Sept. 27, 2012
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Four different Toreros recorded double-digit kills to help lead the 16th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team to a 3-1 West Coast Conference win over Loyola Marymount University Thursday evening at the Gersten Pavilion.
With the 22-25, 27-25, 28-26, 25-21 win, the Toreros improve to 11-2 overall, remain perfect in WCC pay at 3-0 and they run their winning streak to seven. With the loss, the Lions fall to 9-6 overall and 1-2 in the WCC.
Carrie Baird and Katie Hoekman led the Toreros offensive attack with 12 kills apiece, while Hoekman hit for a .450 clip and Baird recorded a double-double with 12 digs. Alaysia Brown record 11 kills, and led the team with three blocks, meanwhile, Chloe Ferrari recorded 10 kills. Rachel Alvey recoded a double-double with 52 assists and 13 digs, while Kandiss Anderson led the defense with 15 digs. As a team, USD hit .193 for the match.
In the first set, LMU managed to grab the early momentum, as they raced out to a 7-4 lead, and then they managed to open up a five-point lead at 12-7, which forced the Toreros into a timeout. Out of the break, a Baird kill ignited a 4-0 Torero run that was book ended on a LMU attack error to pull San Diego to within one at 12-11. The Lions then managed to stay in font of the Toreros over the next few volleys, before taking a five-point lead for a second time at 21-16, which again forced USD into a timeout. San Diego then regrouped and grabbed the next three points, to force LMU into a timeout. USD would not be able to pull any closer, as the Lions would eventually hold on and claim a 25-22 win.
In the second set, LMU continued off the momentum they had in the set to grab an early 9-5. A Ferrari kill then jump started a 6-1 San Diego run to pull the two teams even at 10-all. LMU would then respond with a 5-1 run, to force the Toreros into a timeout. Out of the stop in action, a Hoekman kill sparked an 8-4 USD run, which knotted the score at 19-all. The two teams then began to trade point-for-point with USD not able to gain the lead. Then the Lions held set-point at 24-23, but back-to-back USD kills by Hoekman and Brown suddenly gave the Toreros set-point at 25-24. The Lions then managed to even the score up, but San Diego grabbed the next two points to take the set and even the match at 1-1.
In the third set, it was a close nit battle all throughout, with both teams taking their turn with the lead and neither team having a lead bigger than four. Then late in the frame, USD managed to get to set-point at 25-24. The Lions then grabbed the next two points to grab set-point themselves at 26-25. But a Brown kill followed by a Ferrari kill and a LMU attack error, would allow USD to claim the set, 28-26.
In the fourth and final set, it was close in the early going, but with the score knotted at 5-all, a LMU attack error then sparked a 6-2 Torero run, which forced Loyola Marymount into a timeout. The Toreros then managed to maintain control of the momentum and went on to build up a lead as big as seven at 16-9. The Lions just could not recover from this deficit, as USD went on to win the match with a 25-21 victory.
San Diego will return to action on Saturday as they take on the University of Portland inside the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion at 1 p.m.