Oct. 11, 2007
MALIBU, Calif. - Behind another balanced offensive attack, the 17th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team swept host Pepperdine University Thursday evening in a West Coast Conference match.
With the 30-28, 30-27, 30-26 win, the Toreros improve their overall record to 13-5 and move to 3-1 in the WCC. With the loss, the Waves fall to 11-5 overall and 3-1 in the WCC.
Amy DeGroot led the team with 16 kills and Laurel Abrahamson was the second USD player in double-digit kills as she has 12 on 23 attempts to post a .391 attack percentage. Both of USD's right side players, Jessica Andersen and Ali Troost, were also an offensive help as Andersen posted eight kills and Troost added in nine more. Jessica Nyrop recorded 27 assists and Kelsi Myers added in 21 more assists to help direct the USD offense to a .292 attack percentage.
For the Waves, Julie Rubenstein posted a match-best 17 kills and Kiah Fiers had a match-best 44 assists. As a team, Pepperdine hit for a .222 clip.
In game one, the Waves jumped out to a 7-1 lead to capture all the momentum. The Pepperdine run was sparked by a USD attack error and was capped on a Lecca Roberts kill. The Toreros responded with a 5-2 run to pull with in four. The USD run was sparked by an Ali Troost kill and was capped on a Torero attack error. The Waves would eventually build their lead back to up seven at 23-16. San Diego then went on a 5-1 run to get right back into the game. After a Pepperdine attack error, USD found themselves down three at 24-21. USD then went on a 7-1 run to tie things up late at 28-28. A kill by Abrahamson and a bad set by Pepperdine gave USD a game one win.
In game two, it was San Diego who jumped out to the early lead, beginning the frame on a 3-1 run. After a service error by the Toreros gave Pepperdine back a point, the Toreros went on a 6-0 run ignited by a Pepperdine attack error and capped by a Pepperdine attack error. The Waves would eventually take the lead at 18-17, but that would be short lived as San Diego went on a 7-4 run to take back the lead and never look back, claiming a 30-27 win.
In game three, it was again San Diego who jumped out to the early lead, as they opened the game with a 5-1 run, sparked by an Erin Wiskar kill and capped by a Pepperdine attack error. Pepperdine would then tie things up at 10-10. The two teams would then keep things close with both teams taking their turn with the lead. Then with the score knotted at 22-22, a Wiskar service ace would give USD back the lead for good, as the Toreros would claim the match with a 30-26 win.
The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they travel to Los Angeles to take on Loyola Marymount in a 1 p.m. match.