No. 6 USC Breaks Cardinal Rule With 3-1 Win Over No. 3 Stanford
Oct. 27, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Senior All-America outside hitter Asia Kaczor (Wroclaw, Poland/College of Southern Idaho) recorded a career-high 28 kills Saturday as the No. 6 USC Trojans defeated the No. 3 Stanford Cardinal, 3-1 (20-30, 30-25, 30-24, 30-28), in a Pac-10 Conference match at the Galen Center. The Trojans avenged their earlier 3-0 loss at Stanford on Sept. 27.
USC improved its record to 19-3 on the season and 8-3 in Pac-10 play while Stanford fell to 20-2 overall, 9-2 in conference. It was USC's 20th straight win at the Galen Center since the Trojans' only loss in the arena on Oct. 12, 2006, which was ironically against Stanford.
Kaczor hit .328 in the match (28-6-67) and added 13 digs after recording 24 kills and 13 digs against No. 9 Cal on Friday. Sophomore setter Taylor Carico (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS) had nine kills and hit .533 (9-1-15), along with 56 assists, eight digs and two blocks. Senior middle blocker Bethany Johansen (San Jose/UC Santa Barbara) did not have an error with her seven kills for a .636 match (7-0-11) while junior Jessica Gysin (Los Gatos/St. Francis HS) added 16 kills, nine digs and four blocks.
Foluke Akinradewo led the Cardinal with 20 kills, hitting .485 for the match (20-4-33) and adding five blocks. Carico's high school teammate Alix Klineman had 14 kills and nine digs while junior Cynthia Barboza had a double-double with 18 kills and 12 digs. Cardinal setter Bryn Kehoe registered 66 assists, 18 kills and three blocks in the match.
The Cardinal raced out to a commanding 15-6 lead in game one. Erin Waller recorded two kills followed by two from Akinradewo and a Kehoe/Akinradewo block for the 25-12 advantage. USC cut the gap with a 6-1 run late, but were unable to slice the huge deficit as Stanford took game one. The Trojans hit a match-low .184 in game one.
Carico's '310' kill gave USC the 10-6 lead in the second game with Stanford hanging close. Gysin put the Trojans ahead, 19-14, with a kill. Klineman went back-to-back to aid the Cardinal rally with a Franci Girard block tying the game at 20-20. A Stanford service error sparked a streak of four for USC as Kaczor and Zoe Garrett combined on a block to take the lead for good at 24-20. Gysin figured for USC's final three points as the teams went to the break, tied at one game apiece.
Four kills and a service ace from Kaczor put USC up, 10-5, in the third game. Both teams used a string of side outs before Gysin's kill gave the Trojans a 17-13 lead. Kaczor's termination from the back row pushed the Trojans' margin to six at 20-14. Girard started a 5-1 run for the Cardinal as USC burned a timeout, still leading by a 21-19 score. Johansen figured in two of the next three points for the Women of Troy to regain a five-point cushion. Three late errors by the Cardinal sealed the game and put the Trojans ahead in the match as USC hit .432 in the game (21-2-44).
Akinradewo put down some highlight kills at the start of game four as five straight points helped Stanford to the 6-3 lead. The game continued in a back-and-forth fashion until Johansen sparked a run of four for the Trojans as a Carico/Garrett block put USC ahead, 15-12. Stanford countered with its own four spot to retake the lead, 16-15. With USC trailing 19-18, Kaczor scored the hat trick with three straight as part of a five-point streak for the Trojans. Down 23-19, the Cardinal climbed back as Barboza figured in the mix for three kills to tie the game at 25-25. A Johansen kill and a Carico/Garrett block put USC ahead, 27-25. Akinradewo stuffed a USC attempt, followed by a Gysin kill for the 28-26 margin. The Cardinal did not go away as Akinradewo went back-to-back again to tie the game at 28-28. On the next play, Kaczor scored her career high with a tip shot and Stanford's attempt on the next play sailed past the left sideline to secure the win for the Trojans.
USC returns to the Galen Center for a Pac-10 match next Friday (Nov. 2) against UCLA at 7 p.m. The match will be broadcast on a tape delayed basis by FOX Sports Net with a live video webcast on usctrojans.com, courtesy of TrojanTV All-Access.
STAN 30-25-24-28USC 20-30-30-30
Records: USC (19-3, 8-3), Stanford (20-2, 9-2)Kills: Asia Kaczor 28 (USC); Foluke Akinradewo 20 (STAN)
Team: STAN USC1 .333 .1842 .267 .3113 .255 .4324 .239 .222Match .237 .284
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