Sept. 18, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Ali Troost, Amy DeGroot and Laurel Abrahamson all recorded double-digit kills to help propel the 15th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team to a 3-1 (30-22, 30-32, 30-18, 32-30) win over cross-town rival San Diego State University Tuesday evening in a non-conference match at USD's Jenny Craig Pavilion.
With the win, the Toreros improve to 8-4 overall and have now won their eighth consecutive match over the Aztecs. With the loss, the Aztecs fall to 9-4 overall.
DeGroot led all players with her 21 kills, and also recorded her eighth double-double of the season as she recorded 16 digs. Troost recorded a career-high 17 kills on 31 attempts to post a match-best .387 attack percentage. Abrahamson recorded 14 kills on 37 attempts to post a .297 attack percentage. Andrea Csaszi picked up a team-best 22 digs.
For the Aztecs, Stephanie Darnall had a team-best 14 kills and Lindsey Mahan was the second SDSU player in double-digit kills with 13. Aime Cordeiro recorded a match-best 30 digs.
In game one, the Aztecs jumped out to an early 4-1 lead as they took advantage of some USD miscues, but the Toreros would even things up on a bad set from SDSU's Leah Lathrop. Neither team would allow the other to get too far ahead as there were several lead changes, but the lead was never greater than one. Then with the score knotted at 13-13, USD used a 5-0 run sparked by a DeGroot kill and capped by a SDSU attack error to gain some breathing room. USD would go on to build a six-point lead at 21-15, but the Aztecs wouldn't go away as they used a 5-0 run to get back to within one. But the Toreros proved to be too strong down the stretch as they outscored SDSU 9-1 to claim game one.
In game two, the Aztecs again jumped out to an early lead as they grabbed the early momentum with a 6-3 lead. USD would eventually tie things up at 11-11 on a bad SDSU set. The Toreros wouldn't capture their first lead of the match until 15-14, thanks to another ball handling error by the Aztecs. USD would then use a 5-1 run to gain some breathing room, but the Aztecs came back and evened things up at 23-23 on a kill by Stephanie Darnall. Then with USD leading 28-28, the Toreros grabbed game point, thanks to a kill by Troost. USD had one more chance to end things with the score at 30-29, but the Aztecs would score the next three points to even the match at one game apiece.
In game three, USD got their swing going as they posted their best hitting percentage of the match at .389. The Toreros jumped all over the Aztecs from the get-go and gabbed a 4-1 lead thanks to a kill by Abrahamson. The Aztecs would keep things close however. Then with the score knotted at 8-8, USD went on a 12-1 run to take all the steam out of the Aztecs and gain the momentum. The run was sparked by a Abrahamson kill off a set from Jessica Nyrop and was capped on a kill from Abrahamson. USD was too strong to overcome in the game and cruised their way to a 30-18 win.
In the fourth and deciding game, the Aztecs and Toreros were engaged in a battle. The score would remain close through out out the game with each team taking a turn with the lead. With the score knotted at 26-26, SDSU would take the next two points and the momentum. But the Toreros wouldn't be denied on their home floor. USD tied things up at 28-28 on back-to-back kills by DeGroot. The Aztecs then grabbed game point on a Darnall kill, but USD responded with a kill by Troost. An Erin Wiskar attack error again gave SDSU game point, but kills by Troost and Wiskar, followed by a Csaszi service ace ended the Aztecs hope for a game five.
The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they host UC Irvine in a 7 p.m. non-conference match at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.