Asia Kaczor, Taylor Carico Earn All-America Awards

Dec. 12, 2007

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - USC senior outside hitter Asia Kaczor (Wroclaw, Poland/College of Southern Idaho) and sophomore setter Taylor Carico (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS) were named to the 2007 American Coaches Volleyball Association (AVCA) All-American teams as announced this morning. Kaczor received first team honors while Carico was named to the second team.

Kaczor, now a two-time All-American after earning second team honors last year, has posted school single-season records this season with 629 kills, 1,462 attempts and 716.0 points. Her total of kills place her eighth on the Pac-10 Conference's single-season list. She also holds school records with a 5.03 kills-per-game career average and 5.73 points-per-game career average.

This season, Kaczor has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week three times as well as being named AVCA National Player of the Week once. She set USC and Pac-10 single-match records earlier this season with 44 kills and 100 attempts against No. 5 Washington at the Galen Center.

She was named most valuable player last weekend at the Gainesville (Fla.) Regional after 42 kills in two matches against No. 13 St. John's and No. 3 Texas. She earned All-Pac-10 Conference and All-AVCA Pacific Region honors for the second straight year.

Carico becomes USC's 29th All-American in women's volleyball and 57th overall selection. She broke the school record for assists in a season and now has 1,540 overall. With her 12.73 apg average, Carico has 130 kills (1.07 kpg) with a .334 hitting percentage and 65 blocks (0.54 bpg). She was named to the 2007 All-Pac-10 Conference Team, as well as earning All-Pac-10 All-Academic second team honors.

Last weekend at the Gainesville (Fla.) Regional, she recorded a career-high 71 assists against No. 13 St. John's and guided the Trojans to a 3-0 sweep over No. 3 Texas.

USC is 29-4 overall this season and will play No. 1 seed Stanford tomorrow at 6 p.m. Pacific in an NCAA national semifinal at the Arco Arena in Sacramento. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN360.com.

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