Dec. 1, 2006
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Kristen Carlson, Laurel Abrahamson and Christie Dawson all recorded double-digit kills to help lead the 17th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team (25-5) to a 3-0 (30-21, 30-23, 30-18) win over Jacksonville State University (24-5) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday evening at the Stokely Athletic Center. USD will now await the winner of the Duke University and University of Tennessee match later this evening to find out who they will play in the second round on the tournament on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Abrahamson tied for a match-high 13 kills on 21 attempts while only committing two attacking errors to post a match-best .524 hitting percentage. Dawson also recorded 13 kills on 21 attempts while only committing three attacking errors to post a .476 attacking percentage. Dawson recorded 11 kills on 23 attempts while only committing three attacking errors to post a .391 hitting percentage. Andrea Csaszi recorded team-best 12 digs for the Toreros in the win. Jessica Nyrop racked up 40 kills to held direct the San Diego offense to a .364 attacking percentage.
For the Gamecocks, Rebekah Nichols tied for a match-best 13 kills on 22 attempts to post a team-best .364 attacking percentage. Abbey Breit was the only other JSU player in double-digit kills with 12. Emily Withers recorded 35 assists in helping the team post a .119 attacking percentage.
In game one, the Toreros and Gamecocks were engaged in an early battle with neither team taking a lead bigger than two until Carlson sparked a 3-0 USD run with a kill off a back set from Nyrop. Then with the score at 15-14 in favor of the Toreros, Andrea Csaszi stepped back to serve and sparked a 4-1 run with a service ace and the Toreros never looked back as they cruised to a 30-21 win. The Toreros defense was huge as they held the Gamecocks to a -.033 attacking percentage, and USD's offense posted a .296 attacking percentage.
Game two again was close in the early going with the Gamecocks taking a brief lead at 4-3, before surrendering the lead on a Dawson kill off a set by Nyrop giving the Toreros a 6-5 advantage. It was all San Diego from there on as USD built up a lead as big as seven at 19-12 on a kill by Abrahamson. San Diego then put it into cruise control and recorded a 30-23 win to take the 2-0 advantage going into the break. San Diego posted a .244 team attacking percentage in the game.
Game three was all San Diego as USD jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead an never let up as they posted their best attacking percentage of the match at .630, compared to that of the Gamecocks who posted a .231 attacking percentage.