Volleyball Claims Pac-10 Title With 3-1 Win Over Stanford

Nov. 14, 2003

LOS ANGELES - With career-high performances from Keao Burdine, Bibiana Candelas, Nicole Davis and Toni Anderson, the No. 1-ranked USC women's volleyball team defeated seventh-ranked Stanford, 3-1 (27-30, 30-13, 30-18, 30-18) in front of 1,537 on Friday night at the Lyon Center. With the win, the Women of Troy clinch sole possession of the 2003 Pac-10 Conference championship.

The Trojans improve to 25-0 overall and 16-0 in conference play, garnering their second-consecutive Pac-10 title, and the program's sixth conference title overall. The Cardinal fall to 19-6 overall and 12-4 in the Pac-10.

The match was complete with stellar performances and highlighted by the play of Burdine and Candelas. Both players were error-free for the night, posting .649 and .690 attack percentages, respectively. Burdine led all players with a career-high 24 kills off of 37 attacks, while Candelas collected a career-high 20 kills off of 29 attacks.

Four USC hitters finished in double-digit kills thanks to the efforts of senior setter Anderson. Anderson finished the match with a personal-best 66 assists.

On the defensive side, libero Davis posted a career-best 31 digs, a mark that ranks seventh among USC's all-time single match leaders.

USC did not have a bad start despite the game one loss. The Trojans matched, and even surpassed Stanford in kills (22 to 20), digs (21 to 17) and blocks (1.0 to 1.0), but made a few too many attack errors (8 to 2), allowing the Cardinal to slip by for the opening 30-27 win.

The two teams stayed close early in game two until a four-point run by the Women of Troy created a gap and gave them the edge needed to break away. Behind a boisterous crowd, USC found its rhythm.

The Cardinal was unable to counter the Trojans' attack for the remainder of the match. USC hit .500, .375 and .478 in the final three games, as Stanford was held to a .048, .045 and .250 hitting percentage in games two, three and four. The Women of Troy also out-blocked Stanford, 12.0 to 3.0.

The match will be tape delayed on FOX Sports Net, at various times Saturday, Nov. 15, through Wednesday, Nov. 19. Fans can catch the match on Fox Sports West 2 on Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 10 p.m., and on Fox Sports West on Wednesday at 1 p.m. Check local listings for additional broadcast dates and times on other Fox Sports affiliates.

USC returns to the court tomorrow night when it faces No. 9 California at 7 p.m. in the Lyon Center.

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