Career Night From Candelas Aids No. 19 USC's 3-1 Win At No. 17 UCLA

Sept. 30, 2005

LOS ANGELES - Senior two-time All-America middle blocker Bibiana Candelas recorded a career-high 26 kills and 31.5 points Friday as the No. 19 USC Women of Troy defeated the No. 17 UCLA Bruins, 3-1 (25-30, 30-15, 30-20, 30-26), in Pac-10 women's volleyball action at Pauley Pavilion. A crowd of 2,777 witnessed USC's 10th straight victory against UCLA.

USC is now 5-6 on the season and 1-2 in Pac-10 play while UCLA falls to 7-5 overall and 0-3 in conference. The Women of Troy also pick up five points in the 2005-06 Lexus Gauntlet standings with five more points available on Oct. 28 at USC's Lyon Center.

Setter Nena Siljegovic had 51 assists for the Women of Troy while sophomore Diane Copenhagen had 15 kills and 18.5 points. UCLA's Kaitlin Sather had 18 kills in a losing cause, adding 18 digs.

The Bruins, playing their first home match of the season, rattled off five straight points to open the first game. After a successful dump by UCLA setter Nellie Spicer, the Women of Troy used a strong blocking presence to get back into game. Diane Copenhagen started a five-point run with a kill, followed by three straight USC blocks as the game was tied, 8-8. USC took the lead, 17-15, before both teams traded points with UCLA taking a slight lead at 22-20. The Bruins closed out the game win with four straight points, capped by a solo block from junior Nana Meriwether.

Copenhagen snapped a 3-3 tie in game two with a kill as USC outscored UCLA by an 8-2 margin to take an 11-5 lead. Staci Venski used two kills for five straight points as USC evened the match at a game apiece. For the game, USC hit .366 (18-3-41) as Candelas registered six kills.

Candelas gave USC a 19-15 lead in the third game after slamming home four consecutive points for her team. She continued her torrid pace with two more kills and a service ace as an 11-5 streak gave the Women of Troy the 2-1 lead in the match. USC improved on its game two numbers with a match-high .406 (15-2-32) in the third game.

In the fourth game, Candelas and Copenhagen alternated points for USC as UCLA took its first timeout, down by a 7-3 score. The Bruins took their second timeout when the Women of Troy scored five straight for a commanding 12-5 advantage. UCLA rallied late and got within two at 24-22, but Candelas used a solo block and a kill to finish the match.

USC will play two Pac-10 matches next week at the Lyon Center. The Women of Troy will host Oregon State on Friday (Oct. 7) at 7 p.m. and Oregon on Saturday (Oct. 8) at 5 p.m. Saturday's match has been moved up one hour from its original 6 p.m. start, due to the 12:30 p.m. football game between USC and Arizona at the Coliseum.

USC	25-30-30-30UCLA	30-15-20-26

Records: USC (5-6, 1-2), UCLA (7-5, 0-3)Kills: Bibiana Candelas 26 (USC), Kaitlin Sather 18 (UCLA)Team: USC UCLA1 .051 .2052 .366 .0433 .406 .1434 .292 .234Totals .275 .156