Debora Seilhamer Sets USC Career Digs Record In 3-2 Win At Arizona State
Oct. 6, 2006
LOS ANGELES -- Junior Diane Copenhagen (Saratoga/St. Francis HS) registered the final kill Friday as the No. 4 USC Women of Troy fought their way to a 3-2 victory (25-30, 30-22, 30-25, 25-30, 15-13) against the Arizona State Sun Devils in Tempe, Ariz. ASU rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the match, but USC held on to improve its record to 16-0 overall and 5-0 in the Pac-10 Conference.
Arizona State fell to 9-6 on the season and 1-3 in the Pac-10.
With 28 digs on the evening, senior All-America libero Debora Seilhamer set a USC career record for digs and now has 1,713 career digs. She needed 18 in the match to pass Katie Haller (1990-93) and is now third on the Pac-10 all-time list behind UCLA's Chrissie Zartman (2,064) and Washington's Candace Lee (2,038). Freshman setter Taylor Carico (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS) had two season-highs with 67 assists and 20 digs while junior Asia Kaczor (Wroclaw, Poland/College of Southern Idaho) led all players with a season-high 27 kills. Copenhagen finished with 18 kills for the match.
Staci Smith and Nina Reeves had 18 kills each for the Sun Devils while Nicole Morton added 17 kills. ASU's Collette Meek had eight kills with no errors in a .421 performance.
At 16-16 in the first game, the host Sun Devils pulled away with a fiver. Morton and Meek recorded kills and took advantage of a few USC errors as ASU took the first game.
The Women of Troy pulled away in the second game at 10-10 with a 13-5 run to even the match. The Sun Devils came back to force the deciding game, streaking away after the game was knotted at 7-7.
Midway through the third game, Arizona State rallied from a six-point deficit with six straight to tie the game at 18-18 before the Women of Troy used a couple of Sun Devil errors to take the 2-1 lead in the match.
With a 3-3 score in the fifth game, Kaczor recorded two kills, followed by another one from Carico for a 6-4 lead. ASU answered as a Kaczor hitting error tied it at 7-7. Both teams fought to a 10-10 tie as USC again tried to move ahead on Kaczor's kill and an attack error by Smith for a 12-10 advantage. Smith atoned for her error with a kill and an attack error by Copenhagen made it 12-12. In the end, it was Copenhagen who provided the final two kills to preserve USC's perfect record this season.
USC travels to Arizona for a 7 p.m. match tomorrow night before returning home for the first-ever event at Galen Center on Thursday (Oct. 12) against Stanford at 7 p.m.
USC 25-30-30-25-15ASU 30-22-25-30-13
Records: USC (16-0, 5-0), Arizona State (9-6, 1-3)Kills: Asia Kaczor 27 (USC), Staci Smith/Nina Reeves 18 (ASU)
Team: USC ASU1 .170 .2922 .277 .0833 .189 .0934 .163 .1705 .308 .217Totals .212 .164