Taylor Carico Named 2006 AVCA Pacific Region Freshman Of The Year

Dec. 6, 2006

LOS ANGELES -- USC setter Taylor Carico (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS) has been named 2006 AVCA Pacific Region Freshman of the Year, becoming just the second player in the school's history to earn the honor (April Ross in 2000).

In her first collegiate campaign, Carico guided the Women of Troy to a 27-4 overall record and fourth-place finish in the Pac-10 with a 14-4 mark. Her 1,391 season assists are the most by any USC freshman and place her second on the single-season list. Along with her 12.76 assists per game average, she recorded 116 kills (1.06 kpg) for a .340 hitting percentage. She also has 245 digs (2.25 dpg) and 78 total blocks (0.72 bpg).

In late November, she was named Pac-10 Conference Freshman of the Year as well as being named to the Pac-10 All-Freshmen Team.

USC also placed two players on the All-Pacific Region team: junior opposite/outside hitter Asia Kaczor (Wroclaw, Poland) and senior libero Debora Seilhamer (Ponce, Puerto Rico/Colegio Ponceno). This is the second consecutive year that Seilhamer has received all-region honors.

Kaczor leads the Pac-10 Conference in kills (541 for a 4.96 kpg average) and points per game (5.67) this season. Her 541 kills are the second-most in USC history behind Jennifer Kessy (554 in 1998). She is fourth in the conference with a 0.33 service aces per game average and eighth with a .310 hitting percentage. She has 191 digs this season (1.75 dpg) and 78 blocks (0.72 bpg).

Seilhamer has a school-season record 699 digs this season with her 6.41 digs per game average placing her second in the Pac-10. This season, she passed the 2,000 career dig mark to become just the third Pac-10 player to reach that milestone. Her 2,049 career digs and 5.14 career digs per game average are school records as well. On Nov. 24 against Oregon, she recorded 41 digs, the most in any four-game match at USC. She also holds the school records for most digs in a three-game and five-game match.

She needs only 15 digs to tie the Pac-10 Conference career record for digs (2,064), held by UCLA's Chrissie Zartman.

USC travels to the Honolulu Regional this weekend where the Women of Troy will face Hawai'i in an NCAA Tournament third-round match on Friday (Dec. 8) at 7 p.m. Hawaiian/9 p.m. Pacific. The match will be broadcast live on sportsradio1420.com.

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