Nov. 2, 2006
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Kristen Carlson's 34 kills and Jessica Nyrop's 71 assists help lead the 15th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team to a 3-2 win against Loyola Marymount University in a West Coast Conference match Thursday evening.
With the 28-30, 30-20, 29-31, 33-31, 15-10 win, the Toreros run their win streak to 10, improve to 20-4 overall and remain undefeated in WCC action at 10-0. USD's magic number to claim the WCC crown outright is now two. However, should USD defeat Pepperdine (11-10, 7-3 WCC) on Saturday, USD will claim the WCC Championship outright. With the loss, LMU drops to 17-8 overall and 5-5 in the WCC.
Carlson racked up a season-high 34 kills to rank third in USD history for single-game kills, and she posted her 17th double-double of the season as she recorded 18 digs. Nyrop recorded a career-high 73 assists to rank in a tie for sixth in USD history for single-game assists, to help direct the San Diego offense to a .294 team attacking percentage. Christie Dawson also had a huge day for the Toreros as she recorded 18 on 36 attempts for a .417 attacking percentage. Laurel Abrahamson, the defending WCC Player of the Week, turned in yet another dominating performance as she had 17 kills on 33 attempts while only committing three attacking errors to post a .424 clip.
The Lions were led offensively by Christianna Reneau who had a team-leading 26 kills and added 11 digs to post a double-double. Heather Hughes, Sandy Crone and Emily Day were the other three Lions who had double-digit kills with 13 and 12 and 11 respectfully. K.C. Walsh recorded 34 assists to help direct the LMU offense to a team attacking percentage of .246.
In game one, the Lions were able to jump out to an early 1-0 lead as they held off a late USD rally to defeat the Toreros 30-28. In the early going, the game was a seesaw battle with each team taking their turn with the lead. Then with the score at 22-18 in favor of the Lions, LMU went on a 6-3 run to take a commanding 28-21 lead. USD then dug in and Carlson sparked a 6-0 San Diego run with a kill off a set by Nyrop to pull the Toreros within one. However, LMU was able to hold off the late USD run to claim the win.
Game two was a different story, as the Toreros cruised to a 30-20 win. In the game, USD had a team attacking percentage of .412 and the Torero defense held the Lions to a .108 team attacking percentage. In the early going, the game was pretty even keel, then with the score knotted at 12-12, Carlson ignited a 10-2 San Diego run with a kill off a set by Nyrop, and USD didn't look back as they cruised to the 10 point win and pull even in the match at 1-1.
In the third game, the two teams were engaged in a battle, with nether team taking a lead bigger then two. USD would gain the lead late at 28-26 on an attacking error by LMU's Christianna Reneau. The Lions didn't fade away as they went on a 3-0 run to take a 29-28 lead. USD would tie things up with a Carlson kill off a Nyrop set, but LMU would score the next two points to claim the 31-29 win and take a 2-1 lead in the match.
Game four was a barn burner, as both teams seesawed back and forth for the lead, and USD had the Lions at game-point five times, and finally were able to claim the 33-31 win on a attack error by LMU's Emily Day to force a game five.
In the fifth and final game, the Toreros proved to be too much for the Lions as they picked up a 15-10 win. With the score tied at 9-9, USD would go on a 6-1run capped by Carlson's 34th kill of the evening to give the Toreros the 3-2 win.
The Toreros will return to the court on Saturday as they travel to Malibu for a 1 p.m. WCC match against the Waves of Pepperdine University.