No. 5 USC Beats No. 4 Washington, 3-1, To Stay Perfect At 15-0
Sept. 29, 2006
LOS ANGELES - Sophomore outside hitter Jessica Gysin (Mountain View/St. Francis HS) had a career-high 20 kills Friday as the No. 5 USC Women of Troy defeated the No. 4 Washington Huskies, 3-1 (28-30, 30-27, 30-21, 30-28), in Pac-10 Conference action at the Lyon Center. With the win, USC maintains its perfect record at 15-0 this season and 4-0 in the Pac-10.
Freshman setter Taylor Carico (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS) had another fantastic outing for the Women of Troy, registering 51 assists with six kills (.400 hitting percentage), 11 digs, two aces and two blocks for 9.5 points. Junior outside hitter Diane Copenhagen (Saratoga/St. Francis HS) had 16 kills on a .279 hitting night while senior All-America libero Debora Seilhamer (Ponce, Puerto Rico/Colegio Ponceno) recorded 36 digs, including some key defense in the fourth game.
Outside hitter Christal Morrison led Washington (12-3, 2-2) with 21 kills for the match. Outside hitter Stevie Mussie had 18 kills while setter Courtney Thompson recorded 61 assists and 18 digs.
Tamari Miyashiro had 30 digs for the Huskies while Jessica Swarbrick added 14 kills.
Both teams battled on the scoresheet as Washington barely outhit USC, .217 to .215.
Mussie's back-to-back kills put Washington ahead 7-3 in the first game, but Carico's stuff block in the middle sparked the Women of Troy with Kaczor's kill later tying it at 10 apiece. USC went ahead 15-12, but two Husky blocks put Washington back ahead, 16-15. Copenhagen dominated the next part of the game with four kills and a solo block as USC led, 21-18. UW worked it back to a 24-24 draw and at 27-27, the Huskies earned the win on kills by Morrison and a service ace by Mussie.
The Women of Troy took the lead in the second game, breaking away at 5-4 with a 7-4 run thanks to two Carico "310" kills. Down 15-10, the Huskies resorted to their blocking game with three straight to cut the deficit to one. Carico dumped a kill and Copenhagen followed with two kills and an ace as SC pushed their advantage to a 22-17 score. The defending national champions answered with a 6-2 run as Deesing's crosscourt shot as USC maintained its slim 24-23 lead. Washington had serve at 27-27, but Gysin's kill and a key block assist that scraped the sideline led the way for a tied match after two games.
In the third game, USC tried to pull away at 10-6 before UW used a 6-2 run to make it 13-12 for the Women of Troy. Carico helped USC to surge ahead with another "310" and added middle blocker Bethany Johansen on a block for a 19-13 Women of Troy lead. Kaczor's kill and Johansen's solo block made it 24-16 as USC pulled away for take the third game.
Washington looked to tie the match in game four as the Huskies brought sophomore Jill Collymore off the bench and turned in three kills for the 9-6 Huskies' advantage. Johansen sparked a 6-1 run for the host team as Katelyn Bishop screamed a kill from the middle and USC led, 12-10. It was a see-saw affair during the middle part as neither team was able to mount a huge lead. UW gained momentum after winning a long rally to its deficit to 20-19. After the USC timeout, Gysin and Copenhagen terminated two more points to make the score 23-20. The Huskies called a timeout and fired back with three straight kills by Morrison to tie the game. Another long rally and an attacking error put Washington ahead, 25-24, but the Women of Troy closed out the match with a 6-3 run as Kaczor staved off a late Husky rally with her final kill of the evening.
USC continues Pac-10 Conference play next week with matches at Arizona State on Friday (Oct. 6) at 7 p.m. and Arizona on Saturday (Oct. 7) at 7 p.m. The Women of Troy will return home for the first-ever event at the brand-new Galen Center on Thursday (Oct. 12) against Stanford at 7 p.m.
UW 30-27-21-28 USC 28-30-30-30