#3 USC Volleyball Keeps Streak Alive With 3-0 Win Over WSU
Oct. 4, 2001
PULLMAN, Wash. - The USC Women of Troy volleyball team, ranked #3 nationally, won its ninth consecutive match in three games with a 30-26, 32-30, 30-15 win over Washington State Thursday night before 1,021 fans at Bohler Gym.
USC moves to 9-1 overall and a 4-0 first-place lead in the Pacific-10 Conference standings. WSU drops to 7-5 overall, 2-3 league play.
Katie Olsovsky led USC with 11 kills and only one error in 18 attacks (.556). Olsovsky also had eight blocks. Setter Toni Anderson had 23 assists and game-high 15 digs. The taller USC team out-blocked WSU 12 to 7.
In the first game, WSU took the lead at 4-3 and extended it to 23-14. But the Trojan women rallied back with an 11-2 run, scoring five kills and taking advantage of six Cougar hitting errors. The game was tied at 25-all. Hankoff put WSU in the lead with a kill but Olsovsky countered and tied the game at 26. A double hit from Cougar setter Kali Surplus put USC up by one. Holly Harris' attack error and a service ace by Olsovsky put USC at game point, 29-26. Alicia Robinson and Jennifer Pahl combined to block LaToya Harris at the net and give the visitors the 30-26 game win.
The Cougars kept it close in the second game with USC taking a four-point lead twice, at 17-13 and again at 25-21. WSU came back to tie up the game at 27, 28, 29 and 30 points. An attack error by Boyle put USC up 31-30, and a kill from April Ross clinched the game for USC. Chelsie Schafer subbed in for Zanda Bautre at the end of the first game and played through the second game.
WSU managed only eight kills but committed eight errors in 41 attacks in game three. USC had it's best offensive game with 19 kills and a .378 hitting percentage in the 30-15 win.
"We served really tough in the first game and we kept them out of their offense," WSU Coach Cindy Fredrick said. "We're up 21-12 and we had, I think, five unforced errors. We're not playing smart volleyball and that's the bottom line. If you're playing the number three team in the country, you just can't beat yourself and we did that in the first game and the second game.
"We held their big guns (Burdine, Robinson and Ross) to almost nothing and we didn't capitalize on that. The first two games they won on our mistakes, not on anything they did. We didn't come out to play in the third game. They decided they had to go to their middle hitters and got the job done."
"Kortney Jamtaas had a lot of great plays tonight and Adrian played well tonight," Fredrick said.
Surplus, a senior and team co-captain, said, "We just let people get on a roll and you can't do that in rally scoring. We weren't playing very smart and this team you have to play very smart against. If you make a mistake it's a point."
Washington State hosts #7 UCLA Friday night at Bohler Gym. The Bruins, 8-5 overall and 3-1 in Pac-10 play, defeated Washington Thursday night in Seattle, 3-1.
#3 USC (9-1, 4-0) 30 32 30 Washington State (7-5, 2-3) 26 30 15 STATISTICS: KILLS - WSU 43 (Hankoff 14), USC 50 (Olsovsky 11). ASSISTS - WSU 39 (Surplus 35), USC 48 (Anderson 23, Lindquist 17). DIGS - WSU 53 (L. Harris 12), USC 62 (Anderson 15). BLOCKS - WSU 7 (H. Harris 6), USC 12 (Olsovsky 8). SERVICE ACES - WSU 4 (Surplus, Bautre, Hankoff, L. Harris 1 each). Attendance - 1,021.
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