Oct. 13, 2007
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Senior middle hitter Laurel Abrahamson and sophomore outside hitter Amy DeGroot combine for 39 of the team's 70 kills to help lead the 17th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team to a 3-1 win over Loyola Marymount University Saturday afternoon in a West Coast Conference match.
With the 34-32, 30-19, 24-30, 30-23 win, the Toreros improve to 14-5 overall, remain in a three-way tie for first place with a 4-1 WCC record and have now won their third consecutive match. With the loss, the Lions fall to 10-8 overall and 2-3 in the WCC.
Abrahamson lead all players with her 21 kills on 38 attempts while only committing two attack errors to post a resounding .500 attack percentage. DeGroot recorded 18 kills and added in 12 digs for her team-leading 10th double-double of the season and she hit for a .311 clip. Sophomore libero Andrea Csaszi racked up a match-best 23 digs and as a team, USD hit for a .305 clip.
For the Lions, three players were in double-digit kills as Emily Day and Heather Hughes both had 17 kills apiece and Christianna Reneau added in 16 kills. Renee Horton recorded a match-best 49 assists in helping direct the LMU offense to a .168 attack percentage.
Game one was a barn burner as the Toreros captured a thrilling 34-32 win. USD quickly built up a six point lead at 10-4 as an Abrahamson kill captured the first point of the match and a LMU attack error gave USD the six-point margin. USD would eventually build their lead up to as many as 10 at 21-11 and seemed to be well on their way to a game one win. The Lions came roaring back with an 8-2 run sparked by a Hughes kill and capped by a Day kill. After LMU evened the score at 24-24 on a Reneau kill, USD would capture back the lead with an LMU service error. The two teams then battled back and forth with neither team taking a lead bigger than one. Both teams had a chance to win the game, but LMU squandered their final opportunity at 32-31 as Abrahamson laid down a kill to spark a 3-0 run giving USD the win.
San Diego then continued that momentum into game two as they jumped out to an early 5-1 lead. USD began the game with a Jessica Nyrop service ace and capped the run on a kill by DeGroot off a set from Nyrop. LMU then outscored the Toreros 8-4 to even the game at 9-9. The Toreros refused to surrender the lead as a kill by Abrahamson sparked a 5-2 USD run to give the Toreros some breathing room at 14-11. After the Lions pulled back to within two at 15-13, the Toreros then put the pedal to the medal and outscored the Lions 15-6 to claim game two 30-19.
The Lions were able to avoid the sweep by capturing game three 30-24. LMU jumped out to an early 5-1 lead right out of the gates and never relinquished the lead. The Toreros pulled to within one on several occasions, but were unable to overcome the early deficit.
In game four, San Diego began the game on a 6-1 run. A LMU attack error ignited the run and an Erin Wiskar service ace capped things off. After the Lions pulled back to within in two at 18-16, the Toreros went on a 7-2 run sparked by a DeGroot kill and capped by a Abrahamson kill. USD never looked back as they claimed the match with a 30-23 win.
The Toreros will return to action on Thursday with a 7 p.m. match against the University of Portland inside the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion.