Cal Stuns Women of Troy, 3-0
Oct. 9, 2004
LOS ANGELES - With a solid offensive effort and plenty of motivation, the No. 17-ranked California women's volleyball team defeated second-ranked USC, 3-0 (30-26, 30-27, 30-26), in font of 1,004 at the Lyon Center on Saturday night. The sweep marked the first for the Women of Troy since 2001 and the first at home since 1999.
With the win, the Bears improve to 8-6 overall and 3-2 in the Pac-10, while USC falls to 9-3 overall and 4-2 in conference play. The Cal victory also marked its first over the Women of Troy since 1991, ending USC's 24-match win streak against the Bay Area conference opponent.
USC never managed to gain an edge, gaining two and three-point leads only to watch the Bears fight their way back on top.
Cal topped the Women of Troy in nearly every statistical category, including kills (59 to 50), hitting percentage (.286 to .176), assists (53 to 47), digs (57 to 45) and blocks (13.5 to 4.0). USC edged the Bears in service aces three-to-one, thanks to Kimi Freeburg (1) and Sarah Florian (2).
Junior Staci Venski enjoyed the best outing for the Women of Troy. The 6-3 middle blocker/opposite hitter collected 11 kills off of 26 attacks with no errors for a .346 attack effort. Keao Burdine led with 16 kills and Florian and Debora Seilhamer each added 13 digs.
Gabrielle Abernathy, Cal's junior outside hitter, led the team with 18 kills, a .325 attack percentage and a match-best 20 points.
The Women of Troy return to the court this Friday, Oct. 15, when they host crosstown rival UCLA at 7 p.m. at the Lyon Center.