Sept. 15, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Laurel Abrahamson and Amy DeGroot both recorded double-digit kills to help lead the 18th-rannked University of San Diego women's volleyball team to a 3-0 (30-14, 30-23, 30-27) win over Cal State Northridge in the morning game at the USD Tournament Saturday at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
With the win, the Toreros improve to 7-3 overall and have now win five consecutive matches. With the loss, the Matadors fall to 3-8 overall.
Abrahamson led all players with her 16 kills on 26 attempts to post a team-leading .423 attack percentage. DeGroot poured in 15 kills on 34 attempts to post a .294 attack percentage. DeGroot also recorded a double-double as she added in 11 digs. Jessica Nyrop recorded 28 assists and Kelsi Myers added in 21 to help lead the USD offense to a .358 attack percentage.
For the Matadors, Val Kepler was the lone Northridge player in double-digit kills as she recorded 10 kills on 19 attempts to post a .368 attack percentage. As a team, Northridge recorded a .175 attack percentage.
In game one, the Toreros came out on fire as they jumped on the Matadors, 6-0 right out of the gates. Myers began the match in stylish fashion with a service ace, and the run was capped on a kill from Torey Ellick. Pittsburgh was not able to keep pace with the Toreros, as they would not close the gap to more than five for the remainder of the game. USD posted a .419 team attack percentage in cruising their way to a 30-14 win.
In game two, the early going was a close battle with both teams taking their turn with the lead and neither team taking a lead bigger than one. The with the score knotted at 9-9, the Toreros began to pull away as they put together a 5-0 run, sparked by a Ashton Basch kill off a set from Myers and the run was capped on a attack error by Northridge. The Toreros never looked back as they went on to post an impressive .487 team attack percentage.
Game three was a much closer contest, as both teams seemed to sea saw back and forth a bit, each taking their turn with the lead. Northridge was able to capitalize on several USD miscues as USD posted a .179 attack percentage. But with the score knotted at 24-24, a Matador service error gave USD back a lead they would not relinquish.
USD will return to action later this evening as they host UCLA in the championship match of the USD Tournament at 7 p.m.