Oct. 9, 2006
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego women's volleyball team held steady at No. 22 in the latest CSTV/AVCA top-25 rankings. This marks the third consecutive week USD has appeared in the top-25.
The Toreros claimed bragging rights among the Southern California WCC schools this past week as they recorded 3-1 wins over both Pepperdine University and Loyola Marymount University to move into solo possession of first place in the WCC.
On Thursday, the Toreros took on the, then No. 23, Pepperdine Waves and cruised their way to a 3-1 win. In the match, Kristen Carlson recorded her 10th double-double of the season as she had a match-best 26 kills, tied for a match-best 19 digs and posted a match-best .364 attacking percentage. Laurel Abrahamson tallied the second most kills in the match with 15 while adding four blocks on the evening and had an attacking percentage of .303. Christie Dawson had 12 kills and four blocks on the evening and sophomore setter Jessica Nyrop had her fourth consecutive match with at least 60 assists as she recorded 61 assists to help direct the USD offense to a .231 team attacking percentage.
On Saturday, before a live televised audience, the Toreros went to battle with LMU for first place in the conference as both teams had identical 3-0 conference records. USD claimed the 3-1 win with ease. Carlson led all players with her 19 kills on 49 attempts while only committing four attacking errors to post a hitting percentage of .306. Dawson recorded 11 kills and had a season-high seven blocks, one solo. Abrahamson recorded 12 kills and had four blocks and Nyrop recorded 50 assists to help direct the USD offense to a .249 team attacking percentage.
The 22nd-ranked Toreros will return to action on Thursday as they head to the Pacific Northwest to take on the Pilots of the University of Portland in a 7 p.m. WCC match. USD will then head to Spokane, Wash. for a 1 p.m. WCC match with the Bulldogs of Gonzaga University.