Nov. 21, 2006
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Paced by senior Christie Dawson's 15 kills and senior and Kristen Carlson's 17 kills, the 17th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team swept Cal State Fullerton in the season finale for both teams Tuesday evening at the Jenny Craig Pavilion in a non-conference match.
With the 31-29, 30-21, 30-22 win, the Toreros complete the regular season with a 24-5 overall record and have won four consecutive matches. With the loss, the Titans fall to 17-12 overall.
Carlson, the newly crowned West Coast Conference Player of the Year, led all players with her 17 kills on 38 attempts to post a .342 attacking percentage. Dawson racked up 15 kills on 26 attempts, while only recording three errors to post a match-best .462 attacking percentage. Jessica Nyrop, the defending WCC Player of the Week, recorded 39 assists while directing the San Diego offense to a .237 team attacking percentage.
For the Titans, Brittany Moore was the lone player in double-digit kills as she recorded 11. Julie Geissert recorded 29 assists to help direct the Fullerton offense to a .079 team attacking percentage.
In the first game, the Toreros and Titans were pretty even keel in the early going, then with the score knotted at 10-10, San Diego went on a 8-1 run to gain control of the momentum. However, the Titans never gave up and made a game out of it late. With the Toreros holding a 25-17 lead, CSF went on a 13-4 run to knot the score at 29-29. But back-to-back kills by Amy DeGroot and Laurel Abrahamson put an end to the late Fullerton push giving USD the 31-29 win.
Game two was a bit different, as the Titans built on that late momentum from game one and took a surprising four-point lead early at 9-5. USD then dug in and slowly chipped away at the lead eventually tying the game at 13-13 on an attacking error by Fullerton's Barbie Thierjung. San Diego then took the lead for good on an attacking error by Deven Bukoski to take a 15-14 lead, then would cruise their way to a 30-21 win.
Game three was all Toreros as they jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. The Toreros had their best attacking percentage as a team in this game as they posted a .286 hitting percentage.
The Toreros will now await the NCAA Tournament selection show on Sunday between 12:00-12:30 p.m. on ESPNEWS to learn who they play and where they will play in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.