Ross, Pahl, Burdine Lead Volleyball To Win Over Oregon State

Nov. 15, 2001

Los Angeles, Calif. - With outstanding offensive contributions from April Ross, Jennifer Pahl and Keao Burdine, No. 5 USC women's volleyball defeated Oregon State 3-1 (30-23, 30-12, 25-30, 30-18) on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Lyon Center. With the win, the Women of Troy improve to 19-3 overall and 13-2 in the Pac-10. The Beavers fall to 16-8, 9-6 in conference play.

The victory was USC's ninth consecutive over Oregon State, now coached by former Trojan player and assistant Nancy Somera.

Ross (17 kills, 12 digs) and Burdine (15 kills, 12 digs) both posted double-double performances, while Pahl led the team with a .522 attack effort (15-3-23). Sophomore Katie Olsovsky led at the net with five blocks on the night.

USC out-hit (.313 to .205) and out-blocked (10.0 to 3.0) Oregon State, but the Beavers put forth a strong effort in the backrow, collecting 64 digs to the Trojans' 69.

Oregon State tied the score at 5-5 in game one, but with consecutive kills by Pahl, USC took a two-point lead (7-5) and did not allow OSU to come any closer for the remainder of the game. At 20-18, the Beavers watched as USC pulled away to a 30-23 win thanks to five straight OSU errors.

Game two was never as close. With a 19-4 USC run, the Beavers trailed by as much as 18 points at 29-11 before their own service error ended the game at 30-12. OSU only managed to post six kills and a .036 attack percentage in the effort.

One game away from being swept, Oregon State managed to hold off the Trojans. The Beavers took an early lead (9-5) and then used an 8-2 run to gain a seven-point advantage (22-15). USC came within three at 25-22 thanks to consecutive kills by Ross and Burdine, but OSU still walked away with a 30-25 win.

Unwilling to let another game slip away, the Women of Troy stopped the Beavers completely in game four. With 10 errors and only 10 kills (.000), OSU watched as the Trojans rolled to the final game win (30-18).

USC closes its home regular season schedule with a 7 p.m. match against Oregon on Friday (Nov. 16).

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