USC Trojans women's volleyball
|University||University of Southern California|
|Location||Los Angeles, CA|
|Head coach||Mick Haley (13th year)|
|Home arena||Galen Center (Capacity: 10,258)|
|Nickname||Women of Troy|
|Colors||Cardinal and Gold
|AIAW and NCAA Tournament Champions|
|1976, 1977, 1980, 1981, 2002, 2003|
|AIAW and NCAA Tournament Runner Up|
|AIAW and NCAA Tournament Final Four|
|1981, 1982, 1985, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2011|
|AIAW and NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015|
|Conference Regular Season Champions|
|2000, 2002, 2003, 2011, 2015|
The USC Trojans women's volleyball team is currently coached by Mick Haley, who began in 2001. Under Haley, USC became the first repeat NCAA Volleyball National Champion to go undefeated, as they finished off 2003 with a record of 35–0 while becoming the first school in NCAA history to stay at number one in the coaches poll every week. The former coach, Chuck Erbe, led the team to four national championships, 1 NCAA (1981) and three AIAW (1976–77, 1980)
Women's volleyball also has 10 final four appearances (1981, 1982, 1985, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2011), finishing as the National runner-up in 1982.
More recently, USC sent three female volleyball athletes to the 2008 Olympics – 2004 graduate Nicole Davis represented the indoor United States team, earning a silver medal. 2008 graduate Asia Kaczor represented her native Poland for indoor play, while 2006 alum Bibiana Candelas teamed up with Mayra García in beach volleyball, representing her native country, Mexico.
Year by year highlights
1981 was the first year the NCAA started sponsoring women's volleyball. USC, with a 26–10 record, defeated favored UCLA at Pauley Pavilion to win the first NCAA volleyball championship in NCAA history.
USC won the program's second NCAA championship by defeating No. 2 and defending national champion Stanford 3–1. Keao Burdine was named the Most Outstanding Player.
In 2004, USC made its third consecutive final four, by upsetting No. 1 Nebraska in the regional final. In the national semifinals, the Women of Troy lost to No. 4 seeded Minnesota, the eventual national runners-up.
USC made its first final four since 2004, upsetting fourth-seeded Texas in the regional final. In the national semifinal, the Women of Troy nearly defeated top-seeded and eventual national runner-up Stanford, even having match point, but ended up losing the fifth set in extra points, 16–14. During the regular season, USC had beaten the Cardinal once.
Starting the season ranked 10th nationally, the Women of Troy compiled a 25–4 regular-season record, the 8th 25-win season in coach Haley's 10-year tenure. Notably, in the regular season USC recorded a sweep of crosstown rival UCLA in conference play, including a 3–2 margin in the last match before postseason play, avenging losses in both 2009 matches.
The Women of Troy dropped just one set through the first three rounds of the NCAA tournament before facing Stanford in the quarterfinal. Though the Cardinal had defeated USC in both regular-season matches, the Women of Troy edged Stanford in a five-setter, led by Falyn Fonoimoana's season-high 25 kills. It was USC's first win against Stanford in seven tries dating to 2007.
Despite having won both regular season matches against Cal, the Women of Troy hit a season low .107 as a team—including a negative hitting percentage in the first set—and were swept, 3–0, in the semifinal. USC finished 29–5 on the season.
- Paula Weishoff – 1984, 1992, and 1996 indoor volleyball Olympian
- Susan Woodstra – 1984 indoor volleyball Olympian, assistant coach for the 2008 Olympics.
- Debbie Green, – 1984 indoor volleyball Olympian, highly regarded as the greatest women's volleyball setter in USA volleyball history.
- Nicole Davis – 2008 indoor volleyball Olympian
- Bibiana Candelas – 2008 beach volleyball Olympian
- Joanna Kaczor – 2008 indoor volleyball Olympian
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- Debbie Green: The best setter USA has ever had
- 2003 inductees for USC Athletic Hall of Fame