Sept. 8, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Four players recorded double-digit kills as the 18th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team (4-3) proved to be too much for the University of Virginia (4-4) in a 3-1 (30-27, 30-18, 26-30, 30-19) win Saturday morning at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
Amy DeGroot recorded a match-best 19 kills and added in 10 digs to record her fourth double-double of the season. Laurel Abrahamson poured in 16 kills on 36 attacks to post a .333 attack percentage. Jaimarie Sutherland recorded 13 kills to make it four consecutive matches with double-digit kills and Torey Ellick recorded 11 kills. Jessica Nyrop recorded a match-best 34 assists to help direct the San Diego offense to a .280 attack percentage. Sophomore libero Andrea Csaszi recorded a career-high 27 digs in the win.
For Virginia, Sarah Kirkwood recorded a team-best 16 kills and the only other UVA player to record double-digit kills was Lauren Dickson, who had 11. Marlow Bruneau recorded a team-best 29 assists to help direct the Cavaliers offense to a .119 attack percentage.
The Cavaliers surprised the Toreros and jumped out to an early 10-5 lead on a kill by Dickson. But that only fueled the Toreros comeback as they went on a 6-0 run to take their first lead of the match. The USD run was sparked by a UVA attack error and was capped on a Nyrop service ace. The two teams then locked horns and keep it even until the game was knotted at 23-23, then USD would pull ahead and claim game one by a 30-27 margin.
In game two, the Toreros and Cavaliers engaged in a close battle from the start, but with the score knotted at 10-10, the Toreros went on a 10-2 run to gain all the momentum. A UVA service error sparked the run and an Ali Troost kill capped things off. The Toreros never looked back as they went on to claim game two easily by a final of 30-18.
Virginia refused to be swept by the Toreros, as they came out from the break and shocked USD by not giving in. In the early going it was even keel between the two teams, then with the score tied at 10-10, UVA's Dickson gave the Cavaliers the lead with a kill, and they never looked back as they claimed game three by a final of 30-26.
The Toreros then took over in game four as they cruised their way to a 30-19 win. As a team, the Toreros posted a .405 attack percentage to claim the match and move back above .500.
The Toreros will return to action later today as they conclude play in the USD Invitational with a 7 p.m. match against the University of Oklahoma.