No. 2 Stanford Sweeps As No. 4 USC Suffers First Loss
Sept. 27, 2007
STANFORD, Calif. - Junior middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo had a team-high 18 kills Thursday as the No. 2 Stanford Cardinal handed the No. 4 USC Women of Troy their first loss of the season with a 3-0 sweep (30-21, 30-27, 30-21) in a Pac-10 Conference match. Akinradewo hit .680 (18-1-25) for the Cardinal.
Stanford improves to 13-0 on the season and 2-0 in Pac-10 play while USC is now 12-1 overall and 2-1 in conference.
Senior All-America outside hitter Asia Kaczor (Wroclaw, Poland/College of Southern Idaho) led USC with 11 kills while junior outside hitter Jessica Gysin (Los Gatos/St. Francis HS) added 10 kills. Senior outside hitter Diane Copenhagen (Saratoga/St. Francis HS) saw limited action due to an abdominal injury and is day-to-day for the Trojans.
Freshman middle blocker Zoe Garrett (Laguna Beach/Laguna Beach HS) hit .500 for the Trojans with seven kills (7-0-14).
Cynthia Barboza had 15 kills and nine digs for Stanford while freshman Alix Klineman registered 12 kills and 10 digs.
Stanford used a 6-1 run in game one to force USC's first timeout with the host Cardinal leading, 7-3. Klineman used a back row kill and a stuff block on Kaczor during the run. USC answered later, scoring four straight as freshman middle blocker Zoe Garrett's service ace made it a 12-10 Cardinal lead. Barboza sparked an 8-2 stretch for Stanford and led, 20-12 before the Trojans cut it to 21-17 on Roleder's serve. Klineman and Barboza ended USC's chances as both players used the serving game to give them a 1-0 lead in the match.
Barboza's serving helped Stanford again in game two as the Cardinal jumped out to a 5-1 lead and later pushed the margin to a 12-7 score. Down 15-7, the Trojans chipped away after Gysin registered three kills. On freshman Geena Urango's serve, USC was able to close it to an 18-16 deficit. After a Stanford timeout, Urango served up three more points as USC took the 19-18 lead, but Stanford came back as Alex Fisher assisted on a block and fired a kill off the right side for the 22-20 Stanford advantage. Both teams worked to a 26-26 score, but it was Barboza who pulled it out with two kills and a Franci Girard/Klineman block on Kaczor's attempt for the game win.
It was a battle at the start of game three as Kaczor and Roleder paced USC before Stanford's 5-1 run gave the Cardinal a 13-11 lead. Klineman kept the pressure up while another back row kill from Barboza put the Cardinal in command, 20-14, as Stanford went on to the sweep.
USC continues Pac-10 Conference play tomorrow night with a 7 p.m. match at No. 10 California. The USC-Cal match will be broadcast in the Bay Area on Comcast SportsNet.
USC 21-27-21STAN 30-30-30
Records: Stanford (13-0, 2-0), USC (12-1, 2-1)Kills: Alix Klineman 18 (STAN), Asia Kaczor 11 (USC)
Team: USC STAN1 .139 .2892 .189 .2893 .211 .386Match .179 .323