No. 6 USC Returns The Favor With 3-0 Sweep At No. 2 Stanford
Nov. 10, 2006
LOS ANGELES -- All-America candidate Asia Kaczor (Wroclaw, Poland/College of Southern Idaho) led with 26 kills and a .500 hitting performance Friday as the No. 6 USC Women of Troy upset the No. 2 Stanford Cardinal with a 3-0 sweep (30-18, 30-24, 33-31) at Stanford's Maples Pavilion.
USC (22-3, 11-3) hit .315 in the match to return the favor after Stanford spoiled the Women of Troy's debut at Galen Center on Oct. 12 with a 3-0 sweep.
Senior All-America libero Debora Seilhamer (Ponce, Puerto Rico/Colegio Ponceno) had 18 digs to push her school-record career mark to 1,902 digs. Freshman Player of the Year candidate Taylor Carico (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS) had 49 assists in the match, recording 10 digs and five block assists for the Women of Troy.
Foluke Akinradewo led Stanford (20-3, 11-2) with 15 kills as USC held standout Cynthia Barboza to a negative .022 evening with 10 hitting errors against nine kills.
In game one, the Women of Troy pulled away at 15-13 with a 15-5 run. Kaczor served USC to seven straight points to key the streak as the team hit .390 for the early 1-0 lead in the match.
At 8-7 in the second game with USC ahead, the Women of Troy pulled away again and did not relinquish the lead. Two straight kills by Kaczor with a double hit call and attacking error against Stanford meant four straight points as USC hit .340 in game two.
Stanford led 17-13 in game three before USC climbed back as both teams went neck-and-neck with the game tied at 21-21. At 30-30, USC's Diane Copenhagen (Saratoga/St. Francis HS) and Akinradewo traded kills. Carico and middle blocker Bethany Johansen stuffed a Barboza attempt and an attack error by Franci Girard sealed the win for the Women of Troy.
USC travels to No. 12 California tomorrow for a 7 p.m. match.
USC 30-30-33STAN 18-24-31
Records: USC (22-3, 11-3), Stanford (20-3, 11-2)Kills: Asia Kaczor 26 (USC), Foluke Akinradewo 15 (STAN)