No. 1 Women's Volleyball Defeats 20th-Ranked Cougars, 3-1
Oct. 26, 2002
PULLMAN, Wash. - Junior middle blocker Katie Olsovsky led with 20 points as the top-ranked USC women's volleyball team kept its record intact with a 30-19, 30-14, 18-30, 30-25, win over 20th-ranked Washington State at the Cougars' Bohler Gym on Saturday night. With the victory, the Women of Troy improve to 18-0 overall and 11-0 in the Pac-10. WSU falls to 15-6 overall and 5-6 in conference play.
Olsovsky led all players with 15 kills and eight digs in the match, while hitting .393 and also posting eight digs. Outside hitters Keao Burdine and April Ross each contributed double-doubles. Burdine added 14 kills and 15 digs and Ross posted 13 kills and 10 digs. Setters Tracy Lindquist and Toni Anderson had 28 and 27 assists, respectively.
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.
The Women of Troy jumped out to an eight-point lead (20-18) in game one and never looked back. At 23-19, the Trojans scored seven consecutive points, thanks to five kills and two Cougar attack errors to take game one, 30-19.
The Cougars were unable to produce any offense in game two. USC pulled ahead by double digits at 13-3 and led by as much as 15, four times before capturing the 16-point win, 30-14. Washington State hit .031, compared to USC's .483 attack percentage in the game.
The roles were reversed in game three. The Cougars raced to a commanding 22-9 lead and easily held on for the 30-18 win. Washington State hit .282 in this game, the only hitting percentage above .100 for the Cougars on the night. The Trojans were held to a -.026 attack percentage - their lowest hitting effort in a single game this season.
With a bit of confidence after the game three win, WSU took the first lead in game four before the Women of Troy knotted the score at 9-9 and 10-10. At this point, the Trojans embarked on a 12-2 run that put them ahead by 10 (22-12). The Cougars managed to cut the lead in half, but it was not enough as USC rolled to the 30-25 win.
USC returns home this week to face California and No. 6 Stanford on Friday, Nov. 1, and Saturday, Nov. 2. Both matches are at 7 p.m. and will be played at the Lyon Center.