Volleyball Sweeps UCLA For Gauntlet Points
Oct. 15, 2004
LOS ANGELES -- Thanks to the support of a standing-room-only crowd at the Lyon Center, the sixth-ranked USC women's volleyball team defeated No. 11 UCLA, 3-0 (30-25, 30-26, 30-22), in front of 1,374 on Friday night. With the win, the Women of Troy extend their win streak to eight against their crosstown rival.
USC also secured the first 5-of-10 women's volleyball points towards the 2004-05 Lexus Gauntlet - a year-long challenge between the two schools that awards points to the winner of each Bruin-Trojan head-to-head contest throughout the year. USC now leads this year's competition 5.0-2.5.
With the victory, the Women of Troy improve to 10-3 overall and 5-2 in the Pac-10 to move a game ahead of UCLA in the standings. The Bruins fall to 11-5 overall and 4-3 in conference play.
The two teams remained close in game one until a four-point Trojan run gave USC its first significant lead at 19-14. UCLA got no closer than three points for the remainder of the game as USC took the first set 30-25.
The Women of Troy sprang out to a 5-0 lead to start game two, prompting a UCLA timeout. The Bruins managed to close the gap to one at 10-9, then again as late as 22-21, but USC held on to the advantage, never allowing a tie score. The Trojans took a 2-0 lead in the match with a 30-26 decision.
USC used the same approach to start game three, posting five points before allowing UCLA its first. Again the Bruins fought back, this time knotting the score at 13-13. As the crowd grew louder, Keao Burdine helped lead the Women of Troy on a 9-2 run that put the Bruins at a 22-15 deficit. USC held on to the edge for the final 30-22 win.
The Women of Troy were led by Emily Adams who collected 15 kills for a match-best .464 attack percentage, five blocks and 19.5 total points.
Coming up, USC will travel to face Oregon State and Oregon on Oct. 21 and 22.