Nov. 30, 2007
MADISON, Wisc. - The 16th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team saw their season come to an end with a tough 3-2 loss to Iowa State University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday afternoon at the UW Fieldhouse.
With the 30-25, 29-31, 19-30, 30-25, 14-16 loss, the Toreros conclude their season with a 21-8 overall record. With the win, the Cyclones improve to 18-13 overall and will play the winner of the Wisconsin and Northern Iowa match on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Amy DeGroot led the team's offense as she had a match-high 20 kills and recorded 17 digs to post her 14th double-double of the season. Laurel Abrahamson was the second USD player in double-digit kills as she had 16 kills on 37 attempts to post a .351 attack percentage. The final USD player to record double-digit kills was Ali Troost, who had 15 kills on 32 attempts to post a .250 attack percentage. Andrea Csaszi recorded a team-best 20 digs in the match and Jessica Nyrop recorded a match-best 58 assists in helping direct USD to a .198 team attack percentage.
In game one, the Toreros grabbed the lead with the first two points on back-to-back attack errors by Iowa State. The Cyclones then got on the boards with a Lauren Cummings kill and managed to keep things within two throughout the early going. ISU would then use a 6-1 run to capture their first lead of the game at 13-11, but the Toreros captured the next two points to tie things up at 13-13 on a Torey Ellick kill and an ISU ball handling error.
The two teams would then share six more ties until the final tie came at 22-22 on an ISU service error. San Diego then went to work as an ISU net violation sparked an 8-3 run to close out the game and give USD the early 1-0 advantage.
In game two, the Cyclone launched a late comeback to even the match at 1-1. San Diego's DeGroot recorded the first point on a kill and that ignited a 5-1 run to open the frame. San Diego was able to hold onto this lead for a while eventually building the lead up to as many as seven at 23-16. The Cyclones then went on a 6-2 run to pull to within two. After an ISU attack error, Iowa State then went on a 6-2 run to tie things up at 28-28. A Degroot kill gave USD game point, but the Cyclones scored three in a row to claim the 31-29 win.
In game three, the Toreros grabbed the first point on a Cyclone attack error, but the Cyclones responded with a 6-2 run to grab the lead and momentum. ISU then used runs of 4-2 and 9-6 to build up a seven-point lead and the Cyclones never looked back as they went on to claim game three 30-19.
In game four, the Toreros would fight back and force a fifth and deciding game with a 30-25 win. Again, USD grabbed the first point on an Abrahamson kill, and an Erin Wiskar service ace gave USD a 2-0 lead. The Cyclones fought back and kept things close in the early going, as they even took a brief lead at 4-3 on a Rachel Williams kill. San Diego then used a 4-3 spurt to regain the lead and momentum. With the score at 11-10 in favor of USD, San Diego put together a 6-0 run sparked by a DeGroot kill and capped on a DeGroot kill to take a commanding 17-10 lead. San Diego never looked back as they cruised their way to victory.
In the final game, both teams kept things close with neither team taking a lead bigger than two in the early going. With the score knotted ay 10-10, a long rally took place with USD grabbing the point and momentum on a DeGroot kill. USD would go on to take a 13-10 lead, but could not close out the match as the Cyclones outscored USD 6-1 to capture the match with a 16-14 win.