Volleyball Rebounds In 3-1 Win Over ASU

Nov. 9, 2000

Los Angeles, Calif. -- No. 6/10 USC women's volleyball rebounded after dropping the first game of the night to defeat Arizona State, 3-1 (9-15, 15-5, 15-3, 15-7), on Thursday in front of 613 in North Gym. With the win, USC improves to 20-2 this season and 13-2 in the Pac-10, while ASU falls to 17-9 overall and 9-7 in conference play.

The Women of Troy were led by freshman April Ross who contributed 17 kills off of 32 attacks (.406) thanks to the efforts of setter Toni Anderson who posted a season-high 42 assists in the match. As a team, the Trojans out-hit (.302 to .211), out-dug (52 to 46) and out-blocked (9.0 to 6.0) the Sun Devils who began the match with a solid .324 hitting effort in the opening game, but averaged .167 in the final three.

Arizona State jumped out to the early lead with a 15-9 win in game one. Outside hitter Amanda Burbridge paced the way by recording eight kills, surpassing the 1,500 kill mark for her career. The Women of Troy were held to a .125 attack percentage in the effort.

USC returned in game two with a decisive 15-5 victory, then continued in the third game with a .500 attack leading to a 15-3 win.

Down 7-6 in game four, senior Janae Henry served for nine unanswered points, including four consecutive service aces, to stun the Sun Devils with a final 15-7 win for the match victory. Henry completed the match with a career-high seven aces.

The Women of Troy return tomorrow night (Nov. 10) to face No. 3 Arizona in a battle that is sure to determine the 2000 Pac-10 champion. The match is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at North Gym.

- GO SC -

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