USC Gets Bounce Back 3-1 Win At No. 10 Cal
Sept. 28, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. - Senior All-America outside hitter Asia Kaczor (Wroclaw, Poland/College of Southern Idaho) registered 19 kills and five blocks Friday as the No. 4 USC Women of Troy defeated the No. 10 Cal Golden Bears, 3-1 (17-30, 30-25, 30-19, 30-27), in a Pac-10 Conference match at Haas Pavilion. Kaczor hit .357 in the match (19-4-42) for the Trojans, who bounced back after suffering their first loss of the season on Thursday at No. 2 Stanford.
Junior outside hitter Jessica Gysin (Los Gatos/St. Francis HS) had 14 kills and 16 errors for USC (13-1, 3-1) while freshman outside hitter Kimmee Roleder (Pasadena/Pasadena HS) added 18 kills, seven digs and two solo blocks. USC was without the services of senior Diane Copenhagen, who is day-to-day with an abdominal strain.
Trojan setter Taylor Carico (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS) had a season-high five kills, registering 52 assists with eight digs and three blocks.
Hana Cutura led Cal (10-4, 0-3) with 22 kills and seven digs while Angie Pressey had 14 kills and six digs. Morgan Beck also had double digits in kills with 10 to go with seven digs and three blocks.
Cutura used four kills to pace the Golden Bears to a 15-9 lead in game one. Cal used a 6-2 run to pull away from the Trojans up to that point. Two kills by Cutura kept the pressure on as the Golden Bears forced USC to take its final timeout of the game, down 23-12. It was No. 26 again for Cal in the end as Cutura recorded three more kills for a total of eight in the game for a 1-0 Golden Bears lead in the match.
USC got out to an 8-4 lead in game two before Cal came back to tie it at 9-9. At 13-13, the Trojans took the lead on a Cal service error and kill from Roleder. With a 19-14 lead in the second game, the Trojans were unable to hold off Cal as the Golden Bears answered with four straight and later tied it for a 24-24 score. Another Cal service error preceded a Geena Urango service ace and Roleder's kill made it a 27-24 USC advantage. Garrett produced back-to-back slide kills as USC went on to tie the match at one game apiece.
In game three, Kaczor's two kills helped USC start with a 7-2 lead. Two kills from Cutura and one from Pressey put the Golden Bears down by one at 8-7, but USC countered with its blocking and serving game to take command. Roleder and Garrett both recorded solo blocks while aces from Urango and sophomore libero Alli Hillgren paced a 7-1 run and the 15-9 Trojan lead. Kaczor added two more kills including a crosscourt shot that grazed the net with USC leading, 20-11. After three straight from the Golden Bears, the Women of Troy responded with a six pack as Bethany Johansen's hammer on the overpass made it a 26-14 lead as USC went on to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
Back-to-back blocks in game four put Cal down by one at 7-6, but USC setter Taylor Carico snuck a kill to start the hat trick and a 10-6 Trojans' lead. Two attack errors by the Trojans and a block from Kat Reilly and Cutura snuck the Bears back in, trailing 11-10. Cal scored six of the next eight points in the 10-2 run as USC burned its final timeout and the Bears up, 16-13. After USC climbed back in, both teams traded points to a 22-22 tie. With Cal leading 27-26, Roleder tied the game on a kill and Carico came up with a key solo block on Pressey as USC retook the lead. Cal recorded an error on the next play and Roleder capped the match win for the Trojans with a shot down the line.
USC returns home and will host UC Irvine in a nonconference match on Tuesday (Oct. 2) in a 7 p.m. match at the Galen Center. The Trojans will resume Pac-10 Conference action on Friday (Oct. 5) at UCLA. Both matches will be broadcast live (audio only for the UCLA match) on usctrojans.com, courtesy of TrojanTV All-Access.
USC 17-30-30-30CAL 30-25-19-26
Records: USC (13-1, 3-1), Cal (10-4, 0-3)Kills: Hana Cutura 22 (CAL), Asia Kaczor 19 (USC)
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