Nov. 9, 2006
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Four players recorded double-digit kills and four players recorded double-digit digs to help lead the 18th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team to a 3-1 (30-32, 30-22, 30-27, 30-23) win over the visiting Bulldogs of Gonzaga University Thursday evening at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
With the win, the Toreros move to 21-5 overall, 11-1 in the WCC and move their magic number to one in order to win the WCC crown for the second time in three years. Should USD defeat the University of Portland on Saturday, or should Pepperdine University lose on Saturday, then the Toreros will claim the 2006 WCC championship. With the loss, the Bulldogs fall to 8-18 overall and 3-8 in the WCC.
Christie Dawson led all players with 22 kills on 33 attempts, while only committing two attacking errors to post a match-best .606 attacking percentage. Laura Murphy was the second Torero in double-digit kills as she recorded a career-best 12 kills, while also picking up 10 digs for a double-double. Laurel Abrahamson was the third Torero in double-digit kills as she registered 16, the second most in the match. Kristen Carlson was the final Torero in double-digit kills as she recorded 10 kills and also recorded 11 digs for her 19th double-double of the season. Jessica Nyrop also recorded a double-double this evening as she racked up 65 assists and also recorded 12 digs.
For the Bulldogs, both Becky Jones and Briawna Mueller recorded double-digit kills with 13 for Jones and 14 for Mueller. Heather Dunn recorded 48 assists to help direct the Zags to a .308 team attacking percentage.
In the first game, it was pretty even keel in the early going, then with the score knotted at 12-12 the Bulldogs went on a 6-2 run to give them a four point lead at 18-14. The Toreros then slowly chipped away at the Bulldogs lead and would knot the score at 22-22 on a Murphy kill off a Nyrop set.
Murphy's kill then ignited a 6-1 USD run to put the Toreros in a 28-23 lead. However, the Zags wouldn't go away as they got right back in the game on a 6-1 run sparked by a Elaina Renuis kill to pull even with USD at 29-29. Abrahamson then recorded a kill off a Nyrop serve and the Toreros again had the Bulldogs at game point, but the Bulldogs ripped of three straight points to win game one.
Game two was a different story as the Toreros jumped out to a commanding 8-2 lead and never looked back as they cruised tier way to a 30-22 win. USD had a team-attacking percentage of .295 in the second game to help them get back on even terms with Gonzaga.
In game three, San Diego again jumped out to a big early lead at 7-2, but the Zags went on a 5-2 run to gain the lead. GU would eventually build the lead to as many as four at 18-14, but Murphy put an end to that lead as she sparked a 5-1 run on a kill off a Nyrop set to allow USD to tie the game at 19-19. The Zags would keep things close, but USD was too strong to overcome as they recorded a 30-27 win and grabbed a 2-1 lead.
Game four was all Toreros as they jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. This was the best game of the four USD played as they recorded a .326 team attacking percentage.
The Toreros will look to capture the WCC championship on Saturday as they host Portland in a 1 p.m. match at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.