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Toreros Outlast Waves, 3-2

Nov. 10, 2007

Box Score

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Sophomore outside hitter Amy DeGroot paced the 19th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team to a thrilling 3-2 win over visiting Pepperdine University Saturday afternoon in a West Coast Conference match at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

With the 30-28, 23-30, 30-24, 29-31, 15-13 win, the Toreros improve to 19-7 overall, move to 9-3 in the WCC and take over sole possession of second place in conference. With the loss, the Waves fall to 17-8 overall and 8-4 in the WCC.

DeGroot led the team with her 25 kills on 62 attempts to post a .339 attack percentage. Laurel Abrahamson was the second Torero with double-digit kills as she has 13 on 26 attempts to post a .308 attack percentage. Torey Ellick also had a solid match, as she had 10 kills to post a .400 attack percentage, while Ali Troost added in 12 kills and Jaimarie Sutherland recorded 10 kills. Andrea Csaszi had a slid match defensively, as she racked up a match-best 24 digs and Jessica Nyrop recorded 57 assists in helping direct the USD offense to a .326 attack percentage.

For the Waves, Julie Rubenstein had an impressive match with a match-best 29 kills on 66 attempts to post a .288 attack percentage. Kayla Walker (13) and Cassi Chamberlain (15) were the other two Pepperdine players in double-digit kills. As a team, the Waves hit for a .245 clip.

In game one, San Diego jumped out to a quick 4-1 lead, a run that was sparked on a Pepperdine attack error and capped on a Ellick kill off a set from Nyrop. The Waves however refused to go away as they kept chipping away at the lead and finally tied the game up at 14-14 on a Rubenstein service ace. The two teams the sea sawed back and forth a bit with each team taking their turn with the lead. Then with the score tied at 28-28, a Abrahamson kill and a Pepperdine ball handling error gave USD the 30-28 win.

In game two, San Diego jumped out to a 7-0 lead, as a Pepperdine service error got the run started and USD capped the run on a back-to-back Nyrop service aces. Pepperdine in turn responded with a 10-3 run to even things up at 10-10. Pepperdine then pulled ahead by as many as four at 18-14, but the Toreros launched a 4-0 run sparked by a Pepperdine attack error and capped on a Pepperdine attack error to knot things up ay 18-18. The Waves then used a 6-2 run to gain back the momentum, and evened the match with a 30-23 final.

In game three, the Waves grabbed the early momentum with a 4-1 spurt to begin the frame, but the Toreros came back with a 4-0 run to take the lead. Both teams then found themselves battling back and forth trading point-for-point until the game was all knotted up at 17-17. A Pepperdine attack error then ignited a 5-1 USD run to give the Toreros back the momentum and a fie-point lead. USD never looked back they cruised heir way to a 30-24 win.

In game four, it was a dog fight right from the start as Pepperdine had their backs up against the wall. Both teams played extremely well in the game with neither team taking a lead bigger than three for a majority of the game. Then late in the game with the score knotted at 20-20, Pepperdine went on a 5-2 run to gain some momentum. The Toreros only responded with a 4-1 run of their own to even things back up at 26-26. San Diego would eventually put the Waves on the ropes at 29-28, but the Pepperdine scored three straight points to force a fifth and deciding game.

In game five, the Waves jumped out to an early lead at 8-3 and forced the teams to switch sides. The Waves maintained that five-point gap until the score was at 11-6, then the Toreros went to work. San Diego put together an impressive 7-2 run sparked by a Pepperdine service error and capped by a Troost kill off a set from Nyrop to even things up at 13-13. A attack error by Pepperdine then gave USD match point, and the freshman outside hitter from Hemet, Calif., Troost, took care of business as she rocketed off an attack that Pepperdine could not handle, giving USD the 15-13 win.

The Toreros will return to action on Thursday as they head to Spokane, Wash., to take on the Gonzaga University Bulldogs in a 7 p.m. WCC match.