Women's Volleyball Falls to Top-Ranked Women of Troy

Oct. 18, 2002

LOS ANGELES - The top-ranked USC women's volleyball team defeated No. 13 UCLA on Friday night at the Lyon Center with game scores of 30-24, 30-22, 30-24. Brittany Ringel led the Bruins with nine kills in the match as the Bruins fall to 12-7, 5-4 Pac-10. The Women of Troy remain undefeated, improving to 16-0, 9-0 Pac-10 with the win.

The two teams played even early on, with the Bruins taking an early 8-5 lead before the Women of Troy ripped off five straight points, leading Bruin head coach Andy Banachowski to use his first time out of the game. UCLA was able to stop the scoring streak and come back to tie the game at 11-all, but USC would slowly take the lead from that point en route to a 30-24 opening game win.

After spotting USC an early 5-1 lead, the Bruins battled back in game two, coming to within one point as late as 20-19. Unfortunately, the Trojans took off from there, scoring seven straight points behind the service of Katie Olsovsky to a 27-19 lead before putting away the game by a score of 30-22.

UCLA held a lead as late as 14-13 in the third game and came from behind to tie the match at 19-all, but were unable to hang on and extend the match to a fourth game.

Ringel led the Bruins with nine kills and nine points, followed by Heather Cullen with 8.5 points (six kills, one solo and one assisted block) and Angela Eckmier with eight points, four on blocks. Sophomore libero Chrissie Zartman led the Bruins with 13 digs. USC's April Ross led all players with 13 kills and 16 points on the evening.

The Bruins will return to action next Friday night, Oct. 25, in Pullman, WA, with a televised match at Washington State. The Pac-10 road trip will conclude on Saturday night at Washington. Friday night's match at WSU will be televised on a tape-delayed basis on FOX Sports Net.

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