Women's Volleyball Travels To OSU, Oregon

Oct. 18, 2004

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THIS WEEK


at Oregon State - Corvallis, Ore.
Thurs., Oct. 21, 7 p.m.


at Oregon - Eugene, Ore.
Fri., Oct. 22, 7 p.m.
LIVE STATS: www.goducks.com



The Facts
The sixth-ranked USC women's volleyball team (10-3, 5-2 Pac-10) -- the defending back-to-back NCAA and Pac-10 champion -- hits the road this week for conference matches at Oregon State (8-8, 2-5 Pac-10) and Oregon (9-8, 1-6 Pac-10). The Women of Troy take on the Beavers on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in Corvallis, then face the Ducks on Friday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. in Eugene. Fans can follow the USC-Oregon match with Live Stats by going to www.goducks.com.

USC is coming off a 3-0 victory over then-No. 11 UCLA on Feb. 15, which extended its win streak to eight over the rival Bruins. With the victory, the Women of Troy also earned the first five-of-10 points awarded in women's volleyball towards the 2004-05 Lexus Gauntlet.

Rankings
USC remains at No. 6 in this week's USA Today/CSTV AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll and at No. 5 in the Oct. 18 Volleyball magazine poll.

Polling Trends
The Women of Troy have spent 73 consecutive weeks ranked in the top 10 (dating back to the start of the 2000 season) in the AVCA Coaches Poll.

Only The Best Competition
Nine of USC's 13 opponents this season have been ranked and all have been among the top 17. In comparison, current No. 2 Minnesota (18-2) and No. 12 UCLA (11-5) are next on the list, each having faced eight ranked opponents.

A Short Break
After facing four-straight ranked opponents, USC will take a short break this week at Oregon State and Oregon. The two matches will also mark the first time this season the Women of Troy will face back-to-back unranked opponents.

Pac-10 Teams Remain at the Top
Six Pac-10 teams remain ranked among the top 25 in this week's poll (the most among any other conference), including No. 1 Washington, No. 6 USC, No. 11 Stanford, No. 12 UCLA, No. 13 California and No. 23 Arizona. The Big 12 and Big Ten conferences are next on the list with four ranked schools apiece.

Halfway Through Conference Play
This week's matches officially mark the halfway point in the Pac-10 season. Washington remains undefeated at 8-0, Stanford trails at 6-1 and USC and California are tied for third at 5-2. UCLA is fourth with a 4-3 record.

Burdine Entering Recordbook
Outside hitter Keao Burdine is working her way into USC's career recordbook this season in multiple categories:

			Burdine Total	Current RankKills			1215		*Needs 54 kills to reach No 10Kills Per Game		3.4		*Needs 3.52 average to reach No. 10Digs			1028		No. 10Digs Per Game		2.88		No. 9Total Points		1403		No. 2Points Per Game		3.93		No. 3

Adams Proves Most Effective
Middle blocker Emily Adams continues to top the Pac-10 statistics in attack percentage with a .434 average, thanks to 154 kills off of 302 attacks and only 23 errors. She also ranks third with 1.54 blocks per outing.

Adams also currently ranks sixth nationally in attack percentage and 28th in blocks per game.

The Last Time Out
vs. #11 UCLA (Oct. 15)
• In front of a standing-room-only crowd of 1,374 at the Lyon Center, USC defeated No. 11 UCLA, 3-0 (30-25, 30-26, 30-22), on Oct. 15. 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 opening game. The Women of Troy sprang out to a 5-0 lead to start game two. 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 and never allowed 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. Emily Adams led with 15 kills for a match-best .464 attack percentage, five blocks and 19.5 total points.

Team News N' Notes
• The Women of Troy dropped No. 6 in the Oct. 11 AVCA Coaches poll, putting an end to a 53-week stay in the top 5.
• USC's 3-0 loss to California on Oct. 9 marked its first sweep since 2001 (3-0 loss at Arizona) and its first sweep at home since 1999 (a 3-0 loss to Stanford in the North Gym).
• 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.
• Hurrican Ivan kept USC from participating in the Gamecock Invitational in Columbia, S.C., Sept. 17-19, due to safety issues and travel difficulties.
• 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
• Head coach Mick Haley earned his 100th victory at USC with the team's 3-1 win over then-No. 14 Stanford on Oct. 8.
• 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.
• 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).



OPPONENT NOTES

Oregon State -- Oregon State enters this week with an 8-8 overall record and 2-5 mark in the Pac-10. The Beavers are currently riding a five-match losing streak after falling to Stanford, 3-1, and California, 3-0, last week. Its two Pac-10 victories came against Oregon and Washington State. The team is led by outside hitter Allison Lawrence (3.97 kpg), middle blocker Abby Windell (0.97 bpg), libero Nina Baltimore (3.45 dpg) and setter Desma Stovall (11.71 apg). Head coach Nancy Somera is currently in her sixth season in Corvallis. She returned 10 letterwinners and five starters from last year's squad which finished 16-16 overall and 5-13 (seventh) in the Pac-10.

USC-Oregon State Series Record -- USC has won the last 14 matches against Oregon State and defeated the Beavers twice last season, both by 3-0 scores. The Trojans are 29-7 (.806) all-time against Oregon State.

Oregon State Connections
• Oregon State head coach Nancy (Hillman) Somera is a former USC player (starting four seasons, 1985-88) and former assistant coach. Somera graduated from USC in 1989 and later earned her master's degree in education in 1994. She joined the Women of Troy coaching staff in 1991 and served as assistant coach to then-head coach Lisa Love for eight seasons.
• Nancy Somera's husband and current Beaver assistant coach, Ben Somera, was also an assistant for the USC women in the mid 1990s.
• The Beavers have five California natives on the roster - Nina Baltimore (Seal Beach), Betsy Cale (Los Angeles), Allison Lawrence (Alta Loma), Kristin Murray (Crescent City) and Desma Stovall (Santa Rosa).

Opponent Comparisons	Kpg	Pct.	Apg	SApg	Dpg	BpgOregon State		15.67	.236	13.98	1.55	15.08	1.99USC			16.88	.304	15.42	1.04	16.35	2.78

Oregon -- The Ducks enter this week with a 9-8 overall record and 1-6 mark in the Pac-10. A 3-0 loss to Stanford and 3-1 loss to California last week extended Oregon's losing skid to four matches. After opening the year with an 8-2 record against nonconference opponents, the Ducks lone conference victory has come against Washington State on Oct. 2, marking the first UO Pac-10 win since 2002. The team is led by outside hitter Lauren Westendorf (5.06 kpg), middle blocker Kristen Bitter (0.93 bpg), libero Katie O'Neil (4.30 dpg) and setter Heather Madison (11.02 apg). Head coach Carl Ferreira is in his fifth season in Eugene and returned six starters and 12 letterwinners from last year's squad which went 3-24 overall and 0-16 in the Pac-10.

USC-Oregon Series Record -- Against Oregon, USC owns a 27-match win streak which dates back to 1990. The Trojans are 33-6 (.846) all-time against the Ducks and defeated them twice last season, both by 3-0 scores.

Oregon Connections
• The Ducks have only one player on the roster from California - senior outside hitter Lauren Westendorf (Bakersfield).

Opponent Comparisons	Kpg	Pct.	Apg	SApg	Dpg	BpgOregon 			15.12	.192	13.64	2.25	15.31	2.20USC			16.88	.304	15.42	1.04	16.35	2.78
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