USC Opens 2007 NCAA Tournament As No. 5 Seed
Nov. 27, 2007
2007 NCAA Women's Volleyball TournamentFirst and Second Rounds - Galen Center
Friday, Nov. 30 (NCAA First Round)Long Beach State vs. UNLV - 5 p.m.USC vs. Pepperdine - 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 1 (NCAA Second Round)Long Beach State/UNLV vs. USC/Pepperdine - 7 p.m.
All times local to game siteAll three matches will be broadcast free of charge on usctrojans.com
USC Probable Starters
No. Name Yr. Pos. Ht. kpg pct. dpg bpg ppg9 Taylor Carico So. S 5-11 1.09 .353 2.05 12.60 apg12 Diane Copenhagen Sr. OH 6-2 2.49 .264 2.75 0.28 2.755 Jessica Gysin Jr. OH 6-1 2.97 .210 2.36 0.48 3.3632 Zoe Garrett Fr. MB 6-3 1.79 .243 0.79 1.01 2.5810 Bethany Johansen Sr. MB/OPP 6-4 1.36 .374 0.36 1.11 2.027 Asia Kaczor Sr. OPP/OH 6-4 4.99 .297 2.21 0.70 5.753 Alli Hillgren So. L 5-8 --- --- 4.16 --- ---
The USC women's volleyball team (25-4) -- winners of six national championships -- will host first and second round action of the 2007 NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament this weekend at the Galen Center. Long Beach State (25-6) will face UNLV (24-5) at 5 p.m. on Friday (Nov. 30) with USC taking on Pepperdine (18-10) at 7 p.m. The winners of both matches will play a second-round match on Saturday (Dec. 1) at 7 p.m. with the winner advancing to the regional in Gainesville, Fla.
First and Second Round Information
All-tournament passes (good for all three matches) are on sale now for $15 for adults and $12 for students, seniors and children. Single-session tickets will be available only on game day for $8 for adults and $6 for students, seniors and children. Fans can call (213) 740-GOSC (4672) or go online at usctrojans.com to purchase tickets. All three matches will be broadcast free of charge on usctrojans.com. Updated information on the 2007 NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament can be found at ncaasports.com.
USC in the Postseason
USC is making its 17th consecutive appearance and 25th overall in the NCAA Tournament. The Trojans hold a 53-20 overall record (.726) in NCAA play since 1981 with a 97-27 (.782) overall postseason record.
USC is 4-2 all-time in postseason play against Pepperdine with the Waves sweeping the Trojans, 3-0, in the last meeting between the two schools on Dec. 3, 2005, at the Lyon Center in second-round action. USC is 1-1 all-time against Long Beach State with both teams playing in the 1978 WAIAW Regional (USC won 3-2) and 1979 WAIAW Regional (Long Beach State won 2-0). USC and UNLV have never faced each other in the postseason.
Pepperdine is 18-10 overall, finishing third in the West Coast Conference. Head coach Nina Matthies is 474-285 in her 25th season at Pepperdine. Julie Rubenstein leads the team with 465 kills (4.39 kpg) and 323 digs (3.05 dpg) on the season. USC leads the all-time series with Pepperdine by a 35-8 margin.
Long Beach State Notes
Long Beach State is 25-6 overall, finishing second in the Big West Conference. Head coach Brian Gimmillaro is 629-147 in his 23rd season at Long Beach State. Alexis Crimes leads the 49ers with 475 kills (4.48 kpg) and 138 blocks (1.30 bpg). USC leads the all-time series with Long Beach State by a 27-10 margin.
UNLV is 24-5 overall and champions of the Mountain West Conference. Head coach Allison Keeley is 74-42 in her fourth season at UNLV. Lauren Miramontes, who was named AVCA National Player of the Week on Monday, leads the team with 502 kills (4.69 kpg) while Maria Aladjova has 452 kills (4.26 kpg) and 318 digs (3.00 dpg). USC has only played UNLV once with the Trojans earning a 3-1 victory in Las Vegas on Sept. 18, 1999.
USC recorded 3-0 sweeps on the road to finish the regular season at Arizona and Arizona State. In Friday's win at Tucson, Asia Kaczor had a team-high 19 kills against just one error in a .545 performance while Diane Copenhagen had a double-double with 10 kills and 14 digs. In the regular season finale in Tempe, Copenhagen had 17 kills against the Sun Devils with 10 digs. Kaczor had 14 kills while Taylor Carico recorded 46 assists with four kills and eight digs.
Court of Dreams
The dream finally became reality on Oct. 12, 2006 as the brand-new Galen Center made its debut. The 10,258-seat arena is located on the corner of Figueroa St. and Jefferson Blvd., adjacent to the USC campus. The arena is named after Lou and Helene Galen, who generously donated $50 million towards the project.
USC mourned the loss of Lou Galen, who passed away on Nov. 12 at the age of 82.
The Power of the Pac-10
Six Pac-10 teams are ranked among the top 25 in the 2007 CSTV/AVCA current poll (the most among any other conference), including No. 4 Stanford, No. 5 USC, No. 6 Washington, No. 7 California, No. 12 UCLA and No. 13 Oregon.
Running With The Pac
USC finished third in the Pac-10 Conference with a 14-4 record. It is the 10th time in the last 12 years that USC has finished third or better in conference play.
Do The Honors
On Oct. 29, senior Asia Kaczor was named Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week, along with being named Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week as USC recorded wins at home over No. 9 Cal and No. 3 Stanford.
Against the Golden Bears, Kaczor had 24 kills and 17 digs to beat Cal, 3-2. In the 3-1 upset against No. 3 Stanford, Kaczor had a career-high 28 kills (7.00 kpg) and hit .328 for the match, adding five assists and 13 digs.
She became the fifth player in USC history to be named Sports Imports/AVCA Player of the Week and the first since Keao Burdine earned the honor on Nov. 17, 2003.
Kaczor's third Pac-10 honor of the season came on Nov. 19 after setting USC and Pac-10 records with 44 kills and 100 attempts in a five-game win against No. 5 Washington. She has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week five times during her career. Her most recent honor was the 42nd time that USC has received a Pac-10 Player of the Week honor.
We Must Protect This House!
After USC's 3-0 loss to Stanford on Oct. 12, 2006, the Trojans have won 23 straight matches at the Galen Center after the loss in the arena's debut.
In a five-game win over No. 5 Washington on Nov. 16 at the Galen Center, senior Asia Kaczor set USC and Pac-10 Conference match records with 44 kills and 100 attempts. Kaczor broke the previous conference mark of 43, held by UCLA's Natalie Williams against Hawai'i in 1991 and the school mark of 38, set by Jennifer (Kessy) Boss against San Diego on Dec. 6, 1997.
Her record-setting kill gave USC a 17-16 lead in game five before the Trojans clinched the match on the next point.
She hit .516 in game three of the Washington match by recording an amazing 18 kills in the game.
Pleading The Fifth
This season, USC is 6-0 in five-game matches with four of them played against Top 25 teams (No. 14 Duke on Aug. 31, at No. 20 Ohio State on Sept. 14, No. 9 California on Oct. 26 and No. 5 Washington on Nov. 16). The Trojans have rallied from an 0-2 deficit twice.
Junior middle blocker Kelli Tennant is out for the season with a lower back injury.
-- Seven opponents on USC's schedule this season are currently ranked in the Top 25: No. 4 Stanford, No. 6 Washington, No. 7 California, No. 12 UCLA, No. 13 Oregon, No. 18 St. John's and No. 22 Duke.
-- Asia Kaczor is second in the Pac-10 Conference (as of Nov. 26) in points per game (5.75), second in kills (4.99) and third in service aces (0.36 sapg).
-- Taylor Carico is fifth in the Pac-10 with 12.60 assists per game.
-- Geena Urango is fourth in the Pac-10 with 0.34 service aces per game.
-- Alli Hillgren is sixth in the Pac-10 with 4.16 digs per game.
-- Taylor Carico moved into fifth place on USC's career list for total assists. With 46 assists at Arizona State on Nov. 24, she now has 2,768 career assists. She passed Tracy Lindquist (2,766) and Monika Cavaliere (2,747). Her current 12.64 career assists-per-game average places her second on USC's all-time list.
-- USC has recorded 20 or more wins in 12 of the past 13 seasons and 25 wins in six of its last eight seasons.
-- With the Nov. 2 win against UCLA, USC head coach Mick Haley recorded his 700th Division I win as a women's head coach. He also earned his 100th Pac-10 Conference win as the Trojans' head coach. With his win on Nov. 24 at Arizona State, Haley now has recorded 25 wins in a season a total of 17 times since 1982 while coaching at USC and Texas.
6-4 senior opposite/outside hitter Asia Kaczor (pronounced AH-shuh KA-chor) became USC's 28th All-American by earning AVCA and Volleyball Magazine All-America second team honors after a dominating season last year.
She leads the team this season with 534 kills (4.99 kpg) and 615.0 points (5.75 ppg). She also has 38 service aces (0.36 sapg), 236 digs (2.21 dpg) and 75 blocks (0.70 bpg) and was named to the All-Pac-10 Conference Team for the second straight year.
Kaczor has posted over six kills a game in her last nine matches (6.12 kpg) and a 7.00 ppg average. Her 534 kills for the season places her third on USC's single-season list while becoming the first player in USC history to record 500 or more kills in a season twice.
She opened the season by being named to the all-tournament team for both the Trojan Invitational and the USC Classic. She tied a career-best with 27 kills on Aug. 31 against No. 14 Duke, adding 11 digs for her first double-double of the season. The following day, she hit .464 (15-2-28) against Mercer in her 15-kill performance.
She picked up Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week honors after being named tournament most valuable player at the Sports Imports Classic in Columbus, Ohio. She had a team-high 23 kills in a thrilling five-game win at No. 20 Ohio State with three aces and eight digs and followed that up with 16 kills and no errors (16-0-34) for a .471 performance against Purdue. Against the Boilermakers she also had nine digs and three block assists.
As USC opened the Pac-10 season this year, Kaczor posted 25 kills, 16 digs and six blocks in a 3-2 win on Sept. 21 against Arizona. At No. 10 Cal on Sept. 28, she had a team-high 19 kills with six digs and five blocks. Her team-high 20 kills aided a comeback from an 0-2 deficit for the five-game win on Oct. 2 against UC Irvine.
Against No. 19 Oregon on Oct. 12, she has 11 kills with 10 digs and three blocks in a 3-0 sweep of the Ducks. She recorded 23 kills and 13 digs in a 3-1 win on Oct. 18 at Washington State.
On Oct. 29, she was named Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week as well as being named Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week after USC defeated No. 9 Cal, 3-2, and No. 3 Stanford, 3-1, at the Galen Center. She recorded 52 kills in two matches, including 28 kills against the Cardinal. She posted 17 digs against Cal and 13 digs against Stanford.
She had 21 kills and 10 digs on Nov. 2 in a 3-1 win against UCLA at the Galen Center. She recorded 25 kills in a four-game loss at No. 20 Oregon on Nov. 8 and tied a personal best with 31.5 points the following evening at Oregon State. Against the Beavers, she tied a school record with eight service aces as she registered 22 kills in the 3-0 sweep and hit .439 in the match (22-4-41).
Kaczor made history on Nov. 16 in a five-game win over No. 5 Washington, setting USC and Pac-10 match records with 44 kills and 100 attempts. She had 18 kills alone in game three while hitting .516 and finished the match with a .310 hitting clip (44-13-100).
She hit .545 (19-1-33) in a 3-0 sweep on Nov. 23 at Arizona.
Last season, she earned All-Pac-10 honors after setting a school single-season record with 563 kills, surpassing the old record of 554 held by Jennifer Kessy in 1998. She finished with a 4.94 kills-per-game average and hit .300 on the season (563-181-1,272). In the process, she set school single-season records in addition for attempts (1,272), points (642.5) and tied the mark for points per game (5.64, tied with Bibiana Candelas in 2005).
Kaczor led the Pac-10 Conference in kills, kills per game, points and points per game, as well as tying for fourth in the Pac-10 for service aces per game and eighth in hitting percentage. She passed the previous single-season points record held by Bibiana Candelas (575.0 in 2005) on Nov. 25 against Oregon State. She had double-figure kills in 31 of 32 matches, along with three double-doubles (kills and digs) and recorded 20 or more kills in a match 11 times. Her numbers were just as impressive with a 5.20 kpg and 5.88 ppg average in Pac-10 matches, as well as a 5.19 kpg average and 5.67 ppg average in 14 matches last season against ranked opponents.
She earned most valuable player honors at the 2006 CenturyTel Premier Tournament in San Marcos, Texas, after recording 42 kills (15, 14 and 13 kills respectively) in three matches, hitting .370 on the weekend, adding five digs and seven block assists. Her second most valuable player award came at the Gamecock Invitational (Sept. 8-9) in Columbia, S.C., after she had 43 kills (4.78 kpg) in three matches. She also led the Women of Troy in kills in the 3-0 sweeps against Florida State and South Carolina, hitting .385 for the weekend with six service aces, 12 digs and seven block assists.
After recording 37 kills in two matches against No. 20 Pepperdine (Sept. 14) and No. 14 Purdue (Sept. 15), Kaczor earned her first-ever Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week honors. She hit .351 in the two matches, adding 29 digs for a 3.22 dpg average with three service aces and four block assists. Against Purdue at the Lyon Center, she tallied team-highs with 21 kills and 17 digs in the 3-1 victory. On Sept. 21 at Oregon State, she hit .593 (18-2-27) with six digs, three service aces and three block assists and on Oct. 6 at Arizona State in a five-game win, she recorded season-highs with 27 kills and 31.5 points. She earned her second Pac-10 Player of the Week honor on Nov. 13 after recording 49 kills for an amazing 8.17 kpg average in two 3-0 sweeps on the road at No. 2 Stanford and No. 12 California. She recorded 26 kills and hit .500 against the Cardinal.
Sophomore setter Taylor Carico (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS) has built upon her success from last year after garnering All-Pacific Region Freshman of the Year and Pac-10 Conference Freshman of the Year honors, as well as being named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team. She recorded 1,445 assists for a 12.68 apg average to go with 123 kills (1.08 kpg), a .339 hitting percentage, 26 service aces (0.23 sapg), 255 digs (2.24 dpg) and 83 blocks (0.73 bpg) last season.
This season, she has an 12.60 apg average on 1,323 assists along with 215 digs (2.05 dpg) for the Trojans. She also has 114 kills (1.09) with a .353 hitting percentage and 52 blocks (0.50 bpg) and recently received All-Pac-10 Conference honors for the first time.
Her 1,323 assists for the season place her in a tie for fifth on USC's single-season list with Missy McCaw (1,323). She is four away from tying Janice Mounts (1997) for fourth place and 56 away from third place (Monika Cavaliere, 1994).
On Nov. 8, Carico moved into seventh place on USC's all-time list for career assists, passing Sue Peters (1989-92) and on Nov. 24, she moved into fifth place after a 46-assist match at Arizona State to move past Monika Cavaliere (2,747) and Tracy Lindquist (2,766).
She earned all-tournament team honors at the 2007 Trojan Invitational and the USC Classic. On Aug. 31 against Duke, she recorded 68 assists in a thrilling five-game win over the Blue Devils.
She posted 63 assists with four kills in a 3-2 win on Sept. 14 at No. 20 Ohio State. Against Arizona on Sept. 21, she had 59 assists, three kills and 14 digs in the 3-2 victory. In a 3-1 win at No. 10 Cal on Sept. 28, she registered five kills to go with 52 assists, eight digs and three blocks.
On Oct. 2 in a 3-2 win against UC Irvine, she had six kills with 57 assists, three blocks and seven digs. She recorded five kills and five blocks in a 3-0 sweep of No. 19 Oregon on Oct. 12 at the Galen Center.
At Washington State on Oct. 18, Carico had six kills, adding 60 assists, seven blocks and four digs in a 3-1 win over the Cougars. She registered 10 kills while hitting .444 with 65 assists, six digs and three blocks on Oct. 26 in a 3-2 win over No. 9 Cal. She answered that the following night with nine kills (.533 hitting, 9-1-15) against No. 3 Stanford in a four-game victory with 56 assists and eight digs.
Against No. 9 UCLA on Nov. 2, she had seven kills with 52 assists and 14 digs in the 3-1 victory. She recorded career highs on Nov. 16 against No. 5 Washington with 13 kills and 69 assists. She did not record an error in the match, hitting .722 against the Huskies.
She finished second on USC's single-season list for total assists (most ever by a freshman) and sixth for assists per game average last season. On Sept. 2 against No. 24 Utah, she collected 62 assists, three kills, eight digs and two block assists. At No. 20 Pepperdine on Sept. 14, Carico came up big for the Women of Troy in a pressure-filled, five-game victory over the host Waves with two block assists and two kills. Against No. 4 Washington on Sept. 29, she had 51 assists in the four-game victory with six kills (no errors for a .400 night), 11 digs, two service aces and two blocks (one solo, one assist).
Carico recorded a season-high 67 assists and 20 digs in a five-game win on Oct. 6 at Arizona State. She had 58 assists and seven digs in a 3-1 loss to No. 4 UCLA on Oct. 20 at the Lyon Center. On Nov. 4 against Arizona State, she had a season-high eight kills (.500 hitting night) with 47 assists and 10 digs in the 3-0 sweep of the Sun Devils. In a 3-0 sweep on Nov. 10 at No. 2 Stanford, Carico had 47 assists with four kills, 10 digs and five block assists. In the second round of the NCAA Tournament against No. 22 BYU, she had five kills (with no errors for a .714 hitting night) with 44 assists, three digs and four blocks.
Carico won the 2005 Andi Collins Award as the nation's top senior high school setter according to PrepVolleyball.com. She was named CIF Co-Player of the Year and state most valuable player in her senior season.
The Capital of Denmark
Senior outside hitter Diane Copenhagen (Saratoga/St. Francis HS) is a co-captain this season, coming off a junior year where she earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention recognition in the process. She recorded 455 kills on the year with a .233 hitting percentage and led the team with 42 solo blocks.
Despite an abdominal injury which caused her to miss seven matches, Copenhagen played several matches in the back row before returning to her normal position.
This season, she has 187 kills with 206 digs (2.75 dpg) and 21 blocks. On Nov. 24, she recorded her 83rd career solo block which moved her into a tie for 10th place on USC's single-season lilst with Lonise Norfleet (1987-90).
At the Trojan Invitational, she registered two double-doubles, including a 12-kill, 13-dig effort in a sweep of Loyola Marymount where she hit .393 (12-1-28). She recorded 21 kills and 11 digs against No. 14 Duke on Aug. 31 at the Galen Center.
On Sept. 7 at Utah, she led the Women of Troy with 19 kills and 14 digs, hitting .366 (19-4-41) in USC's 3-1 victory. She recorded two double-doubles at the Sports Imports Classic in Columbus, Ohio, on Sept. 14 and 15 with 18 kills and 15 digs against No. 20 Ohio State and 11 kills with 14 digs vs. Purdue.
With 13 kills and 12 digs on Sept. 21 against Arizona, Copenhagen recorded her 1,000th career kill. On Nov. 2 against UCLA, she had 14 digs. Another double-double came on Nov. 16 against No. 5 Washington, where she recorded 11 kills and a season-high 17 digs.
After 10 kills and 14 digs on Nov. 23 at Arizona, she registered 17 kills, the most since Sept. 21, and 10 digs at Arizona State.
She recorded double figures in kills in 29 of 32 matches and had nine double-doubles (kills and digs) last year. Copenhagen opened the season with 34 kills and 23 digs in three matches to earn all-tournament team honors at the CenturyTel Premier Tournament in San Marcos, Texas. She recorded 23 kills, one off her career best, on Sept. 2 in a 3-1 win against No. 24 Utah at the Lyon Center. She later added another all-tournament team selection at the Gamecock Invitational (Sept. 8-9) in Columbia, S.C. and also had 34 kills in two matches (Sept. 28-29) against Washington State and No. 4 Washington with a 16 kill, 15 dig performance against the Huskies.
Her eighth double-double of the season came on Nov. 10 in a 3-0 sweep at No. 2 Stanford as she had 14 kills with 14 digs, hitting .306 in the match. She had 30 kills in six games during the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament at Galen Center, leading the Women of Troy with a team-high 16 kills on Dec. 1 against BYU. In those two matches, she hit .393 against Ole Miss and .325 against BYU.
Copenhagen played at the 2005 U-20 FIVB World Championships in Ankara, Turkey, with the U.S. Junior National Team as Team USA finished in a tie for 11th place.
It took two years before USC fans could witness the exploits of redshirt junior outside hitter Jessica Gysin (Los Gatos/St. Francis HS). Hailed as one of the top high school players in 2004, Gysin battled injuries in her first two seasons. She sprained her ankle in 2004 and suffered a left knee injury in 2005.
She has 261 kills this season (2.97 kpg) with 208 digs (2.36 dpg) and has eight double-doubles.
On Aug. 25 against St. John's, she recorded a career-best 17 digs against the Red Storm and had 15 kills against No. 14 Duke on Aug. 31.
She recorded her third double-double of the season on Sept. 28 at No. 10 Cal with 14 kills and 16 digs. One of her best efforts came on Oct. 2 against UC Irvine when she posted a season-high 19 kills and a career-high 19 digs in the five-game win.
Gysin added another double-double on Oct. 5 at No. 5 UCLA with 11 kills and 15 digs. She had 16 kills and 15 digs on Oct. 18 at Washington State and followed with a 10-kill, 16-dig performance at No. 5 Washington. With USC's home wins on Oct. 26 and 27 against No. 9 Cal and No. 3 Stanford, Gysin had 18 and 16 kills, respectively.
Last year, she finished third on the team with 342 kills (3.03 kpg) and 401 points (3.59 ppg). She was second on the team with 293 digs (2.59 dpg).
Bethany's Block Party
Senior middle blocker/opposite hitter Bethany Johansen (San Jose/UC Santa Barbara) led the Trojans in blocks last year after spending the first two years of her career at UC Santa Barbara. Johansen recorded 126 blocks for a 1.11 bpg average. She was fourth on the team with 220 kills for a 1.93 kpg average and her .286 hitting percentage on the season placed her eighth among Pac-10 Conference players.
This season, she has a 1.11 bpg average on a team-leading 110 blocks (19 solo, 91 assisted) and has a .374 hitting percentage. Her blocking-per-game average ranks her 10th in the Pac-10 Conference as of Nov. 26. She was named to the Trojan Invitational all-tournament team.
Three times this season, she has registered 10 kills in a match and had seven blocks against St. John's (Aug. 25). At No. 20 Ohio State on Sept. 14, she had nine kills, six block assists and four digs.
She recorded six block assists on Sept. 28 at No. 10 Cal in USC's 3-1 victory. On Oct. 5 at No. 5 UCLA, she had 10 kills and hit .714 (10-0-14) with six blocks. She had seven blocks (one solo, six assisted) against No. 19 Oregon on Oct. 12 at the Galen Center. On Oct. 27 against No. 3 Stanford, she hit .636 (7-0-11) in a 3-1 win over the Cardinal.
She recorded double figures in kills eight times during the 2006 season. On Sept. 1 against Fresno State, she had eight blocks (one solo, seven assists) against Fresno State. She registered a season-high 12 kills while hitting .478 (12-1-23) and adding eight blocks (four solo, four assists).
She had 10 kills without recording an error for a .526 performance (10-0-19) on Sept. 21 at Oregon State and on the following evening at Oregon, registered a career-high 13 blocks (three solo, 10 assists) and 11 kills.
King Of The Hill
Sophomore Alli Hillgren (Rancho Santa Fe/Francis Parker HS) is USC's starting libero this season, replacing two-time All-American Debora Seilhamer, who set the USC and Pac-10 Conference career mark for digs. As a defensive specialist in her 2006 freshman season, Hillgren played in 24 matches. She recorded four service aces (0.11 sapg) and 18 digs (0.47 dpg) overall and registered a season-high five digs on Aug. 25, 2006, against North Texas.
This season, she has 395 digs for a 4.16 dpg average and in her past nine matches, Hillgren has posted a 6.09 digs-per-game average. She is ranked sixth in the Pac-10 Conference as of Nov. 26 for digs per game.
On Oct. 2 against UC Irvine, she recorded 24 digs in the five-game win against the Anteaters and had a 7.00 dpg average with 21 digs on Oct. 12 in a 3-0 sweep over No. 19 Oregon.
She had a career-high 36 digs (7.20 dpg) on Oct. 26 against No. 9 Cal and followed it with 26 digs (6.50 dpg) against No. 3 Stanford. She had 31 digs in a four-game win against No. 9 UCLA on Nov. 2 at the Galen Center. Against No. 5 Washington on Nov. 16, she posted 26 digs in the five-game victory.
Freshman Geena Urango (Los Alamitos/Los Alamitos HS) started as a libero this season, but has seen action recently as an outside hitter and received All-Pac-10 Freshman Team honorable mention honors.
Urango has 106 kills (1.03 kpg) and 295 digs (2.86 dpg) for the Trojans.
With 35 service aces this season, her 0.35 sapg average places her fourth in the Pac-10 Conference as of Nov. 26. She has recorded four aces in a match twice this season (Sept. 1 vs. Mercer and Sept. 15 vs. Purdue).
She recorded 21 digs on Sept. 7 at Utah in a four-game victory and posted a season-high 31 digs in a five-game win on Sept. 14 at No. 20 Ohio State. She had three aces and 10 digs on Sept. 28 at No. 10 Cal.
On Oct. 11 against Oregon State, she tallied a season-high 10 kills, hitting .304 in the match and adding nine digs. She posted nine kills in back-to-back matches on Oct. 18 at Washington State and Oct. 19 at No. 5 Washington, recording 19 digs against the Cougars and 10 digs against the Huskies.
She recorded a season-high 21 kills, taking 47 swings against No. 9 Cal in a 3-2 win on Oct. 26 at the Galen Center. Urango posted her first collegiate double-double on Nov. 2 against No. 9 UCLA with 17 kills and 12 digs in the 3-1 victory.
It's Greek To Me
Freshman middle blocker Zoe Garrett (Laguna Beach/Laguna Beach HS), whose first name is derived from a Greek word meaning 'life', is making an immediate impact this season for the Women of Troy.
Garrett has 175 kills (1.79 kpg) on the season with 99 blocks (1.01 bpg) and received All-Pac-10 Freshman Team honorable mention honors.
On Aug. 25 against St. John's, she had 13 kills and hit .591 in the match (13-0-22).
At the Sports Imports Classic in Columbus, Ohio, she hit .538 (7-0-13) against No. 20 Ohio State with two assists, three digs and two block assists and .500 (8-1-14) against Purdue with two digs and two block assists.
Despite the team's 3-0 loss at No. 2 Stanford on Sept. 27, she hit .500 with seven kills (7-0-14) and followed up with six kills, three blocks and a service ace on Sept. 28 at No. 10 Cal. On Oct. 2 against UC Irvine, she had 11 kills with two blocks and two digs.
She posted six blocks, including three solos, against Oregon State in a 3-0 sweep on Oct. 11 at the Galen Center. A 10-kill performance came on Oct. 18 at Washington State where she also registered nine blocks (one solo, eight assisted).
Garrett had six blocks in back-to-back wins against No. 5 Washington and Washington State on Nov. 16 and 17 at the Galen Center. She recorded six block assists and one solo block on Nov. 23 at Arizona.
You're Like Butter...'Cause You're On A Roll
Freshman outside hitter Kimmee Roleder (Pasadena/Pasadena HS) had her coming-out party on Sept. 1 as she led the Trojans to a 3-0 sweep of Mercer with her first collegiate double-double (17 kills and 14 digs).
She missed six matches from Oct. 18-Nov. 8 with a foot injury and saw limited action on Nov. 9 at Oregon State.
She has 192 kills this season (2.95 kpg) with 118 digs (1.82 dpg) and 40 blocks (0.62 bpg).
On Sept. 15 against Purdue at the Sports Imports Classic, she had 13 kills and 10 digs in the 3-0 sweep of the Boilermakers.
In her first career Pac-10 match, Roleder had a season-high 18 kills and hit .469 (18-3-32) in a 3-0 sweep of Arizona State. She hit .316 on Sept. 28 at No. 10 Cal, recording 18 kills with seven digs and two solo blocks.
She had 13 kills, 11 digs and four blocks on Oct. 5 at No. 5 UCLA.
Roleder was a member of the 2007 U.S. Junior National Team that finished fourth at the Junior World Championship. She was the fifth-best spiker, recording 60 kills and a .389 hitting percentage and finished seventh overall among all players in scoring with 76 points.
Bishop Takes Rook
Senior middle blocker Katelyn Bishop (Terre Haute, Ind./Terre Haute South HS) has been a steady player for USC during her career, averaging almost a block a game in her sophomore and junior seasons.
This year, Bishop has 56 kills (1.08 kpg) and 27 blocks (0.52 bpg) for the Women of Troy.
Setting Out To (Chel)Sea
Sophomore defensive specialist/setter Chelsea Wilson is seeing more action this season as a setter and has 82 assists overall.
She had a career-best 19 assists on Sept. 1 against Mercer.
Her father, Doug, is executive vice president and general manager for the NHL's San Jose Sharks.
All-Time Great Night
With the debut of the Galen Center, the USC women's volleyball program honored two former players this season. Paula Weishoff was honored on Thursday (Oct. 11) during the Oregon State match while Debbie Green was honored on Saturday (Nov. 17) against Washington State. A banner for each player will be permanently displayed at Galen Center.
Weishoff, who was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1998 and considered as one of the sport's top middle blockers, was a three-time Olympian and named most valuable player at the 1992 Olympics. After playing for USC in 1980, she was a 16-year member of the U.S. National Team and later served as an assistant coach at USC for seven years before her current position as head coach at Concordia University in Irvine.
Green, who was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1995 and considered as one of the sport's top setters, was a member of USC's first two national championship squads in 1976 and 1977. She was also named to the AVCA Hall of Fame in 2004 and was a two-time Olympian (1980 and 1984). She is serving as an assistant coach at Long Beach State for the women's volleyball program.
The Fab (50) Four
Volleyball Magazine rated USC's 2007 recruiting class as the third-best in the nation with four Fab 50 players comprising the group of eight players. The four players are 6-3 middle blocker Zoe Garrett (Laguna Beach/Laguna Beach HS), 6-2 outside hitter Kimmee Roleder (Pasadena/Pasadena HS), 5-10 outside hitter/libero Geena Urango (Los Alamitos/Los Alamitos HS) and 6-4 middle blocker Lauren Williams (Houston, Texas/Stratford HS).
Serving The Nation
Sophomore Taylor Carico and freshmen Zoe Garrett and Kimmee Roleder played for the 2007 U.S. Junior National Team as the squad finished fourth at the Junior World Championship in Thailand. Garrett finished second in blocking overall among all players while Roleder finished fifth in spiking and seventh with 78 points.