No. 1 USC Volleyball Sweeps WSU
Oct. 3, 2003
PULLMAN, Wash. -- No. 1 USC needed only 65 minutes to put away a depleted Washington State volleyball team 30-15, 30-16, 30-12, Friday night at Bohler Gym before a Homecoming crowd of 1,739 fans.
USC moves to 13-0 overall, 4-0 in Pac-10 play while WSU drops to is 5-10 overall, 2-4 in conference action. This was the 25th consecutive match win for USC, the defending national champions, and the Cougars' fourth consecutive loss.
Cougar coach Cindy Fredrick did not play two starters, senior Zanda Bautre and freshman Kelly Rosin, due to injuries aggravated in Thursday night's five-game loss to No. 8 UCLA. Another starter, redshirt freshman Kristen Carlson, did not play the third game due to recurring lower back pain.
"Zanda's got two bad wheels and last night she was in a world of hurt," Fredrick said. "I told her we would not count on playing her (against USC). Kelly we didn't really know until pre-game practice. Her back is just...she hurts. She couldn't serve, couldn't pass, couldn't hit. And Kristen's back is still sore and she just could not finish. When your kids look at you and they are that hurting, you have to pull them. I told Zanda, 'you know we're not likely to beat USC and neither is anybody else in the Pac-10.' We need her well and able to play next week. It is a lot more important to us to be able to beat Oregon and Oregon State than it is to beat USC."
The Trojans, who hit .512 for the match including a second game with a .710 hitting percentage, were led by the 12 kills of April Ross (.524). Bibiana Candelas and Katie Olsovsky each had five blocks as USC out-blocked WSU 10 to 4.
Brenn Larson and Kristen Carlson each had five kills for WSU which hit a school record -.030 for the match. Jennifer Todd, Jen Barcus and LaQue Branch, seeing her first start in her two-year career at WSU, each had two blocks.
"I told the kids a story last night about ants," Fredrick said. "Ants know that when a long winter comes, summer's coming. You'll live through it. You'll make it. Tonight when we finished, that's what the kids said to me in the locker room, 'summer's coming.' And it is. The sun will come up tomorrow. You don't get too excited about your big wins and you don't get too excited about the big losses."
Washington State host Gonzaga Tuesday night in a non-conference match at Bohler Gym and then travels to meet Oregon State Friday, Oct. 10, and Oregon Saturday, Oct. 11.
Washington State (5-10, 2-4) 15 16 12 No. 1 USC (13-0, 4-0) 30 30 30 STATISTICS: KILLS - WSU 23 (Carlson, Larson 5 each), USC 52 (Ross 12) HITTING PERCENTAGE - WSU -.030, USC .512 ASSISTS - WSU 21 (Larson 17), USC 46 (Anderson 28) DIGS - WSU 20 (Camp 6), USC 46 (Ross, Freeburg 9 each) BLOCKS - WSU 4 (Todd, Barcus, Branc 2 each), USC 10 (Candelas, Olsovsky 5 each) SERVICE ACES - WSU 2 (Larson, Barcus 1 each), USC 5 (Freeburg 2) Attendance: 1,739.
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