Happy Birthday Asia: No. 9 USC Beats No. 14 Purdue, 3-1
Sept. 15, 2006
LOS ANGELES - Junior Asia Kaczor (Wroclaw, Poland/College of Southern Idaho) registered a game-high 21 kills and 17 digs Friday as the No. 9 USC Women of Troy defeated the No. 14 Purdue Boilermakers, 3-1 (30-25, 27-30, 30-15, 30-26), in nonconference action at the Lyon Center. It was USC's final nonconference match before the start of Pac-10 Conference play next weekend.
USC remains perfect at 11-0 on the season as the Women of Troy have recorded four wins against Top 25 opponents so far. It is the seventh time in school history that a USC squad has opened with an 11-0 record and the third time in head coach Mick Haley's six years at Troy.
Kaczor hit .500 on the evening (21-4-34) as USC handed Purdue (9-1) its first loss of the season. It was an early birthday present for Kaczor, who celebrates her 22nd birthday tomorrow.
USC outhit Purdue by a .344 to .205 margin with the third game being the factor as the Boilermakers hit only .071.
Sophomore Stephanie Lynch led Purdue with 14 kills and hit .500 in the match (14-3-22) while Brittany Dildane had 21 digs for the Boilermakers.
USC freshman setter Taylor Carico (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS) continued her amazing first collegiate compaign, recording 54 assists with 11 digs and six kills.
It was a battle in game one with USC holding a slim 8-6 lead. Kaczor and Johansen doubled on a block, followed by a solo block from Gysin and another Gysin kill made it a 11-6 advantage with Purdue's first timeout. Lynch got the Boilermakers back in the game with a kill, block assist and service ace as USC used its first timeout, leading 16-15. At 19-18 for USC, Kaczor pulled off the hat trick with three consecutive kills to put the Women of Troy ahead, 22-18. Purdue cut it down to two points at 27-25, but Johansen's kill started a streak of three as USC earned the game victory.
Lynch led the Boilermakers again the game two with a kill, followed by two service aces as Purdue raced out to a 13-10 lead. Freshman Carrie Gurnell fired back-to-back kills as USC burned its final timeout of the game, trailing 19-15. Both teams traded sevens before USC added two more, but still down by two. Lynch came through with two more kills and a net violation against the Women of Troy evened the match.
USC appeared focused after the intermission, opening game three with a 9-3 run. A 4-1 run with two blocks made it 13-4 in favor of the home team as Purdue used its second timeout of the game. Copenhagen added a kill and two service aces as the Women of Troy closed out the game for a 2-1 lead.
The fourth game saw USC get to 15 first after Johansen's slide kill with the Women of Troy up by six, 15-9. Gysin and Kaczor later used back row kills to take the 20-13 lead. The Boilermakers answered with a 5-2 run as USC called a timeout, still leading by the 22-18 score. Sophomore Kelli Miller slammed an overpass as Purdue added two more and cut the USC lead to two, but Kaczor and Gysin followed with kills. It was a battle in the homestretch as Purdue clawed its way to close it to one, 27-26. Haley used his final timeout and his team responded with three straight to earn the victory.
USC plays on Thursday (Sept. 21) at Oregon State in a 7 p.m. match, followed by a trip to Oregon on Friday (Sept. 22) at 7 p.m.
PUR 25-30-15-26USC 30-27-30-30
Records: Purdue (9-1), USC (11-0)Kills: Stephanie Lynch 14 (Purdue), Asia Kaczor 21 (USC)
Team: PUR USC1 .159 .3172 .234 .2863 .071 .3454 .349 .413