Sept. 19, 1997
No. 8 USC Women's Volleyball Sweeps Arizona State to Open Pac-10
LOS ANGELES -- The No. 8 USC women's volleyball team remained unbeaten as it opened up Pacific-10 Conference play with a 15-4, 15-3, 15-4 thumping of Arizona State in front of 559 at the North Gym on Friday night (Sept. 19). USC improved to 8-0 overall, 1-0 in the Pac-10, its best start since opening 11-0 in 1991. Arizona State fell to 9-3, 0-1.
Junior middle blocker Jasmina Marinkovic, who entered the match as the nations leader in hitting percentage, continued her torrid play with 13 kills on 17 attempts without an error for a match hitting percentage of .765. Its the second-highest hitting percentage in school history. She is now hitting an amazing .547 on the year. Junior outside hitter Jennifer Kessy was almost as impressive with a match-high 16 kills and 10 digs as she remains USCs leader in kills.
USC enjoyed leads of 8-0 in both of the first 2 games and cruised to easy victories. Arizona State, led by senior outside hitter Terri Coxs 9 kills, saw its only lead of the match at 3-2 in the third game. It didnt last long as USC scored 7 consecutive points to take control of the final game. The Women of Troy hit a season-high .447 and held the Sun Devils to an opponent low of minus-.014. USC also had a season-high 9 aces.
USC is in action again on Saturday night (Sept. 20) when it hosts No. 15 Arizona at 7 p.m. at the North Gym.