Women Of Troy Defeat CS Northridge 3-1 To Remain Unbeaten

Nov. 25, 2003

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Five players posted double digit kills, as the No. 1 USC women's volleyball team defeated Cal State Northridge, 3-1 (34-32, 30-32, 30-17, 30-22), on Tuesday night at the Matadome. With the win, the Women of Troy keep their undefeated record in tact (28-0), extend their overall streak to 40 and their road win streak to 32.

Cal State Northridge falls to 16-12 overall.

Seven USC players hit above .333 in the match, led by the efforts of Bibiana Candelas who posted a team-best 16 kills off of 31 attacks for a .387 attack percentage. April Ross was next on the list with 15 kills, in addition to adding five blocks. Emily Adams and Katie Olsovsky also contributed five blocks apiece and Nicole Davis and Keao Burdine each led with 16 digs. Setter Toni Anderson collected 51 assists in the winning effort.

The Women of Troy led by as much as eight points, 20-12, in the opener before their own errors allowed the Matadors to get back in the game. CSUN used an 8-0 scoring run to knot the score at 20-20, then took its first lead of the match at 24-23. The teams alternated points for the remainder of the game, even pushing the set beyond 30 points for the first time this season. USC finally broke away, thanks to consecutive kills by Burdine and Ross for the 34-32 win.

The Matadors continued the momentum into game two, but this time they came out ahead. The two teams were knotted at 8, 9, 10, 12, 14 and 15 before USC gained a slight lead at 21-17. After another seven tie scores, the Matadors took advantage of a USC attack error and scored an ace to finish off the game, 32-20.

With a .459 attack effort in game four, USC was back on track. Opening with a 4-0 lead, the Women of Troy never trailed. The Matadors came no closer than four points in the game and the Trojans led by as much as 12 on three occasions en route to the 30-17 USC win.

Game four was much of the same, as USC held the lead for the majority of the game after the teams alternated points through 9-9. The Women of Troy captured the win with an eight-point margin (30-22), its largest of the game, thanks to the efforts of Olsovsky who added six kills down the stretch.

USC concludes the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 29, when it hosts Houston at 2 p.m. at the Lyon Center. The 2003 NCAA Tournament selections will be announced on Sunday, Nov. 30, on ESPN News at 5 p.m. PST.

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