Sep 7, 2013
AMES, Iowa - Behind a balanced offensive attack of five Toreros recording double digit kills, the 14th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team picked up a 3-1 win over Illinois Saturday afternoon in a non-conference match at the Iowa State Challenge.
With the 25-21, 25-27, 25-20, 26-24 win, the Toreros have now defeated three consecutive ranked opponents, improve to 4-1 overall, and claimed the championship of the Iowa State Challenge. With the loss, the Fighting Illini fell to 2-2 overall on the young season.
Sandra Lozic led the team with 17 kills, while racking up a season-high 15 digs to post a double-double. Katie Hoekman recorded 15 kills, while Chloe Ferrari recorded 14 kills, Alaysia Brow had 13 kills and Taylor Hollins recorded 11 kills. Jianna Bonomi led the team with 37 assists, while just missing a double-double with nine digs. C'era Oliveira recorded a team-best 17 digs in the win.
In the first set, the Toreros wasted no time, as an Illinois attack error jump started a 6-1 San Diego run that was capped on a Brown kill to give USD the early momentum. The Toreros would maintain that lead for a majority of the frame, and went on to take the first set 25-20.
In the second frame, it was a back and forth affair in the early going, as both teams took their turn with the lead, and neither team had a lead bigger than two. Then with the score knotted at 8-all, an Illinois attack error sparked a 4-0 Torero run to give USD some breathing room and a 12-8 lead. San Diego would maintain that four-point lead, until the Fighting Illini put on a late run. With USD holding set-point at 24-22, Illinois scored two straight points to even the score. USD would then have set-point again at 25-24, but Illinois was able to out score the Toreros 3-0 to claim the set and even the match up at one-set-a piece.
In the third set, the Toreros once again raced out to an early lead, as they opened the frame on a 12-6 run. Illinois would slowly chip away at the lead and pulled all the way back to within one at 20-19, however, USD proved to be too much to overcome, as a Illinois service error sparked a 4-1 Torero run down the stretch to give USD the set at 25-20.
In the fourth and final frame, it was no cake walk for the Toreros, as the Fighting Illini were able to stay within striking distance the entire frame. Then with the score knotted at 18-all, Illinois went on a 4-2 run to take a 2-point lead at 22-20. USD then tied things up at 23-all, but Illinois took set-point right back on a Jocelyn Birk kills. But the Toreros refused to fold, as two Illinois attack errors and a Hoekman kill gave the Toreros the 26-24 win
San Diego will return to action on Friday, as they host No. 3 USC in the opening game of the USD Tournament inside o