Coaches Pick Women of Troy To Finish Second In Pac-10 Volleyball Race

Aug. 6, 2002

Walnut Creek, Calif. -- The 2002 USC women's volleyball team has been picked to finish second in the upcoming Pac-10 race, according to a poll of the league's head coaches. Defending national champion Stanford was picked to repeat as the Pac-10 champion after receiving seven first-place votes and 88 total points.

The Cardinal narrowly edged USC for the top spot, with the Women of Troy tallying three first-place votes and 84 total points. Arizona (73), UCLA (65) and Washington State (55) rounded out the top five. Oregon State received 45 points, followed by Arizona State (40), California (35), Washington (34) and Oregon (21).

The Women of Troy return five-of-six starters, including 2001 All-Pac-10 first team selections April Ross (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Katie Olsovsky (Torrance, Calif.). Also among the starters returning are sophomore outside hitters Alicia Robinson (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Keao Burdine (La Habra, Calif.) and setters Toni Anderson (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Tracy Lindquist (Fountain Valley, Calif.).

USC opens its 2002 schedule on the road at the Ball State Nike Classic (Aug. 31-Sept. 2) and BYU Tournament (Sept. 5-6), before its first home match on Friday, Sept. 13, at 6 p.m. against the Cardinal & Gold Alumni. According to the early Volleyball magazine poll, the No. 3 Trojans will face five top-10 opponents (No. 1 Stanford, No. 4 Nebraska, No. 5 Florida, No. 6 Pepperdine, No. 8 Arizona) this season.

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