No. 6 USC Goes The Distance Again For 3-2 Win Over No. 9 Cal
Oct. 26, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Freshman Geena Urango (Los Alamitos/Los Alamitos HS) registered a season-high 21 kills Friday as the No. 6 USC Trojans outlasted the No. 9 California Golden Bears, 3-2 (30-21, 37-39, 30-26, 33-35, 15-10), in a Pac-10 Conference match at the Galen Center. Senior All-America outside hitter Asia Kaczor (Wroclaw, Poland/College of Southern Idaho) added 24 kills and tied a career high with 17 digs as the Trojans improved to 5-0 this season in five-game matches.
Sophomore setter Taylor Carico (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS) had a career night for USC (18-3, 7-3) as she posted a career-high 10 kills for a .444 hitting performance (10-2-18) with 65 assists, six digs and three blocks. Sophomore libero Alli Hillgren (Rancho Santa Fe/Francis Parker HS) had a career-high 36 digs for the Women of Troy in a match that lasted two hours and 43 minutes.
Angie Pressey led the Golden Bears (16-5, 6-4) with a career-high 29 kills, adding 13 digs and five blocks. Hana Cutura had 14 kills while Ellen Orchard and Kat Reilly chipped in 10 kills each. Kristen Kathan added a career-high 29 digs.
The Golden Bears blocked their way to a 7-3 lead in game one, utilizing four blocks to start. The Women of Troy chipped away and eventually took the lead for good after Gysin started a streak of four straight as USC took the 16-14 lead. Back-to-back kills from Carico completed an 8-1 run and Gysin later added two more kills including the game-clincher for a USC 1-0 lead in the match.
In game two, USC took a 6-3 lead before Cal again went to its blocking game to come back. Ellen Orchard's kill on the overpass gave Cal the 11-10 lead. Pressey terminated from the back row, followed by Cutura's kill with Cal leading, 14-11. Down 17-13, the Trojans cut it to two at 19-17 before a service error put the momentum back to the Golden Bears' favor. Cat Dailey's service ace forced USC to burn its final timeout of the game, trailing 22-17. Gysin later tied the game at 25-25, but both teams looked for some extra playing time. Cal held game point at 29-27, but a Gysin kill and Zoe Garrett solo block forced overtime. It was Kaczor and Pressey going back-and-forth like a tennis match as both teams held game points late. Pressey came through for the Golden Bears with back-to-back terminations as Cal evened the match with the game win.
The 39-37 score in game two tied the highest scoring game in the rally scoring era for USC, equaling the Women of Troy's win by a similar score on Dec. 1, 2006, against BYU.
Pressey figured in another streak in game three, aiding a 7-1 run by the Golden Bears for a 10-7 advantage. Katelyn Bishop subbed in for the Trojans, recording a kill to start a 6-1 run in favor of the home team with Urango's kill later making it a 13-11 USC lead. Lloyd's service ace put Cal ahead, 16-15 before USC rolled out a 9-2 streak for a 24-18 margin. Morgan Beck and Orchard registered a stuff, which sparked the Golden Bears to four straight points and cut the deficit to 24-22. Urango came back to put USC in the positive column with the Trojans later clinging to a 26-25 lead. Kaczor kept the Golden Bears from tying the game and a Urango service ace and Gysin kill later put USC up 2-1 in the match.
Cal had a 14-10 lead in the fourth game but a Kaczor/Bethany Johansen block tied it at 15-15. Freshman Mychaela Miller's serve helped USC push on to a 25-19 lead, but the Golden Bears would save their best for last in the game. The Trojans held four match points at 29-25, but Lloyd and Reilly recorded back-to-back blocks and Am'ra Solomon put one down to tie it at 29 apiece. Both teams played a game of side out until the score reached 33-33. It was Pressey again, who used two straight kills to force the fifth game.
The Golden Bears opened game five with two straight points, but Urango knocked a roll shot into the back corner to tie it at 2-2. A lift called against the Trojans gave Cal the 4-2 advantage. Gysin and Johansen stuffed a Cal attempt to tie it at fours. Pressey tied it at sixes, but Gysin's two straight kills put the Trojans ahead for good with four straight points. Garrett gave game point to the Women of Troy at 14-9 and an attack error against the Golden Bears ended the match.
USC will host No. 3 Stanford tomorrow night, starting at 7 p.m. at the Galen Center. The match will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com, courtesy of TrojanTV All-Access.
CAL 21-39-26-35-10USC 30-37-30-33-15
Records: USC (18-3, 7-3), Cal (16-5, 6-4)Kills: Angie Pressey 29 (CAL), Asia Kaczor 24 (USC)
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