No. 14 USC Gets Another Sweep In The Nightcap
Aug. 25, 2006
SAN MARCOS, Texas - The No. 14 USC Women of Troy earned their second sweep of the day with a 3-0 win (30-24, 30-19, 30-14) against the UTPA Lady Broncs in Friday action at the CenturyTel Premier Tournament. USC defeated North Texas earlier in the afternoon.
Junior opposite hitter/outsider hitter Asia Kaczor (Wroclaw, Poland/College of Southern Idaho) led the Women of Troy (2-0) for the second straight time with a match-high 14 kills. Junior outside hitter Diane Copenhagen (Saratoga/Mountain View HS) had a team-high 16.0 points, thanks to 10 kills, five service aces and two block assists.
UTPA (0-2) were in the minus column through the match, hitting a negative .057 while USC hit .211 for the match.
Junior transfer Bethany Johansen (San Jose/UC Santa Barbara) had another efficient match for USC with a .500 hitting percentage (7-1-12) with 3.5 blocks. Freshman setter Taylor Carico (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS) had 25 assists and 13 digs.
USC All-America senior libero Debora Seilhamer (Ponce, Puerto Rico/Colegio Ponceno) had 21 digs in the match for a total of 43 on the day. She needs 78 more digs to tie Kelly Kuebler (1992-95) for third place on USC's career list.
In the first game, UTPA held a brief 5-4 lead before USC head coach Mick Haley called his first timeout. The Women of Troy responded with a 13-5 run with Bethany Johansen and Asia Kaczor recording two kills each during that stretch. Down by seven points, the Lady Broncs closed the gap with six consecutive points. Kellie Phillips led the way with three straight kills before Johansen ended UTPA's momentum with a shot down the line. The 6-1 run closed out the game victory for the Women of Troy.
As both teams battled in game two, Copenhagen provided the spark with six kills in the game as USC pulled away after a 16-13 advantage. USC took the 2-0 lead with an 8-1 run that included a service ace by senior Alli Dillon and another slam kill from Carico.
The Lady Broncs worked their way to a 10-9 margin in the third game before Copenhagen served seven straight points for the Women of Troy, including three service aces. After a UTPA service error, USC rattled off nine straight points to take command, 24-11.
USC concludes this weekend's action tomorrow against host Texas State in a 1 p.m. Central start.
UTPA 24-19-14USC 30-30-30
Records: USC (2-0), UTPA (0-2)Kills: Asia Kaczor 14 (USC), Kellie Phillips 10 (UTPA)
Team: UTPA USC1 -.024 .2372 -.079 .2293 -.068 .171Totals -.057 .211