Women of Troy Hush the Huskies, 3-0

Nov. 2, 2001

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - With 12 kills and 15 digs by sophomore outside hitter April Ross, the fifth-ranked USC women's volleyball team swept the Washington Huskies 30-27, 30-19, 30-19 in front on 693 on Friday (Nov. 2) at the Lyon Center. With the win, the Women of Troy improve to 16-2 overall and 10-1 in conference play, while the Huskies drop to 11-12, 4-10 in the Pac-10.

The victory marked the Trojans' 12th sweep of the season and 26th straight win at home. USC finished on top in each category with 55 kills (.269), 58 digs and 10.0 blocks. Washington was held to a .079 attack percentage with 35 kills, 49 digs and 8.5 blocks.

Ross' performance was backed by an 11-kill (.308), 10-dig effort from freshman hitter Keao Burdine. Junior captain Lauren Killian led the team in hitting efficiency by scoring on seven kills off of nine attacks (.667) and adding three blocks.

Washington put forth its best effort in game one by maintaining an early lead against the Trojans. The Huskies led by as much as three points (15-12) before the teams tied the score at 15 and 16. USC took its first lead at 17-16, then reached game point (29-23) with a six-point advantage. But the Huskies held the Women of Troy as they tallied four points of their own before an explosive kill by USC freshman Alicia Robinson finished the game, 30-27.

With the score tied at 10 apiece to start game two, the Women of Troy rolled to a 30-19 victory thanks to a final 20-9 scoring run. The Huskies did not go without a fight as they again held USC at game point for three of their final nine points.

Outhitting Washington .333 to .059 in the third game, USC led by as much as 12 points (25-13) en route to the 30-19 final game win.

The Women of Troy host Washington State on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Lyon Center.

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