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Broncos Stun Toreros, 3-1

Oct. 4, 2007

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The 14th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team saw its four-match winning streak come to an end, as the Santa Clara University Broncos upset the Toreros 3-1 Thursday evening in a West Coast Conference match at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

With the 24-30, 30-26, 17-30, 24-30 loss, the Toreros fall to 11-5 overall and 1-1 in the WCC. With the win, the Broncos improve to 11-7 overall and 3-0 in the WCC.

Sophomore outside hitter Amy DeGroot was the lone Torero in double-digit kills as she tied for a match-best 16. Laurel Abrahamson recorded nine kills, while hitting at a .263 clip. Andrea Csaszi recorded 11 digs and as a team, USD hit for a .156 attack percentage.

For the Broncos, Brittany Lowe and Lindsay Evans tied DeGroot for a match-best 16 kills and Krista Kelly added in 13 kills. Crystal Matich recorded a match-best 48 assists and the Broncos hit for a .276 clip as a team.

In game one, Jessica Andersen got things started with back-to-back kills off sets from Jessica Nyrop and an attack error by SCU gave USD a 3-0 lead. The Broncos then responded with a 5-1 run to take a 5-3 lead. The Broncos run was sparked by a Lindsay Evans kill and capped by a Brittany Lowe kill. The two teams battled back and forth a bit, then with the score knotted at 13-13, a bad set by Nyrop allowed the Broncos to take the lead for good, as they went on to claim a 30-24 win.

In game two, the Toreros were able to jump out to an early lead and never look back. A 5-0 run to start the game was sparked by an Abrahamson kill and capped on a SCU attack error. After a Broncos point, the Toreros went on a 4-1 run to keep the momentum in their favor. The run was sparked by an Andersen kill and capped by a Torey Ellick kill. The Broncos would eventually even things up at 17-17, but an SCU attack error gave USD back the lead for good, as the Toreros evened the match at one game apiece with a 30-26 win.

In game three, it was all Broncos as SCU jumped out to a 7-1 lead and never looked back. The Broncos posted a .500 attack percentage, compared to that of USD who had a .082 attack percentage.

Game four was a battle however, with USD claiming the first point on a SCU service error. USD would not get too far ahead as the two teams were with in two of each other until the game was tied at 10-10. USD then put together a 5-0 run sparked by an Erin Wiskar kill and capped by a SCU attack error. USD would hold onto the four-point lead, then with the score at 20-16, SCU put together a 6-2 run to even the score at 22-22. Three in a row then gave SCU the lead for good as they went on to claim the match with a 30-24 win.

The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they host Saint Mary's College in a 1 p.m. WCC match at USD's Jenny Craig Pavilion.