No. 8 USC Defeats No. 13 Texas A&M, 3-1, At UTSA Dome Rally
Sept. 11, 2005
SAN ANTONIO - Senior middle blocker Bibiana Candelas (Torreon, Mexico/Colegio Ponceno) tied a career-high with 20 kills, including eight in the fourth game Sunday, as the No. 8 USC Women of Troy defeated the No. 13 Texas A&M Aggies, 3-1 (30-26, 30-23, 28-30, 30-25), at the UTSA Dome Rally in the Alamodome.
Candelas had five blocks in the match, along with six digs.
The Women of Troy (3-4) got their first win against a ranked opponent this season with a brutal schedule comprising of five Top 25 teams, including three top ten teams, in the first seven games. USC remains undefeated all-time against Texas A&M (7-2) with a 7-0 record in the series.
Senior Staci Venski also had 20 kills on the afternoon for the Women of Troy while sophomore Diane Copenhagen registered 17 kills. Freshman Kelli Tennant had nine kills and led the team with seven blocks.
Laura Jones led the Aggies with 25 kills and 18 digs.
Down 4-3 in the first game, USC scored five straight points and would not relinquish the lead. The Women of Troy used five blocks in the match, including three from Tennant to stifle the Aggies' attack. Copenhagen had seven kills and Candelas capped the game with a kill on an overpass.
Service errors were the theme of game two for both teams as the score went back and forth. Texas A&M took the lead at 13-13, but the Women of Troy came back after being in a 21-18 hole. Using a combination of key blocking and dominating net play, USC closed it out with a 12-2 run and forced the Aggies to a .000 hitting percentage for the game.
It was a battle again in game three as neither team pulled away. USC looked to get the sweep with a 27-25 lead, but the Aggies stormed back with a 5-1 run to pick up the game win.
Texas A&M held a three-point lead, 7-4, in the fourth game, but the Women of Troy chipped away. USC took a 16-15 lead as both teams traded points. Kendra Felder and Laura Jones helped the Aggies tie the game at 20-20. Tennatt hammered an overpass to give USC the lead, 25-24, followed by Venski's shot down the line. Copenhagen rocketed a cross-court shot for a 27-24 advantage. Candelas and Tennant combined on a block to earn the match for the Women of Troy.
USC will host Pepperdine on Friday (Sept. 16) at 7 p.m. at the Lyon Center in the final nonconference match of the season before the start of Pac-10 Conference play. Friday's match will be carried live, along with Gametracker live stats, on usctrojans.com.
USC 30-30-28-30TAMU 26-23-30-25
Records: USC (3-4), TAMU (7-2)Kills: Bibiana Candelas 20 (USC); Laura Jones 25 (TAMU)Team: USC TAMU1 .340 .2562 .235 .0003 .222 .1934 .340 .220Totals .286 .172