Oct. 20, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Jessica Andersen's ninth kill of the match, lifted the 16th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball to a 3-2 win over visiting Gonzaga University Saturday afternoon in a non-conference match at USD's Jenny Craig Pavilion.
With the 25-30, 30-17, 28-30, 30-22, 15-13 win, the Toreros run their winning streak to five, improve to 15-5 overall and move to 6-1 in the WCC. With the loss, the Bulldogs fall to 15-8 overall and 3-4 in the WCC.
Laurel Abrahamson tied a career-high with 25 kills on 43 attempts to post a .372 attack percentage. Amy DeGroot was the second Torero in double-digit kills as she had 16 and added in 12 digs for her 11th double-double of the season. Andrea Csaszi recorded a match-best 27 digs and as a team, USD had a .236 attack percentage.
For the Bulldogs, three players were in double-digit kills as Becky Jones led the team with, while Michelle Boevers had 14 and Briawna Mueller added in 11. Heather Dunn recorded a match-best 56 assists in leading the Zags to a .187 team attack percentage.
In game one, the Bulldogs shocked the Toreros by capturing a 30-25 win. In the early going it was a back and forth battle with both teams taking their turn with the lead. Then with the score at 17-17, Gonzaga put together a 8-0 run sparked by a Jones kill and capped by a USD attack error. The Zags never looked back.
In game two, USD bounced back to form as they cruised their way to a 30-17 win. With the score at 4-4, San Diego used a 7-1 run to gain momentum. The USD run was sparked by a Erin Wiskar service ace and capped by Ashton Basch kill. Gonzaga then took the next two points, but USD responded with a 5-2 run to push the lead to eight at 17-9. USD never looked back as they would simply cruise their way to a 30-17 win and even the match at one game apiece.
In game three, it was a closely contested battle with the Zags coming out on top 30-28. USD opened the frame with a 3-1 run, but that only fueled a 3-1 run for Gonzaga to even things up at 4-4. San Diego then went on a 7-3 run sparked by a Abrahamson kill and capped by a GU attack error. The Zags however, would crawl their way back into the match and eventually tie things us at 12-12. GU would go on to eventually build their lead up to as many as six at 19-13, but the Toreros would go on a 11-5 run to even the game at 24-24. But San Diego would not be able to regain the lead, as GU held on the the two-point win.
Then with their backs up against the wall, the Toreros responded in game four with a 30-22 win. USD jumped out to a quick 5-2 lead, but the Zags put together a 5-2 run of their own to even things up ay 7-7. San Diego responded with a 13-2 run to gain all the momentum. The Toreros' run was sparked by a Ali Troost Kill and capped by a Gonzaga ball handling error. USD never looked back as they would force a fifth and deciding game.
In game five, it was again USD who jumped out to an early lead at 7-3, but the Zags came back and scored six unanswered to tie things up. A Troost kill forced the teams to switch sides, and USD scored the next three points to take a comfortable 11-7 lead. Gonzaga then pulled to within two at 14-12, but Andersen would not allow them to get any closer with her kill off a set from Jessica Nyrop to give USD the win.
USD will return to action on Saturday as they head to San Francisco to take on the University of San Francisco in a 1 p.m. match.