Women's Volleyball

    Oct. 3, 1997

    Women's Volleyball Swept by No. 4 Stanford

    LOS ANGELES - The No. 7 USC women's volleyball team kept it close for most of the match, but eventually fell to No. 4 Stanford, 15-13, 15-0, 15-13, in a Pacific-10 Conference match in front of 915 at the North Gym on Friday night.

    The Women of Troy dropped to 10-2 overall, 3-2 in the Pac-10. Stanford improved to 13-2, 4-0. It was the Cardinal's 12th consecutive win over the Women of Troy.

    USC was led by 10 kills each from junior outside hitter Jennifer Kessy and junior middle blocker Jasmina Marinkovic. Junior middle blocker Alaina Kipps added 8 blocks.

    Stanford got 14 kills from senior outside hitter Kristin Folkl and 11 kills from senior middle blocker Barbara Ifejika. The Cardinal outhit USC, .254-.071.

    The Women of Troy led 11-10 in the first game, but Stanford scored 4 consecutive points to take a 14-11 lead. USC responded with 2 points, but a Folkl kill ended the game.

    Stanford absolutely dominated the second game, outhitting USC .467 to minus-.231, shutting out the Women of Troy. USC bounced back in the third game and played Stanford tight and even led, 8-6, at one point. The Cardinal was too much, however, took a 9-8 lead and never trailed again.

    "I'm very, very disappointed," USC Coach Lisa Love said. "We played to win. In Game 1, we lost due to serving and hitting errors. Our defense and blocking put us in a position to win, but we couldn't pull it out. Game 2 was an aberration. I felt in parts of Game 3, we showed we could we play to win, but we couldn't sustain it for an entire game." USC next hosts California on Saturday (Oct. 4) at 4 p.m. at the North Gym.