Nov. 11, 2006
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - On a service error by the University of Portland's Jennifer Sheedy, the 18th-ranked University of San Diego claims the West Coast Conference championship for the second time in three years. USD swept the Portland Saturday afternoon inside the Jenny Craig Pavilion picking up wins of 30-22, 30-15, and 30-21.
With the win, the Toreros move to 22-5 overall, 12-1 in the WCC and have clinched their 2006 WCC Championship. With the loss, the Pilots fall to 8-17 overall and 1-11 in the WCC. On Nov. 26, the Toreros will learn whom they will play and where they will be playing in the NCAA Tournament.
"This is a great win for our program, and the girls deserve all the accolades they have gotten this season. This championship is something they deserve," said USD Interim head coach Brent Hilliard. "I have to also give credit to Jennifer Petrie. She recruited these kids and deserves as much credit as the team in this championship."
Kristen Carlson recorded a match-best 10 kills in the win as she posted a .381 attacking percentage. Christie Dawson recorded nine kills and Laurel Abrahamson tallied eight kills. Dawson posted a .692 attacking percentage as she committed no attacking errors. Jessica Nyrop posted 33 assists in the win as she helped direct the San Diego offense to a .278 team attacking percentage.
For the Pilots, Jennifer Sheedy had a team-leading nine kills on the afternoon and Kara Pein had 19 assists in directing the Portland offense to a .073 team attacking percentage.
The Toreros dominated in all phases of the match, as in games one, two and three they jumped out to a big lead early and never looked back. Game two was USD's best hitting performance on the afternoon as they posted a .480 team attacking percentage.
The Toreros will return to action on Saturday Nov. 18 as they close out their conference play with a 1 p.m. match against Santa Clara University in Moraga, Calif. USD will then close out their regular-season on Tuesday Nov. 21 as they host Cal State Fullerton in a 7 p.m. non-conference match at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.