Seilhamer Sets Another School Record As No. 6 USC Beats Oregon, 3-1
Nov. 24, 2006
LOS ANGELES - Senior All-America libero Debora Seilhamer (Ponce, Puerto Rico) set a school record Friday for most digs in a four-game match with 41 as the No. 6 USC Women of Troy defeated the Oregon Ducks, 3-1 (30-20, 26-30, 30-21, 30-27), in a Pac-10 Conference match at Galen Center. Junior Asia Kaczor led USC with a game-high 22 kills in the victory.
Seilhamer now has 1,986 digs in her career and will have an opportunity to break the 2,000-dig mark tomorrow. She would become only the third player in Pac-10 Conference history to reach that milestone behind UCLA's Chrissie Zartman and Washington's Candace Lee.
Kaczor now has 500 kills on the season, one behind Bibiana Candelas (501 in 2005) for second place on USC's single-season list. Jennifer Kessy (1998) holds the school-season record with 554 kills.
The Women of Troy improved to 24-4 overall and 13-4 in Pac-10 Conference play while the Ducks fell to 17-10 overall and 7-10 in conference.
Mira Djuric led with 19 kills for Oregon, hitting a sizzling .643 as she had just one error on 28 attempts. Sonja Newcombe added 17 kills and 10 digs for the Ducks.
Freshman All-America candidate Taylor Carico (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS) had 52 assists for USC, along with six kills, three block assists and two digs. She now has 1,285 assists on the season, good for sixth on USC's single-season list and the most by any freshman setter in school history.
USC raced to a 10-4 lead in game one after a solo block from Copenhagen and Kaczor service ace. The Ducks cut the deficit to three at 13-10, but the Women of Troy responded with an 8-4 run to lead by a 21-14 score. Gysin finished with six kills in the game as USC took a 1-0 lead in the match.
Oregon fired up quickly to start the second game with a 9-3 lead after Bitter recorded three kills. Gysin's kill closed the Oregon lead to 15-10, but the Ducks pulled away to even the match after hitting .318 for the game.
Two Oregon blocks in the first part of game three aided an early 11-6 advantage. Kaczor sparked five straight points for USC as Carico hit back-to-back '310' kills with the Women of Troy assuming the 18-14 lead. Later in the game, three straight attacking errors by the Ducks gave USC the 25-18 lead. Copenhagen delivered the game-winner on an overpass as USC finished the game with a .432 clip.
Both teams battled to a 15-15 tie in the fourth game before USC edged ahead, 23-19. The Ducks came back and used a block to tie the game at 26 apiece before USC used a timeout. Kaczor came out of the break with two straight kills before Oregon burned a timeout. Neticia Enesi earned a kill for the Ducks, but Kaczor's kill and a block from Copenhagen and Katelyn Bishop sealed the win for the Women of Troy.
USC concludes the 2006 regular season tomorrow with a 1 p.m. match against Oregon State on Senior Day. The match will be broadcast tomorrow live on usctrojans.com.
UO 20-30-21-27USC 30-26-30-30
Records: Oregon (17-10, 7-10), USC (24-4, 13-4)Kills: Asia Kaczor 22 (USC); Mira Djuric 19 (UO)
Team: UO USC1 .071 .2342 .318 .1763 .216 .4324 .191 .184Totals .200 .234