No. 13 UW Volleyball Falls To Top-Ranked USC, 3-0

Oct. 4, 2003

SEATTLE- The 13th-ranked Washington volleyball team (11-4, Pac-10 2-4) dropped its fourth straight match this evening to top-ranked USC (14-0, 5-0). All four of UW's losses have come to opponents ranked 11th or higher. Game score were 30-24, 30-27, 30-19.

The Huskies and Women of Troy played even through the first half of game one with the score knotting nine times through 11-all. USC then went on a four point run with two kills by Keao Burdine and two by Bibiana Candelas to take the 15-11 advantage. The Women of Troy pushed that lead to seven points at 21-14 after another four-point run that included two USC kills, a service ace and a Husky ball handling error.

Washington battled back, chipping at USC's lead to come within two points at 25-23 but the Huskies would get no closer as the Women of Troy took advantage of three hitting errors and a reception error to take game one 30-24. Sanja Tomasevic had five kills for Washington in the game, as did Burdine for USC.

The Huskies came out stronger in the second game, out hitting USC .413 to .348 and committing just two errors in 46 chances. UW held the advantage in kills and blocks but it was the Women of Troy's serve receive and passing that lifted them to the 30-27 win.

USC led by as many as four points at 26-22 when a pair of kills by Brie Hagerty and two more by Kara Bjorklund tied the game at 27-all. The Women of Troy registered kills over the next three plays, however, to seal the victory. Bjorklund and Tomasevic had four kills each for the Huskies, while Katie Olsovsky picked up seven kills for USC.

Washington stumbled in game three, hitting just -.079 as a team with 13 errors. USC jumped out to a quick five-point lead at 10-5 but UW pulled to within one point at 11-10 after two kills by Darla Myhre and a spike by Tomasevic. USC responded with a 12-3 run that included eight Washington errors. Washington could get no closer then down seven points at 25-18 as USC captured the match with the 30-19 win.

Tomasevic was Washington's leading scorer with 13 kills, while Hagerty and Myhre each tallied 10 and Bjorklund chipped in eight kills. Candace Lee anchored the UW defense with 10 digs, while Jessica Veris added nine and Tomasevic collected eight digs.

The Huskies return to Pac-10 action on October 11 with a 7 p.m. match against Oregon in Eugene.

No. 13 Washington lost to No. 1 USC (Seattle, Wash.) Oct. 4, 2003

Washington (11-4, 2-4 Pac-10) lost to No. 1 USC (14-0, 5-0 Pac-10), (30-24, 30-27, 30-19)

Kills: UW 46 (Tomasevic 13), USC 51 (Candelas 12); Assists: UW 41 (Thompson 39), USC 48 (Anderson 36); Service Aces: UW 3, USC 6; Digs: UW 46 (Lee 10), USC 51 (Anderson/Olsovsky 10); Team Blocks: UW 7, USC 13.

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