2007 Pac-10 Volleyball: USC

Aug. 10, 2007

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The Women of Troy possess the top hitting tandem in the Pac-10 with senior opposite Asia Kaczor and senior outside hitter Diane Copenhagen. Behind these two, coach Mick Haley will look to guide a USC squad that returns its entire starting lineup (minus the libero) deep into the postseason. He's taken the Women of Troy to the Sweet Sixteen and beyond in five of his six seasons at the helm USC program.

• Sophomore setter Taylor Carico was tabbed the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, and for good reason. She dished out a USC freshman record 1,445 assists (12.68 apg). She spent the summer on the U.S. Junior National Team that competed in the FIVB U-20 World Championships.

• USC will pound the ball with Kaczor (563 kills/4.94 kpg) and Copenhagen (455 kills/3.99 kpg) getting a majority of the swings. Junior outside hitter Jessica Gysin (342 kills/3.03 kpg) also will get her fair share of swings.

• The Women of Troy put up a big block with senior middles Bethany Johansen (1.11 bpg) and Katelyn Bishop (0.98 bpg), and junior Kelli Tennant (1.05 bpg).

• A large and talented group of eight freshmen that include four who earned Volleyball Magazine FAB 50 honors - middle blocker Zoe Garrett, outside hitter Kimmee Roleder, libero/outside hitter Geena Urango, and middle blocker Lauren Williams. Garrett and Roleder joined Carico to comprise one-fourth of the U.S. Junior National Team roster.

• Who will get the ball in position for Carico? All-American libero Debora Seilhamer finished her eligibility and takes with her a Pac-10 career record 2,071 digs. Seilhamer was a primary factor in keeping opponents to a Pac-10 low 79 service aces.

• Could be a challenge to distribute playing time between five quality seniors and talented group of freshmen.

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