Washington Edges USC In Five-Game Effort
Sept. 25, 2004
LOS ANGELES - Senior middle blocker Emily Adams set a career-high with 18 total blocks, but it was not enough as third-ranked Washington outlasted the second-ranked USC women's volleyball team, 3-2 (22-30, 30-25, 20-30, 30-26, 18-16), in a conference match-up on Saturday night.
The two-hour, 29-minute match came down to a decisive fifth game, that saw the two teams tie the score a total of 10 times and alternate leads six times. In the end, a series of USC errors relinquished two match point opportunities and eventually gave the match to the Huskies. A Trojan overpass allowed UW's Darla Myhre to collect the final kill at the net.
With the win, Washington remains undefeated at 10-0 overall and 2-0 in the Pac-10. USC falls to 6-2 overall and 1-1 in conference play. The loss puts an end to the Trojans' 22-match home win streak, which dated back to Nov. 21, 2002, when USC fell to Stanford in a very similar five-game match-up.
At times, USC's blocking efforts looked to be enough to stop the Huskies, but Washington eventually found its way around. The Trojans performance at the net was impressive, as the team collected 21 total blocks and 38 block assists in the effort - the most ever compiled in the Lyon Center. But the Huskies countered with minimal serving and passing errors. While USC collected 11 service errors and five reception and ball handling errors, the Huskies posted a combined total of eight. USC hit .284 for the match and tallied 88 digs. Washington hit .196, had 90 digs and was held to seven blocks.
Adams 18-block effort ties for third among USC match records, and her 16 block assists ties for fifth. Adams also led both teams with 19 kills and a .429 attack percentage. Junior middle blocker Staci Venski also collected a career-high with 14 kills. Seniors Alicia Robinson (16 kills, 17 digs) and Keao Burdine (14 kills, 16 digs) finished with double-doubles and libero Debora Seilhamer tallied 25 digs.
Washington's Sanja Tomasevic, Christal Morrison and Brie Hagarty each collected a team-best 18 kills. The team had five players with double-digit digs, including setter Courtney Thompson who had 14 digs to go along with 62 assists.
The Women of Troy travel to the desert this week to face Arizona State on Friday, Oct. 1, and Arizona on Saturday, Oct. 2.