Sept. 15, 2006
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Paced by Kristen Carlson's and Erin Wiskar's double-double's the University of San Diego Women's Volleyball team upset No. 15 Ohio University, 3-1, in the USD Invitational at the Jenny Craig Pavilion Friday evening. The win marked the second upset of the day as No. 11 Wisconsin fell to UC Santa Barbara in earlier action.
With the 25-30, 30-27, 30-27, 30-24 win, the Toreros improve to 9-3 on the season and have snapped the Bobcats seven-match winning streak. With the loss, Ohio falls to 7-3.
Carlson led all players with a match-best 22 kills to go along with 20 digs and Wiskar had 12 kills on 33 attempts while only committing two attack errors for a attack percentage of .303. She chipped in 10 digs to record her first double-double of the season . Christie Dawson had 18 kills and Laurel Abrahamson added 16 kills on 29 attempts for a match-best .414 attack percentage. Jessica Nyrop had a career-best 63 assists on the evening to help direct USD's offense to a .230 team attack percentage.
For the Bobcats, Ellen Herman had a team-leading 15 kills on the evening and Melissa Griffin was the only other Ohio player in double-digit kills with 11. As a team, Ohio had a .153 attack percentage.
The Bobcats were able to claim the first game to take a 1-0 advantage. In the match, Ohio jumped out to a big lead early as they took a commanding 15-7 lead. The Bobcats would fight off all USD runs and took their biggest lead at 26-19. After USD took back one point, OU would take USD to game point at 29-21. The Toreros then got hot and scored the next five points to gain some momentum, but Ohio scored the match winner on a kill by Herman to take the early advantage.
The Toreros would carry that momentum into the second game as they jumped out to a 7-1 lead thanks in large part to Carlson and Dawson scoring the first four points of the game for USD. The Toreros then went into cruise mode as they built a 16-11 advantage. However, the Bobcats clawed their way back into the match and knotted the score at 20-20. USD then dug in and took a two point lead on a Carlson kill and a Wiskar solo block. San Diego then cruised the rest of the way.
In the third game, the Toreros and Bobcats battled back and fourth with neither team taking a lead bigger then three, but once the Bobcats tied the core at 24-24, Wiskar and Carlson again led the way as Wiskar recorded her second solo block of the night and Carlson followed with a devastating kill to give USD a lead they would not look back on.
In the fourth and final game, USD and Ohio were engaged in a tough battle, but in the end USD proved to be to strong for the Bobcats to overcome, thus lifting the Toreros to victory.
The Toreros will return to the court on Saturday at 10 a.m. as they continue play in the USD Invitational against Brown University. The Toreros will then conclude play in the Tournament on Saturday night as they host No. 11 Wisconsin in a 7 p.m. match at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.