Volleyball Falls To #3 USC In Pac-10 Finale

Nov. 18, 2000

SEATTLE - Unable to overcome a sub .100 team hitting percentage, the Washington Huskies were defeated by the visiting third-ranked USC Trojans Saturday, 15-7, 15-7, 15-4, in Pac-10 volleyball action at the Hec Edmundson Pavilion Addition. With the loss, the UW fell to 7-19 overall and finished with a 2-16 mark in the Pac-10. The Trojans, meanwhile, claimed a share of the regular season conference title with Arizona (3-1 winners over Arizona State) and improved to 24-2 overall and 16-2 in the Pac-10.

Senior opposite Emily Seacat's (Ridgefield, Wash.) 11 kills and three blocks led the Huskies, while junior Lisa Underhill (Vista, Calif.) contributed nine kills. Junior setter Britni Churnside (Eugene, Ore.) also logged 32 assists and a team-best eight digs in the loss.

After the Trojans claimed game one 15-7, the Huskies stuck close in game two, tying the score twice in the early going at 2-2 and 4-4. USC then broke open the game at 7-5 with six unanswered points to push out to a 13-5 advantage. The UW managed to score two more points on a Trojan blocking error and a block from junior Malena Thompson (Santa Fe, N.M.) and Underhill to get to within six points at 7-13. A Thompson hitting error and a block by USC senior Jenae Henry, however, gave the Trojans another 15-7 victory.

Game three was once again very competitive until USC broke a 4-4 tie and ran off 10 straight points, to get its first game point at 14-4. The Huskies fended off four game points, allowing Husky senior Sabrina Page (Greenacres, Wash.), who had broken her hand prior to the October 27 match versus Washington State, to enter the match and toss up a one handed serve. The Trojans converted Page's serve into a sideout and then finally won the game and the match 15-5.

The Trojans were led by Katie Olsovsky's 12 kills, while USC hit .340 as a team.

The Huskies will be back in action for their final match of the season Sunday when they take on non-conference foe Gonzaga at 3 p.m.

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