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A Balanced Attack Helpe USD Cruise Past No. 19 LBSU in Season-Opener

Aug. 24, 2007

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LONG BEACH, Calif. - A balanced attack and a career-high17 kills for sophomore outside hitter Amy DeGroot helped propel the 15th-ranked University of San Diego volleyball team to a 3-0 (30-28, 30-27, 30-14) win over No. 19 Long Beach State University Friday evening at the Gold Mine.

DeGroot led all players with her 17 kills, on 36 attack attempts, while only posting three errors to post a .389 attack percentage. Senior Laurel Abrahamson was also a solid offensive force as she racked up 14 kills on 21 attempts to post a match-best .571 attack percentage. Both USD setters, junior Jessica Nyrop and freshman Kelsi Myers, were solid with Nyrop recording 22 assists and Myers picking up 21 assists. As a team, the Toreros posted a resounding .358 attacking percentage for the matches.

In game one, it was a close fought battle as right from the get-go; each team came out with intensity. The 49ers took the first point and didn't relinquish the lead until late in the game. LBSU built up a seven point lead at 16-9 thanks to a Dyanne Lawlor service ace. Then with the score at 20-14, USD launched a fierce comeback sparked by a LBSU service error. The Toreros would then go on an 8-4 run to pull even with LBSU at 24-24. USD wouldn't get their first lead of the game until Torey Ellick and Amy DeGroot came together on a block to give USD a one pint lead at 26-25. The two teams would sea saw back and forth until Ali Troost put down back-to-back kills to give USD a 29-28 lead. Laurel Abrahamson closed the deal on a kill off a set from Nyrop to give USD the early 1-0 lead with a 30-28 win.

Game two was an even closer battle between the two national powers, as there were 12 ties in the game and six lead changes. The game was even with each team taking their turn with the lead and neither team having a lead bigger then three. Then, with the score knotted at 26-26, USD would regain the lead; they held most of the match, on a DeGroot service ace. The Toreros would not relinquish the lead as an Erin Wiskar kill and a LBSU service error by Nicole Varges capped the 30-27 victory for the Toreros.

Game three was all Toreros, as they jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead and never looked back. As a team, USD posted a .439 attack percentage in the third game with Abrahamson recording six kills and DeGroot adding in another eight to help lead USD to a 30-14 win.

The Toreros will return to action on Tuesday as they host Fairfield in their 2007 home opener inside the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig pavilion.