of Troy used three and five-point scoring sprees to earn the 30-25 decision.
Despite the game one victory, USC struggled offensively, hitting .114 in the set with only 10 kills off of 35 attacks and six errors. The Wildcats hit .044 with 17 kills off of 45 attacks and 15 attack errors.
USC's offensive troubles were compounded in game two. The Trojans trailed at the start of the game, then led by as much as five points, 17-12, only to watch UA come back and jump ahead 26-23. Though USC tied to score at 27-27, it was Arizona that controlled the momentum and scored the final three points for the 30-27 win (only the fourth single game loss for USC this season). The Trojans finished with a .106 attack percentage in the game (16-11-47).
Things started to fall into to place for the Women of Troy following the break. The two teams alternated points to a 17-17 tie to start game three. USC then used a 7-1 run to break away and thanks to the efforts of April Ross, who added six kills off of nine attacks in the game (after struggling with only one kill in games one and two), USC maintained the lead for a 30-26 win.
Having finally found its rhythm, USC eased to a 30-17 win in the final game. It was the Trojans' best game of the night, as they hit .316 with 16 kills off of 38 attacks and only four errors. They held the Wildcats to a .000 attack percentage (11-11-46) in the game. Ross added seven kills and committed no errors (.583) in the final effort.
USC had four players finish with double digit kills, including Ross (14), Keao Burdine (14), Emily Adams (13) and Katie Olsovsky (10). Bibiana Candelas, Adams and Olsovsky each added six blocks in the outing. Burdine, who led with 17.5 points, collected a career-high 18 digs.
The match will be tape delayed on FOX Sports Net, at various times Saturday, Nov. 8, through Wednesday, Nov. 12. Fans can catch the match on Fox Sports West on Sunday at 3 p.m. and Monday at 1 p.m., and on Fox Sports West 2 on Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 a.m. and 11 a.m. and Wednesday at 2 p.m.