Women Of Troy Ease Past Washington State, 3-0
Nov. 1, 2003
LOS ANGELES -- Using its entire bench, the No. 1-ranked USC women's volleyball team eased past Washington State with a 3-0 (30-16, 30-18, 30-21) victory in front of a capacity crowd of 1,382 at the Lyon Center on Saturday night. USC fans streamed in after the Trojans' 43-16 football victory over the Cougars to watch the undefeated Women of Troy complete 'Beat the Cougars' week.
With the win, USC improves to 22-0 overall and 13-0 in the Pac-10, while Washington State falls to 7-17 overall and 3-10 in conference play.
The Women of Troy also gave head coach Mick Haley his 600th career NCAA victory. In his 20 years as head coach at the Division I level, Haley has amassed a 600-142 (.809) NCAA record.
Outside hitter Alicia Robinson shined with a season-best 11 kills off of 15 attacks for a .667 attack percentage. Robinson also contributed three blocks for a total of 12.5 points. April Ross led with 13.5 points thanks to five blocks (tied a career-best with two solo blocks), two aces and eight kills. Despite only playing two games, Emily Adams matched Robinson with a .667 attack percentage and matched Ross with five blocks in the match.
The Cougars had little chance against the Women of Troy's more-dominant attack. USC out-hit WSU .368 to .034 and out-blocked the Cougars 13.0 to 5.5.
In the first game, the Trojans twice led by as much as 16 points before posting a 14-point victory, 30-16. The Women of Troy then took game two by a 12-point margin, 30-18. By forcing a match-high 10 Cougar attack errors and posting 18 kills of its own, USC finished the match with a 30-21 game-three win.
USC hits the road next week when it travels to face Arizona and Arizona State on Friday, Nov. 7, and Saturday, Nov. 8.