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Volleyball Drops to No. 18 in Latest Polls

Sept. 4, 2007

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego women's volleyball team dropped six spots in the latest CSTV/AVCA top-25 poll to No. 18 after posting a 1-3 record this past week.

The Toreros opened the week in stylish fashion as they swept Fairfield in their home-opener behind a career night from senior middle hitter Laurel Abrahamson. For the match, Abrahamson led all players with 17 kills on 21 attempts to post a career-high .810 attack percentage. The .810 attack percentage is the second highest single-match attack percentage in program history. On Friday, USD was defeated by No. 2 Stanford 3-0. In the match, Amy DeGroot led the team with 13 kills. On Saturday, the Toreros lost a heartbreaker, 3-2, to No. 23 Ohio. In the match, three Toreros were in double-digit kills. DeGroot recorded a career-high 18 kills, Jaimarie Sutherland poured in 16 kills and Abrahamson added in 15, but it wasn't enough to hold off the Bobcats who snuck away with a win. On Sunday, the Toreros closed out play in the Tournament against the host and ninth-ranked University of Minnesota. The Toreros captured game one, but the Golden Gophers came back to win three straight to claim a 3-1 win. In the match, Sutherland had a career-high 20 kills to tie for a match-best with a Minnesota player. DeGroot came through with 13 kills and Abrahamson was the final Torero in double-digit kills as the senior from Bloomington, Minn. added in 10 kills. Jessica Nyrop had 33 assists and Andrea Csaszi had a match-best 20 digs in the loss.

USD will look to snap the three-match losing skid on Friday as they open play in the USD Invitational against UC Santa Barbara at 7 p.m.