Oct. 5, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. - The 14th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team cruised its way to a 3-0 win over Pepperdine University Saturday afternoon in a West Coast Conference match at the Firestone Fieldhouse.
With the 26-24, 25-12, 25-23 win, the Toreros improve to 11-3 overall and move to 3-2 in the WCC. With the loss, the Waves fall to 8-5 overall and 2-3 in the WCC.
Alaysia Brown paced the Torero offense with a match-best 17 kills, while hitting for a .433 clip. Taylor Hollins was the second Torero in double-digit kills, as she had 13 to go along with 10 digs to post a double-double. Jianna Bonomi recorded 31 assists and had 10 digs to record a double-double, while C'era Oliveira led the defensive side of things with 22 digs. As a team, USD hit .304.
In the first set, it was a back and forth affair right from the get-go. Then with the score knotted at 7-all, a Chloe Ferrari kill sparked a 3-0 San Diego run to give USD some momentum and a 10-7 lead. The Toreros then managed to hold onto a 2-3 point lead over the next several possessions, then the Waves used a 3-0 run half way through the frame to knot things up at 14-all. There were three more ties before USD would take the lead back at 18-17 on a Sandra Lozic kill. USD then would take set point at 24-23, only to see the Waves tie things up again at 24-all. But the Toreros grabbed the next two points to take the first set 26-24.
In the second set, a Bonomi service ace ignited a 7-2 run to force the Waves into a timeout. USD just was too much for the Waves to handle in the set, as they then went on a 15-4 run to take a 22-6 lead, and never looked back as they cruised their way to a 25-13 win.
In the third set, the Waves battled tough with the Toreros, as right from the onset, it was a back and forth affair. Both teams took their turn with the lead, and neither team had a lead bigger than two for a majority of the frame. Then late in the set, USD was up 23-22, only to see the Waves tie things up at 23-all. San Diego would not be denied, as they grabbed the final two points on kills by Brown and Katie Hoekman to give USD the 25-23 win.
The Toreros will return to action on Thursday, when the return home to host the University of San Francisco in a 7 p.m. WCC match inside the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion.