Friday The 13th: No. 7 USC Rallies For 3-2 Win At Oregon
Sept. 22, 2006
EUGENE, Ore. -- Jessica Gysin and Asia Kaczor had 17 kills each Friday as the No. 7 USC Women of Troy rallied for the 3-2 victory (24-30, 30-20, 25-30, 30-27, 15-10) against the Oregon Ducks in Pac-10 Conference action at McArthur Court. USC improves to 13-0 on the season and 2-0 in conference after spoiling the Ducks' upset bid.
Mira Djuric led the Ducks with 19 kills on the evening as Oregon went to 10-2 overall, 0-2 in conference.
Senior All-America libero Debora Seilhamer had 39 digs in the match for the Women of Troy while freshman setter Taylor Carico had 53 assists. USC recorded 25 blocks on the night against Oregon's 11 as junior Bethany Johansen recorded three solo blocks and 10 block assists.
The host Ducks jumped out to the 7-2 lead in the first game before USC used a 5-1 run to make it an 8-7 deficit. Djuric served on another key sequence for a 15-11 lead as USC took its first timeout. Oregon used a fiver to take the 22-14 lead, but USC answered and cut the lead to 25-23. The Ducks held on and finished with a service ace for the game victory. It was the first time this season that USC lost the first game of a match.
In the second game, USC raced to a 9-5 lead after Kaczor and Johansen combined for the block. Djuric tied the game at 11 apiece with two more service aces. Gysin continued her strong game for the Women of Troy with a block and kill as USC led, 18-14. Kaczor's backrow kill and another kill from Gysin as USC completed the six in a row. The Women of Troy pushed to the 26-17 lead and later won game two to even the match.
The third game saw USC take the 8-6 lead on back-to-back kills by Gysin, but the Ducks answered with four straight for a 10-8 advantage. Oregon kept the pressure on as a Newcombe service ace made it 18-14 for the Ducks. A 6-3 run increased the lead with Oregon up, 24-17. Despite the Women of Troy staving off three game points, Erin Little hammered a shot down the right line as Oregon took a two games to one lead in the match.
A 6-3 run in the fourth game allowed Oregon to lead at 16-11, but the Women of Troy rallied to tie it at 19-19. At 22-22, Kaczor put down a left-side kill, followed by a termination from junior outside hitter Diane Copenhagen. Kristin Bitter made it 24-23, but a Katelyn Bishop/Kaczor block and second ball slam from Carico put USC ahead, 26-23. Kills by Djuric and Little cut the deficit to one and another Djuric kill later tied it at 27-27. Copenhagen slammed home the winner off the block and a key service ace by senior Alli Dillon paved the way, forcing the deciding game five.
In game five, Gysin's hitting error gave Oregon the first point, but Kaczor started a streak of three straight for USC. Seilhamer served an ace for a 4-1 lead, but Djuric later recorded a kill as USC's lead became 5-3. Copenhagen responded with a kill off the block and a Djuric attack error put the Women of Troy ahead by a 7-3 margin as Oregon called its second and final timeout of the game. Bitter rallied the Ducks to cut the deficit to two, but another '310' from Carico started a three-spot for the Women of Troy and the 10-5 score. Copenhagen's kill and a ball-handling error on the Duck put USC up, 12-6, and Kaczor's rifled home the match winner as USC won its second five-game match of the season.
USC returns home for two Pac-10 matches next week. The Women of Troy hosts Washington State on Thursday (Sept. 28) at 6 p.m. and Washington on Friday (Sept. 29) at 7 p.m. Both matches will be at the Lyon Center with both matches available via live video on usctrojans.com.
USC 24-30-25-30-15UO 30-20-30-27-10
Records: USC (13-0, 2-0), Oregon (10-2, 0-2)Kills: Jessica Gysin/Asia Kaczor 17 (USC); Mira Djuric 19 (Oregon)
Team: USC UO1 .024 .1462 .400 .1253 .140 .2504 .107 .0745 .174 .091Totals .149 .142