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San Diego Too Strong for New Mexico

Sept. 24, 2007

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Four Toreros recorded double-digit kills as the 15th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team cruised their way to a 3-1 win over the University of New Mexico in the Toreros' final West Coast Conference tune-up Monday evening at USD's Jenny Craig Pavilion.

With the win, the Toreros improve to 10-4 overall and have now won three consecutive matches. With the loss, the Lobos fall to 11-4.

Sophomore Torey Ellick recorded a career-high 17 kills on 24 attempts to post a team-best .625 attack percentage. Laurel Abrahamson recorded 13 kills on 20 attempts, while only committing one attack error to post a .600 attack percentage. Ali Troost recorded 11 kills and Jessica Andersen recorded 10 kills to give her back-to-back matches with double-digit kills. Andrea Csaszi recorded a match-best 22 digs in the win.

For the Lobos, Jeanne Fairchild recorded a team-high 18 kills as the only UNM player in double-digit kills. As a team, the Lobos posted a .178 attack percentage.

In game one, the Lobos surprised USD and were able to capture the early momentum by picking up a 30-21 win. USD captured the first two points of the match on back-to-back kills from Ellick off sets from Kelsi Myers, but the Lobos kept things close as they went on a 3-1 run to even the score at 3-3. USD would go on to build a lead up to as many as five at 10-5, but UNM used a 6-1 run to again even things up at 11-11. The two teams would then keep things close and a USD attack error gave the Lobos a lead they would not relinquish.

In game two, New Mexico would capture the first point, but USD would score two in a row to take a brief lead. Then with the score knotted at 6-6, the Toreros would use a 7-2 run sparked by a Jeanne Fairchild attack error and capped by an Anna Lehne attack error to give USD all the momentum. The Toreros would then use runs of 4-1 and 6-0 to take complete control of the game and cruise their way to a 30-18 win and even the match at one game a piece.

In game three, USD continued to build off the momentum of game two and grabbed a quick 4-1 lead. The Lobos would crawl their way back to within one at 5-4, but the Toreros would respond with a 5-1 run sparked by a UNM service error and capped with a Troost kill to move the score to 10-5 in favor of USD. The Lobos then responded with a run of their own and pulled to within one for a second time at 12-11, but the Toreros would go on a 5-1 run to again gain back the momentum. San Diego would build their lead up to as many as seven at 22-15 and never looked back as they captured game three, 30-25.

In the fourth and deciding game, it was all San Diego as USD jumped out to an early 4-2 lead and continued to roll as they hit for a .419 clip compared to that of New Mexico who hit for a .281 clip.

The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they open their West Coast Conference title defense against the University of San Francisco in a 1 p.m. match at USD's Jenny Craig Pavilion.