No. 3 Women of Troy Defeat Cougars 3-0

Oct. 4, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. - With an outstanding effort from sophomore Katie Olsovsky, the third-ranked USC women's volleyball team was able to capture a 3-0 (30-26, 32-30, 30-15) victory over a Washington State squad, which pushed the Trojans in the first two games. In front of 1,021 at the Cougars' Bohler Gym, the Women of Troy improved to 9-1 overall and 4-0 in conference matches while WSU dropped to 7-5 and 2-3 in the Pac-10.

The win was the Women of Troy's eighth consecutive by a 3-0 score, extending the single game win streak to 24.

Both teams suffered from lackluster offensive performances in the first two games, but USC finished with a .231 attack percentage after a .378 effort in the final game. The Trojans tallied 50 kills, 62 digs and 12.0 blocks in the match. Washington State hit .075 with 43 kills, 53 digs and 7.0 blocks.

The Cougars were unable to stop Olsovsky who collected a team-best 11 kills, hit .556 (11-1-18) and tallied eight blocks for the Trojans. She was aided by Lauren Killian who hit at a .500 (8-1-14) clip, and Kelli Lantz who entered the match in the third game and recorded three kills off of four attacks (.750).

USC was quickly overwhelmed in the first game, allowing the Cougars to take their first lead at 4-3 and march to a 22-14 advantage by capitalizing on seven Trojan errors. The Women of Troy then turned the tables by using an 11-2 run to tie the score at 25 apiece. With a kill from Olsovsky and a ball handling error by the Cougs, USC captured its first lead since the start of the match at 27-26. WSU would not score again and the Trojans grabbed the 30-26 win.

Neither team managed to earn a significant advantage in game two, tying the score 15 times in the game. USC took a four point lead at 17-13, lost the lead at 19-20 then earned a five-point advantage (25-20) thanks to three blocks and two kills by Olsovsky. After the Cougs knotted the score at 27 and 28, the Women of Troy were the first to reach match point (29-28) but it took three attempts before USC could finish the game at 32-30.

After hitting a combined .172 in the first two games (neither team hit above .200 in either), USC finally found its stride in game three. The Trojans took a 3-0 advantage and never looked back. With three blockers on the court at one time, USC exploited the middle as Olsovsky and Lantz accounted for a combined nine kills. The Trojans led by as many as 16 points (29-13) en route to the win.

The Women of Troy will face Washington in Seattle tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 5.

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