Women's Volleyball Opens Tournament With Sweep Over Ball State

Aug. 29, 2003

LOS ANGELES - The No. 1-ranked and defending national champion USC women's volleyball team (3-0), swept Ball State, 30-15, 30-15, 30-18, on Friday night to open the USC-Holiday Inns of the Greater Los Angeles Area Volleyball Tournament at the Lyon Center. The two-day round-robin tournament features four teams -- South Carolina, Northern Iowa, Ball State and USC - and will continue on Saturday.

The Women of Troy got the job done in a little more than an hour as they hit .580 on the night and committed only four total attack errors. USC also put up 12.0 team blocks, while hitting over the Cardinals (0-1) and keeping them from making any blocks throughout the match. Ball State hit .054 on the night.

Playing without starter Keao Burdine, who was resting a sore elbow, the Trojans utilized their deep bench and size to over power the Cardinals. Sophomore Emily Adams led with 15 kills and six blocks for a team-best 19.0 points in the match. Along with classmate Alicia Robinson, who filled Burdine's role and compiled a career-high .818 attack percentage and seven digs, the two did not commit a single error. Bibiana Candelas (.615, 9 kills, 5 blocks), Katie Olsovsky (.400, 6 kills, 4 blocks) and April Ross (.381, 9 kills) also displayed top performances.

In the earlier match, No. 8 Northern Iowa (1-0) defeated South Carolina (0-1), 3-0 (30-24, 30-19, 30-25). The Panthers were led by sophomore Rachel Tink, who posted 13 kills (.133) and contributed 14.5 total points in the effort. Outside hitter Jessi Worrell and middle blockers Shari Vermeer and Molly O'Brien each accounted for three blocks, while setter Jill Arganbright collected 43 assists. Worrell (.500), Vermeer (.412) and Michelle Burvee (.636) all displayed outstanding hitting performances.

Tournament play continues on Saturday with the four remaining matches. Northern Iowa will face Ball State and USC will take on South Carolina in the morning session at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., respectively. In the evening session, South Carolina will face Ball State at 5 p.m. and USC will host Northern Iowa at 7 p.m.

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