No. 4 USC Hits The Road For Matches At Washington State And No. 5 Washington

Oct. 16, 2007

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 Upcoming Matches 
Thursday, Oct. 18 - 7 p.m. - Pullman, Washington State

Friday, Oct. 19 - 7 p.m. - Seattle, No. 5 Washington

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Probable Starters
No. Name Yr. Pos. Ht. kpg pct. dpg bpg ppg9 Taylor Carico So. S 5-11 0.81 .319 2.08 12.12 apg5 Jessica Gysin Jr. OH 6-1 2.73 .213 2.83 0.40 3.1432 Zoe Garrett Fr. MB 6-3 1.98 .274 0.46 0.93 2.7710 Bethany Johansen Sr. MB/OPP 6-4 1.45 .380 0.45 1.17 2.117 Asia Kaczor Sr. OPP/OH 6-4 4.38 .288 2.12 0.73 5.1021 Kimmee Roleder Fr. OH 6-3 3.26 .228 2.04 0.63 3.893 Alli Hillgren So. L 5-8 --- --- 2.89 --- ---

The Facts
The No. 4 USC women's volleyball team (16-2, 5-2) -- winners of six national championships -- continues Pac-10 Conference play this week with road matches on Thursday (Oct. 18) at Washington State (9-12, 0-7) and Friday (Oct. 19) at No. 5 Washington (17-1, 6-1). Both matches will start at 7 p.m.

On The Net
All USC home matches this season will be broadcast on, courtesy of TrojanTV All-Access. There is a monthly subscription fee in order to watch the webcast.

Washington State Notes
Washington State is 9-12 on the season and 0-7 in Pac-10 play after being swept last weekend at Stanford and California. Head coach Brian Heffernan is 38-78 in his fourth season at Washington State. The Cougars return eight letterwinners from last year's squad that went 15-17. Jackie Albright leads the Cougars with 227 kills (3.24 kpg) with 163 digs (2.33 dpg). USC leads the all-time series with Washington State by a 32-11 margin.

No. 5 Washington Notes
Washington is 17-1 on the season and 6-1 in the Pac-10 Conference after losing in five games last weekend at California and beating Stanford in five games, handing the Cardinal its first loss of the season. Head coach Jim McLaughlin is 161-46 in his 8th season at Washington. The Huskies return 10 letterwinners from last year's squad that made it to the NCAA Final Four. Christal Morrison has 221 kills (3.88 kpg) with 149 digs (2.61 dpg) and 45 blocks (0.79). USC leads the all-time series with Washington by a 32-13 margin, but the Huskies have won four of the last six matches.

Week Recap
USC recorded 3-0 sweeps over Oregon State and No. 19 Oregon last week at the Galen Center. USC held Oregon State to a .101 hitting performance in the win (30-19, 30-23, 30-22) as Asia Kaczor recording 17 kills along with freshman Geena Urango's season-high 10 kills. The following night against the Ducks, the Women of Troy used a season-high 16.0 blocks in the victory (30-25, 30-20, 30-26) as Kaczor posted a 16-kill, 10-dig evening. Taylor Carico had five kills and five blocks against the Ducks while libero Alli Hillgren had 21 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.

All-Time Great Night
With the debut of the Galen Center, the USC women's volleyball program will honor two former players this season. Paula Weishoff was honored on Thursday (Oct. 11) during the Oregon State match while Debbie Green will be 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 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. 3 Stanford, No. 4 USC, No. 5 Washington, No. 7 UCLA, No. 9 California and No. 19 Oregon.

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.

Injury Report
Senior outside hitter Diane Copenhagen is week-to-week with an abdominal strain...junior middle blocker Kelli Tennant will be week-to-week with a lower back injury.

-- Seven opponents on USC's schedule this season are currently ranked in the Top 25: No. 3 Stanford, No. 5 Washington, No. 7 UCLA, No. 9 California, No. 17 Duke, No. 19 Oregon and No. 22 St. John's.
-- Asia Kaczor is third in the Pac-10 Conference (as of Oct. 15) in points per game (5.10) and fourth in kills (4.38).
-- Taylor Carico is sixth in the Pac-10 with 12.12 assists per game.
-- Geena Urango is second in the Pac-10 Conference with 0.44 service aces per game.
-- Bethany Johansen is fourth in the Pac-10 Conference in hitting percentage (.380).
-- Mick Haley needs four wins for his 700th Division I win as a women's head coach. He needs four conference wins for his 100th Pac-10 victory.
-- With its 12-0 record at home this season, USC is 18-1 all-time at the Galen Center with the team's only loss coming in the arena's debut on Oct. 12, 2006, against Stanford.

Polish Power
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 289 kills (4.38 kpg) and 336.5 points (5.10 ppg). She also has 20 service aces (0.30 sapg), 140 digs (2.12 dpg) and 48 blocks (0.73 bpg). 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.

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.

Taylor Made
Sophomore setter Taylor Carico (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS) will look to build on 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 12.12 apg average along with 133 digs (2.08 dpg) for the Trojans. She earned all-tournament team honors at the 2007 Trojan Invitational and the USC Classic. On Aug. 31 against Duke, she set a personal best with 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.

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 She was named CIF Co-Player of the Year and state most valuable player in her senior season.

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 is second on the team with 176 kills this season (3.26 kpg). She also has 110 digs (2.04 dpg) and 34 blocks (0.63 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.

Freshman Geena Urango (Los Alamitos/Los Alamitos HS) has 196 digs this season for a 3.16 dpg average.

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.

With 27 service aces this season, her 0.44 sapg average places her second in the Pac-10 Conference as of Oct. 15. She has recorded four aces in a match twice this season (Sept. 1 vs. Mercer and Sept. 15 vs. Purdue).

Although used mainly as a libero, Urango has also seen action as an outside hitter. On Oct. 11 against Oregon State, she tallied a season-high 10 kills, hitting .304 in the match and adding nine digs.

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 113 kills (1.98 kpg) on the season with 53 blocks (0.93 bpg).

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.

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 places her eighth among Pac-10 Conference players.

She has a 1.17 bpg average this season on 70 blocks (9 solo, 61 assisted) and has a .380 hitting percentage, good for fourth among Pac-10 Conference players. 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.

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.

Family Gysin
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 131 kills this season (2.73 kpg) and 136 digs (2.83 dpg). 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.

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).

King Of The Hill
Sophomore Alli Hillgren (Rancho Santa Fe/Francis Parker HS) gets her first chance at libero, 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. She registered a season-high five digs on Aug. 25 against North Texas.

This season, she has 156 digs for a 2.89 dpg average.

On Oct. 2 against UC Irvine, she recorded a career-high 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.

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 43 kills (1.19 kpg) and 21 blocks (0.60 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 66 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.

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