Oct. 12, 2006
PORTLAND, Ore. - For the fifth consecutive match, Kristen Carlson, Laurel Abrahamson and Christie Dawson all recorded double-digit kills to help lead the 22nd-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team to a 3-0 West Coast Conference win over the University of Portland Thursday evening.
With the 30-18, 30-24, 30-15 win, the Toreros improve to 15-4 overall, remain undefeated in WCC play moving to 5-0 and have now won a season-best five consecutive matches. With the loss, the Pilots fall to 8-9 overall and 1-4 in the WCC.
Carlson led all players with 19 kills on 38 attempts, while only committing two attacking errors to post a.447 attacking percentage. Carlson also recorded her team-leading 12th double-double of the season as she recorded 17 digs on the night. Abrahamson posted a match-best .529 attacking percentage as she recorded 11 kills on 17 attacks, while only committing two errors. Dawson also had 11 kills, committed only one attacking error on 27 attempts to post a .370 attacking percentage. Jessica Nyrop recorded 42 assists in the win to help direct the Toreros offense to a .326 team attacking percentage.
For the Pilots, Kelly Whitehouse was the lone Portland player in double-digit kills with 10. Kara Pein led the team in assists with 31, and as a team, Portland had an attacking percentage of .197
In the first game, the Pilots were able to keep things close in the early going as neither team had a lead bigger then one. Then with the score knotted at 8-8, Carlson stepped up and recorded back-to-back kills to spark a 4-1 USD run. The Toreros continued to build on that momentum and cruised their way to a 30-18 win.
In game two, the Toreros were in control throughout the first part of the game building a five point lead at 15-10. The Pilots wouldn't go away as they climbed their way back to within two at 16-14. USD's Erin Wiskar would have no more of the run as she sparked a 5-2 run for the Toreros with a kill. After the Toreros built up a six point lead at 26-20, the Pilots would go on a 3-0 run to give USD a brief scare, but the Pilots could come no closer as the Toreros went on a 4-1 run to claim the 30-24 win.
In the third game, USD jumped out to an early lead at 9-3, but the Pilots put on a 3-1 run to pull to within four. The Toreros would not allow the Pilots to come any closer as Andrea Csaszi stepped back to serve, and it sparked a 7-0 run for the Toreros and USD then cruised their way to a 30-15 victory to complete the sweep over the Pilots.
The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they conclude their Pacific Northwest road swing with a 1 p.m. WCC match against Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash.