Nov. 15, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. - Junior outside hitter Jaimarie Sutherland paced the 18th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team to a 3-0 win over Gonzaga University Thursday evening in a West Coast Conference match at the Martin Centre.
With the 33-31, 30-24, 30-20 win, the Toreros improve to 20-7 overall, move to 10-3 in the WCC and move into a tie for first place in conference, thanks to a Santa Clara loss to Loyola Marymount this evening. With the loss, the Bulldogs fall to 17-12 overall and 5-8 in the WCC.
Sutherland recorded a match-best 15 kills on 29 attempts to post a .345 attack percentage. Laurel Abrahamson and Ali Troost were the two other USD players in double-digit kills, as each had 11. Jessica Nyrop recorded a match-best 50 assists to help direct the team to a .277 attack percentage.
For the Bulldogs, Elaina Renius led the way with her team-best 12 kills and the only other GU player in double-digit kills was Michelle Boevers, who had 11 kills. As a team, the Zags hit for a .182 clip.
In game one, Amy DeGroot grabbed the first point of the match with a kill off a set from Nyrop, but the Zags scored three in a row to take a 3-1 lead. San Diego battled back to tie things up at 5-5 but the Toreros could not grab the lead, keeping things with in two. Then with the score knotted at 10-10, a Troost kill gave USD their second lead of the game, but USD would only be able to build their lead up to two. After the two teams sea awed back and forth for a bit, and with the score knotted at 16-16, Gonzaga used a 4-0 spurt to gain some momentum. The Zags would eventually build their lead up to as many as six at 27-21, but San Diego refused to go away. A Torey Ellick kill ignited an 8-2 run to tie things up at 29-29. USD had game point at 30-29, but two points by the Zags put USD back on their heals. Abrahamson then laid down a kill and back-to-back kills by DeGroot sealed the win for the Toreros.
In game two, the Zags again grabbed the early momentum as they jumped out to a 5-3 lead, but the Toreros wouldn't allow them to get more than three points ahead. Both teams battled back and forth keeping things close for a majority of the match, then with the scored knotted at 23-23, a GU service error sparked a 7-1 run for the Toreros to claim game two, 30-24.
In the third and final game, San Diego jumped out to a quick 6-1 lead and never looked back as they hit for a .458 clip, compared to that of the Zags, who hit for a .258 clip.
The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they close out the regular-season with a 2 p.m. match at the University of Portland.