Sept. 1, 2007
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The 12th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team (2-2) was upset by No. 23 Oho University 3-2 (28-30, 30-25, 30-22, 26-30, 12-15) Saturday afternoon at the University of Minnesota Tournament.
Amy DeGroot posted a career-high 18 kills to lead the Toreros' offense and added a career-high 20 digs to post her second double-double of the season. Jaimarie Sutherland added in a career-high 16 kills on 36 attempts to post a .361 attack percentage. Laurel Abrahamson was the third Torero in double-digit kills as she had 15. Jessica Nyrop recorded 34 assists in the match and freshman setter Kelsi Myers added in 33 assists in the loss.
For the Bobcats (4-0), Ellen Herman recorded a match-best 24 kills on 54 attacks to post a .333 attack percentage. Melissa Griffin (14) and Sue Jacobi (10) were the other two Bobcats with double-digit kills. Jill DeArmond recorded a match-best 38 assists for Ohio.
In game one, Ohio jumped out to an early 4-1 lead on a Myers ball handling error, and would eventually build their lead up to as many as 10 at 14-4 on a DeArmond kill. But USD answered back with a 6-0 run, sparked by a Sutherland kill off a set from Nyrop and the run was capped on a Abrahamson kill to move the score to 14-10 in favor of the Bobcats. Ohio was able to hold on to their lead until USD put on a late push. With the score at 27-21 in favor of Ohio, USD went on a 5-1 run to pull within two at 28-26, but Ohio was able to hang on for the win.
In game two, it was almost an exact opposite of game one as the Toreros jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. USD quickly built a seven-point lead at 10-3 thanks to an attack error by Ohio. The Bobcats did fight back to within two at 17-15, but USD proved to be too strong in the end as the Toreros would not led them an closer and out scored them 15-8 down the stretch to even the match at 1-1.
In game three, the Bobcats jumped out to the early lead at 12-6, but the Toreros went on a 11-4 run sparked by a Abrahamson kill off a set from Nyrop and capped by a DeGroot kill to take a one-point lead at 17-16. Then with the score knotted at 18-18, USD took over and closed the game on a 12-4 run to take a 2-1 advantage.
Game four was close in the early going as each team took their turn with the lead, but Ohio used a 13-5 run to pull ahead and claim the victory to force a fifth and deciding game.
In game five, the Bobcats jumped out to a 4-0 lead to grab the early momentum, but the Toreros responded with a 6-2 run sparked by a DeGroot kill and capped by a Ohio ball handling error to even things up. The two teams then sea sawed back and forth for a bit with each team taking a turn with the lead, but in the end Ohio was able to claim the victory with a 15-12 win.
The Toreros will conclude play in this tournament on Sunday with a 11:30 a.m. match against the host and ninth-ranked University of Minnesota on Sunday.
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