Perfect Ending To A Perfect Season!

Dec. 20, 2003

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Keao Burdine had 23 kills and 17 digs as Southern California won its second straight NCAA women's volleyball championship with a 3-1 victory over Florida on Saturday.

The Women of Troy (35-0) became the first repeat champion to go undefeated and extended their NCAA-record 47-match winning streak. It's the school's sixth national championship overall and third NCAA title.

Burdine led a balanced attack as April Ross and Bibiana Candelas each had 14 kills and Emily Adams added 10 kills as USC won the match 25-30, 30-27, 30-19, 30-26.

The last three losses for the Gators (37-2) have come to USC.

Florida coach Mary Wise was attempting to become the first women's coach to lead her team to the NCAA title.

Aury Cruz led third-seeded Florida with 18 kills and 18 digs. Jane Collymore had 15 kills and Jacque Robinson 14.

The Women of Troy took control midway through the third game, when they went on a 10-2 run to take a 23-15 lead. A service ace by Adams followed by an attack error by Cruz gave USC a 23-15 lead. The Women of Troy also scored five points off the service of Ross during their run, Ross' kill gave USC the victory.

In the fourth game, the Gators narrowed USC's lead to 25-23 on a Collymore kill. But the Women of Troy scored five of the game's final eight points and closed out the game on a spike by Candelas.

Florida won the first game thanks to Collymore's nine kills, but USC tied the match at one game apiece by scoring five of game two's final eight points and taking advantage of nine errors by Florida.

Burdine had six kills in the game for USC, and finished as the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. Ross and Candelas were named to the all-tournament team.

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