No. 4 USC Goes Five Again With 3-2 Pac-10 Win Over Arizona
Sept. 21, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Senior All-America outside hitter Asia Kaczor (Wroclaw, Poland/College of Southern Idaho) recorded 25 kills, 16 digs, six blocks and 28.5 points Friday as the No. 4 USC Women of Troy defeated the Arizona Wildcats, 3-2 (24-30, 30-27, 30-32, 30-22, 15-10), in Pac-10 Conference action at the Galen Center. USC (12-0, 2-0) rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the match as the Trojans are now 3-0 this season in five-game matches.
Senior middle blocker Dominique Lamb dominated for the Wildcats (10-4, 0-2) with 21 kills, 12 blocks and a .462 hitting clip (21-3-39).
Junior opposite Randy Goodenough had 13 kills, 15 digs and eight blocks for the Wildcats while middle blocker Jacy Norton recorded 14 kills and five blocks.
After USC took a 17-13 lead in game one, Arizona responded with an 11-3 run to take the 24-20 lead. Lamb had two kills in the run and teamed up with Goodenough on a block. Brooke Buringrud recorded a kill and a service ace later in the game as the Wildcats took the 1-0 lead in the match.
Lamb started the momentum again in game two as Arizona raced out to a 5-0 lead. Copenhagen recorded back-to-back terminations as USC caught up, 7-7. After two Wildcat points, the Trojans took the lead on a 6-1 run and a 13-10 score. Norton handled the overpass as UA held the slim 23-22 advantage, but USC took the lead for good with three straight points. Roleder came through with two more kills and a net violation called against the Wildcats tied the match.
In game three, USC had a 10-6 advantage before Arizona reeled off seven straight points using two blocks and an Alanna Resch ace. The Trojans used two blocks to retake the lead at 14-13. Both teams battled through the middle part of the game, trading points to a 20-20 score. Kaczor delivered back-to-back kills, but Lamb was the catalyst again with two kills and assisting on a block as Arizona led, 26-23. Roleder accounted for three of the next four points for USC and the Trojans held game point at 29-27, but the Wildcats rallied to force extra play. A key service error by USC and Norton's kill gave the visitors a 2-1 lead in the match.
Roleder broke out early again for the Trojans in game four, working the team to a 13-6 lead. USC took a 19-15 lead and used a mini 6-2 run to take control of the game. Kaczor used a cross-court shot to tie the match at two apiece and force a fifth and deciding game.
Arizona broke away from a 4-4 tie in game five with kills from Norton and Weber. USC answered as Geena Urango tied the game at 6-6 with a service ace. Goodenough hammered one home from the back row for a 7-6 Arizona lead. Kaczor started three straight points for USC before both teams traded points. With USC leading, 10-9, Katelyn Bishop and Roleder stuffed an Arizona attempt and another Trojan block made it a 13-9 score. Lamb registered another kill, but USC earned the final two points and the match victory. The Wildcats had their worst game in the final one of the night, hitting minus .033 with nine errors.
USC resumes Pac-10 Conference play next week at Stanford on Thursday (Sept. 27) and Cal on Friday (Sept. 28). Both matches will begin at 7 p.m. with Thursday's match at Stanford broadcast on a delayed basis by FOX Sports Net.
UA 30-27-32-22-10USC 24-30-30-30-15
Records: USC (12-0, 2-0), Arizona (10-4-, 0-2)Kills: Asia Kaczor 25 (USC); Dominique Lamb 21 (UA)
Team: UA USC1 .412 .2252 .341 .2653 .217 .1454 .087 .2605 -.033 .227Match .208 .222