Women's Volleyball Advances To Regional Semifinal With Aggie Sweep

Dec. 7, 2002

LOS ANGELES - With double-digit performances from outside hitters April Ross and Keao Burdine, the top-seeded USC women's volleyball team defeated Texas A&M, 3-0 (30-18, 30-21, 30-23), in the second round of the 2002 NCAA Tournament on Saturday night in front of 747 at the Lyon Center.

The Women of Troy (27-1) now advance to the regional semifinals and will face the winner of the Notre Dame-Michigan State match to be played tomorrow. The NCAA West Regional will be played at Santa Barbara's Thunderdome on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 12-13, and will feature Pepperdine, UC Santa Barbara and USC. The semifinal matches will be played on Thursday at 5 and 7 p.m., while the final will start at 7 p.m. on Friday and will air live on FOX Sports West 2.

With the loss, the Aggies end their season with a 21-10 overall record.

Posting 12 kills apiece, Ross and Burdine led a dominant USC attack, which held Texas A&M to a .119 hitting percentage and only five team blocks. USC hit .327 on the night and collected 12 blocks.

Ross also led the team with a match-best .435 attack percentage, Burdine added a career-high four service aces, middle blocker Katie Olsovsky posted a team-high seven blocks and libero Nicole Davis added 13 digs. Texas A&M was led by outside hitter Melissa Munsch, who tallied 11 kills and 13 points in the match.

The Aggies only lead of the night came in the early points in game one, but the score was soon knotted at 8-8. USC then rattled off six consecutive points to go ahead 14-8. The Women of Troy extended the lead to nine and then finished off the game with a final 5-1 run thanks to an ace and four consecutive kills that led to the 30-18 win.

Despite being held to a .021 attack percentage in the second game, Texas A&M paced the Women of Troy and trailed by only three points, 20-17, midway through the game. But the Aggies, unable to slow USC's offense, were stuck at the 17th point as USC notched five straight to extend its lead en route to the final 30-21 win.

The final game was much of the same, as USC led by seven points, three times, before capturing the final 30-23 victory. The Women of Troy made only three attack errors in the final game.

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