USC Beats Seventh-Ranked Stanford In Three

Oct. 17, 2003

STANFORD, Calif. - April Ross led an outstanding hitting display as the No. 1-ranked USC women's volleyball team defeated No. 7 Stanford, 3-0 (30-17, 30-21, 30-23), in front of 3,549 at Maples Pavilion on Friday night. The victory marked the Women of Troy's seventh sweep over a ranked opponent this season.

With the win, USC improves to 17-0 overall and 8-0 in the Pac-10, while Stanford falls to 14-4, 7-2 in conference play.

The Trojans entered the record books for the second-consecutive outing by hitting .545 for the match - a mark that ranks third among all-time USC records. The Women of Troy tallied 69 kills to the Cardinal's 48, while out-blocking Stanford, 9.0 to 4.0.

The Trojans' hitting produced only one error in the first game, as the team stunned Stanford by quickly building a five-point lead, 10-5. USC kept the Cardinal off-balance with its serve and doubled the advantage, 25-15. At that point, the Trojans outscored the Cardinal five-to-two to grab the 30-17 win.

USC hit .750 in game one and collected five blocks while holding Stanford to none.

Fueled by six kills from Keao Burdine and five kills apiece by Bibiana Candelas and Emily Adams, the Women of Troy maintained the momentum in game two. USC held the lead from the start and extended the advantage to as much as 10 points (27-17) before sealing the 30-21 win with an April Ross kill.

Stanford returned from the break reenergized and grabbed its first lead of the match. The Cardinal led by as much as five points, 12-7, before the Women of Troy started to work their way back. With blocks and kills by Katie Olsovsky and Candelas, USC reclaimed the lead, 15-14, and never looked back. Just as she did in the national championship match last season, Olsovsky capped off the match with a kill for a final 30-23 win.

Five of six USC hitters hit above .550 in the match, including Ross, who accounted for a team-best 18 kills, made only one error and hit at a .607 clip. Ross also added four blocks and nine digs.

USC will complete its road trip through the Bay Area on Saturday night when it travels to Berkeley for a 7 p.m. match-up with No. 5 California.

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