Emily Adams Gives Error-Free Performance in 3-0 USC Victory

Sept. 13, 2003

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - With an error-free performance from junior middle blocker Emily Adams, the top-ranked USC women's volleyball team defeated Southwest Missouri State, 3-0 (30-24, 30-23, 30-16), in its second match of the McDonald's-Texas A&M Invitational on Saturday morning. The Women of Troy conclude tournament play at 7 p.m. CST against Texas A&M.

The Trojans were slow to get started against the Tigers, who were coming off a five-game loss to the host Aggies on Friday night. SMS took the first lead in the opener and even extended its advantage to four points at 8-4. USC tied the score three times before finally pulling ahead 19-18.

The Tigers stayed close behind until a sideout at 26-24 brought setter Toni Anderson to the service line. Anderson set Katie Olsovsky for two kills and collected two service aces, including the final point, to give the Trojans the 30-24 victory.

USC twice lead by as much as eight points in the second game, but SMS managed to get within three at 26-23. To change things up, the Women of Troy looked to April Ross who set Adams, Keao Burdine and Bibiana Candelas for the final four points in the 30-23 victory for a 2-0 advantage in the match.

The only thing missing from the first two games was USC's block, but the Women of Troy corrected that problem in the final game. The teams matched each other for the first 10 points before the Trojans began to pull away. USC posted eight team blocks in the final stretch, including four-straight stops to end the match thanks to a solo block by Ross and three consecutive block assists by Adams and Staci Venski.

Adams led with 15 kills for the outing and committed no errors in a .577 hitting display. She led with 20.5 total points and seven blocks. Libero Nicole Davis led with 11 digs, while Burdine and Ross added 10 digs of their own.