No. 11 Hawai'i Rallies To End No. 5 USC's Season With 3-2 Victory.
Dec. 9, 2006
HONOLULU - Sophomore outside hitter Jamie Houston had a match-high 35 kills along with 16 digs Friday as the No. 11 Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine rallied for a thrilling 3-2 victory (28-30, 30-21, 21-30, 30-27, 15-5) over the No. 6 USC Women of Troy in the third round of the 2006 NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament. Houston hit .397 for the match as the Rainbow Wahine hit .304 as a team.
Hawai'i (29-5) advances to face UCLA in the regional final tomorrow at the Stan Sheriff Center. The big push for the Rainbow Wahine came in the fifth and deciding game when the home team rattled off 11 straight points against the Women of Troy.
USC finishes the season with a 27-5 record. It is the fifth time in USC head coach Mick Haley's six-year tenure where the team has recorded five losses or less in a season.
UH senior outside hitter Sarah Mason had a huge evening with 24 kills and 22 digs. Senior three-time All-America setter Kanoe Kamana'o had 65 assists on the evening for the Rainbow Wahine with eight digs and four blocks.
Junior outside hitter Asia Kaczor (Wroclaw, Poland/College of Southern Idaho) led the Women of Troy with 22 kills, but had 14 errors on the evening. She set a school record for most kills in a season (563), passing Jennifer Kessy's 554 in 1998.
Senior All-America libero Debora Seilhamer (Ponce, Puerto Rico) became the Pac-10 Conference's all-time leader in digs after passing UCLA's Chrissie Zartman with her 16th dig of the evening in game three. She finished with 22 digs on the evening and finishes her career with 2,071 digs.
Junior outside hitter Diane Copenhagen (Saratoga/St. Francis HS) had 17 kills for the Women of Troy while sophomore Jessica Gysin (Los Gatos/St. Francis HS) added 11 kills and 19 digs. Freshman setter Taylor Carico, the reigning Pac-10 Conference and AVCA All-Pacific Region Freshman of the Year, had 54 assists in the match along with seven kills, 10 digs and five block assists.
After Houston's first kill opened the match, the Women of Troy went on a 10-1 run as Kaczor accounted for five kills in USC's first seven points. Jessica Gysin served nine straight points during the run as Copenhagen added two solo blocks. Both teams traded points, Hawai'i added a point before USC scored four straight points for a 15-4 advantage. The Rainbow Wahine came back as Houston used two kills to spark at 6-1 run, forcing USC to take a timeout while leading, 18-13.
Mason's hammer down the line cut the USC lead to three at 19-16 before Kaczor came to the rescue with a kill, followed by a service ace. Sanders and Houston stuffed a Kaczor attempt before USC returned the favor and Carico's '310' gave the Women of Troy the 23-17 lead. The home crowd urged on its team as the Rainbow Wahine used Houston again with three kills out of four points to tie the game at 28 apiece. Gysin quieted the crowd with a kill down the middle and a key serve on the next play forced an overpass as Copenhagen put down the game-winner and a 1-0 match lead for the Women of Troy.
Hawai'i gathered itself in game two, jumping out to a 7-4 lead. The Rainbow Wahine kept the temp as Mason delivered a kill from the back row for the 11-7 score. With three Mason kills, Hawai'i then took a commanding 18-11 lead. It was Mason and Houston as USC burned its final timeout of the game, down by eight at 24-16. Hawai'i continued its torrid hitting with a .488 for the game (24-3-43) to take the second game and even the match.
UH took a 4-2 lead early in game three before USC reeled off a 10-3 run. Bethany Johansen figured in three straight points, capped by a point on the Hawai'i overpass. Copenhagen followed a kill with a shot to the back of the court and another Johansen overpass kill gave the Women of Troy the lead at 19-11. Three Rainbow Wahine errors in a row aided USC to a 23-12 advantage as the Women of Troy went on to take the two-to-one lead in the match.
In the fourth game, UH again took an early lead at 4-1 before USC used a 6-1 run to take the 7-5 lead. During the run, Copenhagen recorded her career-high fourth solo block in the match. Two Houston kills tied the game at seven before another mini 4-1 run put USC ahead, 11-8. Kaczor added two more kills, but a service error led to four straight points for UH as the host Rainbow Wahine took the 16-15 lead. Two blocks kept the Rainbow Wahine ahead as USC took its second timeout, down 20-18. Jayme Lee's service ace made it a 22-19 UH lead, but Johansen's kill set up four straight for the Women of Troy as USC retook the lead. At 24-24, Mason's kill and a UH block put the Rainbow Wahine ahead for good in the game. Houston used three kills late, including the game-winner, to force the fifth game.
Kaczor opened game five with back-to-kills before Houston answered with two straight and a 2-2 tie. After both teams traded points, the Rainbow Wahine went on the run to close out the match victory. UH hit .643 in game five (9-0-14) as USC recorded six hitting errors against only five kills.
UH 28-30-21-30-15USC 30-21-30-27-5
Records: USC (27-5), Hawai'i (29-5)Kills: Jamie Houston 35 (UH), Asia Kaczor 22 (USC)
Team: UH USC1 .178 .2452 .488 .2683 .139 .2614 .279 .2335 .643 -.048Totals .304 .220
USC NCAA Third Round Notes- With her 16th dig of the evening, Debora Seilhamer became the Pac-10 Conference's career record leader in digs to pass UCLA's Chrissie Zartman (2,064).- With her 14th kill of the evening, Asia Kaczor set the USC single-season record for most kills, previously held by Jennifer Kessy (554 in 1998).- Diane Copenhagen had a career-high four solo blocks this evening and is now tied for fifth on USC's single-season list for solo blocks with 42 (Emily Adams, 2002). She previously had three solo blocks in a match five times.- This was USC's first loss in a five-game match this season. USC before tonight was 3-0 in five-game matches.
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