USC Dominates UCLA With 3-0 Win|
Sept. 21, 2001
LOS ANGELES - With an error-free performance by freshman outside hitter Alicia Robinson, fifth-ranked USC women's volleyball beat the eighth-ranked UCLA Bruins 3-0 (30-27, 30-21, 30-12) in front of 1,386 at the Lyon Center. With the victory, the Women of Troy improve to 6-1 (1-0 Pac-10), while UCLA drops to 5-2 and 0-1 to start conference play.
By capturing the first win in the home-and-home series, the volleyball team also earned USC's first points in the recently announced Lexus Gauntlet Challenge between the two crosstown rivals. This unique program will award points for the winner of each Bruin-Trojan head-to-head contest throughout the year and the Lexus Gauntlet will be awarded to the school with the most points at year's end.
Robinson led the Women of Troy with a match-high 14 kills off of 20 attacks and no errors. Her .700 attack percentage ranks ninth among program individual match records. April Ross posted her second-straight double-double with 11 kills (.346) and a match-best 15 digs and at the net, it was Katie Olsovsky who led both teams with six blocks in addition to a personal-best 11 digs.
The Bruins were held to a .141 attack effort, 40 kills, 37 digs and only 3.0 blocks. Dominating on both offense and defense, USC managed to contain a team who normally averages 18.4 kills, 17.2 digs and 2.4 blocks per game.
Both teams began the match fighting for each point, as the score remained knotted at 12-12. The Bruins took the first significant lead (20-15) by taking advantage of a string of Trojan errors. USC marched back to tie the score at 23, 24 and 26 before a kill by Ross helped the team breakaway and two kills by Robinson sealed the win.
UCLA trailed by six (12-6) at the start of the second game before embarking on a 9-3 run to even the score at 15 apiece. Though Porter managed to contribute nearly half of her kills (6) in the game, the Women of Troy managed to pull away again. This time, the Trojans forced 10 errors and reached match point on a UCLA service error while taking the game on an ace.
With a 2-0 advantage, USC was in control in the third game and did not leave much room for error. The Trojans used runs of 9-2, 7-2 and 10-2 to hold the Bruins to a -.114 effort and capped off the match with a final 30-12 victory.
Next week, USC hosts Arizona State and No. 4 Arizona on Friday (Sept. 28) and Saturday (Sept. 29). Friday's match begins at 7 p.m. and Saturday's at 7:30 p.m. Both matches will be played at the Lyon Center.