Seminole Sweep For No. 10 USC
Sept. 8, 2006
LOS ANGELES -- Junior outside hitter/opposite hitter Asia Kaczor (Wroclaw, Poland/College of Southern Idaho) led with a team-high 18 kills Friday as the No. 10 USC Women of Troy swept the Florida State Seminoles, 3-0 (30-22, 30-22, 30-26), in Columbia, S.C. USC will have two more matches in the Gamecock Invitational, hosted by South Carolina.
USC (7-0) handed Florida State (5-1) its first loss of the season.
Kaczor hit .406 for the match (18-5-32), adding a season-high four service aces with four digs. Junior outside hitter Diane Copenhagen (Saratoga/St. Francis HS) had 14 kills with eight digs and three solo blocks.
Freshman setter Taylor Carico (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS) dished out 39 assists in the three-game match, adding two aces, five digs and a block assist.
Brianna Barry led the Seminoles with 11 kills.
'Florida State was able to regroup and come at us in the second and third games,' said USC head coach Mick Haley. 'I thought Asia had a good match and served extremely well. She reminds me of (former USC All-American) April Ross in that she's starting to come on strong with her serve.' USC hit .295 for the match, including a game-high .393 (15-4-28) in game two while FSU hit .162 on the afternoon.
Both teams battled to a 16-16 tie in the first game. An attack error by FSU's Makini Thompson started a stretch of five straight points for the Women of Troy, cruising to the first game victory.
In the second game, Carico served an opening 5-0 stretch for the Women of Troy as USC raced to a 16-6 lead. FSU defensive specialist Summer Weissing got the Seminoles back in the mix with a service ace for a 5-0 run. The Seminoles cut the deficit to three at 21-18 before USC powered its way to a 2-0 lead in the match, thanks to three straight kills by Copenhagen,
Florida State had an early 6-3 lead in game three, but USC took the lead for good with a 5-0 run on the way to the team's fifth sweep this season.
USC will face host South Carolina tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern. Live stats for the match will be available on South Carolina's website at uscsports.cstv.com.
FSU 22-22-26USC 30-30-30
Records: Florida State (5-1), USC (7-0)Kills: Asia Kaczor 18 (USC), Brianna Barry 11 (FSU)
Team: FSU USC1 .231 .2932 .083 .3933 .167 .233Totals .162 .295
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