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09-21-2007 Arizona falls to No. 4 USC
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 09/21/2007
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Los Angeles ?C The Arizona volleyball team took a 2-1 game lead over No. 4 USC but could not put the Women of Troy away, falling 3-2 on Friday night in the Galen Center.? Game scores were 24-30, 30-27, 30-32, 30-22 and 15-10, as Arizona drops to 10-4, 0-2 Pac-10 and USC remains unbeaten at 12-0, 2-0 Pac-10.

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As a team, Arizona hit .208 (70-29-197) and finished with a season-best 18 blocks.? USC hit .222 (81-33-216) on the night, and posted 13 blocks and nine service aces.

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Individually for Arizona, senior Dominique Lamb had a career night, finishing with a career-high 21 kills on .462 hitting (21-3-39) and a career-best 12 blocks.? Sophomore Jacy Norton finished with a career-high 14 kills on .429 hitting (14-2-28), and junior Randy Goodenough posted her second-straight double-double and seventh of the season with 13 kills and 15 digs, to go with eight blocks.

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Sophomore Alanna Resch posted a career and match-high 25 digs, and senior Katie Jackels chipped in with 17 digs.? Freshman Paige Weber tallied 54 assists and junior Brittany Leonard added 12 digs.

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Senior Asia Kaczor led USC with 25 kills.

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Arizona started out the match strong, riding a .412 hitting percentage (16-2-34) in the first game to earn a 30-24 win.? The Wildcats played the Trojans close early, but fell behind 17-13 midway.? UA battled back though, using a 17-7 scoring run down the stretch to earn a six-point win.?

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Game two was close the whole way, even though Arizona outhit USC .341 (18-4-41) to .265 (21-8-49).? Arizona trailed closely most of the match, and tied things up at 21-21.? USC was able to keep a two-point cushion down the stretch, and put the game away on a kill by Diane Copenhagen for a 30-27 win.

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Game three was an all-out battle, as Arizona took a 2-1 match lead by holding USC to a .145 (19-11-55), while posting a .217 (17-7-46) mark of its own for a 32-30 win.? UA trailed by four early on, but fought back to keep the score close midgame.? The Wildcats scratched out a 26-23 lead, but gave up four-straight points to USC and trailed 27-26.? The Women of Troy went up 29-27, but Arizona put up three-consecutive points to take a 30-29 lead.? USC tied the game up at 30-30, but a Trojan attack error and a kill by Norton gave Arizona the win and the match lead.

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Arizona could not put the match away in game four by struggling to hit .087 (11-7-46), giving USC a 30-22 win.? The Wildcats fell behind 10-4 early in the game, and could never catch up.? UA closed within 19-15 midway, but it wasnˇ?t enough to keep up with the Women of Troy.

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In game five, Arizona took an early advantage at 6-4, but USC rallied off a 9-3 run to go up 13-9 and took of advantage of nine Wildcat attack errors in the game for a clinching 15-10 win.? Arizona hit a dismal -0.033 (8-9-30)? in the final game, allowing USC to hit .227 (5-0-22) at the net.

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Arizona will return home to host Oregon State on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m., and No.-24 ranked Oregon on Friday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. in McKale Center.
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