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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

MATCH OVER

Yeah, that was fast. Texas was swept by USC 3-0 (30-25, 30-22, 30-26) as the Trojans move on to the Final Four for the fourth time in six years. It wasn't really close, as Texas could not stop USC's big three hitters.

Asia Kaczor, Jessica Gysin and Diane Copenhagen each finished with at least 13 kills and all of them made the Gainesville Regional All-Tournament Team.

UF's lone player on the team was senior opposite hitter Amber McCray, who had 17 kills last night against Texas.

UF probably would not have been able to handle USC today, as the Gators were far too banged up to even get through Texas. If UF coach Mary Wise thought Texas was going to win the national title after last night's match, you wonder what she thinks of USC now.

Well, that's it for this volleyball season in Gainesville. It's been fun, and I'll see you all in the spring for Gator baseball.

GAME TWO OVER

It appears Texas used up all its fight on Florida last night. The Longhorns fell 22-30 in game two to give USC a 2-0 lead on the match. One more game, and USC is in the Final Four next Friday.

Two straight Texas attack errors gave USC the game. Texas cannot get a kill to drop and also cannot block anything USC is throwing at them. This should end quickly if the Longhorns don't get it going.

Asia Kaczor leads all players with 11 kills and her teammate Diane Copenhagen has 10. Texas has had no answer for those two Trojans.

GAME ONE OVER

The Trojans took game one against Texas by a score of 30-2x. Texas looked unable to stop USC's Asia Kaczor, who had 5 kills in USC's first 15 points and ended the game with six. Diane Copenhagen led the Trojans with seven kills in the first game.

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USC won the game on a kill by Jessica Gysin.

Texas was down 18-25 and rallied off three straight points off a timeout, forcing USC to use its second timeout only ahead by four. But after the stoppage, Texas immediately served the ball into the net and the game was essentially over.

Texas will have to block and kill better to win the second game. Sophomore Destinee Hooker, who had 16 kills yesterday, has only two so far.

PRE-GAME

We are about 10 minutes from the start of the USC-Texas match. I am sitting right next to UF coach Mary Wise, who said that UF sophomore middle blocker Kristina Johnson tore her anterior cruciate ligament in yesterday's match.

I'll have updates during the USC-Texas match.

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