No. 5 USC Volleyball Sweeps Oregon To Close Regular Season|
Nov. 21, 2001
EUGENE, Ore. - In its final Pacific-10 conference match of the season, Oregon fell 30-20, 30-10, 30-20 to No. 5 USC in front of 423 fans at McArthur Court on Wednesday (Nov. 21). Oregon finished the season 9-20 overall and 0-18 in the Pac-10, while the Women of Troy end the regular season with four straight wins to improve to 22-3, 16-2 in conference play.
"This was by far the best competition we had seen all season," Oregon head coach Carl Ferreira said. "They were extremely dominant."
USC exhibited a balanced and potent offense - led by freshman Keao Burdine (20 kills) and sophomore April Ross (13 kills) - and an aggressive defense to shut down the Ducks' offensive game plan. Defensively, three USC players finished with double digit digs - Katie Olsovsky (12), Ross (11) and Tracy Lindquist (11).
The Trojans out-killed Oregon 51-23 and posted a .315 hitting percentage.
The bulk of the Ducks' offense came from senior Monique Tobbagi, who had eight kills to finish her Oregon career with 1,174 kills. Tobbagi is just the fifth player in Oregon history to reach the 1,000 kill plateau.
One conference match still remains to be played before the final 2001 Pac-10 standings are decided. Stanford faces Arizona State on Saturday, Nov. 24. If the Cardinal wins the match, USC would finish second in the Pac-10. If the Sun Devils claim the victory, the Trojans would finish tied for first place with Stanford.
The Women of Troy will now await the announcement of the 2001 NCAA Tournament bracket. The 64-team announcement will take place at 3 p.m. ET (Noon PT) on Monday, Nov. 26.