No. 5 Seed USC Earns 3-0 Sweep Of Ole Miss In NCAA First Round Match
Nov. 30, 2006
LOS ANGELES - All-America candidate Asia Kaczor (Wroclaw, Poland/College of Southern Idaho) had a team-high 15 kills Thursday and hit .438 (15-1-32) as the No. 5-seeded USC Women of Troy earned the 3-0 sweep (30-17, 30-24, 30-23) over the Ole Miss Rebels in the first round of the NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament. Diane Copenhagen added 14 kills as USC hit .372 for the match.
USC improved to 26-4 on the season and will face BYU in second round action on Friday at Galen Center. The Cougars earlier rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat UC Santa Barbara in a five-match match.
Ole Miss (19-13) concluded a historic season as the Rebels made their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Jaclyn Toohey led the Rebels with 14 kills.
'We have a lot of respect for Mississippi and felt they were an underrated team coming into tonight,' said USC head coach Mick Haley. 'We were trying to get the intensity up tonight. We were able to get some big leads and what happens in the past is that we lose our intensity and after watching BYU earlier tonight, I felt we needed to sustain our intensity throughout the match.'
'I think BYU got themselves in the right place tonight. Their intensity level is high after getting a scare tonight (against UCSB) and they will be ready to play tomorrow.'
'I don't know if I could give this team enough praise from what we overcame from last season,' said Ole Miss head coach Joe Getzin. 'We saw a difference last summer with these kids, stepping up and taking some responsibility in their actions. They fought through quite a bit and it was a bittersweet moment for our seniors. They won more games this year than they had the previous three years combined. I think we have a solid foundation and have raised the bar for Ole Miss volleyball.'
Women of Troy senior All-America libero Debora Seilahamer had 23 digs in three games and now has 2,032 career digs. She is six digs behind Washington's Candace Lee for second place on the Pac-10 Conference's all-time list and 32 behind UCLA's Chrissie Zartman. Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Taylor Carico had 38 assists, 10 digs, three kills and two block assists in the winning effort for the Women of Troy.
USC was able to pull away in the middle of all three games. With a 12-9 lead in game one, Gysin hit back-to-back kills as a 9-3 run put the Women of Troy ahead.
Up 21-11 in game two, Ole Miss came back with six straight points before Copenhagen stopped the momentum with a kill. USC raced out to another quick lead with a 15-5 mark in game three. It was 23-14 later in the game before another six-pack of points from the Rebels put them within striking distance, but the host Women of Troy closed out with a 7-4 run to advance.
Tomorrow night's match between USC and BYU will be broadcast live via video webcast for free, along with Gametracker live stats, on usctrojans.com with a 7 p.m. Pacific start time.
UM 17-24-23USC 30-30-30
Records: USC (26-4), Ole Miss (19-13)Kills: Asia Kaczor 15 (USC), Jaclyn Toohey 14 (UM)
Team: UM USC1 .128 .4212 .160 .3043 .140 .405Totals .144 .372
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