#1 USC Volleyball Sweeps #18 Washington State

Sept. 27, 2002

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The Washington State University volleyball team lost its first match of the season as top-ranked Southern California defeated the Cougars 30-18, 30-21, 30-24, Friday night at the Lyon Center.

Washington State is now 11-1 overall, 2-1 in Pac-10 Conference play while USC moves to 9-0 and 3-0.

WSU had a school-record 32-game win streak coming into this match.

Lauren Killian, Katie Olsovsky and Emily Adams had 34 of the Women of Troy's 56 kills and USC out-blocked the Cougars 10 to three. USC hit .333 as a team and out-dug WSU 65 to 41.

WSU's Adrian Hankoff led all players with 18 kills but the Cougs hit a season low .133 and did not land a service ace. LaToya Harris had six kills and hit .000 for the night.

The Cougars did not have their 'A' game for the opener as the taller Women of Troy spread their offense and hit .333 while pushing WSU to a -.070 hitting percentage. The hosts also dominated at the net defensively, out-blocking WSU six to zero. USC outscored WSU eight to two for the final 30-18 game score.

In the second game, USC had an 18-13 lead when April Ross served into the net, followed by two hitting errors plus a kill from Holly Harris to put the Cougs within one, down 18-17. A Trojan timeout changed the momentum and USC came back to out-score WSU 12-4 for final tally of 30-21.

The Cougars put up much better numbers in the third game and again found themselves within one at 18-17. USC tagged four straight points and then the Cougars and Trojans traded scores before the home-court team doubled-up and took at 27-21 lead. USC hitting errors gave the Cougs two points and hope, but Adams tagged a kill and WSU setter Brenn Larson was called in the net to put USC at match point, 29-23. Hankoff landed a tip to give the Cougars one more one the scoreboard. Keao Burdine slammed the final point and kept USC undefeated.

'USC showed tonight, definitely, why they are number one in the country,' Cougar coach Cindy Fredrick said. 'They are an awesome team. Their strength is not just offense but they play great defense. Very, very talented athletes. Even though I hate to lose, more than anything, I'm not embarrassed to have lost to USC.

'I think our kids could have played better. We were missing the spirit, the spark, the idea of 'we can win.' I think we missed that tonight. We didn't play the way the Cougars play.'

Washington State plays at #17 UCLA (7-5, 0-2 going into the Friday match with Washington) Saturday night.

#1 USC (9-0, 3-0)	30	30	30#18 Washington State (11-1, 2-1)	18	21	24STATISTICS:KILLS - USC 59 (Killian 13), WSU 37 (Hankoff 18)HITTING PERCENTAGE - USC .333, WSU .133ASSISTS - USC 33 (Anderson 28), WSU 33 (Larson 30)DIGS - USC 65 (Davis 13), WSU 41 (Jamtaas 9)BLOCKS - USC 10 (Adams 4), WSU 3 (L. Harris 2)SERVICE ACES - USC 3 (Anderson, Adams, Mariana 1 each), WSU 0Attendance:  678
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