No. 6 USC Evens Season Series After 3-1 Win Over No. 9 UCLA
Nov. 2, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Senior All-America outside hitter Asia Kaczor (Wroclaw, Poland/College of Southern Idaho) had a team-high 21 kills along with 10 digs as the No. 6 USC Trojans defeated the No. 9 UCLA Bruins, 3-1 (24-30, 30-27, 30-26, 30-24), in a Pac-10 Conference match at the Galen Center. USC snapped a three-match losing streak to UCLA as the Trojans extended their winning streak in the Galen Center to 21 matches.
Kaczor registered 20 kills in a match for the fourth time in her last five matches as USC improve to 20-3 on the season, 9-3 in the Pac-10. UCLA fell to 16-7 overall and 6-6 in conference.
USC earned five points in the Lexus Gauntlet standings with the series now tied at 12.5-12.5
Freshman Geena Urango (Los Alamitos/Los Alamitos HS) had 17 kills for the Trojans while junior Jessica Gysin (Los Gatos/St. Francis HS) added 15 kills. Sophomore setter Taylor Carico had seven kills and 52 assists while tying her season high with 14 digs.
Rachell Johnson led the Bruins with 14 kills while Ali Daley and Kaitlin Sather recorded 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Setter Nellie Spicer has seven kills, 45 assists, 11 digs and seven blocks for the Bruins.
USC hit just .020 in the first game, but came back to shut down UCLA in games three and four as the Bruins hit only .061 and .082.
Elise Carstensen and Katie Mills stuffed two USC attempts in game one as the Bruins raced out to a 6-1 lead. Down 9-2, the Trojans settled down as both teams played evenly with USC cutting it to a 15-13 UCLA advantage. Daley and Mills added another block as the Bruins took back the momentum as utilized a 5-1 run to regain a large cushion, leading 20-14. Spicer registered the kill and followed by teaming up with Johnson for another block as the UCLA pushed the tempo to 27-17 before another Bruin block finally secured the 1-0 match lead.
UCLA took the lead again in game two, 6-4, before Urango scored back-to-back kills for the 8-7 Trojans' lead. USC led 15-14 at the media timeout, adding two more points after the break. The Bruins were able to cut the deficit to one several times as Johnson put two down with USC ahead, 22-21. It was another back-to-back feeding at the kill buffet for Urango and the 26-26 margin for the Trojans. Sideouts were the theme for the remainder of the game as Gysin tied the match for USC with her kill.
The Bruins again had the advantage to start the third game, taking an 8-6 lead. USC rattled off a 7-1 run for a 13-9 lead, but the Bruins answered the call and scored six straight points for a 21-18 score in favor of UCLA. It was the 'Sather-Kaczor Show' later as each player earned kills for their respective teams with UCLA holding a 24-22 advantage. Kaczor started a streak of three as Urango's service ace was the key of a 6-1 run as the Trojans were able to finish strong and take a 2-1 lead in the match.
For the first time in the match, USC took the early lead in game four as two Gysin kills made it a 6-1 score for the Trojans. Back-to-backers from Urango and a service ace by Zoe Garrett forced UCLA to take a timeout, trailing 12-7. Spicer and Johnson used another block to get it to 16-11, but Gysin scored another kill and Bethany Johansen stuffed one to give USC the 18-12 lead. Sather and Johnson aided a Bruin comeback as UCLA was able to cut it to a 21-18 score for the Trojans. Kaczor and Gysin recorded kills as USC pushed their lead back to six at 24-18. USC was able to save off UCLA at the end as Urango recorded the final two kills for the Trojans.
USC continues Pac-10 Conference play next weekend, traveling to Oregon on Thursday (Nov. 8) and Oregon State on Friday (Nov. 9).
UCLA 30-27-26-24USC 24-30-30-30
Records: USC (20-3, 9-3), UCLA (16-7, 6-6)Kills: Asia Kaczor 21 (USC), Rachell Johnson 14 (UCLA)
Team: UCLA USC1 .162 .0202 .250 .1753 .061 .2394. .082 .222Match .137 .164