Second-Ranked Women Of Troy Start New Streak With Sweep Of Washington State

Sept. 25, 2004

Box Score

LOS ANGELES - With contributions from all four newcomers, the second-ranked USC women's volleyball team defeated Washington State, 3-0 (30-16, 30-23, 30-25), in front of 578 at the Lyon Center on Friday night. It was the first time since 2000 that four freshman competed for the Women of Troy.

With the win, USC improves to 6-1 overall and opens Pac-10 play at 1-0. The Cougars fall to 3-10 overall and 0-1 in the Pac-10.

Veterans Keao Burdine and Bibiana Candelas led the team with 13 and 10 kills apiece, in addition to hitting at a .423 and .500 clip, respectively. Burdine also led with 13 digs and four blocks. Washington State was led by sophomore middle blocker Jennifer Todd, who contributed 10 kills and a .500 attack percentage.

The Women of Troy started off on the right foot, holding the Cougars to a .029 hitting effort while committing only one hitting error of their own in game one. The two teams stayed close through 9-9 before a 6-0 Trojan rally gave USC the momentum. WSU scored only seven more points and gave up 13 points on errors as the Trojans took a 1-0 lead.

Washington State kept the match closer in games one and two, but never managed to gain the lead past the first few points.

Freshmen Sarah Florian and Katelyn Bishop entered the match in game two, while newcomer Jessica Gysin made her first collegiate appearance in game three. Gysin, who had been sidelined due to a severly sprained ankle she suffered during preseason workouts, came in for libero Debora Seilhamer and collected seven digs and an ace. Florian finished with seven kills (.278), Bishop a kill and a block, and Diane Copenhagen, who has been in the starting lineup since the season began, added four kills and three blocks.

The Women of Troy return to action on Saturday, Sept. 25, when they host third-ranked Washington at 6 p.m. at the Lyon Center. It marks the first time ever the two teams will meet with top-5 rankings.

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