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Defending Champs Begin Title Defense With Sweep Over Dons

Sept. 29, 2007

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The 15th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team began their West Coast Conference title defense with a sweep over visiting University of San Francisco Saturday afternoon at USD's Jenny Craig Pavilion.

With the 30-25, 30-24, 30-12 win, the Toreros improve to 11-4 overall, move to 1-0 in WCC action and have now strung together four consecutive wins. With the loss, the Dons fall to 11-6 overall and 0-1 in the WCC.

Senior Laurel Abrahamson led all players with 12 kills on 16 attempts, while only committing one attack error to post a match-best .688 attack percentage. Amy DeGroot was the second USD player in double-digit kills as she racked up 10. Freshman right side Ali Troost looked impressive in her WCC debut as she recorded nine kills and posted an attack percentage of .294. Andrea Csaszi had a match-best 12 digs and Kelsi Myers had 21 assists and Jessica Nyrop added in 23 more to help direct USD to a .299 team attack percentage.

For the Dons, Alix Gombos led the team with nine kills and Haley Carroll had a team-best 11 digs. As a team, USF posted a .079 attack percentage.

In game one, USD captured the first point with a Abrahamson kill, but the Dons would take the next three points to take a 3-1 lead. The two teams would then battle back an forth until the score was at 11-10 in favor of the Toreros. An attack error by USF would ignite a 6-2 San Diego run to give USD back the momentum. With the score at 20-16, the Dons would make a run of their own, using a 4-2 run to pull within two, but USD wouldn't allow the Dons to come any closer as USD would claim game one 30-25.

In game two, it was the Dons who grabbed the first point on a Gombos kill, but that sparked a 5-0 run for USD. The run was started on a DeGroot kill and was capped on a Jessica Andersen kill off a set from Nyrop. USD would go on to build their lead up to as many as seven at 14-7. The Dons would then eventually pull back to within two at 22-20, but the Toreros were too strong to overcome down the stretch as the Toreros posted a 30-24 win.

In the third and final game, it was all San Diego . A Kill from Erin Wiskar sparked a 7-3 run for the Toreros. USD would then use runs of 7-1 and 7-3 to pull away and never look back. In game three, the Toreros hit for an impressive .545 clip.

The Toreros will return to action on Thursday on a ESPNU televised WCC match against Santa Clara University at 8 p.m. inside the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion.