Volleyball Upsets No. 3 Washington
Nov. 26, 2004
SEATTLE, Wash. - The sixth-ranked USC women's volleyball team upset third-ranked Washington, 3-2, in a thrilling five-game match-up in front of 5,688 at the Bank of America Arena in Seattle on Friday night. The Women of Troy managed to hold the Huskies at match point in game five and took advantage of a pair of errors for the final 17-15 victory. Game scores were 30-28, 30-20, 25-30, 22-30, 17-15.
With the win, USC improves to 19-4 overall and 14-3 in the Pac-10, while Washington falls to 23-2 and 15-2 in conference play. The victory also gives the Women of Troy a final shot at a share of the conference title. If both USC and UCLA win on Saturday, the Trojans and Huskies would split the conference title.
Senior Keao Burdine led with 25.5 points thanks to a match-high 22 kills. She and libero Debora Seilhamer led with 29 digs apiece - a career-high for Burdine. Junior middle blocker Bibiana Candelas led with a .385 attack effort thanks to 18 kills off of 39 attacks, and senior Emily Adams posted a team-best eight blocks. Freshman Sarah Florian also set a career-best with 19 digs.
For Washington, senior All-American Sanja Tomasevic made her first start and second appearance overall since breaking her hand on Oct. 14 and led the team with 20 kills and 30 digs.
USC out hit Washington .221 to .214 and held advantages in kills (83-80), digs (106-101) and blocks (18-13.5).
The Women of Troy wrap up the Pac-10 schedule on Saturday, Nov. 27, against Washington State. The Trojans face the Cougars at 7 p.m. in Pullman, Wash. NCAA Tournament selections will be announced on Sunday at 3:40 p.m. PT on ESPN News.
Tonight's match will air tape delay on Fox Sports Net beginning on Saturday. For specific dates and times, please check listings for local FSN affiliate stations.