Nov. 1, 2007
MORAGA, Calif. - Behind sophomore outside hitter Amy DeGroot's match-best 15 kills, the 15th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team swept Saint Mary's College Thursday evening in a West Coast Conference match.
With the 30-20, 30-22, 30-26 win, the Toreros improve to 17-6 overall and 7-2 in the WCC. With the loss, the Gaels fall to 12-10 overall and 4-6 in the WCC.
DeGroot added in 10 digs to go along with her 15 kills to record her team-best 12th double-double of the season. Senior outside hitter Erin Wiskar was the second USD player to record a double-double as she had 10 digs and added in 10 kills and junior setter Jessica Nyrop also recorded a double-double with a match-best 43 assists and 11 digs, while helping direct the USD offense to a .291 attack percentage.
For the Gaels, three players were in double-digit kills with Shannon Lowell leading the way with 13 kills and both Lauren Jaeckel and Taylor Groess each had 10 kills apiece. As a team, SMC recorded a .107 attack percentage.
In game one, it was a pretty even battle in the early going with neither team taking a lead bigger than two. Then with the score knotted at 10-10, SMC went on a 6-1 run to gain the momentum. USD responded with a 10-2 run sparked by a Wiskar kill and capped by a Breanne Ogden service ace. USD never looked back as they cruised their way to a 30-20 win.
In game two, it was again a hard fought close battle right from the get-go. Both teams took their turn with the lead, and Saint Mary's held close with USD until late in the game. With the score knotted up at 19-19, a Wiskar kill ignited an 11-3 run to close off the game and give USD a 2-0 lead.
In the third and final game, SMC held things close in the early stages, but with the score at 14-14, USD would use a 4-0 run to gain back the momentum. The Toreros' run was sparked by a SMC attack error and capped by a Wiskar kill. USD would not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the game and claimed the match with a 30-26 win.
The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they travel to Moraga, Calif. to take on Santa Clara University in a battle for first place in conference. The match is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.