Nov. 18, 2006
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Fresh off claiming the West Coast Conference Championship a week ago, the 18th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team didn't letup as senior Christie Dawson's 17 kills and her .571 attacking percentage helped lead the Toreros to a 3-0 (32-20, 30-27, 30-28) sweep over No. 22 Santa Clara University Saturday afternoon in the WCC finale for both teams.
With the win, the Toreros improve to 23-8 overall, conclude conference play with a 13-1 record and have now won three consecutive matches. With the loss, the Broncos fall to 20-7 overall and 9-5 in the WCC.
Dawson led all players with her 17 kills on 28 attempts while only committed one attacking error to post a .571 attacking percentage. Laurel Abrahamson also recorded double-digit kills as she racked up 14 kills on 25 attempts while only committing three attacking errors to post a .440 hitting percentage. Kristen Carlson recorded her 20th double-double of the season as she recorded 11 kills and racked up 10 digs. Jessica Nyrop recorded 50 assists to help direct the San Diego offense to a .308 team attacking percentage.
For the Broncos, Kim McGiven led the offensive charge with her team-best 16 kills and she also added in seven digs. Crystal Matich recorded 39 assists to help direct the Broncos offense to a team attacking percentage of .193.
The first game was a barn burner as the Broncos were able to keep up with the Toreros not allowing the San Diego offense to pull to far ahead. With the score knotted at 18-18, the Broncos took their first lead on a Lindsay Evans kill. SCU built their lead to as many as four before Evans committed a serving error that sparked a 4-0 USD run capped by a Abrahamson service ace.
The two teams then keep the score within two until San Diego had three chances to end the game. Finally with the score at 31-30, Carlson and Dawson ended the game with a block assist, to give the Toreros the early advantage.
Santa Clara then caught fire in the start of the second game as they jumped out to an 8-3 lead, but USD began to chip away at the Bronco lead and eventually tied the game on an Amy DeGroot kill. The Toreros wouldn't get their first lead until Dawson recorded a kill off of a Nyrop set to give the Toreros the 20-19 lead. San Diego did not look back as they went on to record the 30-27 win.
Game three was close throughout with each team taking their turn with the lead, but San Diego proved to be too strong for the Broncos as they picked up a tough 30-28 win, completing the sweep.
The Toreros will have one final game in the regular-season on Tuesday as they host Cal State Fullerton in a 7 p.m. non-conference match at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. Then on Sunday Nov. 26, the Toreros will learn who they will face and where they will go for the first round of the NCAA tournament in a selection show between 12-1 p.m. on ESPNEWS.