Incoming Setter Taylor Carico Named Girls 18 MVP At JO Championships

July 12, 2006

LOS ANGELES -- Incoming freshman setter Taylor Carico (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS) was named most valuable player for the 18 Open Division at the 2006 Junior Olympic Volleyball Championships in Atlanta. Carico earned the honor on July 5 after her TCA Third Degree club defeated Long Beach Mizuno in the final (25-20, 25-17, 25-20).

Carico played in the championship with three other players who have verbally committed to the USC program (due to NCAA regulations, the names of those players can not be released until the official signing date for each player's respective year).

She adds her MVP honor to a growing list that includes winning the 2005 Andi Collins Award as the nation's top setter according to and being a two-time Daily Breeze Player of the Year.

Carico will begin her career with the Women of Troy in early August when players report for fall practice. USC opens the 2006 season at the Century Tel/Classic Honda Tournament in San Marcos, Texas (Aug. 25-26) and will later open the brand-new Galen Center during Pac-10 Conference play.

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