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Toreros Cruise Past Fairfield in Home-Opener

Aug. 28, 2007

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Senior middle hitter Laurel Abrahamson's season-high 17 kills helped pace the 12th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team to a 3-0 (30-26, 30-12, 30-15) win over visiting Fairfield University in their home-opener Tuesday evening at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

Abrahamson led all players with her 17 kills on 21 attempts, while committing no attack errors to post a career high .810 attack percentage. Abrahamson's .810 attack percentage is the second highest in program history for single-match attack percentage. Amy DeGroot added in eight kills on 22 attempts to post a .273 attack percentage. Junior setter Jessica Nyrop posted her first double-double of the season with 21 assists and 10 digs. As a team, USD posted a .395 attack percentage.

For the Stags, Kelly Oliver led the offense as she picked up a team-high 11 kills. Barbie Thistle recorded a match-best 23 assists in directing the Fairfield offense to a .010 team attack percentage.

In game one, the Stags surprised the Toreros jumping out to an early lead as they took advantage of several USD miscues, building their lead up to as many as six at 10-4. But the Toreros got their footing and began to comeback and went on a 14-8 run to tie things up at 18-18. The run began with an Fairfield service error and was capped on a Jaimarie Sutherland kill off a off a set from DeGroot. However, Fairfield didn't fold as the Toreros wouldn't gain their first lead of the match until late, as the Stags kept the pressure on the Toreros. But with the score knotted at 25-25, USD went to work and outscored the Staggs 5-1 to claim game one 30-26.

Game two was all USD, as the Toreros jumped on the Stags right from the get-go, jumping out to a 6-1 lead and never looked back. In game two, the Toreros posted a team attack percentage of .462, compared to that of Fairfield who had a -.156 attack percentage.

Game three was more of the same, as the Toreros jumped out to a huge lead at 10-0, and simply cruised their way to victory with an impressive .577 team attack percentage.

The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they open play in the University of Minnesota Tournament against the second-ranked Cardinal of Stanford University on a 3:00 p.m. match.