Volleyball Sweeps San Diego To Open NCAA Tournament

Dec. 6, 2002

LOS ANGELES - The top-seeded USC women's volleyball team opened the 2002 NCAA Tournament with a 3-0 sweep (30-27, 30-15, 30-24) of 25th-ranked San Diego on Friday, Dec. 6, in front of 813 at the Lyon Center. With the win, the Women of Troy improve to 26-1 this season and will face Texas A&M, a 3-0 winner over Utah, in the second round tomorrow at 7 p.m.

The Trojans were led by junior middle blocker Katie Olsovsky who notched 10 kills and seven blocks, while hitting .533 on the night. Sophomores Emily Adams and Keao Burdine also helped in the effort. Adams posted seven blocks, while Burdine collected 14 digs in the three-game match.

With double-double performances from outside hitters Noel Frohman (13 kills, 12 digs) and Devon Forster (12 kills, 11 digs), the Toreros suffered on the attack, hitting .119 for the match, while USC posted a .319 attack percentage.

'We have a very strong outside attack and USC was aware of that,' said San Diego head coach Jennifer Petrie. 'They're so big and it's hard to find a weakness in their defense. We tried to spread the ball wider, but it was hard to penetrate their middle.'

Game one was close as each team struggled to take the lead. Thanks to two San Diego errors, the Trojans jumped ahead by three, 23-20, but USD did not stay far behind. The Toreros paced the Women of Troy and came within one at 27-26. At 28-27, a backrow attack was called on USD to give the Women of Troy game point and eventually the win, 30-27.

Despite their efforts in the opener, the Toreros could not keep up with the Trojans in game two. USC held San Diego to a -.029 hitting percentage, while posting a .464 effort of their own. The Women of Troy took a two game lead with a convincing 30-15 victory.

USC led by as much as six points (16-10) at the start of game three, but a 7-1 San Diego rally changed the tone and knotted the score at 18, 19 and again at 22. Two points at a time, the Trojans managed to edge the Toreros for the final game win, 30-24.

'I thought San Diego was a Top 20 team,' said USC head coach Mick Haley. 'For us, being constantly pushed is a good thing. It helps us maintain our intensity and we know that if the other team gets hot, you can lose in the first round. Playing better competition is going to help us in the long run.'

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Aggies Sweep No. 23 Utah to Advance to Second Round

Los Angeles - Texas A&M women's volleyball defeated No. 23 Utah, 31-29, 30-27, 30-15, in the first round of the West Regional of the NCAA Championships tonight at the Lyon Center on the University of Southern California campus.

The Aggies, making their 10th consecutive NCAA appearance, improved to 21-9 overall and kept their 10-year first-round undefeated streak alive since head coach Laurie Corbelli took over the program in 1993.

'Our serving and passing has been something that has been very strong for us in our past wins,' Corbelli said. 'We knew that would be key tonight, and the team came out focused and carried out the game plan very well.'

The Aggies posted 11 aces in the game to equal their second highest ace output of the season. In addition, A&M posted 10 more aces than Utah to post the biggest ace differential of the season.

Despite being outhit, .167 to .157, in the first game, and .350 to .308 in game two, the Aggies were able to hold off the Utes in the hard-fought opening games and then ran away with the third game by outhitting the Utes, .276 to .057.

Jones led the Aggies with 12 kills and a .391 hitting percentage. Munsch (10 kills, 15 digs) Achilefu (10 kills, 11 digs) and each reached double figures in both kills and digs with 10 apiece.

Utah's Kim Turner hit .448 and was the only Ute to reach double figures in kills with 16.

The Utes, who were making their fifth consecutive NCAA appearance, end their season at 25-9.

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