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Saturday December 8, 2007No. 5 USC Wins NCAA Gainesville Regional With Sweep Of No. 3 Texas

Gainesville, FL

Senior opposite hitter Asia Kaczor led a trio of Southern California players with double-digit kill totals on Saturday, as the fifth-ranked Trojans punched their ticket to the national semifinals with a 3-0 (30-25, 30-22, 30-26) win over No. 3 Texas in the final of the NCAA Gainesville Regional.

 

Kaczor led all players with 17 kills on the afternoon, and she was joined in double figures by redshirt junior outside hitter Jessica Gysin with 15 and senior outside hitter Diane Copenhagen, who added 13. USC hit .373 as a team in the victory, marking just their second match of the year in which they hit better than .350.

 

Copenhagen completed her team-best 14th double-double with a match-high 12 digs, leading the Trojans to a 52-47 advantage in that department. Sophomore libero Alli Hillgren chipped in with 11, and Kaczor totaled nine on the day to finish just shy of a double-double of her own. Senior middle blocker Bethany Johansen chalked up a match-high four total blocks on the afternoon, propelling USC to 8.0-4.0 blocking advantage.

 

Freshman outside hitter Juliann Faucette led UT with 16 kills on .406 hitting, while sophomore opposite hitter Ashley Engle recorded 12, junior middle blocker Lauren Paolini had 11 and sophomore outside hitter Destinee Hooker contributed 10.

 

Senior libero Alyson Jennings paced the team with 11 digs, and senior setter Michelle Moriarty notched a double-double with 44 assists and 10 digs. Hooker led the Longhorns with three total blocks.

 

USC advances to its fourth national semifinal appearance in the last six years, where it will face the winner of the Palo Alto Regional’s Stanford-UCLA final on Dec. 13.

 

2007 NCAA Gainesville Regional All-Tournament Team

Asia Kaczor (MVP) – USC, Sr., Opposite hitter

Diane Copenhagen – USC, Sr., Outside hitter

Jessica Gysin – USC, Jr., Outside hitter

Michelle Moriarty – Texas, Sr. Setter

Ashley Engle – Texas, So., Opposite hitter

Hui Ping Huang – St. John’s, Sr., Middle blocker

Amber McCray – Florida, Sr., Opposite Hitter

 

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