April Ross Serves Up A Win For The Women of Troy

Oct. 10, 2003

LOS ANGELES - Led by the outstanding offensive contributions of senior April Ross, the top-ranked USC women's volleyball team defeated Pac-10 foe Arizona State, 3-0 (30-12, 30-20, 30-22), in front of a near-capacity crowd at the Lyon Center on Friday night. With the win, the Women of Troy keep their 27-match win streak alive and improve to 15-0 this season (6-0 Pac-10).

The Sun Devils fall to 6-9 overall and 1-5 in conference play.

Ross not only tied a career high with seven service aces in the match (just one ace short of the USC record), but served six consecutive service aces in game one to excite the crowd and motivate her teammates.

'April had an exceptional match tonight and her serving was outstanding,' said USC head coach Mick Haley. 'She has had a great week of practice and has really kicked up her game a notch. We were so impressed with her.'

'I've never seen anything quite like it in all my years of coaching,' said Arizona State head coach Brad Saindon. 'I just wish it had not been against my team.'

USC led 10-4 in game one when Ross embarked on her serving streak. She increased the Trojans' lead to 16-4 solely on aces, then continued to serve for four additional points before committing her first error of the night. USC collected a total of 21 points in the match with Ross at the service line.

Ross also led the team with 15 kills, 12 digs and 22.0 total points, in addition to hitting at a .500 clip.

Seven of USC's eight eligible hitters hit above .333 in the match, while holding Arizona State to a .102 attack percentage.

The Women of Troy return to the court on Saturday, Oct. 11, to face Arizona at 4:30 p.m. at the Lyon Center. Fans with a USC-Stanford football ticket will receive free admission to the volleyball match.

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