How Sweep It Is: USC Beats BYU, 3-0, In NCAA Second Round Match
Dec. 1, 2006
LOS ANGELES - Jessica Gysin had 12 kills, hitting .500 on the evening, while teammate Diane Copenhagen had a team-high 16 kills Friday as the No. 5-seeded USC Women of Troy advanced with a 3-0 sweep (30-25, 39-37, 30-19) against the BYU Cougars in the 2006 NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament second-round match at Galen Center. USC (27-4) advances to the Honolulu Regional next week to face the winner of tomorrow night's Long Beach State-Hawai'i in a third-round contest.
This is the sixth time in the last seven years that USC has made a regional appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Women of Troy, ranked No. 6 in the latest AVCA poll, battled a BYU (25-6) team that rallied from a 2-0 deficit last night to defeat UC Santa Barbara. With the win against the Cougars, who were ranked No. 23 by the AVCA, USC is now 9-4 this season against ranked opponents.
'I think game two might have been a breakthrough for us this season,' said USC head coach Mick Haley. 'It's something you can't create in practice and something this team had not been able to do in any of the matches we had played this year. I thought the whole attitude and effort we got out of the team in game two now gives them the confidence that they can go into any match and fight back.'
Asia Kaczor had 15 kills for the Women of Troy while Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Taylor Carico had 44 assists with five kills, four blocks and three digs. USC had 10 service aces tonight against BYU's two for the match.
All-America senior libero Debora Seilhamer (Ponce, Puerto Rico/Colegio Ponceno) had 17 kills and passed Washington's Candace Lee for second all-time in Pac-10 Conference history for digs. Seilhamer now has 2,049 career digs and needs only 15 digs to tie UCLA's Chrissie Zartman (2,064) for the record. She also broke her school record (696 in 2005) for most digs in a season and now has 699 on the year.
Chelsea Goodman, who led the Cougars against UCSB with 26 kills, had 14 kills tonight to go with eight digs. Senior middle blocker Lindsy Hartsock had six kills and did not have an error for a .667 evening.
'We came out with some purpose and resolve tonight,' said BYU head coach Jason Watson. 'I thought we fought diligently in games one and two and while the score perhaps doesn't show it, I thought we fought just as well in game three. USC is a very nice volleyball team and I thought they were very good tonight.'
'I know we don't have any regrets,' said Hartsock. 'I think we had our chances tonight, but we definitely don't have any regrets. I thought we played with some heart, but it just didn't go our way.'
Janvier Beaumont's service ace was part of a 4-1 start for the Cougars in game one. The host Women of Troy responded with a 9-4 run to take the 10-9 lead. Sorensen's kill tied the game, but USC pulled away with a 6-1 run to lead, 16-11. Both teams traded points as the Cougars got to within three at 24-21. Copenhagen recorded a kill and two errors by BYU led to a 27-21 advantage. The Cougars used a mini 4-1 run to close the gap, but Kaczor and Katelyn Bishop fired home kills to earn USC a 1-0 lead in the match.
USC rallied from a 24-21 deficit in game two to force a wild ending to take the 2-0 advantage in the match. BYU held game point at 29-28, but Kaczor's joust and a block assist from Kaczor and Katelyn Bishop put USC ahead, 30-29. Two errors by the Women of Troy gave the Cougars another game point before another Kaczor kill evened it at 31 apiece. BYU would have two more game points later, but Copenhagen's kill tied the game at 35-35. At 37-37, Kaczor put down another winner and Seilhamer's service ace provided the winner for the Women of Troy.
With a 10-6 lead in game three, USC pulled away with a 9-4 run en route to the three-game victory.
BYU 25-37-19USC 30-39-30
Records: USC (27-4), BYU (25-6)Kills: Diane Copenhagen 16 (USC), Chelsea Goodman 14 (BYU)
Team: BYU USC1 .400 .3442 .346 .3443 .029 .300Totals .267 .333