Women Of Troy Get Past Arizona, 3-1
Oct. 30, 2004
LOS ANGELES - The fifth-ranked USC women's volleyball team notched its fourth-straight victory by defeating No. 24 Arizona, 3-1 (30-20, 27-30, 30-32, 30-17), in front of 741 at the Lyon Center on Friday night. The match marked the start of the second half of the Pac-10 season and the Women of Troy's campaign to climb back to the top.
With the win, USC improved to 13-3 overall and 8-2 in the Pac-10, while the Wildcats fell to 12-8 overall and 4-6 in conference play.
Keao Burdine led the way for the Trojans with a match-best 18 kills and 20.5 points. Four players finished with double-digit kills, including Burdine, Emily Adams (13 kills), Bibiana Candelas (12), who also hit .409 on the night, and freshman Sarah Florian (11). USC also had four players finish with double-digit digs, led by Debora Seilhamer who accounted for 20 on the night.
Arizona was led by Bre Ladd and Jolene Killough, who posted 11 kills and 13.5 points apiece in the effort.
The Women of Troy were on the verge of sweeping their fifth-straight opponent after winning games one and two, 30-20 and 30-27. Despite allowing Arizona to jump out to a 16-11 to start game three, the Trojans fought back take a lead and reached match point at 29-27. But USC squandered three opportunities to finish the match and watched as the Wildcats snuck past for a 32-30 win.
In the end, game three was all the Wildcats had to give. The two teams kept it close at the start of game four, reaching a 10-10 tie. The Women of Troy pushed out to a four-point lead, 20-16, at that point, then out-scored Arizona 10-to-1 in the final stretch. The rally was fueled by a nine-point scoring spree on Florian's serve thanks to multiple kills by Burdine and Alicia Robinson.
USC returns to the court on Saturday, Oct. 30, to face Arizona State at 6 p.m. Fans in costume get in FREE.