Sept. 28, 2006
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The No. 5 Southern California Women of Troy volleyball team kept its undefeated season in tact with a 30-14, 24-30, 30-24, 30-27 win over Washington State Thursday night at the Lyon Center on the USC campus.
USC moved to 14-0 on the season and 3-0 in Pacific-10 Conference play while WSU is now 12-5 for the season, 0-3 in conference action.
Diane Copenhagen led USC with 18 kills while Asia Kaczor had 15 kills. Taylor Carico and Bethany Johansen each had a match-high seven blocks. Debora Seilhamer had 23 digs.
Senior Kelly Rosin led the Cougars with 17 kills and 18 digs while freshman libero Kelly Hyder equaled her career high of 29 digs. Adetokunbo Faleti and Brittany Johnson each added 12 kills. Corina Beyer had 46 assists and Tara West had five blocks.
The Cougars raced out to an 8-1 lead in the second game and held the lead over the Women of Troy by no fewer than four points. A block and a kill from Faleti gave WSU the 30-24 second game win. WSU hit .350 in this game after opening with a -.045 hitting percentage in game one.
USC ran a 24-22 lead in the third game to a 30-24 win. But once again, WSU came back and extended a 9-3 lead in the fourth game to 21-17 forcing USC to battle back, tying the game at 22. The game was knotted again five more times until Asia Kaczor landed a kill to put the home court Women of Troy ahead 28-27. An attack error by WSU and a USC kill gave USC the 30-27 win and preserved its undefeated record.
"Every day is the step in the right direction for us. We're starting four freshmen right now and so many of our errors are youthful errors," WSU Head Coach Brian Heffernan said. "Kelly Hyder really did an awesome job tonight and kept so many rallies alive. Our defense was very good but she really stood out tonight as a performer. When you look at our hitting stats, there is no reason we should be in this match with our hitting numbers but our defensive numbers are so impressive, especially Kelly's, that we were able to be in the match with so many second chance opportunities."
Washington State takes on No. 3 UCLA Friday night in a 7 p.m. contest at Pauley Pavilion.
No. 5 USC (14-0, 3-0) def. Washington State (12-5, 0-3) 30-14, 24-30, 30-24, 30-27 KILLS - WSU 61 (Rosin 17), USC 66 (Copenhagen 18) HITTING PERCENTAGE - WSU .141, USC .259 ASSISTS - WSU 57 (Beyer 46), USC 64 (Carico 54) DIGS - WSU 90 (Hyder 29), USC 77 (Seilhamer 23) BLOCKS - WSU 10 (West 5), USC 16 (Carico 7, Johansen 7) SERVICE ACES - WSU 4 (Rosin 2), USC 3 (Kaczor Attendance: 350,