No. 6 Arizona Wins 3-2 Battle Over No. 14 USC

Nov. 18, 2005

TUCSON, Ariz. - Kim Glass recorded 37 kills Friday as the No. 6 Arizona Wildcats defeated the No. 14 USC Women of Troy, 3-2 (30-26, 23-30, 34-32, 18-30, 15-13), in Pac-10 Conference action at the McKale Center. Both teams split the season series as the Wildcats moved into a tie for second place in the conference with Stanford.

Jennifer Abernathy added 17 kills and 20 digs for the Wildcats.

Arizona improved to 19-5 on the season, 11-4 in Pac-10 play while USC falls to 14-9 overall and 10-5 in conference.

Staci Venski led USC with 19 kills while junior libero Debora Seilhamer had 32 digs. USC setter Nena Siljegovic had a career-high eight kills on the evening.

Glass used six kills early in the first game to give Arizona a 15-14 lead at the first media timeout. Staci Venski broke a 20-20 tie with a kill for USC, followed by three straight blocks as the Women of Troy held a 25-20 advantage. Arizona stormed back thanks in part of three straight service aces by Abernathy. Glass added two more kills, her 10th and 11th of the game, to close out the game victory for the Wildcats.

USC's Katelyn Bishop had two service aces as the Women of Troy raced to a 9-1 lead in game two. Siljegovic and Bishop combined for another block and one more point gave USC an 18-6 lead. The Wildcats scored three straight times before USC responded with its own streak of three points. Dominique Lamb had back-to-back kills as the Wildcats clawed back to a seven-point deficit, 23-16. Bibiana Candelas added two kills at USC went on to even the match at one game apiece.

In game three, Arizona was down 9-7 before reeling off seven straight points for a 14-10 lead. At 20-18, Abernathy and Bre Ladd led the Wildcats to another five-point lead, 23-18. Arizona looked to take the game at 28-24 before a couple of key digs by Seilhamer sparked a run of five points for USC. Glass responded with a side out on USC's game point as both teams played some extra volleyball. The Wildcats had a 31-30 lead before back-to-back kills by Venski and freshman Kelli Tennant gave USC another game point. Abernathy tied the game and Glass used her 28th kill of the match for another Wildcat game point. A ball handling error call by the referee on Arizona's serve put the home team ahead in the match, 2-1.

Bishop's serve helped the Women of Troy again in the fourth game for an early 4-1 margin. Abernathy and Glass tallied kills to cut the deficit to two, 13-11, but USC responded. Bishop again served four points for USC, including two service aces by the sophomore middle blocker for a 17-11 lead. USC outscored Arizona, 13-7, in the remainder in the game, capped by two more aces by Bishop.

In the deciding game, kills by Baum and Glass put the Wildcats ahead, 2-0. Glass and Lamb combined for a block and a USC hitting error gave Arizona the 6-2 advantage with a timeout. The Wildcats scored another point before the Women of Troy forced a timeout with three straight points for a 7-5 Arizona lead. Kill No. 35 on the evening from Glass made it an 8-5 score, but Candelas figured in two of three points as the Women of Troy tied it at 8-8. Tennant registered back-to-back kills for a 12-11 lead before a tip by Baum and Glass kill put the host team back in front, 13-12. A USC service error closed out the match for the Wildcats.

USC travels to Arizona State tomorrow for a 7 p.m. match, the final regular season road game for the Women of Troy.

USC	26-30-32-30-13UA	30-23-34-18-15

Records: USC (14-9, 10-5), UA (19-5, 11-4)Kills: Staci Venski 19 (USC), Kim Glass 37 (UA)Team: USC UA1 .073 .2052 .216 .1143 .224 .2334 .323 .0795 .233 .286Totals .207 .178

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