Sept. 14, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Amy DeGroot's 19 kills helped pace the 18th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team (6-3) to a 3-0 (30-21, 30-28, 30-20) win over the University of Pittsburgh (5-6) at USD's Jenny Craig Pavilion Friday evening.
DeGroot led all players with her 19 kills on 40 attempts, while only committing one error to post a match-best .450 attack percentage. Both Jaimarie Sutherland and Ali Troost had nine kills a piece to help balance out the offensive attack. Jessica Nyrop recorded a match-best 49 assists to help direct the USD offense to a .271 attack percentage.
For the Panthers, Diana Andreyko led the team with 13 kills and the second Panther in double-digit kills was Kelly Campbell, who tallied 11 kills. Emily Burke recorded 29 assists in helping lead the team to a .152 attack percentage.
In game one, the Panthers captured the first point on a kill by Campbell, but that lead was short lived as the Toreros went on a 7-2 run sparked by a Pittsburgh service error, and capped by a Panther attack error. USD never looked back as they cruised their way to a 30-21 win.
Game two was a different story, as the Panthers were able to stay close throughout the game taking advantage of several Torero miscues. The Toreros jumped out to a 3-1 lead, thanks to a DeGroot kill. USD would build their lead up to five at 9-4 on a kill from Nyrop, but the Panthers would claw their way back in the game, eventually tying the game at 13-13 on an attack error by Troost. Both teams would then keep things close with each taking their turn with the lead. Finally with the game knotted at 28-28, USD would receive back-to-back kills from DeGroot to win the game 30-28.
Game three was all Toreros as they posted a .357 team attack percentage compared to that of Pittsburgh, who posted a .146 attack percentage.
The Toreros will return to action on Saturday morning as they play Cal State Northridge in a 10 a.m. match. The Toreros will also square off against No. 5 UCLA in a 7 p.m. match at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.