Sept. 21, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Six Toreros record double-digit kills as a balanced attack from the 15th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team proved to be too much for the UC Irvine Anteaters to handle as the Toreros handed UCI a 3-1 (30-20, 30-23, 29-31, 30-21) loss Friday evening in a non-conference match at USD's Jenny Craig Pavilion.
With the win, the Toreros improve to 9-4 overall and with the loss Irvine falls to 11-4.
Jaimarie Sutherland led all players with 15 kills. Laurel Abrahamson and Torey Ellick both had 14 kills and Amy DeGroot, Jessica Andersen and Ali Troost all added in 10 kills apiece. Sutherland recorded 11 digs to post her first double-double as a Torero and Ellick posted a .636 attack percentage to go along with her 14 kills. Andrea Csaszi tied a career-high with 27 digs and Kelsi Meyers had a career-high 35 assists in helping direct the San Diego offense to a .267 attack percentage.
For Irvine, Lauren Kellerman recorded a team-bet 12 kills and the only other UCI player in double-digit kills was Kari Pestolesi, who had 11. As a team, the Anteaters hit for a .152 clip.
In game one, the Toreros jumped out to a quick 3-1 lead, thanks to a kill by Troost. The Anteaters would then outscore USD 5-3 to even the game at 6-6. San Diego then responded with a 6-2 run sparked by a Irvine service error and capped by a Sutherland kill off a set from Myers. USD would never look back as they cruised their way to a game one win.
In game two, Irvine captured the first point of the game, but the Toreros would respond with a 4-0 run sparked by a blocking error by Irvine and capped on a DeGroot service ace. The Anteaters would take back one point, only to watch the Torero we respond with a 5-1 run to gain the momentum of the game. USD would go on to build their lead up to as many as seven at 21-14 on a kill by Andersen. The Toreros would not relinquish the lead and claimed game two, 30-23.
In game three, the Anteaters and Toreros had a sea saw battle going in the early going, but with the score knotted at 6-6, Irvine would use a 6-3 run to gain some momentum. The Anteaters would go on to build their lead up to as many as seven at 20-13. San Diego then responded with a 9-3 run to take one point lead at 25-24. The run was sparked by a DeGroot kill and was capped on a Troost kill. The two teams then exchanged points and would be dead even at 28-28. After the Anteaters got game point, USD would again even things up on a UCI attack error. But the Anteaters would then score the next two points to force a fourth game.
In game four, it was all San Diego as the Toreros jumped out to an early lead and cruised their way to victory. The Toreros hit for a .333 clip in this game and the USD defense held the Anteaters to a .089 attack percentage.
The Toreros will return to action on Monday as they host the University of New Mexico in a 7 p.m. match at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.