No. 8 USC Sweeps Washington State On Senior Night
Nov. 17, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Senior All-America outside hitter Asia Kaczor (Wroclaw, Poland/College of Southern Idaho) had a team-high 11 kills Saturday as the No. 8 USC Trojans swept the Washington State Cougars, 3-0 (30-19, 30-19, 30-22), in a Pac-10 match at the Galen Center. USC (23-4, 12-4) remains perfect at home with a 17-0 record this season, winning 23 straight matches dating to last season.
Freshman outside hitter Kimmee Roleder (Pasadena/Pasadena HS) added 10 kills for the Women of Troy while sophomore setter Taylor Carico (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS) recorded 31 assists and eight digs.
Kaczor had a lighter workload in the match after last night's performance where she set a USC and Pac-10 Conference record with 44 kills and 100 attempts.
Brittany Johnson led the Cougars (9-21, 0-16) with 10 kills and 10 digs. Attack errors doomed WSU all evening as the team hit a negative .015 for the match based on 33 errors.
The Cougars used an 8-3 run to take the lead in the first game, but four straight attack errors aided the Trojans' comeback. Diane Copenhagen's service ace tied the game at eight apiece as both teams later worked to a 16-16 tie. It was the natural hat trick for Roleder as she put down three straight for the Women of Troy, who reeled off nine straight points, leading 25-16. Jessica Gysin and Zoe Garrett closed out the game with back-to-back kills for USC.
Two kills by Roleder and back-to-back service aces by Kaczor paced an 8-4 start in game two for the Trojans. Cassie Robbins and Johnson helped the Cougars cut the deficit to 10-9. WSU kept it close until Garrett's kill helped USC to pull away at 18-16. The Trojans later scored six straight to lead, 28-18. Kaczor and senior Bethany Johansen combined on a block to give USC a 2-0 lead in the match.
Streaks of four and five points put USC ahead 14-5 in the third game. The Cougars came back with four straight, but Johansen and fellow senior Katelyn Bishop aided the 7-3 run and a 21-12 advantage. Freshman Geena Urango used three kills to complete the sweep for USC.
USC concludes the regular season next week with Pac-10 road matches at Arizona on Friday (Nov. 23) and Arizona State on Saturday (Nov. 24).
Note: USC paid tribute to former setter Debbie Green on 'All-Time Great' Night by unveiling a permanent banner at Galen Center. Green, regarded by many as one of the top setters in U.S. women's volleyball history, was a two-time All-American at USC and was a member of the school's back-to-back national championships in 1976 and 1977. She was a two-time Olympian and was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1995.
WSU 19-19-22USC 30-30-30
Records: USC (23-4, 12-4), Washington State (9-21, 0-16)Kills: Asia Kaczor 11 (WSU), Brittany Johnson 10 (WSU)
Team: WSU USC1 -.038 2092 .119 .3103 -.116 .116Match -.015 .211
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