It's Rally Time Again As No. 8 USC Wins In Five Over No. 5 Washington
Nov. 16, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Senior All-America outside hitter Asia Kaczor (Wroclaw, Poland/College of Southern Idaho) set a school and Pac-10 Conference record with 44 kills and 100 attempts on Friday as the No. 8 USC Trojans rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the No. 5 Washington Huskies, 3-2 (25-30, 29-31, 32-30, 30-27, 18-16), in a Pac-10 match at the Galen Center.
She passed the previous conference record of 43, held by UCLA's Natalie Williams against Hawaii on Sept. 7, 1991. Kaczor becomes the first player in Pac-10 history to record triple digits for attempts with her biggest game on the evening taking place when she recorded 18 kills in the third game. Her effort passed the previous USC record of 38 held by Jennifer (Kessy) Boss against San Diego on Dec. 6, 1997.
Kaczor hit .310 on the evening (44-13-100) and had nine digs with four blocks and three assists.
USC (22-4, 11-4) kept its Galen Center streak alive with its 22nd straight victory with the school's only loss coming in the arena's debut against Stanford last year. The Women of Troy are now a perfect 6-0 this season in five-game matches.
Sophomore setter Taylor Carico (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS) set a career high with 13 kills and did not have an error for a sizzling .722 mark (13-0-18). She had a career-high 69 assists, adding nine digs on the evening. Senior Diane Copenhagen, who has battled an abdominal injury, saw her first action in the front row for the Trojans since Sept. 21. Copenhagen had 11 kills and a season-high 17 digs.
Senior outside hitter Christal Morrison had a career-high 30 kills for Washington (23-3, 12-3), adding 14 digs and five block assists while freshman setter Jenna Hagglund recorded a season-high 75 assists to go with nine digs and eight block assists. Jessica Swarbrick chipped in 14 kills with Alesha Deesing recording 13 kills and tying a career best with 11 blocks.
The Huskies jumped out to a 15-11 lead in game one before the media timeout. Stevie Mussie's service ace capped an 8-2 run for the Huskies, who led 19-12. The Trojans were able to cut the deficit to four at 24-20, but were unable to recover as five service errors in the game doomed USC.
Morrison recorded three straight kills, adding another after a USC sideout for a 13-10 Washington advantage in game two. Both teams went back-and-forth before the Trojans were able to tie it at 19-19. Carico's kill put USC up 23-21 as Washington took a timeout. Mussie and Morrison put back-to-back kills together to tie it at 23-23, but another mini push by the Women of Troy put them up 26-24. Copenhagen put USC on game point at 29-26, but another costly service error led the way as the Huskies registered five straight points to take a 2-0 lead in the match. Two key stuffs by Washington proved to be the difference during the streak.
Washington broke away from an 8-8 tie in the third game as Swarbrick used two kills for a 14-12 lead. Kaczor powered the Trojans with three kills during a 5-1 run as USC took the lead at 19-18. UW used a sideout to tie it at 20-20 and earned three of the next four points to take the 23-21 lead. After the Huskies took at 24-22 lead, the Trojans scored four straight points. Carico dug a hard hit ball that floated over the net and into the Huskies' backcourt for the point and followed with her own service ace. At 27-25 and USC owning the lead, Mussie brought the Huskies back with a kill and service ace as part of three straight points. Kaczor hammered back-to-back kills to give USC game point at 29-28. Deesing and Morrison teamed up to tie the game for Washington. After back-to-back sideouts, Carico and Bethany Johansen used a block to put USC back on game point and a Washington attack error gave the Trojans their first game of the evening.
In game four, USC used momentum to reel off a 13-3 run at the start. Kaczor added three more kills until USC a commanding 21-10 lead before Washington dug deep to climb back into the game. Becky Perry started a run of nine straight points as the Huskies rallied and eventually tied it at 24-24 on Morrison's kill. Carico and Morrison used kills to forge at 26-26 tie before USC utilized a Washington attack error for a 4-1 run. Gysin tied the match with her kill.
In the deciding game, a Johansen/Copenhagen block and Copenhagen kill helped USC to start a 6-2 run. Hillgren's serve touched the top of the net and dropped near the center line as UW called a timeout. Mussie's kill capped a 4-1 run for the visiting Huskies as USC clinged to a 7-6 lead. Both teams played the side out game as Kaczor's kill made it an 11-9 Trojan advantage. Morrison and Swarbrick stuffed a USC attempt and two more terminations by Morrison put Washington ahead, 12-11. Copenhagen's two kills tied the game at 13-13 and a Husky error gave match point to the Trojans, but both teams were destined for overtime. Perry's kill made it a 15-15 score, but Kaczor and Garrett used a block to give another match point to the Trojans. A USC attack error evened the score again before Kaczor recorded kill No. 44 on the night, followed by a Kaczor/Johansen stuff for the end to a thrilling match.
USC will play its final regular season home match tomorrow against Washington State, beginning at 7 p.m. It will be the final home match for five Trojan seniors (Katelyn Bishop, Copenhagen, Johansen, Kaczor and Marta Siemiatkowska) as well as being an 'All-Time Great' Night to honor former USC player Debbie Green. Green, who is in the Volleyball Hall of Fame, was the setter for USC's first and second national championships in 1976 and 1977.
Saturday's match will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com, courtesy of TrojanTV All-Access.
UW 30-31-30-27-16USC 25-29-32-30-18
Records: USC (22-4, 11-4), Washington (23-3, 12-3)Kills: Asia Kaczor 44 (USC), Christal Morrison 30 (UW)* Kaczor's 44 kills is a school and Pac-10 Conference record for kills in a match
Team: UW USC1 .205 .2202 .278 .2593 .261 .3004 .317 .3205 .156 .135Match .250 .254