Volleyball Sweeps Cincinnati, 3-0, To Open Tournament

Sept. 6, 2001

HONOLULU, Hawai'i - The sixth-ranked USC women's volleyball team jump-started the 2001 Aston Imua Challenge with a 3-0 (30-19, 30-23, 30-13) win over Cincinnati Thursday (Sept. 6) at the Stan Sheriff Center.

The Women of Troy recorded 57 kills and a .331 hitting percentage in the match, while keeping Cincinnati to 32 kills and .065 hitting. USC also out-dug (53 to 34) and out-blocked (13.0 to 4.0) the Bearcats.

The Trojans were led in kills by freshman Keao Burdine (15-2-25, .520), senior Jennifer Pahl (11-1-18, .556) and sophomore April Ross (10-7-29, .103). Burdine also led with 11 digs and Pahl led with seven blocks.

Despite allowing the Bearcats to score the first three-consecutive points in game one, the Women of Troy took a 6-5 lead and never looked back. USC held Cincinnati to a .116 attack effort (the Bearcats highest of the match) and eventually claimed the 30-19 win thanks to a seven kill (.750) game effort by Burdine.

The Trojans were quick to start the second game and led by at least 10 points nine different times before the Bearcats pieced together a short comeback. Down 24-14, Cincinnati rattled off five straight points (24-19) thanks to three USC hitting errors. A quick timeout allowed the Trojans to regroup and finish the game, 30-23.

In game three, the Women of Troy held Cincinnati to only nine kills (.057) and 13 points. Pahl led the charge with six kills and three blocks of her own, while freshman Alicia Robinson finished off the match with a kill for the 30-13 win.

No. 6 USC will face hometown favorite No. 10 Hawai'i tomorrow, Sept. 7, in the second round at 7 p.m. HST.

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