Volleyball Sweeps Golden Bears, 3-0|
Nov. 9, 2001
BERKELEY, Calif. - The fifth-ranked USC women's volleyball team easily swept the Cal Golden Bears by scores of 30-19, 30-18, 30-23 on Friday (Nov. 9) night at Haas Pavilion. With the win, the Women of Troy improve to 18-2 overall and 12-1 in the Pac-10. Cal falls to 8-15, 3-12.
With an explosive hitting effort from the entire team, USC had five players hit above .350 for the night. Katie Olsovsky, Lauren Killian and freshman Alicia Robinson were near-perfect, committing no hitting errors and posting a .778 (14-0-18), .429 (6-0-14) and .467 (7-0-15) attack effort, respectively. April Ross led the team in kills with 15, while Olsovsky led in blocks with four. Toni Anderson and Keao Burdine each contributed three service aces apiece.
With a .579 (13-2-19) attack percentage of her own, senior middle blocker reached a personal milestone against the Bears. With her 10th kill of the night, Pahl pounded her 1,000th career kill at USC.
The Bears, who haven't defeated the Trojans since 1991, were out-hit (.448 to .205), out-dug (43 to 38) and out-blocked (10 to 6) by the Women of Troy.
The most competitive game of the night came in the final stretch as Cal outside hitter Reena Pardiwala pounded three consecutive kills and hitter Jessica Zatica added another to give the Bears a 12-11 lead. USC took control of the third game with a 5-0 run to take a 20-15 lead which resulted in 30-23 final game victory.
In a match that most likely will decide the 2001 Pac-10 Champion, USC travels to third-ranked Stanford on Saturday, Nov. 10. The match will begin at 7 p.m. at Stanford's Maples Pavilion.