Oct. 14, 2006
SPOKANE, Wash. - The 22nd-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team was once again led by the trio of Kristen Carlson, Laurel Abrahamson and Christie Dawson, who all recorded double-digit kills for the sixth consecutive match, to a 30-15, 30-26, 30-25 win over Gonzaga University in a West Coast Conference match Saturday afternoon at the Martin Centre.
With the win, the Toreros have now reeled off six consecutive wins, improve to 16-4 overall land remain unblemished in WCC action at 6-0. With the loss, the Zags fall to 5-16 overall and move to 0-4 in the WCC.
Dawson led all players with 17 kills on 22 attempts while only committing one attacking error to post a season-high .727 attacking percentage. Carlson also had a solid day for the Toreros as she recorded 14 kills and 11 digs to post her team-best 13th double-double of the season while also posting a .312 attacking percentage. Abrahamson recorded 11 kills, on 18 attempts and only committed one attacking error to post a .556 attacking percentage. Sophomore setter Jessica Nyrop recorded 51 assists to help direct the San Diego offense to a season-best .421 team attacking percentage.
For the Bulldogs, Becky Jones had a team-best 13 kills and Emily Johnson was the only other Gonzaga player in double-digit kills with 11. Heather Dunn recorded 31 assists to help direct the Zags offense to a .206 team attacking percentage.
In the first game, the Toreros jumped out to a big lead early as they were up seven at 10-3, a lead they would not look back on as they simply dominated the Zags in all aspects of the game. USD posted a team attacking percentage of .527 and the Toreros defense held the Zags to a .000 team attacking percentage.
Game two was a different story, as the Zags kept things close throughout the match and had a two point lead late at 19-17. Then after an attacking error on Gonzaga's Elaina Renius and a kill by San Diego's Erin Wiskar, the Toreros were again tied with the Bulldogs. The Toreros would then take the lead at 21-20 on a service ace by Andrea Csaszi, but GU would again tie the game at 22-22 on a service ace by Alecia Douglas. USD would then dig in and go on an 8-4 run to claim the second game 30-26, and take a 2-0 lead.
In the third game, the Toreros took control early and never looked back as they jumped out to a 17-11 lead, and simply cruised their way to a 30-25 win to complete the three-game sweep over the Bulldogs.
The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they return to the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion to host No. 17 Santa Clara University in a 1 p.m. West Coast Conference showdown.