Taylor Carico Named Pac-10 Freshman Of The Year

Nov. 27, 2006

LOS ANGELES -- USC setter Taylor Carico (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS) has been named 2006 Pac-10 Conference Freshman of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Monday. Carico becomes the fourth USC player to earn the honor along with Jasmina Marinkovic (1985), Antoinette Polk (1997) and April Ross (2000).

She was also named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team.

In her first collegiate campaign, Carico guided the Women of Troy to a 25-4 overall record and fourth-place finish in the Pac-10 with a 14-4 mark. Her 1,309 season assists are the most by any USC freshman and place her sixth on the single-season list. Along with her 12.71 assists per game average, she recorded 108 kills (1.05 kpg) for a .328 hitting percentage. She also has 232 digs (2.25 dpg) and 72 total blocks (0.70 bpg).

USC also placed two players on the All-Pac-10 team: junior opposite/outside hitter Asia Kaczor (Wroclaw, Poland) and senior libero Debora Seilhamer (Ponce, Puerto Rico/Colegio Ponceno). Junior outside hitter Diane Copenhagen (Saratoga/St. Francis HS) and sophomore outside hitter Jessica Gysin (Los Gatos/St. Francis HS) received All-Pac-10 honorable mention recognition.

Kaczor leads the Pac-10 in kills (511 for a 4.96 kpg average) and points per game (5.63) this season. Her 511 kills are the second-most in USC history behind Jennifer Kessy (554 in 1998). She is sixth in the conference with a 0.29 service aces per game average and seventh with a .307 hitting percentage. She has 182 digs this season (1.77 dpg) and 74 blocks (0.72 bpg).

Seilhamer has 659 digs this season with her 6.40 digs per game average placing her second in the Pac-10. She is closing in on her own school record for most digs in a season (696 in 2005). This season, she passed the 2,000 career dig mark to become just the third Pac-10 player to reach that milestone. Her 2,009 career digs and 5.11 career digs per game average are school records as well. On Nov. 24 against Oregon, she recorded 41 digs, the most in any four-game match at USC. She also holds the school records for most digs in a three-game and five-game match.

Copenhagen is second on the team with 408 kills and a 3.96 kills per game average. She has 252 digs on the season (2.45 dpg) and leads the team with 38 solo blocks.

Gysin, who has rebounded after she was hampered by injuries in her first two seasons, is third on the team with 309 kills (3.03 kpg) and second with 262 digs (2.57 dpg).

USC as the No. 5 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament will host first and second round action this weekend at Galen Center. BYU and UC Santa Barbara will play at 5 p.m. with USC hosting Ole Miss at 7 p.m. on Thursday (Nov. 30). The winners of both matches will face each other in a second round match on Friday (Dec. 1) at 7 p.m. All three matches will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com.

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