USC Signs Two Players For 2006 Season

Nov. 14, 2005

LOS ANGELES -- Setter Taylor Carico (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa HS) and outside hitter JoAnna Kaczor (Wroclaw, Poland/College of Southern Idaho) have signed national letters-of-intent to play for the USC women's volleyball program in 2006, head coach Mick Haley announced today.

The 5-11 Carico was a member of the 2004 and 2005 U.S. Girls' Youth National Team. Team USA won the gold medal at the 2004 NORCECA championship and finished fourth at the 2005 FIVB U-18 World Championship in China.

At the high school level, Carico leads a Mira Costa team (29-2) that is ranked No. 2 in the nation. She is rated as the nation's top setter and No. 5 overall recruit by

Last year, Carico led Mira Costa to its first state title since 1989 and earned South Bay Daily Breeze Player of the Year honors after recording 818 assists and 215 digs in her 2004 junior season.

'Taylor brings athleticism to the setting position for our program,' said Haley. 'She has had a lot of experience at the national, club and high school level with a tremendous amount of success.'

Kaczor, a 6-4 sophomore outside hitter, leads CSI this season with a 4.64 kpg average and a .469 hitting percentage. She has 2.40 digs per game, 81 service aces and 0.46 blocks per game.

CSI is 44-2 this season and ranked as the nation's top junior college team, heading into next week's NJCAA National Tournament.

'JoAnna will address our outside hitting needs next year,' said Haley. 'She is a great passer, as well as a strong defensive player. She will be able to challenge for a starting spot next year.'

USC is currently ranked No. 14 in the nation with a 14-8 overall mark and tied for third place in the Pac-10 Conference with a 10-4 record.

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