No. 6 USC Women's Volleyball Sweeps Oregon

Nov. 19, 2004

Behind 13 kills from junior Bibiana Candelas and 11 from freshman Sarah Florian, the No. 6 USC women's volleyball team swept Pac-10 foe Oregon, 30-23, 30-23, 30-18, in front of 550 at the Lyon Center on Friday (Nov. 19).

USC improved to 17-4 overall and 12-3 in the Pac-10. Oregon dropped to 9-17, 1-15. The Trojans out-hit the Ducks, .382 to .151 and had 55 digs to their opponents 27.

Trojan Coach Mick Haley utilized his bench extensively against the over-matched Ducks, resting senior starting outside hitter Keao Burdine for the entire match and playing senior starting middle blocker Emily Adams only in the final game. It was the first time all season either senior missed even a game.

While the scores were relatively close at the start of all three games, the group Haley relied on came through just fine and the match was never in doubt.

Freshman middle blocker Katelyn Bishop made the most of her time. Entering the match with only six matches played, she posted season highs in kills (nine) and digs (seven). Junior setter Nena Siljegovic, who had also only played in six matches, had 13 assists in two games, almost matching her season-high of 15.

USC led 11-10 in the first game before putting together a 10-2 run to provide separation. The Trojans led 14-12 midway through the second game but a quick 7-2 run created a cushion as Troy moved out to a 2-0 lead. It was more of the same in the final game as USC turned an 8-7 lead into a 19-12 lead with an 11-5 run and cruised from there.

Candelas had a dominating night with an attack percentage of .722 (13-0-18), coming within .011 of reaching the USC Top 10 for attack percentage in a match.

Oregon was led by Sarah Mason's 12 kills.

USC finishes off its home schedule against Oregon State on Saturday (Nov. 16) at 6 p.m. at the Lyon Center. USC will honor seniors Adams, Burdine and Alicia Robinson before the match.

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