Sept. 7, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Five different Toreros recorded double-digit kills, paced by sophomore Amy DeGroot's career-high 20, to help lead the 18th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team to a 3-1 (26-30, 33-31, 30-23, 30-19) win over visiting UC Santa Barbara Friday evening at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
With the win, the Toreros improve to 3-3 overall, win the opening game of the USD Invitational and have snapped a three-game losing streak. With the loss, the Gauchos fall to 2-4 overall.
DeGroot led all players with her career-high 20 kills and also added in 12 digs to post her third double-double of the season. Laurel Abrahamson poured in 17 kills on 32 attempts, while only committing three errors to post a team-best .438 attack percentage. Jaimarie Sutherland recorded 14 kills, marking it her third consecutive double-digit kill performance. Torey Ellick added in a career-high 11 kills and freshman Ali Troost also had a career-high in kills with 10. Junior setter Jessica Nyrop recorded a match-best 49 assists to help direct the USD offense to a .254 attack percentage and Andrea Csaszi posted a match-best 23 digs in the win.
For the Gauchos, Brett Quirarte had a team-best 19 kills and Lauren McLaughlin was the second UCSB player with double-digit kills as she had 11. Dana Vargas had 43 assists in helping direct the Gauchos offense to a .209 team attack percentage.
The Gauchos stunned the Toreros in taking game one. UCSB jumped out to a quick 11-5 lead thanks to back-to-back kills by Lauren Smith and McLaughlin. But the Toreros would respond with a 5-0 run sparked by a attack error on UCSB and capped with a DeGroot kill off a set from Jessica Andersen. The two teams then sea sawed back and forth for a bit, but the Gauchos would not surrender the lead as they went on to claim game one by a final of 30-26.
In game two, the Toreros responded with a furry as they opened the frame with a 6-1 run. USD began the run on an Erin Wiskar kill and capped the run on a attack error by UCSB. The Gauchos would claw their way back into the game and eventually tie things up at 11-11 on a McLaughin Kill. USD and UCSB would then battle back and forth for a bit with each team taking their turn with the lead. Then with the score at 29-27, USD would have game point four times before finally putting things away on a Sutherland Kill to even the match at 1-1.
In game three, it was the Gauchos who came out and grabbed the early momentum as they ran off four straight points to open the frame. But The Toreros would respond as they went on a 6-2 run sparked by a Wiskar kill and capped by a UCSB attack error to knot the score at 6-6. USD would eventually grab the lead and take a four-point advantage at 13-9 thanks to an Ellick kill off a set from Nyrop. But Santa Barbara would close the gap back to one at 15-14 on a USD attack error, however the Toreros would not allow them to get any closer as they went on to claim the game by a final of 30-23.
In the final game, the Toreros jumped out to an early 4-1 lead on a Abrahamson kill off a set from Nyrop, but the Gauchos would keep things close not allowing USD to get too far ahead. Then with the score knotted at 12-12, USD put together a 7-2 run to gain control of the game. The run was started on a Abrahamson kill and capped with a attack error by UCSB. The Toreros never looked back as they went on to win the game by a final of 30-19.
The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they continue play in the USD invitational. USD will first take on Virginia at 10 a.m. and will conclude play in the Tournament against Oklahoma in a 7 p.m. match.