Fourth-Seeded Women of Troy Advance To NCAA Sweet 16
Dec. 1, 2001
DURHAM, N.C. - With another dominating hitting performance from all players, the fourth-seeded USC women's volleyball team (24-3) posted its fourth straight sweep with a 30-18, 30-19, 30-22 win over host Duke in the second round of the 2001 NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship in Durham, N.C., at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
With the victory, the Women of Troy advance to the NCAA Regionals to be played Dec. 6-9 at sites yet to be determined. USC will play Ohio State in the next round and possibly face the winner of an Arizona-Pacific match-up in the Regional Final.
Duke ends its season with a 23-5 overall record.
Five Trojans hit above .400 in the three-game match, as USC hit a combined .377 by collecting 57 kills off of 122 attacks with only 11 errors. The Women of Troy held Duke to a .106 attack effort (37-24-123), in addition to out-digging (53 to 46) and out-blocking (8.0 to 3.0) the Blue Devils.
Keao Burdine (.458), Alicia Robinson (.435) and Jennifer Pahl (.333) each posted double-digit kills, while April Ross and Toni Anderson led with 12 and 10 digs apiece. Katie Olsovsky, with a .455 effort of her own, led with five blocks. Blue Devil outside hitter Dorrette Burwell, who added 13 kills but hit .200 for the match, led Duke.
USC's freshmen helped set the tone in game one by pounding kills for the first three Trojan points. With Tracy Lindquist serving, USC collected six straight points to take a 10-4 lead. Duke came no closer than six points for the remainder of the game as another kill by Robinson confirmed the 30-18 win. Burdine had six kills off of six attacks (1.000) in the game.
With Lindquist at the line again, USC used another run (7-0) to start game two with a 10-2 advantage. This time the Blue Devils responded and were able to come within four, twice (14-10, 15-11), before the Trojans increased the lead to 11 to finish the game (30-19).
Despite keeping it close at the start (9-7), Duke had lost its fire by game three. The Blue Devils hit .064 in the game with nine attack errors as the Women of Troy advanced with a final 30-22 win.
The NCAA selection committee will announce their decision on regional host sites and dates by Monday, Dec. 3.