Women of Troy Sweep Ninth-Ranked Cal To Remain Undefeated

Nov. 15, 2003

LOS ANGELES - The top-ranked USC women's volleyball team completed its most difficult home stand of the season with a sweep of ninth-ranked California (30-25, 30-20, 30-22) in front of 1,316 on Saturday night at the Lyon Center. The 3-0 victory came one night after the Women of Troy defeated seventh-ranked Stanford, 3-1.

The win gives USC head coach Mick Haley his 200th career conference victory and 50th Pac-10 victory. In his 20 years as head coach at the Division I level, Haley has amassed a 200-13 (.939) career conference record, including wins in the Southwest, Big 12 and Pac-10. In just his third year at USC, and as part of the Pac-10, Haley now owns a 50-3 (.943) Pac-10 Conference record.

Tonight's victory kept USC's record intact, as the Women of Troy improved to 26-0 overall and 17-0 in the Pac-10. Stanford and Cal marked the Trojan's 10th and 11th wins this season over ranked opponents (all have been ranked in the top 13).

With the loss, the Bears drop to 19-6 overall and 10-6 in conference play.

Junior Keao Burdine and sophomore Bibiana Candelas enjoyed another outstanding performance. Burdine led the Women of Troy with 16 kills and 18 points for a .419 attack percentage, while Candelas posted a team-best .600 hitting percentage (10-1-15) and six blocks.

Setters Toni Anderson and Kimi Freeburg, with 34 and 20 assists apiece, managed to distribute the ball pretty evenly, as five players finished with doubles digit kills - Burdine, Candelas, April Ross (13), Katie Olsovsky (12) and Emily Adams (11). Ross led with 14 digs in the match.

Cal, the only team to push the Women of Troy to five games this season in the first meeting on Oct. 18, was unable to repeat the feat in Los Angeles. The Bears never led in the three-game match and were held to a .180 attack percentage and 8.0 team blocks.

The Golden Bears were guided by outside hitter Jenna Brown, who collected 12 kills, and middle blocker Alicia Powers, who posted six blocks. The two contributed 12.5 and 12.0 points, respectively.

USC will play its final Pac-10 match on Friday, Nov. 21, when it hosts crosstown rival No. 8 UCLA at 7 p.m. at the Lyon Center. The Women of Troy will honor their five seniors - Ross, Olsovsky, Anderson, Nicole Davis and Kelli Lantz - prior to the start of the match. The final five volleyball points for the 2003-04 Lexus Gauntlet will also be up for grabs.

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