Trojans Sweep Sun Devils
Oct. 2, 2004
TEMPE, Ariz. - USC All-American middle blocker Bibiana Candelas recorded a match-high 17 kills and five blocks to lead the two-time defending national champion Women of Troy to a three-game sweep over host Arizona State Friday night in Pac-10 volleyball action at Wells Fargo Arena.
The Sun Devils put up a fight in each game in the 21-30, 28-30, 21-30 loss to the third-ranked Trojans. ASU had a chance to take its first game from USC dating back to 2000 and first during the rally-scoring era (2001-P) leading 27-21 in the second frame, but USC scored eight unanswered points en route to the win.
The Sun Devils lost their third straight match to fall to 5-6 overall and 0-3 in Pac-10 action. All three matches in league play have come against ranked opponents. USC improved to 7-2 overall and 2-1 in Pac-10 play.
Sophomore outside hitter Nicole Morton (Bonsall, Calif.) led the Sun Devils for the sixth straight match with 13 kills. Freshman setter Rachel Mittelstaedt (Phoenix, Ariz.) recorded a career-high with six kills and added a match-high 30 assists. Sophomore middle blocker Tierra Burnley (Santa Clarita, Calif.), Mittelstaedt, freshman Colette Meek (Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada) and junior Sarah Watkins (Mishawaka, Ind.) tied for the team lead with two blocks each. Freshman libero and southern California native Sydney Donahue (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) led the Devils with 14 digs.
In addition to Candelas' match-high 19.5 points, Phoenix native Emily Adams also put up big numbers with 13 kills on a .591 attack percentage and added six blocks (three solo) to finish with 18.5 points. Senior outside hitter Keao Burdine led all players with 15 digs.