Volleyball Sweeps #12 Georgia Tech To Start 2004

Aug. 27, 2004

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Emily Adams and Keao Burdine finished with double figure kills, and libero Debora Seilhamer collected a career-best 19 digs as the top-ranked USC women's volleyball team started the 2004 season with a 3-0 victory over 12th-ranked Georgia Tech on Friday night. With the victory, the Women of Troy advance to the championship match of the NACWAA Volleyball Classic in Fort Collins, Colo.USC will face the winner of the Colorado State-Minnesota match on Saturday, Aug. 28, at 7:30 p.m. MT. The Trojans, the 2003 NACWAA Champions, will look to defend their tournament title.It took a few rotations to scrape the rust off as the two teams alternated points. At 6-6, the Women of Troy rattled off four straight points to gain some ground on the Ramblin Wreck. Georgia Tech was never able to climb back, mainly due to its own errors. The Yellow Jackets gave up 16 points on errors, compared to the Trojans' six. USC managed to hit .448 in the first game, compared to Georgia Tech's .103, en route to the 30-20 win.The Yellow Jackets' passing and serving became more difficult for USC to combat in game two. The game was complete with long rallies that drew cheers from the neutral audience. In the end, Georgia Tech out-dug the Trojans 24-to-18 and the two teams hit a nearly identical .222 and .226, respectively, but once again, errors were costly for the Yellow Jackets as they fell 30-24.With a 2-0 lead in the match, the Women of Troy returned to the court anxious to seal the win. USC used an 11-2 rally to start game three, fueled by a 9-0 run with Adams at the service line. Thanks to their significant lead, the Trojans were able to give the bench some playing time. Freshmen Katelyn Bishop and Sarah Florian, as well as transfer setter Nena Siljegovic all saw playing time as they helped USC to a final 30-18 decision.Adams led the team with 12 kills, while Burdine added 10. Junior Bibiana Candelas posted a match-best .529 attack percentage with nine kills off of 17 attacks and no errors, in addition to a match-leading five blocks. Sophomore Kimi Freeburg and sophomore transfer Alli Dillon shared the setting duties with 19 and 21 assists apiece.

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