Volleyball Clinches 3-2 Win Over Stanford
Oct. 20, 2000
Los Angeles, Calif. -- No. 4/5 USC women's volleyball (16-1, 10-1 Pac-10) clinched a 3-2 (16-14, 14-16, 8-15, 15-8, 15-13) victory over 17th-ranked Stanford (11-8, 5-6 Pac-10) tonight in front of 704 at North Gym. With their second win against the Cardinal this season, the Women of Troy complete their first-ever season sweep over Stanford since 1980 (prior to becoming conference teammates).
In the two-hour, 23-minute match, the only real advantage belonged to the Cardinal as they out-blocked the Women of Troy 11.0 to 5.0. USC and Stanford matched each other evenly in all other aspects - 80 to 84 kills, .234 to .269 attack percentage, 74 assists apiece and 86 to 80 digs.
The Trojans entered a fifth game situation for the first time this season and the team's alternated points after beginning the game with a two point USC lead. The Cardinal was forced to call time-out following a kill by OH Antoinette Polk which knotted the score at 13 apiece. Resuming play, the Trojans took advantage, claiming the final two points of the game and match thanks to kills by OH Janae Henry and MB Jennifer Pahl.
Polk reached a historic mark with her first of two digs in the final game. With 1,041 career kills and 1,001 career digs to date, Polk became just the 35th player in Pac-10 history and the sixth player at USC to surpass 1,000 in both categories.
For the match, the Women of Troy were led by Pahl, who contributed 17 kills, and OH April Ross who added 15 kills and 18 digs. Henry missed her second start of the season due to severe shin splints, but was explosive upon entering the match in game three. She hit .320 and added 12 kills and 12 digs. Freshman MB Kelli Lantz, who started in her place, hit .556 with five kills, nine attacks and no errors.
The Cardinal was led by OH Logan Tom who posted 27 kills and 20 digs. Senior Jennifer Detmer led the team at the net, posting five blocks and adding 10 kills (.333) in the match.
The Women of Troy will travel to face Oregon State and Oregon next Thursday (Oct. 26) and Friday (Oct. 27). Both matches will begin at 7 p.m.
- GO SC -