Washington State Stuns Women of Troy

Nov. 27, 2004

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PULLMAN, Wash. - Just one night after upsetting No. 3 Washington in five games, the sixth-ranked USC women's volleyball team watched unranked Washington State do the same. The Women of Troy fell 3-2 (32-34, 25-30, 30-18, 30-22, 15-17) to the Cougars in the final regular season match of 2004 on Saturday at Bohler Gym in Pullman, Wash.

With the loss, USC dropped to 19-5 overall and 14-4 in the Pac-10 to finish third behind Washington (16-2) and Stanford (15-3). Washington State completed its season with a 5-26 overall record and 2-16 mark in the Pac-10.

After dropping games one and two, the Women of Troy rallied to take games three and four and send the match to a decisive fifth game.

USC held an 11-7 lead in the final set when WSU used a 5-to-1 run to tie the score at 12 apeice, and again at 14-14. Keao Burdine collected her 35th kill of the night to put USC ahead 15-14, but the Cougars came back with a kill and a match-winning block for the victory.

Burdine led both teams with her career-high 35 kills - a mark which ranks fourth among USC's all-time records. Bibiana Candelas and Staci Venski added 16 and 15 kills apiece. Candelas also added a team-high eight blocks and libero Debora Seilhamer led with 20 digs. Setters Allison Dillon and Kimi Freeburg collected 40 and 35 assists, respectively.

WSU out-blocked the Trojans 17 to 12 and the Cougars hit .251 for the match, including a .458 fifth game. USC hit .288 for the match.

The Women of Troy now await the NCAA Tournament selections to be announced on Sunday, Nov. 28, at 3:40 p.m. PT on ESPN News.

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