Volleyball Defeats Sun Devils, 3-0, With Team Effort

Nov. 8, 2003

TEMPE, Ariz. - With contributions from its entire bench, the No. 1-ranked USC women's volleyball team eased past Arizona State, 3-0 (30-21, 30-21, 30-12), on Saturday night in Tempe. With the win, the Women of Troy improved to 24-0 overall and 15-0 in the Pac-10, while extending thier win streak to 36 straight victories.

The Sun Devils fell to 8-15 overall and 3-11 in conference play.

The team shined thanks to the off-the-bench performances of senior Kelli Lantz and sophomore Staci Venski. Lantz contributed five kills off of six attacks with no errors for an .833 attack percentage, while Venski hit .714 thanks to five kills off of seven attacks.

Junior Keao Burdine led the team with 10 kills, hit .375 in the effort and posted a team-best 12.5 points. Emily Adams, a Phoenix native, led with five blocks.

USC and Arizona State alternated scores for the first 12 points of the match, then, at 12-12 the Women of Troy began to breakaway. USC used a 10-1 scoring run to build a nine-point advantage, which the Trojans managed to hold onto en route to the 30-21 win.

The Sun Devils started game two down 16-7, but put together an 8-3 rally to come within four points, 19-15, of the Women of Troy. That was as close as ASU would get for the remainder of the game. USC rolled to another 30-21 win despite hitting at a .182 clip.

USC quickly corrected its hitting problems in game three. The Women of Troy came out of the break and recorded eight kills in just their first 12 points for an early eight-point (12-4) advantage. The Trojans continued to extend their lead as they rolled to an 18-point (30-12) final game victory.

USC returns home this week to face Stanford and Cal. The Women of Troy host the Cardinal on Friday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m., then face the Golden Bears on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. Both matches will be played at the Lyon Center.

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