Women of Troy Post 3-0 Sweep Over Sun Devils

Oct. 26, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. - With a .667 effort by sophomore middle blocker Katie Olsovsky, No. 3 USC women's volleyball defeated Arizona State 3-0 (30-24, 30-24, 32-30) on Friday, Oct. 26, in front of 1561 at ASU's Wells Fargo Arena. With the win, the Women of Troy improve to 15-2 overall and 9-1 in the Pac-10, while the Sun Devils fall to 7-12, 2-9 in conference play.

As a team, the Women of Troy posted 56 kills off of 132 attacks (.265) in addition to 52 digs and 11.0 team blocks. Arizona State hit .169 with 47 kills, 45 digs and 8.0 blocks.

Olsovsky contributed a team-leading 14 kills, .667 attack percentage and four blocks (including two solo blocks) in the three-game match, while Lauren Killian (6 kills, .500) and Jennifer Pahl (5 kills, .556) each added error-free performances. Setter Toni Anderson led the squad in assists (30) and digs (12).

The Trojans took the first lead in game one but ASU stayed in it to tie the score at seven and eight. Despite the Devil's efforts, USC used a 9-3 run to secure the lead for good. ASU managed to come within four at 28-24 but could not hold the Women of Troy as they reached game point on a kill by Emily Adams. A solo block by Adams gave USC the win, 30-24.

At 10-9 in game two, USC's April Ross served for six straight points, including one ace, as the Women of Troy increased their lead to 16-9. Arizona State responded with a 10-4 rally of their own to knot the score at 21 and 22. Forcing three Sun Devil attack errors and scoring on kills by Olsovsky and Alicia Robinson, USC rolled to another 30-24 win thanks to a final solo block by Keao Burdine.

Despite an early 4-1 USC lead, game three was all about ties as the two teams matched each other point-for-point. Arizona State was the first to reach match point at 29-28 and 30-29, but the Trojans hung on each time and eventually tallied the final two points thanks to a block and a kill by Olsovsky.

USC returns home this week to face Washington and Washington State on Nov. 2 and 3.

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