Gysin Delivers As No. 4 USC Rallies For 3-2 Win Over UC Irvine
Oct. 2, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Junior outside hitter Jessica Gysin (Los Gatos/St. Francis HS) had a season-high 19 kills and added a career-high 19 digs Tuesday as the No. 4 USC Women of Troy rallied for a 3-2 victory (27-30, 28-30, 30-26, 30-26, 15-5) against the UC Irvine Anteaters at the Galen Center. It was the fourth time this season that USC (14-1) has won a five-game match, but the first time the Trojans had to do it from an 0-2 deficit.
Gysin hit .375 in the match (19-4-40) and had two solo blocks and two service aces while senior All-America outside hitter Asia Kaczor (Wroclaw, Poland/College of Southern Idaho) had a team-high 20 kills. Freshman Kimmee Roleder had 16 kills for the Trojans while sophomore setter Taylor Carico registered a season-high six kills to go with 57 assists, seven digs and three blocks.
Kari Pestolesi led UC Irvine (12-6) with 22 kills and 18 digs. Lauren Kellerman had 16 kills and nine digs while Chelsea Ellis chipped in 12 kills for a .500 night (12-2-20). UCI setter Taryn Robertson had 58 assists, four digs, three kills and three blocks on the night.
USC libero Alli Hillgren set a personal best with 24 digs in the match as the Trojans avoided losing to the Anteaters for the first time in nine all-time matches between the two schools.
Neither team had more than a three-point lead in game one as the Anteaters were able to keep the Trojans napping as Pestolesi recorded eight kills in game along with Robertson's 18 assists. UCI broke away from a 24-24 tie with three straight. Pestolesi made it a 27-24 lead and later put the finishing touches with two more kills to close out the game for the visiting Anteaters.
Roleder capped a streak of four straight in the second game as USC took an early 7-4 lead. Carico's 310 kill gave USC the 18-13 advantage, but UC Irvine answered with an 8-1 run. Robertson's service ace finished the run to forge a 21-19 lead. After the USC timeout, the Trojans scored seven in a row and looked to tie the match with a 26-21 margin. However, Shannon Homan's kill sparked another rally for UCI as the 9-2 run to finish the game gave the Anteaters a commanding 2-0 lead in the match.
USC raced to an 11-7 lead in game three, but UCI continued to battle as the Anteaters forced more attack errors. With USC leading 16-15, Roleder garnered two kills and a 19-15 Trojan edge. Ellis' hammer on the overpass and a Homan/Ellis block helped the Anteaters regain the advantage at 21-19. USC called a timeout and then reeled off four straight. UCI used a mini 4-1 run to close the deficit to 26-25 before Kaczor's kill aided the Trojans, helping them to the game victory.
Similar to game one, both teams battled throughout the majority of the game with USC holding on at 18-17. Roleder and Gysin went back-to-back for a 20-17 margin. Three kills from Kaczor put USC up, 25-20, but again UCI answered the call. Kellerman cut the deficit to one, 26-25, with both teams registering a side out after that play. Roleder and Carico terminated back-to-back and a ball-handling error against UC Irvine to force the fifth and deciding game.
Kaczor put down two right away in game five to spark five straight points for the Women of Troy. Bethany Johansen fired a kill for USC and an Anteater error kept USC ahead, 7-2. Roleder's crosscourt kill made it a 9-2 lead as a Garrett kill and two from Gysin sealed the win for the Trojans.
The Trojans resume Pac-10 Conference action on Friday (Oct. 5) at UCLA. The match will be broadcast (audio only) on usctrojans.com, courtesy of TrojanTV All-Access.
UCI 30-30-26-26-5USC 27-28-30-30-15
Records: USC (14-1), UC Irvine (12-6)Kills: Kari Pestolesi 22 (UCI), Asia Kaczor 20 (USC)
Team: UCI USC1 .366 .2062 .137 .2443 .158 .2634 .167 .2835 -.190 .316Match .161 .259
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