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Toreros Claim WCC Opener, 3-1, Over USF

Sept. 28, 2006

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Kristen Carlson, Christie Dawson and Laurel Abrahamson all recorded double-digit kills to help lead the University of San Diego women's volleyball team to a 3-1 (29-31, 33-31, 30-24, 30-28) win over the University of San Francisco in both teams' West Coast Conference opener Thursday evening at the War Memorial Gym.

With the win, the Toreros improve to 11-5 overall, move to 1-0 in the WCC and snap the San Francisco 14-match winning streak. With the loss, the Dons fall to 16-2 overall and 0-1 in the WCC.

Carlson led all players with a match-best 23 kills to go along with a match-high 24 digs and posted an attack percentage of .246. Abrahamson had a season-best 17 kills on the evening on 33 attempts while only committing seven errors to post a .303 attack percentage. Dawson had 16 kills on the night and also registered two solo blocks in helping lead USD to victory. Jessica Nyrop had another outstanding match for USD as she registered 60 assists, which is the third time this season she has recorded at least 60 assists.

For the Dons, Alix Gombos led the team in kills with 16 and the only other San Francisco player in double-digit kills was Kristin Hasselberg, who had 13 kills. Darcy Carroll led the team in assists with 26.

In the first game, the Toreros jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but the Dons went on a run, outscoring USD 11-3 to take a five point lead. However, USD would go on run themselves to knot the score at 14-14 on Carlson's fourth kill of the match. The Dons then regained the lead and seemed to be cruising along, eventually taking a five point lead late in the game at 25-20. The Toreros then dug in and went to work and eventually tied things up at 29-29. However, USD could come no closer, as the Dons would score the final two points to capture the 1-0 lead.

Game two was a dog fight, as there were 17 ties and 10 lead changes. Neither team had a lead larger then three and down the stretch the Dons appeared to have control as they took a 27-24 lead, but thanks to two kills by Carlson, the Toreros got right back in the game and tied things up at 27-27. The teams would then trade points back and fourth and USF had a chance to take a 2-0 lead at 30-29, but Abrahamson's 10th kill of the match sparked a 3-0 run by the Toreros to capture the second game, 33-31.

In game three, USD continued to build on the momentum of the exciting end to game two and jumped out to an early lead, a lead they would not look back on as they cruised to a 30-24 win to take a 2-1 lead in the match.

In the fourth and final game, USD took control of the game early, but the Dons kept things close. After San Francisco tied the game at 13-13, USD would take over and eventually build a five point lead at 23-18. USF would make a late run, but it wasn't enough to overcome San Diego as the Toreros claimed the match with a 30-28 win.

The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they continue their Northern California swing with a 2 p.m. WCC match against Saint Mary's College.