3rd-Ranked Trojans Advance To Sweet Sixteen

Dec. 2, 2000

LOS ANGELES - Led by 13 kills and 13 digs by freshman April Ross, No. 3 USC (the top-seed in the pacific region) defeated Cal Poly 15-4, 17-15, 15-6 in the second round of the 2000 NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship in front of 646 on Saturday (Dec. 2) in the USC Lyon Center.

With the win, the Trojans (27-2) advance to the Sweet Sixteen and will face Florida (29-4) who defeated Arkansas and SE Missouri State in the first two rounds. Cal Poly finishes the 2000 season with a 17-12 overall record.

The first three of four points in the match were earned on service aces, as Cal Poly took a 2-1 lead to start. USC responded by forcing two Cal Poly attack errors and establishing a four point lead (6-2). The Mustangs earned their final two points and watched as USC embarked on a 8-0 run to claim the game one win, 15-4.

Game two was a back-and-forth battle as the two teams matched each other point-for-point. Down 8-7, USC's Jennifer Pahl posted two unassisted kills for a 9-8 Trojan advantage. Cal Poly tied the score six more times before an attack error gave USC the deciding (16-15) edge. Middle blocker Katie Olsovsky sealed the difficult victory, 17-15, marking the sixth time this season USC was forced beyond 15 points to earn a win.

The Mustangs momentum was diminished upon entering the third game. USC held Cal Poly to a .065 hitting percentage en route to the 15-6 win.

Ross and Pahl both added double digits with 13 and 11 kills, respectively, while Pahl led with seven blocks and a .550 attack percentage. The Mustangs were guided by a .444 attack effort and 15 kills by middle blocker Worthy Lien. USC out-blocked Cal Poly, 11.0 to 5.5.

USC will host the Pacific Regional on Thursday and Friday (Dec. 7-8) at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. In the round of 16, second-seeded Colorado State will face fourth-seeded Penn State at 5 p.m., and the USC-Florida match will follow at 7 p.m. The winners of each match will face each other on Friday at 4 p.m. The match will be televised live via Fox Sports Net.

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