Oct. 28, 2006
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - For the ninth consecutive match, the big three of Kristen Carlson, Christie Dawson and Laurel Abrahamson all recorded double-digit kills to help lead the 18th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team to a 3-1 (30-16, 30-26, 23-30, 30-19) West Coast Conference win over the University of San Francisco Saturday afternoon.
With the win, the Toreros have now reeled off their 17th consecutive WCC win dating back to last season, move to 19-4 overall and remain unbeaten in the WCC with a 9-0 record. With the loss, the Dons fall to 19-4 overall and 3-6 in the WCC.
Carlson led all players with 20 kills on 41 attempts to post a .366 attack percentage. She also recorded a match-best 18 digs to register her 16th double-double of the season. Dawson turned in yet another dominating performance as she recorded 17 kills on 28 attempts while only committing two attacking errors to post a .536 hitting percentage. Dawson also recorded six blocks in the match. Abrahamson racked up 16 kills on 29 attempts, while committing thee attacking errors to post a .448 attacking percentage. Jessica Nyrop recorded 58 assists to help direct USD to a .354 team attacking percentage.
For the Dons, Kristin Hasselberg recorded a team-best 19 kills and the only other San Francisco player in double-digit kills was Anna Berger, who had 15 kills. Darcy Carroll recorded a team-best 22 assists to help direct the USF offense to a .178 team attacking percentage.
In the first game, the Toreros dominated the Dons from the get-go as the Toreros jumped out to a five point lead at 12-7 and continued to roll as they posted a .487 team attacking percentage in the first game. The Toreros defense put the San Francisco attack on ice as the Dons posted a .150 team attacking percentage.
Game two was a bit different as the Dons made a game out of it, staying close to the Toreros throughout. Late in the game both teams were knotted at 20-20, then Dawson sparked a 10-6 USD run with a kill off a set by Nyrop to allow the Toreros to take a 2-0 lead with a 30-26 win.
With their backs against the wall, the Dons then forced a game four by taking game three, 30-23. The two teams were engaged in a seesaw battle with both teams taking their turn with the lead. There were a total of eight ties in this game and three lead changes. Then with the score tied at 14-14, the Dons took the lead for good with a Hasselberg kill.
In game four, the Toreros again dominated the Dons posting a team attacking percentage of .448, compared to that of the Dons, who posted a .000 team attacking percentage. The Toreros grabbed the lead early and never looked back as they cruised to a 30-19 win.
The Toreros will return to action on Thursday as they travel to Los Angeles to play the Loyola Marymount University Lions in a 7 p.m. WCC match.