Trojans Sweep Oregon State In Home Finale

Nov. 20, 2004

Junior middle blocker Bibiana Candelas had 10 kills to lead a balanced offense that featured four other players with at least eight kills as USC swept Oregon State, 30-28, 30-25, 30-16, in its home finale in front of 565 at the Lyon Center on Saturday (Nov. 20).

USC, which honored seniors Keao Burdine, Emily Adams and Alicia Robinson before the match, improved to 18-4 overall and 13-3 in the Pac-10. Oregon State dropped to 10-16, 4-13. USC exploited a significant height advantage to outblock Oregon State, 11 to 3.5, and outhit the Beavers, .397 to .133.

Trojan Coach Mick Haley once again rested Burdine, but Adams, who played only sparingly against Oregon on Friday night, played the entire match and finished with eight kills and eight blocks. Freshman outside hitter Sarah Florian, junior middle blocker Staci Venski and Robinson all had nine kills apiece. Robinson and libero Debora Seilhamer had 12 digs each and Florian had 10.

The Beavers were led by Allison Lawrence's match-high 14 kills while teammate Nina Baltimore had a match-high 13 digs.

In a tight first game, USC led 16-13 before Oregon State used a 5-0 run to lead by two. Troy led again at 25-22 only to see the Beavers knot the game again. It was still 29-28 USC when the Beavers were called for being illegally over the net, giving USC a narrow win and a 1-0 lead.

The second game was equally tight with Oregon State leading 20-19. But a 6-0 run that featured a pair of Adams blocks and an Adams kill gave USC control. The final game was a different story as the Trojans pounced on their opponents with an early 13-6 lead, stretched it to 24-9 and never looked back.

USC wraps up the Pac-10 schedule next week at the Washington schools.