USC Beats Charleston To Advance At NCAAs
Dec. 2, 2004
LOS ANGELES -- Behind 16 kills from junior All-American Bibiana Candelas, the eighth-seeded USC women's volleyball team defeated College of Charleston, 3-0, in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night at the Lyon Center. With the victory, the Women of Troy advance to the second round to face 23rd-ranked Kansas State on Friday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m.
The Trojans took care of the visiting Cougars 30-22, 30-24, 30-23 to improve to 20-5 on the season. College of Charleston, the Southern Conference Tournament Champion, ended its year at 26-6.
USC got help from all three of its 2004 All-Pac-10 first team picks. Candelas led in kills on a .438 attack effort and contributed 18.5 points. Senior Keao Burdine posted a double-double with 11 kills and 17 digs, in addition to a match-best four blocks. Fellow senior Emily Adams also added 11 kills and committed only one error for a .667 attack percentage.
The Cougars were led by right-side hitter Rebecca Wieters and outside hitter Amanda Timmers, who each contributed 12 kills on the night. Three players finished with double-digit digs, including Marie Dobrens (19), Sara Davis (15) and Kaycie Carr (10).
College of Charleston challenged the Women of Troy defensively throughout the match, out-digging the Trojans 63-to-60. USC won the battle at the night with 56 kills and 10 blocks to Cougars' 39 kills and nine team blocks.
Earlier this evening, Kansas State defeated Cal State Northridge, 3-0 (30-20, 30-23, 30-25), to move into tomorrow's second round match-up.
NCAA First Round - Los Angeles (Dec. 2)
USC Head Coach Mick Haley
(On his thoughts playing a team from a smaller conference like Charleston's)
"You never discount a team no matter who they play, especially if they're the ones attacking and making things happen. Charleston proved to be just that."
Senior Middle Blocker Emily Adams
(On if they have a special countdown to the title)
Junior Middle Blocker Bibiana Candelas
(On her outlook for the playoffs)
College of Charleston Head Coach Sherry Dunbar
Junior Right-Side Hitter Rebecca Wieters
(On what she came away with after the loss to USC)
Freshman Middle Blocker Tiffany Blum