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USC takes NCAA volleyball crown

Posted: Sunday, December 22, 2002

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Katie Olsovsky had 16 kills as top-seeded Southern California defeated Stanford 3-1 in the NCAA women's volleyball championship on Saturday. It is USC's second title since winning the inaugural championship in 1981.

Olsovsky led a balanced attack as Keao Burdine and April Ross each had 15 kills and Emily Adams had 12 for USC, which won 30-27, 23-30, 30-24, 30-26. Burdine also had a match-high 15 digs.

Oganna Nnamani led defending champion Stanford (33-5) with 19 kills. Logan Tom had 16 and Sara McGee added 11. The teams met twice during the Pac-10 season, with each winning a five-game match on the other's court.

It was the fifth all Pac-10 final since 1992.

USC (31-1) took control of the match midway through the third game on an 8-2 run to take an 18-9 lead. The Cardinal closed the gap to 24-21, but USC won three straight points to keep control. After a Stanford point, USC scored the last two.

In the fourth game, USC scored the first four points and took a 9-3 lead.

Stanford got to 23-22, but USC scored three straight points. After two kills by Logan, USC scored four of the final six points, ending it on Olsovsky's kill.

USC won the first game with Ross and Burdine each getting 6 kills.

Stanford evened the match at 1-1 in the second game with Nnamani's 9 kills.



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