Adams And Ross Lead USC To Fourth-Straight Sweep

Aug. 30, 2003

LOS ANGELES -- With double-digit performances from returning All-Americans April Ross and Emily Adams, the top-ranked USC women's volleyball team swept its fourth-straight opponent with a 30-18, 30-20, 30-21 victory over South Carolina on Saturday morning in the fourth match of the USC-Holiday Inns of the Greater Los Angeles Area Volleyball Tournament at the Lyon Center.

Eighth-ranked Northern Iowa defeated Ball State, 23-30, 30-25, 30-21, 30-19, in the first match of the morning session. The tournament concludes tonight.

An hour and 16 minutes is all it took for the Trojans to defeat the Gamecocks. Ross and Adams finished with double-digit kills, pounding 15 and 12 kills, respectively, to go along with a .400 and .524 attack percentage. The two contributed 16.5 and 18.0 points apiece. Adams led with five blocks, while Bibiana Candelas followed with four blocks, nine kills (.471) and 12.5 points of her own. Libero Nicole Davis led with 17 digs.

USC out-hit (.347 to .100), out-dug (43 to 38) and out-blocked (10.0 to 5.0) the Gamecocks.

The Gamecocks could not get past the Women of Troy's front line and quickly fell behind in game one by as much as 10 points at 15-5. Four of South Carolina's first five points were scored on Trojan errors as the Gamecocks struggled to find gaps. At the end of the game, South Carolina managed only seven kills and hit .000 in the 30-18 loss.

The first game did have its drawbacks for the Women of Troy. Starter Katie Olsovsky twisted her left ankle midway through the opening set and was forced to sit out the remainder of the match. Alicia Robinson replaced Olsovsky and Staci Venski replaced Robinson in the rotation, as USC capped a 30-20 victory in game two.

Down 18-12 in game three, the Gamecocks embarked on a 6-3 run to come within five points (22-17) and surpass the 20-point mark for the first time in the match. But their efforts fell short, as the Women of Troy rolled to the 30-21 final victory.

In the first match of the morning session, Ball State managed to strip No. 8 Northern Iowa of the opening game but eventually fell in four, 3-1, to the Panthers. UNI had three players finish in doubles figures, including Molly O'Brien with 21 kills and 26.0 points, Rachael Tink with 17 kills and 18.0 points and Shari Vermeer with 11 kills and 12.5 points. The Panthers held the Cardinals to a .174 attack percentage and five blocks, while hitting .338 and posting 9.0 blocks of their own.

The final tournament matches will be played tonight, as Ball State faces South Carolina at 5 p.m. and No. 1 USC takes on No. 8 Northern Iowa at 7 p.m.

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