Volleyball Displays Record-Breaking Performance Against Arizona

Oct. 11, 2003

LOS ANGELES - The USC women's volleyball team (16-0, 7-0 Pac-10) topped the record books with a near flawless effort against Arizona on Saturday afternoon. The Women of Troy not only swept the Wildcats, 3-0 (30-15, 30-21, 30-17), in front of 1,018 at the Lyon Center, but also set multiple program records in the process.

As a team, the Trojans posted a .595 attack percentage - the best-ever team hitting performance in USC history. On its way to the outstanding mark, USC only committed three attack errors, which ties the program record for least number of errors in a match. No USC player hit below .389 in the outing.

Among all of the Trojans' top performers, sophomore Bibiana Candelas shined with an unbelievable .917 hitting percentage. The 6-5 middle blocker collected 11 kills off of 12 attacks and made no errors in the process.

Katie Olsovsky (.389), Emily Adams (.500), Keao Burdine (.583), Staci Venski (1.000) and Alicia Robinson (.667) were all outstanding, while senior April Ross posted a second-consecutive .500-plus performance. Ross hit .526 (10-0-19) against Arizona and led with 12.5 points in the match.

Setter Toni Anderson led with 21 assists, libero Nicole Davis added a team-high nine digs and Olsovsky and Adams led with three blocks apiece.

Arizona (7-10, 1-6 Pac-10) was able to keep it close through the first 10 points in games one and two, but each time the Women of Troy managed break away at that point. USC did not use long scoring sprees, but rather a consistent, high-powered attack that did not allow Arizona to serve for more than a point at a time.

USC built a quick eight-point lead (11-3) to start the final game and did not allow Arizona to get closer than five points for the remainder of the game and match

USC travels to the Bay Area this week to face No. 4 Stanford on Friday, Oct. 17, and No. 9 California on Saturday, Oct. 18.

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