No. 1 USC Completes Perfect Pac-10 Season

Nov. 21, 2003

LOS ANGELES -- The top-ranked USC women's volleyball team capped a perfect Pac-10 season with a sweep over No. 8 UCLA (30-20, 30-24, 30-22) in front of 1,893 fans on Friday night (Nov. 21) at the Lyon Center.

The victory kept USC's umblemished record intact, as the Women of Troy improved to 27-0 overall and 18-0 in the Pac-10. It is the first time USC has gone unbeaten in Pac-10 play (and was just the eighth time any league team has done so, but the first since 1997). The win is USC's 12th over a ranked team this season (all in the top 13), as well as its 38th consecutive victory dating back to last season and its 16th consecutive home win.

With the loss, the Bruins dropped to 21-7 overall and 12-6 in conference play.

Keao Burdine posted a match-high 11 kills (hitting .345) for USC while scoring a team-best 13 points. She added seven digs. April Ross, who had a match-leading 14.5 points, was the only other player in double kill figures (10). She also had 11 digs and three aces.

Other key USC performances were turned in by Emily Adams (9 kills, .350 hitting, 6 blocks, 12.5 points), Bibiana Candelas (8 kills, .500 hitting) and Nicole Davis (14 digs). Toni Anderson distributed 29 assists and Kimi Freeburg had 16.

For UCLA, Colby Lyman had nine kills and hit .389 to account for 14 points. She also served four aces. Heather Cullen added eight kills and Chrissie Zartman had a match-high 20 digs.

The Women of Troy outhit UCLA, .319 to .108, and had 9.0 blocks to UCLA's 5.0.

With the win, Troy captured the remaining five women's volleyball points in the race for the Lexus Gauntlet, the year-long all-sports competition between USC and UCLA. The Bruins hold a 12.5-10 lead in the standings, with more points on the line in Saturday's men's water polo and football meetings between the schools.

USC's five seniors - Ross, Anderson, Davis, Katie Olsovsky and Kelli Lantz - were honored before the match.

USC next visits Cal State Northridge on Wednesday, Nov. 25, for a 7 p.m. match, then concludes its regular season with a Nov. 29 home match against Houston in the Lyon Center at 2 p.m. Both are non-conference matches.

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