No. 5 USC Holds Off Washington State, 3-1
Sept. 28, 2006
LOS ANGELES - Junior Diane Copenhagen (Saratoga/St. Francis HS) had a team-high 18 kills Thursday as the No. 5 USC Women of Troy defeated the Washington State Cougars, 3-1 (30-14, 24-30, 30-24, 30-27), in Pac-10 Conference action at the Lyon Center. Copenhagen hit .333 for the match and added a double-double with 11 kills.
USC remains perfect at 14-0 overall, 3-0 in the Pac-10 while Washington State fell to 12-5 overall and 0-3 in conference.
Women of Troy freshman setter Taylor Carico (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS) had 54 assists on the night with five kills, 13 digs and seven block assists.
Kelly Rosin led the Cougars with 17 kills and a .260 hitting clip to go with 18 kills with Kelly Hyder leading both teams with 29 digs.
USC snapped a 5-5 tie in the first game with a fiver, taking advantage of a couple of WSU hitting errors for the early 10-5 lead. Bethany Johansen and Kaczor recorded kills to keep the pressure on as the Cougars used its second timeout of the game, down by a 16-8 margin. The Women of Troy closed game one out with the 14-6 run.
The Cougars stormed out of the game in game two with an 8-1 run. Adetokunbo Faleti stopped a brief USC comeback with a kill as WSU maintained its advantage, 12-7. Back-to-back kills by Johansen cut the deficit to three before the Cougars recorded the side out, leading 21-17. Despite USC's efforts to go up 2-0, Faleti closed out the game with two kills and a block to even the match.
At 11-11 in the third game, Jessica Gysin served on four straight points as USC took a 15-11 lead. Copenhagen aided in a stretch with three kills and the Women of Troy clinged to a 21-18 advantage. Freshman Alli Hillgren served a key ace for the Women of Troy and Carico later dumped a ball in the Cougars' backcourt to put USC ahead, 26-22. Copenhagen slammed home the game winner down the left side for USC.
It was a mirror of game two in the fourth game for the Cougars, racing out to a 9-2 lead. Carico served the Women of Troy back into the game with an ace, followed by a block from Kaczor and Johansen. WSU held off the home team at 11-10 and Brittany Johnson later made it 15-12 with a kill from the left. USC tried to tie it again, but Faleti's kill kept the Cougars ahead by two, 17-15. Copenhagen's two kills and a ball handling error against the Cougars then tied it at 22 apiece. A few more errors cost the Cougars in the end as Kaczor's kill broke a 27-27 tie with USC going on to win the match.
USC hosts No. 4 Washington in Pac-10 Conference action tomorrow night in a 7 p.m. match at the Lyon Center. Friday's match will be broadcast live via video webcast on usctrojans.com.
WSU 14-30-24-27USC 30-24-30-30
Records: Washington State (12-5, 0-3), USC (14-0, 3-0)Kills: Kelly Rosin 17 (WSU); Diane Copenhagen 18 (USC)
Team: WSU USC1 -.045 .3422 .350 .2043 .196 .2944 .080 .213Totals .141 .259