No. 1 USC Volleyball Downs No. 20 WSU 3-1

Oct. 26, 2002

PULLMAN, Wash. -- The top-ranked Southern California volleyball team kept its record unblemished with a 30-19, 30-14, 18-30, 30-25, win over 20th-ranked Washington State at Pullman Saturday night.

It was USC's 18th win of the season and its 11th Pacific-10 Conference win. WSU's overall record is now 15-6 and 5-6 in Pac-10 action. With Washington's 3-0 win over No. 13 UCLA and California's 3-2 win at Oregon Saturday night, the Cougars, Huskies, Bears and Bruins all have identical 5-6 conference records, tied for fifth.

'I think we played the number one team in the country fairly well tonight, especially the come-back that the kids had,' Cougar Coach Cindy Fredrick said. 'We give up probably five inches on every player we're up against right now and I'm really proud of the way our women came out in the third game and really took it to them. We fought back and USC is a darn good team.'

For Washington State, Saturday's match had some consolation in that the Cougars' third game win over the Women of Troy was only the seventh time this season USC had lost a game, and the 18 points was the lowest total in a 30-point game for visitors.

USC's Katie Olsovsky led the match with 15 kills and added eight blocks. Keao Burdine's 15 digs was one of four Trojans with double-figure digs. Using a 6-2 offensive, USC's setters Tracy Lindquist and Toni Anderson had 28 and 27 assists, respectively.

For the second night, Chelsie Schafer led the Cougars with 13 kills and 16 digs. Holly Harris had a season-high 10 blocks. WSU freshman setter Brenn Larson had six kills (.308), 40 assists and five blocks.

USC hit .229 as a team and the taller Women of Troy held WSU to .121. While USC out-blocked WSU 15 to 11, it was a tremendous improvement from the first meeting in Los Angeles when USC won the blocking tally 10-3.

In Washington State's third game win, the Cougars raced to a commanding 22-9 lead and held on for the 30-18 win. Holly Harris led the way with five blocks and Bautre had five kills for WSU in this game alone. The Cougars hit .282 in this game, the only hitting percentage above .100 for WSU on the night. Just as important, WSU held USC to a -.026.

'The blocking was huge tonight and the defense, Kortney (Jamtaas) dug really well, because the blocks were getting a lot of good touches,' Fredrick said. 'We blocked them a whole lot better than we did down there.

Our passing was our demise in the fourth game. We couldn't get anything up to the setter and the setter couldn't get anything up to the hitters because our passes were about on the 20-foot line.'

Holly Harris added, 'We tried to take the momentum from last night (3-2 win over No. 13 UCLA) into tonight. We applied what we practiced all week because we knew we had to come out and play strong: number one, number 101, we knew if we played our game we would be alright.'

Next week, WSU travels to play at No. 18 Arizona State (10-5, 6-4) and at No. 16 Arizona (11-7, 6-4). The 'Zona schools are tied for third in Pac-10 standings, behind USC (11-0) and Stanford (9-2).

No. 20 Washington State (15-6, 5-6)	19	14	30	25No. 1 USC (18-0, 11-0)		30	30	18	30STATISTICS:KILLS - WSU 53 (Schafer 13), USC 65 (Olsovsky 15)HITTING PERCENTAGE - WSU .121, USC .229ASSISTS - WSU 49 (Larson 40), USC 63 (Lindquist 28, Anderson 27)DIGS - WSU 62 (Schafer 16), USC 77 (Burdine 15)BLOCKS - WSU 11 (H. Harris 10), USC 15 (Olsovsky 8)SERVICE ACES - WSU 2 (Bautre 2 ), USC 2 (Adams, Ross 1 each)Attendance:  1,098.
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