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Toreros Fall to Broncos, 3-1

Nov. 3, 2007

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The 13th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision to Santa Clara University Saturday afternoon in a West Coast Conference match.

With the 28-30, 30-22, 23-30, 32-34 loss, the Toreros fall to 17-7 overall and 7-3 in the WCC. With the win the Broncos improve to 18-9 overall and 10-1 in the WCC.

Amy DeGroot nd Laurel Abrahamson led the team offensively with 12 kills each, with Abrahamson posting a .246 attack percentage. DeGroot also added in 12 digs to post her 13th double-double of the season. Jessica Nyrop recorded 45 assists in helping direct the USD offense to a .169 team attack percentage.

For the Broncos, Krista Kelly posted a match-best 22 kills and Brittany Lowe recorded 20 kills to lead the offense to a .172 team attack percentage.

Santa Clara opened the first game 6-2 and points, however San Diego fought back to knot the score 8-8 on a kill from Erin Wiskar. The Toreros then gained a six point lead, 16-10, on points from Amy DeGroot, Torey Ellick and a service ace from Laurel Abrahamson. Yet SCU forced USD to take a timeout after it rallied back to bring the score within two, 24-22. An ace by Evans tied the score, 25-25. San Diego would take the lead once more but another Bronco ace by Walters tied the score for the last time and a solid block from Dowd ended game one, 30-28.

The Broncos took early control of the second game, coming out of the gates with a 4-0 run fueled by serving from setter Crystal Matich and blocks from Evans, Dowd and Kelley. SCU tried to widened the gap but USD battled to tied the score 10-10 and then again at 13-13. Back-to-back kills from DeGroot gave the Toreros a three-point edge, 17-14. San Diego held the advantage for the remainder of the game although Santa Clara did come within one point, 21-20 on a kill from Matich, but was unable to knot the score. The Toreros finished game two, 30-22 on a kill from Abrahamson.

After the break, Santa Clara and San Diego battled point-for-point throughout the majority of the third and fourth games. Yet in the third game, the Broncos finally broke free on a kill from Dowd, 17-16. Two straight points from Evans gave SCU a three-point lead, 19-16, and forced San Diego into a timeout. After the short break, the Broncos continued their run on points from Dowd and Evans to make the score, 23-19. Back-to-back kills from Kelley brought Santa Clara to game-point, 29-21, and a solo block from Kelley ended game three, 30-23.

Although they were trailing 2-1 in games, the Toreros came out firing in the start of the fourth game and won the first two points. Yet, Santa Clara tied the score 2-2 on an ace from Kelley and the two team's once again went head-to-head. The Broncos tied the score 10 out of the 11 times. At 22-21, Evans slammed the ball down to even out the score, but a kill from Ali Troost would give San Diego the edge once again and this time they would jump to a two-point lead on an ace from Andrea Csaszi. USD remained in control of the scoreboard the earned a four-point lead, 28-24, on a Broncos error. SCU was forced to their second and last timeout of the game. Coming out of the timeout, Lowe killed the ball to break the Toreros run and keep the Broncos alive. Yet, USD earned game-point, 29-25, on a kill from Abrahamson. Freshman Kelley reacted quickly to hold off San Diego and bring the Broncos into a rotation that would lead them to victory. Behind the serving of Walters, Santa Clara tied the score, 29-29, on a kill from Dowd. A block solo from Kelley gave SCU game-point, 30-29, but USD would tied the score quickly afterwards. Kelley gave the Broncos game point once again, 32-31, but the Toreros would not give up that easily and tied the score on a kill from Troost. However, a solo block from Lowe made the score 33-32 and a San Diego error brought the match to a close, 34-32.

The Toreros will return to action on Thursday as they retirn to the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion to take on Loyola Marymount in a 7 p.m. WCC match.