Volleyball Prepares For Three On The Road

Oct. 23, 2000

The Facts
No. 4/5 USC women's volleyball (16-1, 10-1 Pac-10) embarks on a busy traveling schedule this week as it prepares for nonconference opponent No. 14 UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday (Oct. 24), before facing Oregon State (Oct. 26) and Oregon (Oct. 27). All three road matches begin at 7 p.m.

The Last Outing
USC defeated Cal, 3-0 (15-12, 15-8, 15-5), on Thursday (Oct. 19) thanks to stand-out performances from blockers Jennifer Pahl and Kelli Lantz. Despite a slow start to the match, USC topped the Golden Bears in one-hour, 23 minutes. The Trojans collected 58 kills (.360), 40 digs and 8.0 blocks on the night, while Cal added 43 kills (.189), 36 digs and 6.0 blocks. Lantz made her second start of the season in place of the injured Janae Henry (severe shin splints). She hit .733 on the night (fourth among all-time USC match records) with 11 kills, 26 attacks and no errors. Pahl led with 14 kills (.684) and six blocks.

The Women of Troy clinched a 3-2 (16-14, 14-16, 8-15, 15-8, 15-13) win over 17th-ranked Stanford on Friday (Oct. 20). USC and Stanford matched each other evenly in most 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. The team's alternated points after beginning the final 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 match thanks to kills by OH Janae Henry and MB Jennifer Pahl. 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.

Polk Reaches Mark
Senior Antoinette Polk reached a historic mark on Friday (Oct. 20) with her first of two digs in the final game against Stanford. 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. The last USC athlete to reach this mark was OH Jennifer Kessy (1995-98) who collected 1,799 kills and 1,311 digs in her four-year career.

The Rankings
USC fell to No. 5 according to Volleyball magazine's Division I poll after suffering a loss against Arizona. In the AVCA/USA Today Coaches Poll USC remains No. 4 -- the Trojans are still the highest ranked team in the Pac-10. Volleyball also ranked the freshman class as the nation's No. 1 recruiting class, and among Pac-10 coaches, USC is picked to finish 3rd in the conference race.

Another Stanford First
USC's win over Stanford on Friday (Oct. 20) completed a first-ever season sweep of the Cardinal for the Women of Troy since becoming members of the same conference (WCAA) in 1982. In 1980, the Trojans defeated Stanford twice - once during the regular season and once in postseason play.

There When You Need Her
Middle blocker Kelli Lantz made her second and third career starts this week, replacing senior OH Janae Henry. The freshman displayed an outstanding performance against Cal (Oct. 19) with a .733 attack percentage (fourth among USC match records), 11 kills and four blocks. Following with a .556 effort against Stanford (Oct. 20), Lantz did not make an error against either team and averaged .667 in the series. In her three starts this season (first was against UC Irvine on Oct. 3 in place of injured MB Jennifer Pahl) she has only accounted for one error and averaged a .667 attack percentage.

Injury Update
Senior outside hitter Janae Henry did not play against Cal (Oct. 19) nor start against Stanford (Oct. 20) due to sever shin splints in her right leg. She has been cleared to play and is expected to re-enter the starting lineup this week. Senior outside hitter Sara Peterson has also been nursing shin splints in both legs and has yet to play this season.

Did You Know?
* The Trojans collected a season-high 11 service aces against the Cardinal (Oct. 20).
* Friday's (Oct. 20) victory over Stanford was USC's first five-game match of the season.
* Tracy Lindquist set a new career-high against Stanford (Oct. 20) with 16 digs.
* Against Stanford, freshman Kelli Lantz led with a .733 attack percentage (11-0-15) - a mark which ranks fourth among USC match records.
* A freshman has led in kills, digs and/or blocks in all but two matches this season (15-of-17).
* The loss against Arizona (Oct. 13) was USC's first 3-0 defeat since falling to UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 27, 1999.
* USC broke Stanford's 45-match home win streak with the win on Sept. 22, putting an end to a 23-year USC drought at Maples Pavilion. The Trojans had not won at Stanford since 1977.
* USC's longest match of the season was a two-hour, 30 minute bout against UCLA (Oct. 6)... the shortest lasted one-hour, three minutes against Texas-San Antonio (Sept. 7).
* The Women of Troy set a program record with a .556 team hitting percentage against Oregon (Sept. 30). The team's six errors in the match rank fourth among all-time program lows.

The Best (Pac-10) Start Ever
With an 10-1 record to start the 2000 conference season, the Women of Troy have posted the program's best start ever in Pac-10 play. The closest the Trojans have ever come is a 7-2 start in the 1989, 1991, 1992, 1997 and 1998 seasons - all under former head coach Lisa Love.

Game Win Streak Ends At 38
USC put an end to a 23-year old record by surpassing a 28-game win streak previously set over the 1976 and 1977 championship seasons. The 2000 USC volleyball team extended its single game win streak to 38 before dropping its first game of the season to UCLA in a 3-1 victory on Friday (Oct. 6). Ironically, the previous record was also broken by UCLA on Oct. 26, 1977 in a USC 3-2 win.

Freshmen Bring Reminders of the Past
The nation's No. 1 (according to Volleyball magazine) freshman class has made a definite impact on USC women's volleyball this season. Not only are three of the six (April Ross, Katie Olsovsky and Toni Anderson) currently starting for the Women of Troy, but their contributions have been significant. Ross leads the team in kills per game (3.11), Anderson is splitting time and assists at setter, and Olsovsky is averaging 1.33 blocks per game. As a group (which also includes Kelli Lantz, Nicole Davis and Jamie Carroll), the freshmen have been compared to the class of newcomers that joined USC in 1976 under head coach Chuck Erbe. With Terry Place, Paula Dittmer-Goodwin, Debbie Green and Debbie Landreth, the '76 Trojans went on to win the AIAW National Championship.

Against Ranked Opponents
USC will face its sixth ranked opponent this season in No. 14 UC Santa Barbara, after earning its fourth win over No. 17 Stanford on Friday (Oct. 20). Of the five ranked opponents USC has faced, No. 6 Arizona is the only team to have claimed a victory. The Women of Troy first defeated then-ranked No. 18 Texas, 3-0, to open the 2000 season and followed the victory with the first win over the formerly-ranked No. 11 Cardinal on Sept. 22. The third victory came over No. 8 UCLA on Oct. 6. Texas has since fallen out of the Top-25, Stanford dropped to No. 21 after the first loss and remained 17th after the second, the Bruins fell to No. 10, while the Wildcats improved to No. 5.

Opponent Notes
UC Santa Barbara --
The Gauchos are currently 15-5 overall and 7-2 in the Big West this season... Under 25th-year head coach Kathy Gregory, the team has endured losses to San Diego, Colorado State, Hawai'i, Utah State and a 3-0 defeat to Pacific last week (Oct. 19). The Gauchos are coming off a 3-2 win over Long Beach State (Oct. 23)... The team features three returning starters from last year's squad which finished No. 6 after advancing to the NCAA Elite Eight... UCSB is led by OH Danielle Bauer who is averaging 4.45 kills per game... At the net, Simone Kuhn leads with 1.23 blocks per game.

Oregon State -- The Beavers host USC after sweeping UC Riverside in a nonconference match-up on Oct. 21 and suffering a difficult 0-3 loss to rival Oregon on Oct. 20... Oregon State, who is still enjoying its best start in program history, is currently 15-7 overall and 5-5 in the Pac-10... Under the leadership of former USC assistant coach (1991-98) Nancy Somera, the Beavers posted a huge upset over UCLA 3-2 in Los Angeles... The team is led by OH Gina Schmidt who is averaging 4.57 kpg and MB Angie Shirley averaging 1.10 bpg ... In the last meeting, the Women of Troy claimed a 15-7, 15-3, 15-8 sweep in one hour, eight minutes over the Beavers on Sept. 29. The Trojans held Oregon State to a .162 hitting performance and only 23 digs in the match. USC averaged .417 hitting and posted 45 kills, 35 digs and 4.0 blocks. Four Trojans hit above .400 in the match - April Ross, Lauren Killian, Janae Henry and Jennifer Pahl.

Oregon -- Despite struggling this season with a 9-10 overall record and 1-9 mark in the Pac-10, the Ducks earned a big win last week over rival Oregon State 3-0... It was Oregon's first conference win after previously falling to the Beavers 3-2 at home... Oregon began the season with a promising 8-1 record in nonconference play... The team is led by Monique Tobbagi who is averaging 3.89 kills, 0.26 aces and 2.59 digs per game... As a team, the Ducks average .195 hitting and 14.86 kills a game... In the last meeting, freshman Katie Olsovsky had a game-high 11 kills to lead USC to a 15-5, 15-3, 15-5, win over the Ducks on Sept. 30. USC hit a blistering .556 as a team - an all-time program record. Jennifer Pahl led the Women of Troy with a .769 clip (including 10 kills), followed by Olsovsky's .688 and Antoinette Polk's .455. USC led Oregon in aces (6-1), digs (37-19) and blocks (5-0) and held the Ducks to a .193 hitting percentage.

Series Records
The Trojans own a 23-9 (.719) all-time record against UC Santa Barbara in a series that began in 1976. USC suffered a 3-0 defeat to the Gauchos last season on Nov. 27 at the Long Beach State Tournament.

USC owns a 22-7 all-time record against the Beavers, and has won the last seven consecutive meetings. Last season, the Trojans defeated Oregon State 3-1 in Corvallis, and 3-0 at home.

Against Oregon, USC owns a 20-match win streak which dates back to 1990. The Trojans are 26-6 against the Ducks and defeated them twice in 1999, both by 3-0 scores.

Past, Present and Future Coaches
Jerritt Elliott enters his second season as USC's interim head coach after serving as the Trojans' assistant for four seasons under former head coach Lisa Love. After leading the U.S.A. Women's National Team at the 2000 Olympic Games, head coach Mick Haley has joined the USC program.

Interim Head Coach Jerritt Elliott
USC interim head coach Jerritt Elliott was tabbed the 1999 Pac-10 Coach of the Year in his rookie season. Elliott, serving as the Trojans' head coach through the 2000 season, became just the second coach in Pac-10 history to post 13 league wins in their first season. Troy's 13-5 (.722) conference mark was the best win percentage ever recorded by a rookie coach in the conference. In 1999 Elliott led the Women of Troy to a third-place Pac-10 finish, a 21-9 overall record, and a No. 17 final ranking in the USA Today/AVCA Top-25 poll. Thanks to his efforts, USC's incoming class of 2000 was named the nation's No. 1 recruiting class according to Volleyball magazine.

Head Coach Mick Haley
U.S.A. Women's National Volleyball Team head coach Mick Haley, who won two national championships in the 1980s while guiding the Texas women's team, has joined the USC women's volleyball program after the conclusion of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. Due to the fact that he arrived in the middle of the collegiate season, Haley does not expect to take an active coaching role until 2001. Haley accepted the USC coaching position in June of 1999. In his fourth season as head coach of the U.S.A. National Volleyball Team, his squad earned a berth to the 2000 Olympics by defeating Canada to win the Nike Americas' Volleyball Challenge. Before taking over the national team, he spent 17 successful seasons (1980-96) at Texas, where he earned a 522-137-1 overall record, won two national championships and 13 Southwest Conference titles, and captured 15 NCAA tournament berths.

U.S.A. Women's Volleyball at the 2000 Olympics
Under the leadership of head coach Mick Haley, the U.S.A. women's volleyball team surprised many by advancing to the semifinals before falling to Russia 2-3 and Brazil in medal contention. The Americans, who weren't favored to make the semifinals much less push the powerful Russians to a fifth game, relinquished the bronze medal to Brazil with a 0-3 loss. The United States made a strong start at the 2000 Olympic Games by defeating China (3-1), Kenya (3-0), Croatia (3-0) and Australia (3-0). The team lost its first match of the Games to Brazil (1-2) in the first round of play, but returned to beat South Korea 3-2 and advance to the semifinals.

Player Profiles

#1 Tracy Lindquist
Setter * Sophomore
A returning starter... named to the 1999 Pac-10 All-Freshman first team... averaged 7.86 assists and 1.95 digs per game while sharing the setter's role... finished the season tenth in the Pac-10 in assists... an extremely versatile player and a great competitor for the Women of Troy.
Did You Know?... A true beach buff, Lindquist played in the 2000 Pro Seal Beach Open and represented the United States in 2-man beach volleyball in Israel this summer with her partner, sister Katie Lindquist.
This Season... Has played in 55 games and started 4 matches... Averaged 6.67 assists and 2.5 digs against Texas (Sept. 1) and Arkansas (Sept. 2) while splitting time at setter and DS... Averaged 6.6 assists per game at the Met-Rx Invitational (Sept. 6-8) and recorded a career-high five service aces against Temple... Collected six digs against Oregon State (Sept. 29) and averaged 5.0 apg for the weekend series... Added 33 assists and one ace against UCLA (Oct. 6)... Averaged 7.3 assists per game against Arizona State (Oct. 12) and Arizona (Oct. 13)... Made her third and fourth start of the season against Cal (Oct. 19) and Stanford (Oct. 20), setting a career-high against the Cardinal with 16 digs.

#2 Julie Mariani
Defensive Specialist * Sophomore

A returning letterwinner who made several starts in the backrow... collected 243 digs (2.27 dpg) and led the team with 50 service aces in 1999... led the Pac-10 averaging 0.47 aces per game... an aggressive player on the court.
Did You Know?... Mariani currently holds the USC career and single season record for ace average after posting 0.47 aces per game as a freshman.
This Season... Has played in 20 games... Entered the match against Oregon (Sept. 30) and accounted for one ace and one dig... Played three games against UCI (Oct. 3) and UCLA (Oct. 6), contributing three digs... Added four digs against Arizona (Oct. 13).

#3 Antoinette Polk
Outside Hitter * Senior

A returning starter... named to the 1999 All-Pac-10 honorable mention team... led the team in kills (407) and kills per game (3.82), finishing sixth in the conference... Ranked second on the team and fifth in the Pac-10 with 338 digs and 3.19 dpg... a premier ball control player whose offensive power makes her an All-American candidate.
Did You Know?... Polk was also a member of the USC women's basketball team during the 1996-97 season. She spent her freshman year as a redshirt on the volleyball team, and played nine games at guard with the basketball team.
This Season... Has played in 55 games and started 16 matches... Averaged 2.33 kills against Texas (Sept. 1) and Arkansas (Sept. 2)... Added five blocks against Rhode Island (Sept. 6)... Averaged a career-high .647 attack percentage against Washington State (Sept. 14) with 12 kills, one error and 17 attacks... Against Washington (Sept. 15) she added 13 digs... Hit .333 (9-3-18) against Oregon State (Sept. 29) and .455 (6-1-11) against Oregon (Sept. 30)... Added a season-high 17 kills (.250) and 12 digs against UCLA (Oct. 6)... Collected her 1,000th career kill against Arizona State (Oct. 12) with 11 kills and a team-high 22 digs in the match... Led with 19 digs against Arizona (Oct. 13)... Reached her 1,000th career dig against Stanford (Oct. 20) and became just the 35th player in Pac-10 history, sixth player at USC, to surpass 1,000 in career kills and digs.

#4 Nicole Davis
Defensive Specialist * Freshman
Considered one of the nation's best defensive specialist of the incoming class... played on the Junior National Team as the libero this summer... a two-time all-league selection at Lincoln High in Stockton, Calif.
Did You Know?... Davis owns a black belt in karate.
This Season... Has played in 24 games... Made her collegiate debut against Texas (Sept. 1) and added one dig... Saw playing time in four of six games against Stanford (Sept. 22) and Cal (Sept. 23)... Added four digs against Arizona State (Oct. 12).

#6 Jaime Carroll
Defensive Specialist * Freshman

A three-time all-league honoree at Medfield (Mass.) High... played outside hitter and setter as a prep.
Did You Know?... Carroll is the daughter of former NFL head coach Pete Carroll.
This Season... Has played in 4 games... Made her collegiate debut against Washington (Sept. 15) and recorded an ace on her first serve... Played two games against Oregon (Sept. 30).

#8 Sara Peterson
Outside Hitter * Senior

A three-year letterwinner... made several appearances in 1999, including a .556 hitting performance at Washington State to lead the Trojans in a 3-0 sweep of the Cougars.
Did You Know?... Peterson's uncle, Tom Peterson, is the current women's volleyball head coach at Utah State and was named the 1994 National Coach of the Year after leading the Penn State men's volleyball program to a national championship.

#12 Kelli Lantz
Middle Blocker * Freshman

A Volleyball Fab 50 selection and member of USC's No.1-ranked recruiting class... helped lead Centennial High (Bakersfield, Calif.) to the Division I state and national championship as a prep.
This Season... Has played in 21 games and made 3 starts... Made her collegiate debut against Arkansas (Sept. 2) and added one kill and one block... Added three kills off of five attacks (.400) against UTSA (Sept. 7)... Played one game against Washington (Sept. 15) and added one kill (1.000) and a block... Entered the match for one game against Cal (Sept. 23) and added one kill off of one attack... Against Oregon (Sept. 30), she added two kills off of two attacks and one block... Made her first career start against UC Irvine (Oct. 3) in place of the injured Jennifer Pahl... Had an outstanding performance with six kills off of nine attacks and one error (.556)... Added three blocks while stepping in for one game against Arizona (Oct. 13)... Made her second and third career start against Cal (Oct. 19) and Stanford (Oct. 20)... Was unstoppable with a .733 attack percentage (fourth among USC match records) against the Bears, a .556 effort against the Cardinal and committed no errors in either match.

#14 April Ross
Outside Hitter * Freshman

The 1999 Gatorade National Player of the Year and a Paul Mitchell prep All-American... enters as one of the nation's top freshmen and a member of USC's No. 1-ranked recruiting class... she guided Newport Harbor High (Newport Beach, Calif.) to the state and league championship in 1999.
This Season... Has played in 55 games and started 17 matches... Made her collegiate debut in the starting lineup against Texas (Sept. 1) and Arkansas (Sept. 2)... Averaged a .409 hitting percentage at the Texas Invitational, while collecting five blocks and 10 digs, including 13 kills (.417) against the Razorbacks... Honored as MVP of the Met-Rx Invitational (Sept. 6-8) after adding nine kills (.333) and 10 digs against Temple, and averaging 8.7 kills and a .365 attack percentage in the three tournament matches... Posted a season-high .562 attack percentage against the Huskies (Sept. 15), committed no hitting errors and also tied two season bests with 10 digs and four blocks... Led the team with 15 digs against Cal (Sept. 23)... Accounted for a season-high four aces against Oregon State (Sept. 29) while hitting .444 (9-1-18)... Hit .417 (7-2-12) against Oregon (Sept. 30)... Led USC with 25 kills against UCLA (Oct. 6) - a personal and team season high... Also added 12 digs and four blocks against the Bruins... Led the squad in kills against Arizona State (Oct. 12) and Arizona (Oct. 13) with 17 kills, 20 digs and 22 kills, 11 digs, respectively... Had two outstanding defensive performances against Cal (Oct. 19) and Stanford (Oct. 20) with a team-leading nine and 18 digs, respectively.

#15 Lauren Killian
Opposite Hitter * Sophomore

A returning starter... named to the 1999 Pac-10 All-Freshman honorable mention team... played in the middle and on the outside last season... averaged 0.94 blocks per game to finish second on the team... also added 1.67 kills per game... will pose problems for opponents playing her more natural right side position.
Did You Know?... Killian's Trojan roots span nearly four generations amounting to 10-plus USC alumni, including her father, Don, who played for USC's 1977 NCAA champion men's volleyball team.
This Season... Has played in 55 games... Led the team with a .450 attack percentage (11-2-20) against Texas (Sept. 1) and Arkansas (Sept. 2) and added seven blocks... Was flawless at the Met-Rx Invitational (Sept. 6-8), adding 15 kills off of 27 attacks with no errors for a .556 attack percentage... After a five-kill, error-free performance against Washington State (Sept. 14), she made her first hitting mistake in 14 games against Washington, despite another .545 hitting display... Hit .429 (4-1-7) against Oregon State (Sept. 29), then struggled against the Ducks (Sept. 30) with three kills and two errors off of eight attacks (.125)... Added three blocks against UC Irvine (Oct. 3) and five kills (.364), two blocks against UCLA (Oct. 6)... Contributed three blocks in each match against Arizona State (Oct. 12) and Arizona (Oct. 13)... Hit .500 against Cal (Oct. 19).

#22 Janae Henry
Outside Hitter * Senior

A returning starter... named to the 1999 All-Pac-10 honorable mention team... led the team and ranked second in the Pac-10 with an average of 3.5 digs per game last season... with a 2.88 career dig mark, she is currently fifth on USC's all-time list... one of the strongest and most consistent players this season who should be considered an All-American candidate.
This Season... Has played in 50 games and started 15 matches... Led USC in win over Texas (Sept. 1) with 10 kills (.400) and 14 digs... At the Texas Invitational she averaged a team-leading 4.33 digs per game and finished with 19 total kills... Named to the Met-Rx Invitational all-tournament team after hitting .538 and posting nine digs against Temple (Sept. 8)... She averaged 3.3 digs and a .405 attack percentage in the tournament... Led the team with 15 kills against Washington State (Sept. 14)... Posted her second double-double of the season with a team-leading 11 kills (.474) and 11 digs against Stanford (Sept. 22)... Hit .500 (7-1-12) against Oregon State (Sept. 29) and a career-high .600 (7-1-10) against Oregon (Sept. 30)... Surpassed another career high with 25 digs against the Bruins (Oct. 6)... Also added two aces, 12 kills and three digs in the match... Her practice time has been limited due to shin splints (Oct. 9 - to date)... Despite collecting 22 kills and 21 digs against Arizona State (Oct. 12) and Arizona (Oct. 13), struggled with a .078 attack percentage in the series... Did not play against Cal (Oct. 19) nor start against Stanford (Oct. 20) due to severe shin splints... Entered against the Cardinal in game three and was explosive with 12 kills (.320) and nine digs in the match.

#26 Jennifer Pahl
Middle Blocker * Junior

A returning starter... named to the 1999 All-Pac-10 first team... led the team with a .293 attack percentage and 0.93 blocks per game... also averaged 3.38 kills and 2.27 digs per game... one of the premier middle blockers in the country due to her speed and quickness... an All-American candidate.
Did You Know?... Pahl spent the summer traveling throughout India with Athletes In Action.
This Season... Has played in 52 games and started 14 matches... Averaged 1.5 blocks to lead the Trojans against Texas (Sept. 1) and Arkansas (Sept. 2)... Also posted 2.5 digs and 2.5 kills per game... Averaged 1.7 blocks and a .396 attack percentage at the Met-Rx Invitational (Sept. 6-8), including a season-high seven stops against Rhode Island... Tied a career-best with three aces against Washington (Sept. 15) and added nine kills (.500) and five blocks... Named Pac-10 Player of the Week (Sept. 25) after posting six blocks and a then-career high .750 attack percentage (6 kills, no errors, 8 attacks) against Stanford (Sept. 22), then following with 10 kills (.556) and three blocks against Cal (Sept. 23)... Led the team against Oregon State (Sept. 29) and Oregon (Sept. 30), averaging a .692 attack percentage and 10.0 kills per game with only two hitting errors... Her .769 hitting effort against the Ducks was a career high... Did not play against UC Irvine (Oct. 3) due to a sore shoulder... Hit .304 (10-3-23) and added three blocks against UCLA (Oct. 6)... Added 15 kills (.256) and five digs against Arizona State (Oct. 12), but struggled with eight kills and 8 errors (.000), despite a season-high 11 digs against Arizona (Oct. 13)... Led the team throughout the series with 14 kills (.684) and six blocks against Cal (Oct. 19) and 17 kills (.268) against Stanford (Oct. 20).

#30/5 Toni Anderson
Setter * Freshman

A Volleyball Fab 50 selection, Paul Mitchell prep All-American and member of USC's No.1-ranked recruiting class... played with the Junior National Team after graduating from Esperanza High in Anaheim, Calif.
This Season... Has played in 55 games and started 13 matches... Made her collegiate debut against Texas (Sept. 1) and her first start against Arkansas (Sept. 2)... Split time at setter at the Texas Invitational and averaged 7.17 assists per game... Made her first start against Rhode Island (Sept. 6) and averaged 5.4 assists and 2.0 digs at the Met-Rx Invitational... Aside from 22 assists, she added six kills (.353) against Washington State (Sept. 14)... Added 31 assists while splitting time against Cal (Sept. 23)... Averaged 7.0 apg against Oregon State (Sept. 29) and Oregon (Sept. 30)... Added 19 assists against UC Irvine (Oct. 3) and 37 against UCLA (Oct. 6)... Averaged 9.6 assists against Arizona State (Oct. 12) and Arizona (Oct. 13).

#33 Katie Olsovsky
Outside Hitter * Freshman

A Volleyball Fab 50 selection and four-time Paul Mitchell prep All-American... a member of USC's No.1-ranked recruiting class who was also named the CIF Division I Player of the Year in 1999... led Bishop Montgomery High (Torrance, Calif.) to the league and CIF championships.
This Season... Has played in 55 games and started 14 matches... Made her collegiate debut as a starter against Texas (Sept. 1) and Arkansas (Sept. 2), averaging 2.17 kills, 0.67 blocks and a .423 attack percentage... Averaged 1.2 blocks and a .333 attack percentage at the Met-Rx Invitational (Sept. 6-8)... Hit .538 against the Huskies (Sept. 15), with eight kills and a team-leading five blocks... Added 11 kills (.500) and seven blocks to lead the squad against Cal (Sept. 23)... Against Oregon (Sept. 30), she recorded a season-best with a .688 attack percentage, 11 kills, no errors and 16 attacks - the mark ranks eighth among USC records... Averaged 1.57 blocks per game with four against UC Irvine (Oct. 3) and seven against UCLA (Oct. 6)... Also led the squad with 16 kills (.591) against the Anteaters... Had a great performance against Arizona State (Oct. 12) with 15 kills (.464) and five blocks... Added nine kills (.208) and two blocks against Arizona (Oct. 13)... Struggled against Cal (Oct. 19) with .053 hitting and no blocks, but rebounded with four blocks and a .333 effort against Stanford (Oct. 20).

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