No. 1 Women of Troy Topple Visiting Bears, 3-0
Nov. 1, 2002
LOS ANGELES -- Behind 15.5 points by outside hitter April Ross, the No. 1-ranked USC women's volleyball team swept the visiting California Golden Bears 30-15, 30-13, 30-22 in front of 725 in the Lyon Center on Friday night. In the effort, the Women of Troy held the Bears to the lowest point total for a USC opponent this season.
The Trojans improve to 19-0 overall and 12-0 in the Pac-10, while Cal drops to 15-7 overall and 5-7 in conference play.
Without leading attacker Mia Jerkov, who is out with an ankle injury, Cal was unable to produce much offense and hit a combined .029 for the match, while the Women of Troy tallied a .385 attack percentage. The Bears were led by a nine-kill effort by outside hitter Leah Young and tallied only 24 team kills and 1.0 team block on the night.
USC took advantage of the opportunity to spread the ball around and had nine different players post kills, while all 14 players logged minutes. Ross led in points, but sophomore Keao Burdine had a team-high 13 kills and 14 digs. Emily Adams (7-0-12, .583) and Alicia Robinson (8-0-13, .615) had error-free hitting performances, while Katie Olsovsky (8-1-15, .467) and Bibiana Candelas (7-1-13, .462) also contributed outstanding efforts.
With the exception of Cal's 4-3 lead to start game one, it was never a close match. The Women of Troy held the Bears to a -.027 attack percentage in the opener and, at one point, scored seven consecutive points on Ross' serve to build a 13-point lead before capping off the 15-point victory.
In game two, USC again used a 12-0 run with Ross at the line to go ahead 28-12. Kills by Adams and middle blocker Kelli Lantz sealed the 30-13 win. USC posted three errors in the game and hit .500.
Game three was much of the same as the Trojans hit .356 and made only five errors.
The Women of Troy host No. 6 Stanford on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. at the Lyon Center. The match is an expected sellout and there are only a limited quantity of general admission tickets still available. Fans are urged to arrive early. The box office will open at 5 p.m.