Volleyball Hosts Stanford, Cal This Week
Oct. 5, 2004
*The match will be tape delay on Fox College Sports Pacific.Check your cable listings for availability, dates and times.
The defending back-to-back NCAA and Pac-10 champion USC women's volleyball team (8-2, 3-1 Pac-10) moved back up to No. 2 in the polls thanks to last week's sweep in the desert. This week, the Women of Troy look to continue their climb as they host No. 14 Stanford (10-3, 3-0 Pac-10) and No. 17 California (7-5, 2-1 Pac-10). USC faces the Cardinal on Friday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m., then takes on the Golden Bears on Saturday, Oct. 9, at 5 p.m., immediately following the USC-Cal football game. Both matches are in the Lyon Center and will be televised. The USC-Stanford match will air Live on FSN West, while the USC-Cal match will be tape delayed on Fox College Sports Pacific (check cable listings for availability, dates and times). The matches can also be followed with Live Stats or an audio broadcast with purchase of a 'School Pass' at www.usctrojans.com.
The Women of Troy are coming off two 3-0 victories at Arizona State (30-21, 30-28, 30-21) and then-ranked No. 17 Arizona (30-20, 30-20, 30-23) last week. After leading her team with a .583 attack percentage, 3.83 kills, 1.67 blocks and 5.42 points per game, senior Emily Adams was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Oct. 4.
Beat The Bears Saturday
It's 'Beat the Bears' Saturday as USC takes on California in three sports - water polo, football and volleyball - this Saturday. Starting with a 10 a.m. water polo match (No. 2 USC vs. No. 3 Cal) at McDonald's Swim Stadium, moving to the gridiron as the No. 1 Trojans face the No. 7 Bears at 12:30 p.m. in the Coliseum, then ending with the volleyball match-up (No. 2 vs. No. 17) at 5 p.m. at the Lyon Center Fans get in FREE to the volleyball match with a football game ticket.
Attendance Record On The Line
Nearly 2,200 fans (2,115 to be exact) witnessed an outstanding match-up between USC and Stanford two years ago at the Lyon Center. It was the largest crowd to ever watch a USC volleyball match played at the Lyon Center thanks to an additional 500 seats added for the match and a standing-room only group of 300-plus. This week USC hopes to surpass the record and will add an additional 500 seats to accommodate fans at both upcoming matches. Fans can purchase tickets ahead of time by calling (213) 740-GO SC.
USC moved back to No. 2 in this week's USA Today/CSTV AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll, thanks to Minnesota's loss to then-No. 16 Ohio State. The Gophers, who had spent three weeks at No. 1 after USC's first loss, dropped to No. 3 this week. The Women of Troy dropped to No. 4 in the Sept. 28 Volleyball magazine poll.
Sitting At The Top
The Trojans have spent 53 weeks ranked in the top 5 and 71 weeks ranked in the top 10 (dating back to the start of the 2000 season).
Haley Looks For No. 100
Head coach Mick Haley looks for USC win No. 100 this weekend against Stanford and California. Haley currently boasts a 99-7 (.934) record since arriving at Troy in 2001.
Adams Named Pac-10 Player of the Week
Emily Adams was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for Sept. 27-Oct. 3, Pac-10 commissioner Tom Hansen announced on Monday. Adams hit at a combined .583 clip while leading No. 3 USC to wins at Arizona State and No. 17 Arizona. Against the Sun Devils, Adams was error-free with 13 kills off of 22 attacks for a .591 hitting percentage. She also led both teams with six blocks. Adams followed that with a match-high 14.5 points, four blocks, two aces and a .571 attack percentage against the Wildcats. She is the 2004 Pac-10 leader in hitting percentage at .445, and is currently first on USC's career hitting percentage list (.431). This is the third weekly honor for Adams, and USC's 34th Player of the Week all-time. It is the first honor for the Women of Troy this season.
Candelas and Adams Prove Most Effective
Bibiana Candelas and Emily Adams continue to top the Pac-10 statistics in attack percentage, proving to be the most effective duo in the conference. Adams currently ranks No. 1 with a .445 hitting percentage, thanks to 118 kills off of 229 attacks and only 16 errors. Candelas follows closely with a .423 mark, 105 kills off of 213 attacks and only 15 errors. Last season the pair finished among the top 5 nationally.
The Last Time Out
at Arizona State (Oct. 1) Bibiana Candelas recorded a match-high 17 kills and five blocks to lead USC to a three-game sweep over host Arizona State on Oct. 1. The Sun Devils put up a fight in each game, but it was not enough as the Trojans began their desert series with a 30-21, 30-28, 30-21 victory in Tempe. It marked USC's 17th-straight win over Arizona State, highlighted by a dramatic second game which saw the Women of Troy score eight unanswered points for the comeback win.
at #17 Arizona (Oct. 2) Emily Adams led with 14.5 points as USC defeated No. 17 Arizona, 3-0 (30-20, 30-20, 30-23), on Oct. 2 in front of 1,917 at the McKale Center in Tucson. It was a senior effort that guided the Women of Troy in this match-up, as Adams was aided by fellow seniors Keao Burdine (11 kills) and Alicia Robinson (11 digs). The Wildcats gained an early lead to start game one, but a 5-0 Trojan rally put USC in the lead, 12-8, and Arizona never managed to catch up. Game two began with a 6-2 USC rally, forcing the Wildcats to call an early time out. But the tactic proved unsuccessful for Arizona, as the Trojans returned to the court and embarked on another 6-2 run for a 12-4 lead. The Women of Troy led by as much as 12 points, 18-6, before earning the win. In the third and final set, the Trojans gained an early 8-3 edge and continued to build the lead for the remainder of the game.
Pac-10 Teams Crowd Rankings
Six Pac-10 teams are ranked among the top 25 in this week's poll, including No. 1 Washington, No. 2 USC, No. 10 UCLA, No. 14 Stanford, No. 17 California and No. 21 Arizona. The Big 12 and Big Ten conferences are next on the list with four ranked schools apiece.
Only The Best Competition
Six of USC's 10 opponents have been ranked and all have been among the top 17 this season. In comparison, current No. 3 Minnesota (14-2) is the only team to have faced seven ranked opponents. Hawai'i follows USC with five.
All Streaks Must Come To An End
The loss to No. 3 Washington on Sept. 25 was the Trojans' first home loss and first conference loss since Nov. 21, 2002, putting an end to the 22-match home streak and 24-match Pac-10 win streak. On Sept. 11 at Illinois, USC's 52-match NCAA-record win streak also came to an end. That streak, which began on Nov. 8, 2002, is the longest in the history of NCAA volleyball. The loss to Illinois also put an end to the Trojans' 48-match road win streak, spanning the same amount of time.
**The 52 straight wins is an NCAA record, but not a USC record. The Women of Troy won 56 straight matches from Nov. 27, 1976, through Sept. 27, 1978, as a part of the AIAW.
During The Streak
Not only did the Women of Troy win an impressive 52 consecutive matches, but during that time the team collected a 156-14 single game record (winning 91.8 percent of its games).
Freshman outside hitter Jessica Gysin is questionable for this week's matches. She was sidelined for nearly six weeks to start of the season due to a severely sprained left ankle she suffered in the first week of training camp (Aug. 12), and has yet to be cleared completely.
Team News N' Notes
As a team, USC collected 38 block assists on Sept. 25 against Washington - the most ever at the Lyon Center.
The loss to then-No. 3 Washington on Sept. 25 put an end to the Trojans' 22-match home win streak and 24-match conference win streak. Both streaks dated back to Nov. 21, 2002.
USC's drop to No. 2 on Sept. 13 ended the Trojans' 23-week stay at the top of the AVCA poll.
The loss to then-ranked No. 16 Illinois on Sept. 11 put an end to the Trojans' NCAA-record 52-match win streak. USC had not lost a match in nearly two years. It marked only the second loss since the start of the 2002 season. It also marked the first road loss after 48-straight victories.
USC finished in second place at the State Farm Illini Volleyball Classic, marking the first time since 2001 that the Women of Troy did not win a nonconference tournament.
USC became the first-ever team to win a second-straight NACWAA Volleyball Championship with wins over Georgia Tech and Minnesota on Sept. 27 and 28.
Player News N' Notes
Emily Adams was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Oct. 4 for her performances at Arizona State and then-No. 17 Arizona, Oct. 2 and 3.
Emily Adams set a career-high and entered the record books with 18.0 total blocks, 16 block assists and 30.0 points against Washington (Sept. 25). The marks tie for third among USC match records for blocks, fifth for block assists and second for points.
Staci Venski set a career-high with 14 kills against Washington (Sept. 25).
Emily Adams and Keao Burdine were named to the State Farm Illini Volleyball Classic all-tournament team.
Numerous career-highs were set at the Illini Classic, including Staci Venski's nine blocks, Kimi Freeburg's two kills and two aces, Bibiana Candelas' eight blocks (ties), Alicia Robinson's 19 digs and Keao Burdine's four aces (ties).
For the first time in her USC career, Keao Burdine exhibited her powerful jump serve against Pepperdine on Sept. 5. She collected three aces for the match.
Emily Adams was named MVP of the Marriott Beach Classic - Pepperdine's three-day tournament, in which the USC match was included. Junior Bibiana Candelas earned all-tournament honors.
Bibiana Candelas earned her first MVP honor as a Trojan at the NACWAA Classic. Staci Venski collected her first all-tournament honor at the event and Keao Burdine was also honored to the team.
Debora Seilhamer set a NACWAA Tournament record with a career-high 19 digs in a three-game match against Georgia Tech (Aug. 27).
No. 14 Stanford -- Stanford enters this week with a 10-3 overall record and 3-0 start in the Pac-10. The Cardinal have already defeated Cal, 3-2, Arizona, 3-0, and Arizona State, 3-0, in conference play, but endured a nonconference loss to then-unranked Saint Mary's, 3-1, during this time. The team is led by All-American outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani, who leads the Pac-10 with 5.36 kpg, sophomore middle blocker Liz Suiter, who leads the Pac-10 with 1.72 blocks and 6.11 points per game, sophomore outside hitter Kristen Richards (3.62 dpg) and freshman setter Bryn Kehoe (12.08 apg). Head coach John Dunning is in his fourth season on The Farm. Last year's squad finished 25-7 overall, 14-4 in the Pac-10 for second place, advanced to the NCAA Regional Semifinal to finish at No. 10 in the polls. The team returned 10 letterwinners and four starters from 2003.
USC-Stanford Series Record -- The Women of Troy have won seven of the last eight meetings against the Cardinal. 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 17-43-1 (.283) against the Cardinal. Last season, USC defeated Stanford 3-0 on the road and 3-1 at home.
USC-Stanford Common Connections
Freshman setter Bryn Kahoe was a prep teammate of USC freshman Sarah Florian at St. Ursula's Academy in Toledo, Ohio.
Stanford junior outside hitter Courtney Schultz was a prep teammate of USC redshirt freshman setter Alex Dunphy at Harvard-Westlake High in North Hollywood, Calif.
Opponent Comparisons Kpg Pct. Apg SApg Dpg BpgStanford 15.64 .276 14.74 1.46 15.10 3.70USC 16.32 .314 15.16 0.92 15.68 2.97
No. 17 California -- The Golden Bears enter this week's matches with a 10-3 overall record and 2-1 start to the Pac-10 season. Cal is coming off a 3-2 loss to crosstown rival Stanford and a nonconference 3-0 loss to Santa Clara last week. The team is led by senior outside hitter Gabrielle Abernathy (4.03 kpg), senior middle blocker Camille Leffall (1.13 bpg), sophomore libero Jillian Davis, who leads the Pac-10 with 5.41 dpg, and sophomore setter Samantha Carter (13.49 apg). Sixth-year head coach Rich Feller returned 11 letterwinners and six starters from the 2003 squad - the most successful in Cal history. Last year's team advanced to the NCAA Regional Semifinal, finished at No. 12 in the polls and posted a 25-7 overall record and 12-6 record in the Pac-10 to tie for third place. Cal has had to endure the loss of All-American outside hitter Mia Jerkov this season. An expected starter, she was ruled ineligible at the start of the year.
USC-California Series Record -- The Women of Troy own a 36-6 (.857) all-time record against Cal, and has recorded 23 consecutive victories over the Golden Bears. Last season, the USC-Cal match-up in Berkeley proved to be the most dramatic of the season as the Bears pushed the Women of Troy to five games. It was the only five-game match the undefeated Trojans had to play en route to their second-straight national title in 2003. USC defeated Cal 3-0 in Los Angeles.
USC-California Common 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.
Opponent Comparisons Kpg Pct. Apg SApg Dpg BpgCalifornia 16.39 .215 15.29 1.39 16.27 2.40USC 16.32 .314 15.16 0.92 15.68 2.97