3rd-Ranked Volleyball Defeats Washington State, 3-1

Nov. 17, 2000

PULLMAN, Wash. - USC women's volleyball broke Washington State's six-match win streak with a 15-12, 6-15, 15-12, 15-7 victory at Bohler Gym on Friday (Nov. 17) in front of 1,700. The third-ranked Trojans improve to 15-2 in the Pac-10 (23-2 overall) and are one win away from their first ever Pac-10 title.

Freshman Katie Olsovsky led USC with 20 kills and a .594 attack percentage. Antoinette Polk added 11 kills and a match-high 21 digs, while Jennifer Pahl had 16 kills and a season-high 10 blocks (her first kill/block double-double of the season).

USC out-hit WSU .304 to .205 and dominated the Cougars at the net, out-blocking the home team 14.5 to 3.

Washington State's LaToya Harris led all players with 21 kills and added 16 digs.

The first game was a series of runs with ties at 7 and 11 points each. A kill by Pahl put USC up by one and, after five sideouts, Adrian Hankoff's kill for WSU knotted the score again. USC served for the game four times before claiming the 15-12 decision.

Game two belonged to the Cougars. WSU had a 9-2 lead at one point, which extended to the 15-6 win.

USC took a 10-3 lead in game three before Washington State returned to score six unanswered points. The teams traded kills and sideouts as the Cougars narrowed the gap to one, 11-10. USC then tallied three quick points before a final kill by Olsovsky completed the game, 15-12.

In the final game, USC embarked on an 11-2 run before putting an end to the match with a final 15-7 game win.

The Women of Troy face Washington on Saturday (Nov. 18) in Seattle. The final match of the 2000 Pac-10 season is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

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