Women of Troy Host Washington State Friday, Washington Saturday

Sept. 24, 2002

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Upcoming Matches
Sept. 27 - vs. #18 Washington State, 7 p.m.

TV: FSN (see below)
Audio: www.usctrojans.com
Sept. 28 - vs. Washington, 7:30 p.m.
Audio: www.usctrojans.com

The Facts
The No. 1-ranked USC women's volleyball team (8-0, 2-0 Pac-10) officially opens its 2002 home schedule this week with matches against No. 18 Washington State (11-0, 2-0) and Washington (10-1, 2-0). The Women of Troy play host to the 20th-ranked Cougars on Friday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Lyon Center. The match will be televised by Fox Sports Net and aired on a tape-delay basis Saturday-Wednesday, Sept. 28-Oct. 2 (see below and check local listing for additional air times). Saturday night, following the USC-Oregon State football game, the Women of Troy will face the Huskies at 7:30 p.m. at the Lyon Center. Both weekend matches can be heard live on the internet at www.usctrojans.com. USC is coming off 3-0 victories at Arizona State and No. 15 Arizona last Friday (Sept. 20) and Saturday (Sept. 21).

USC vs. Washington State (9/27) TV Dates & Times
Fox Sports West 2 - Sept. 28 at 10 a.m., Sept. 29 at 1 p.m., Sept. 30 at 6 p.m., Oct. 1 at 1 p.m.
Fox Sports West - Oct. 2 at Noon
Fox Sports Arizona - Sept. 28 at 1 p.m., Sept. 29 at 3 p.m.
Fox Sports Bay Area - Sept. 28 at 10 a.m.

The 2002 Trojans return 11 letterwinners and five starters from last year's squad which advanced to the NCAA Regional Final. Among the veterans, USC features the talent of All-Americans April Ross (Volleyball magazine third team) and Katie Olsovsky (AVCA second team), in addition to two other all-conference players (Keao Burdine, Alicia Robinson).

2002 Home Opener... Finally!
Believe it or not, the Trojans are four weeks into the 2002 season but play their first regular-season home match this Friday, Sept. 27, against Washington State. This marks the longest the Women of Troy have waited to play a match at home since the 1979 season when the Trojans began the home schedule on Oct. 5.

USC in Home Openers
The Women of Troy are 20-6 all-time in home openers and 4-1 when opening against a conference opponent.

The Rankings
USC jumped to No. 1 in both the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Poll and Volleyball Magazine Poll on Sept. 16 and maintained its top position this week. The Women of Troy earned a No. 5 final ranking in 2001 by both publications and entered the 2002 season at No. 3.

Olsovsky Named Pac-10 Player of The Week
Katie Olsovsky was named this week's Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week. The junior hit .625 with just two errors, recording 17 kills (3.40 kpg) and a team-leading seven blocks (1.40 bpg) for a grand total of 21.5 points as the Women of Troy swept both Arizona schools on the road. Against Arizona, she hit .733 with 11 kills off of 15 attacks with no errors. The attack percentage ranks sixth among USC's all-time individual matches. Against Arizona State, she hit .444 with six kills and four blocks, despite only playing in two of the three games due to illness. This is the fourth weekly honor for Olsovsky, USC's 29th Player of the Week honor all-time.

The Last Time...
The last time USC held the No. 1 spot in either poll was on Oct. 9, 2000. The Trojans were ranked No. 1 by Volleyball magazine for five straight weeks (Sept. 11-Oct. 9), but dropped four spots the following week to No. 5 after falling to Arizona, 3-0, in Tucson on Oct. 13. The last time USC was ranked No. 1 by the AVCA was on Oct. 16, 1984, following a four-game win over previous No. 1 Pacific. USC completed the 1984 season with a 30-7 overall record and No. 5 AVCA ranking.

Match Recaps
vs. Arizona State
- Behind 16.5 points and a career-high four service aces from April Ross, USC defeated Arizona State 30-20, 30-22, 30-27 in the conference opener on Sept. 20. Ross hit .375 to go along with her 12 kill and 10 dig outing. Keao Burdine led all players with 13 kills and added three blocks. In addition to Ross and Burdine's performances, four Women of Troy hit above .400 in the match. ASU was geared up to play the top-ranked Women of Troy and jumped out to a 8-4 lead in game one. It took USC a few rotations to finally find its rhythm and did so with setter Toni Anderson at the line. Serving for six straight points, Anderson helped the Trojans gain their first lead and roll to a 30-20 win. The Trojans led by as much as seven points in game two, 20-13, to capture an eight-point win, then took game three, 30-27.

vs. #15 Arizona - USC contained numerous Arizona rallies to defeat the 15th-ranked Wildcats 3-0 (30-25, 30-23, 31-29) on Sept. 21. The win was the first for the Women of Troy at Arizona's McKale Center since 1999 and avenged the Trojans 2001 season-ending loss to the Wildcats in the NCAA Pacific Regional. Five Trojans scored in double figures. Neither team posted staggering numbers in the match overall, as both schools combined for 47 hitting errors and 17 service miscues. The Women of Troy out-hit the Wildcats .242 to .143 in the sweep, tallying 52 kills to Arizona's 39. USC opened with a 10-4 lead in game one with six straight points, but eventually Arizona went on its own six-point run to take a 17-16 lead. After trading points to a 22-22 tie, the Trojans used an 8-3 run to finish the game. USC and Arizona see-sawed back and forth, leading to a 14-14 tie in game two. Aided by five Arizona errors, USC went ahead 21-14 and eventually grabbed a 30-23 win. Game three remained close throughout, resulting in 15 tie scores and a lead no larger than four points for either team. Attack errors proved to be the biggest factor in the game, with the Wildcats accounting for 12 and USC for 10.

Black Uni Debut
The Women of Troy saved something special for the Arizona Wildcats by donning new black uniforms. The Trojans, who have always worn cardinal uniforms on the road and white at home, will sport the new unis for select matches.

Trojans Sweep Through Early Season Tourneys
USC opened the 2002 season by winning the Radisson Hotel Roberts/Nike Classic. USC's 3-0 win over Ball State (Aug. 31) ended the Cardinals 42-match home win streak - the third-longest active home win streak in Division 1. The 3-0 win over Pittsburgh (Sept. 1) gave Mick Haley his 800th career victory and the 3-0 win over Nebraska (Sept. 2) solidified USC's Top 5 standing and marked Nebraska's first 3-0 loss since 1997. April Ross was honored as the tournament MVP and Pac-10 Player of the Week, and both Ross and Keao Burdine were named to the all-tournament team.

The following week the Women of Troy captured the BYU Mizuno Classic tournament title with wins over BYU, 3-0, Wake Forest, 3-1, and No. 6 Florida, 3-0. USC's win over sixth-ranked Florida on Sept. 6 was its second-victory over a top 10 opponent in five days after beating Nebraska, 3-0, on Sept. 2. The Trojans also played all three tournament matches in 24 hours (first match was at 7 p.m. on Thursday, final match was played at 7 p.m. on Friday). Keao Burdine was honored as tournament MVP, while April Ross and Emily Adams were named to the all-tournament team.

Washington Connections
Second-year Washington head coach Jim McLaughlin is a former USC men's volleyball coach. McLaughlin coached the Trojans from 1990 through 1996 and accumulated a 142-75 (.654) overall record. He led USC to its fourth NCAA title in 1990 and an NCAA runner-up finish in 1991.

USC Jumps To No. 1 Without Playing A Match
The Women of Troy earned the top spot in both polls on Sept. 16 and didn't even have to play a match. The previous week, the Trojans hosted two exhibition matches, but it was their performances the week before that made the difference. Stanford, which previously held the No. 1 spot, was defeated by Florida, 3-0, at the USA Credit Union Invitational in Gainesville, Fla., one week after USC defeated the Gators 3-0 at the BYU Mizuno Classic, thus giving the Trojans a boost.

Injury Update
Kelli Lantz, who sprained her right ankle during preseason practices and did not travel with the team the first two weeks of the season, began practicing with the team last week and played her first match of the season against Arizona State (Sept. 20) *** Sophomores Emily Adams and Alicia Robinson were in a minor car accident two weeks ago... Robinson has experienced minor back pain *** Katie Olsovsky has been fighting the flu and symptoms of mono since first diagnosed on Sept. 3... She missed starts against BYU (Sept. 5) and Wake Forest (Sept. 6) and played two-of-three games against Arizona State (Sept. 20).

Trojans Welcome First International Recruit in 7 Years
Bibiana Candelas, a 6-5 middle blocker from Torre�n, Mexico, is the Trojans' first international recruit since Jasmina Marinkovic was recruited in 1995 from Uzice, Serbia by former USC head coach Lisa Love. Marinkovic went on to become a two-time All-American with the Women of Troy before graduating in May, 1999. Candelas missed the first two weeks of the 2002 season while competing with Mexico's National Team at the Women's Volleyball World Championships in Dresden, Germany. She arrived on campus on Monday, Sept. 9, and made her first appearance with the Women of Troy at the Cardinal & Gold scrimmage on Sept. 13, but has not yet been cleared by the NCAA to compete in a regular season match.

Other News To Note
* Katie Olsovsky hit .733 (11-0-15) against Arizona (Sept. 21) - the mark ranks sixth among USC's all-time individual match records, tying a .733 performance she posted last season against Cal. Since her freshman season she has recorded three hitting performances ranked among USC's top-10.
* April Ross tied a career high with four aces against Arizona State (Sept. 20)
* Emily Adams collected a career-high six blocks against BYU and posted a career-high 12 kills against Wake Forest.
* April Ross collected a career-high 26 kills and tied a career-high with three aces against Wake Forest (Sept. 6).

Haley Gets Career Win No. 800
With a 3-0 win over Pittsburgh on Sunday (Sept. 1), USC gave second-year head coach Mick Haley his 800th collegiate career victory. Haley, who also spent four years as the U.S. Women's National Team coach, now boasts an 804-192-1 (.807) career record in 26 seasons in the college ranks.

2002 Team Captains
This year's team captain, as voted on by the players, is senior Lauren Killian. Teams must have a captain on the floor at all times, so junior April Ross will act as the floor captain when Killian is not present.

Reaching New Heights
The 2002 squad boasts the tallest lineup of hitters and blockers in recent history at USC. The Trojans' front line measures at a 6-foot-3 average height and as a team USC stands at 6-0.

A Trojan and a Bruin Get Together
Senior Tracy Lindquist and beach volleyball partner Chrissie Zartman (UCLA sophomore libero) represented the U.S. and captured the gold medal in late June at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World University Games in Guadeloupe of the French Antilles. At 5-7 and 5-5, respectively, Lindquist and Zartman were the shortest competitors in the tournament. In 1997, at ages 16 and 13, Lindquist and Zartman became the youngest players ever to receive an AAA beach rating.

Burdine Follows In Lindquists' Footsteps
Sophomore Keao Burdine stepped in for Tracy Lindquist and paired with UCLA's Chrissie Zartman for the 2002 Under-21 World Beach Volleyball Championship in Catania, Italy, not long after Lindquist and Zartman captured the world title. Although Lindquist is Zartman's long-time partner, she was too old to qualify for the under-21 event. Representing the United States, the new team advanced to the quarterfinal round (fifth place), but was eliminated by third-place finisher Maria Salgado Rufino and Talita Rocha of Brazil, 21-13, 21-15.

USC Takes Over USA Team
Head Coach Mick Haley has ensured himself one of the best trained teams in the country. For the second-consecutive summer, USC had six players (Katie Olsovsky, April Ross, Emily Adams, Tracy Lindquist, Keao Burdine and Alicia Robinson) train with the Women's National A2 Team in Colorado Springs, Colo. - this is by far more than any other school (next on the list is Stanford and Nebraska with two apiece).

Venski Forgoes High School Volleyball
Stacy Venski (California City, Calif.), a 6-3 middle blocker, did not play high school volleyball as a junior and senior. Instead, she chose to solely compete with her club volleyball team and during the summers she trained with the U.S. Youth and Junior National Teams. She was never eligible for prep awards or accolades and made an early verbal commitment to USC.

April Ross Named Pac-10 Player of the Week
Outside hitter April Ross has been named Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week for Aug. 26 -Sept. 2. She was also named the Radisson Hotel Roberts/Nike Classic MVP after guiding USC to three 3-0 victories, including a 3-0 upset sweep over No. 2 Nebraska. Ross posted double-double kill-dig performances in all three matches with 12 kills, 11 digs against Ball State, a match-high 17 kills, 10 digs against Pittsburgh and 11 kills, 11 digs against Nebraska. She posted a .333 attack percentage while collecting 40 kills (4.44 kpg), 32 digs (3.56 dpg) and five blocks (0.56 bpg). This is the second career weekly honor for Ross, USC's 28th player of the Pac-10 honor all-time.

NCAA Women Adopt Libero Position
The libero (pronounced 'LEE-bah-ro) is a designated backrow player. The libero is allowed to replace any player in the backrow without counting as a substitution and there is no limit to the number of libero replacements. The color of the libero's uniform must contrast from the color of her teammates' uniforms, but the libero's shorts must be the same. The libero plays only in the backrow but may not serve, block or attempt to block.

2001 Recap
In his first season at the helm of the USC program, Mick Haley led his squad to a 25-4 overall record, second-place Pac-10 finish (16-2) and No. 5 final ranking, but fell 'an ankle short' of the team's ultimate goal of returning to the NCAA Final Four. Behind the efforts of senior Jennifer Pahl (All-Pac-10) and then-juniors April Ross (All-Pac-10) and Katie Olsovsky (All-Pac-10), the Trojans dominated the regular season, but were eliminated in the NCAA Regional Final by Arizona, 3-2. Up 1-0 in the match, Ross went down with an ankle injury in game two and the Wildcats took advantage to gain the comeback win and advance.

Head Coach Mick Haley
Mick Haley is in his second season as head coach of the Women of Troy. Though hired in 1999 to replace former head coach Lisa Love, Haley completed his term as head coach of the U.S.A. Women's National Team before joining the Trojans in 2001. At the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, he led the United States to an unexpected fourth-place finish. Haley coached Texas for 17 seasons (1980-1996) and led the Longhorns to two national championships. He boasts a 806-192-1 (.808) overall record, 555-141 (.797) NCAA Division I record and a 168-12 (.934) conference mark.

Opponent Notes

#18 Washington State (11-0, 2-0) -- The Cougars are enjoying their best start since 1997, unbeaten in their first 11 matches of the season and climbing the polls each week, up to No. 18 this week. WSU is coming off two 3-0 Pac-10 victories last week against Oregon State and Oregon. The team is led by senior hitter LaToya Harris who is averaging 3.94 kills per game. Sophomore blocker Victoria Prince has led the squad at the net with 1.10 blocks per game. Head coach Cindy Frederick is in her 14th season at WSU and returned all six starters this season from the 2001 squad. Last year's Cougars finished 17-12 overall 9-9 in the Pac-10 (6th place) and was eliminated in the first round of the NCAAs.

USC-WSU Series Record -- USC owns a 23-10 (.697) all-time record against Washington State and have won the last seven consecutive meetings (last WSU victory was a 3-1 win in Pullman in 1998). Last season, USC defeated the Cougars 3-0 at home and on the road.

Opponent Comparisons	Kpg	Pct.	Apg	SApg	Dpg	Bpg
Washington State 17.76 .287 15.18 2.21 16.82 2.25
USC 17.88 .300 16.88 1.48 15.96 3.00

Washington (10-1, 2-0) -- With 10 wins so far this season, the Huskies are only one win away of tying last year's win total and their 2-0 Pac-10 start is the best since 1997. Under second-year head coach Jim McLaughlin, Washington posted 3-0 wins over both Oregon and Oregon State last week. The team is led by senior outside hitter Paige Benjamin who is averaging 5.47 kills per game and a .408 attack percentage. The team also has four blocker averaging more than 1.0 block per game. The Huskies returned three starters from the 2001 squad which finished 11-16 overall and 4-14 in the Pac-10.

USC-Washington Series Record -- USC owns a 26-9 (.743) all-time record against Washington and is riding an eight-match win streak (the Huskies last victory was a 3-2 win in Los Angeles in 1997). Last season the Trojans swept the Huskies at home and in Seattle.

Opponent Comparisons	Kpg	Pct.	Apg	SApg	Dpg	Bpg
Washington 16.47 .329 14.85 2.79 13.06 2.72
USC 17.88 .300 16.88 1.48 15.96 3.00

Player Profiles

#1 Tracy Lindquist
Setter * Senior
Did You Know? At 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-5, respectively, Tracy Lindquist and partner Chrissie Zartman (UCLA) captured the first-ever World University Beach Volleyball Championship, held in Guadeloupe of the French Antilles this summer. They were the shortest two-man team in the tournament.
This Season (8 matches played, 2 starts):
vs. Ball State (8/31): 21 assists, 5 digs... vs. Pitt (9/1): 19 assists, 1 ace, 6 digs... vs. Nebraska (9/2): 20 assists, 10 digs... at BYU (9/5): 20 assists, 1 ace, 5 digs... vs. Wake Forest (9/6): 21 assists, 7 digs... vs. Florida (9/6): 22 assists, 2 aces, 9 digs... at Arizona St (9/20): 20 assists, 6 digs... at Arizona (9/21): 17 assists, 1 ace, 3 digs...

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#2 Julie Mariani
Defensive Specialist * Senior
Did You Know?
Julie Mariani currently ranks sixth all-time (0.27 sapg) among USC's service ace career record holders.
This Season (6 matches played, 0 starts): vs. Ball State (8/31): 3 digs... vs. Pitt (9/1): 2 digs... vs. Nebraska (9/2): DNP... at BYU (9/5): 1 ace... vs. Wake Forest (9/6): 5 digs... vs. Florida (9/6): DNP... at Arizona St (9/20): 1 ace, 2 digs... at Arizona (9/21): 1 dig...

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#3 Toni Anderson
Setter * Junior
This Season (8 matches played, 8 starts):
vs. Ball State (8/31): 28 assists, 2 aces, 4 digs... vs. Pitt (9/1): 32 assists, 2 aces, 11 digs... vs. Nebraska (9/2): 28 assists, 8 digs... at BYU (9/5): 24 assists, 5 digs, 1 block... vs. Wake Forest (9/6): 2 kills, 42 assists, 9 digs... vs. Florida (9/6): 22 assists, 9 digs... at Arizona St (9/20): 29 assists, 2 kills (.667), 1 ace, 3 digs... at Arizona (9/21): 28 assists, 2 aces, 5 digs, 1 block...

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#4 Nicole Davis
Libero * Junior
Did You Know?
Nicole Davis will forever be listed as USC's first-ever libero since the position was just introduced by the NCAA this season. Not only is she skilled on the volleyball court (an outside hitter in high school), Davis is a black belt in karate.
This Season (7 matches played, 6 starts): vs. Ball State (8/31): 9 digs... vs. Pitt (9/1): 6 digs... vs. Nebraska (9/2): 13 digs... at BYU (9/5): 12 digs... vs. Wake Forest (9/6): 16 digs... vs. Florida (9/6): 1 kill, 6 digs... at Arizona St (9/20): 5 digs...

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#5 Kristen Anderson
Defensive Specialist * RS Freshman
This Season (0 matches played, 0 starts):
vs. Ball State (8/31): DNP... vs. Pitt (9/1): DNP... vs. Nebraska (9/2): DNP... at BYU (9/5): DNP... vs. Wake Forest (9/6): DNP... vs. Florida (9/6): DNP... at Arizona St (9/20): DNP... at Arizona (9/21): DNP...

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#7 Bibiana Candelas
Middle Blocker * Freshman
This Season (0 matches played, 0 starts):
Missed the first two weeks of the season while competing with the Mexican National Team at the World Championships... Joined the team on Sept. 9, but has yet to be cleared for competition by the NCAA.

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#8 Keao Burdine
Outside Hitter * Sophomore
Did You Know?
During the summer, Keao Burdine made her debut on the beach with Tracy Lindquist's partner Chrissie Zartman (UCLA). The two advanced to the quarterfinal round of the 2002 Under-21 World Beach Volleyball Championship in Catania, Italy.
This Season (8 matches played, 8 starts): vs. Ball State (8/31): Led with 15 kills, tallied a career-high .583 attack percentage, 10 digs, 1 block solo... vs. Pitt (9/1): 11 kills (.222), 10 digs, 1 block... vs. Nebraska (9/2): 12 kills (.214), 9 digs, 3 blocks... Named to the Radisson Hotel Roberts/Nike Classic all-tournament team... at BYU (9/5): 9 kills (.280), 6 digs, 1 block... vs. Wake Forest (9/6): 8 kills (.167), 8 digs, 2 blocks... vs. Florida (9/6): 11 kills (.333), 2 aces, 10 digs... Named BYU Mizuno Classic MVP and placed on the all-tournament team... at Arizona St (9/20): 13 kills (.156), 4 digs, 3 blocks... at Arizona (9/21): 9 kills (.115), 7 digs, 3 blocks...

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#9 Emily Adams
Middle Blocker * Sophomore
Did You Know?
At 6-foot-5, Emily Adams is one of the four tallest players to ever play for USC - the group includes 6-5 All-American Cica Baccelli (1991-92), 6-5 Amber Oliver (1996-99) and 6-5 teammate Bibiana Candelas.
This Season (8 matches played, 8 starts): vs. Ball State (8/31): 9 kills, career-high .667 attack percentage and 5 blocks... vs. Pitt (9/1): 6 kills (.278), 2 digs, 3 blocks... vs. Nebraska (9/2): 6 kills (.250), 2 blocks... at BYU (9/5): 7 kills (.438), 1 ace, 3 digs, career-high 6 blocks... vs. Wake Forest (9/6): career-high 12 kills (.455), 1 ace, 4 digs, 3 blocks... vs. Florida (9/6): 7 kills (.500), 4 blocks... Named to the BYU Mizuno Classic all-tournament team... at Arizona St (9/20): 8 kills (.333), 4 digs, 2 blocks... at Arizona (9/21): 7 kills (.200), career-high 2 aces, 6 blocks...

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#12 Kelli Lantz
Middle Blocker * Junior
This Season (1 matches played, 0 starts):
Sprained right ankle during practice on Aug. 28 and sat out for the first six matches... at Arizona St (9/20): 2 kills (.333)... at Arizona (9/21): DNP...

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#13 Alicia Robinson
Outside Hitter * Sophomore
Did You Know?
Alicia Robinson is the daughter of NBA 10-year veteran Truck Robinson (a three-year Phoenix Suns teammate of Alvan Adams, Emily's father). Alicia Robinson and Emily Adams have known each other since elementary school.
This Season (8 matches played, 8 starts): vs. Ball State (8/31): 4 kills (.000), 2 digs, 1 block... vs. Pitt (9/1): 10 kills (.444), 1 dig, 1 block... vs. Nebraska (9/2): 12 kills (.231), 2 blocks... at BYU (9/5): 8 kills (.235), 1 dig, 3 blocks... vs. Wake Forest (9/6): 10 kills (.192), 2 digs, career-high 6 blocks... vs. Florida (9/6): 6 kills (.000), 2 digs, 1 block... at Arizona St (9/20): 3 kills (.111), 3 blocks... at Arizona (9/21): 6 kills (.000), 1 block...

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#14 April Ross
Outside Hitter * Junior
Did You Know?
April Ross currently ranks among USC career record-holders in service aces (4th, 0.28 sapg), kills (5th, 3.83 kpg) and digs (5th, 3.05 dpg). Ross was the Gatorade National Prep Player of the Year in 2000.
This Season (8 matches played, 8 starts): vs. Ball State (8/31): Led with 11 digs, also had 12 kills (.348) and 2 blocks... vs. Pitt (9/1): led with 17 kills (.387), 10 digs, 1 block... vs. Nebraska (9/2): 11 kills (.267), 11 digs, 2 blocks... at BYU (9/5): 7 kills (.182), 1 ace, 11 digs, 1 block... vs. Wake Forest (9/6): career-high 26 kills (.512), 3 aces, 12 digs, 4 blocks... vs. Florida (9/6): 22 assists, 2 aces, 9 digs... Named to BYU Mizuno Classic all-tournament team... at Arizona St (9/20): 12 kills (.375), tied career-high with 4 aces, 10 digs, 1 block... at Arizona (9/21): 9 kills (.304), 8 digs, 4 blocks...

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#15 Lauren Killian
Opposite Hitter * Senior
Did You Know?
Lauren Killian was one of two athletes to be named to the USC Provost's Oversight Committee on Athletic Academic Affairs for the 2001-02 academic year. The committee met directly with USC President Steven Sample to discuss student affairs.
This Season (8 matches played, 0 starts): vs. Ball State (8/31): 7 kills (.333), 3 blocks... vs. Pitt (9/1): 8 kills (.438), 2 blocks... vs. Nebraska (9/2): 8 kill (.400), 1 dig... at BYU (9/5): 8 kills (.357), 4 blocks... vs. Wake Forest (9/6): 3 kills (-.143), 5 digs, 2 blocks... vs. Florida (9/6): 9 kills (.353), 1 dig, 1 block... at Arizona St (9/20): 6 kills (.417), 2 digs... at Arizona (9/21): 10 kills (.250), 2 blocks...

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#21 Staci Venski
Middle Blocker * Freshman
This Season (5 matches played, 2 starts):
vs. Ball State (8/31): 1 kill (.333), 1 block... vs. Pitt (9/1): DNP... vs. Nebraska (9/2): 1 kill... at BYU (9/5): made first collegiate start, 7 kills (.353), 1 dig, 2 blocks... vs. Wake Forest (9/6): 5 kills (.250), 2 dig, 2 blocks... vs. Florida (9/6): DNP... at Arizona St (9/20): 3 kills (.600), 1 ace, 1 block... at Arizona (9/21): DNP...

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#33 Katie Olsovsky
Outside Hitter * Junior
Did You Know?
Katie Olsovsky currently ranks fifth among USC career record-holders in blocking with a 1.23 average.
This Season (8 matches played, 6 starts): vs. Ball State (8/31): 9 kills (.357), 5 digs, 2 blocks... vs. Pitt (9/1): 10 kills (.643), 7 digs, 4 blocks... vs. Nebraska (9/2): 5 kills (.286), 1 dig, 6 blocks... did not start against BYU and Wake Forest due to illness... at BYU (9/5): 3 kills (.375)... vs. Wake Forest (9/6): 5 kills (.364), 4 digs, 5 blocks... vs. Florida (9/6): 4 kills (.059), career-high 5 aces, 3 digs, 4 blocks... at Arizona St (9/20): 6 kills (.444), 1 ace, 2 digs, 4 blocks... at Arizona (9/21): 11 kills, .733 attack percentage - ties for sixth among USC match records, 1 dig, 3 blocks...

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