Oct. 10, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The 12th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team cruised their way to a 3-0 West Coast Conference win over the University of San Francisco Thursday evening at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
With the 25-16, 25-12, 25-22 win, the Toreros improve to 12-3 overall, move to 4-2 in the WCC ,and have now won three consecutive matches. With the loss, the Dons fall to 7-9 overall and 3-3 in the WCC.
Katie Hoekman led all players with 12 kills, while only committing three errors on 17 attempts to post a .529 hitting percentage, and she had five blocks, three solo. Sandra Lozic posted a double-double with 10 kills, while recording 10 digs. Rachel Alvey (19 assists) and Jianna Bonomi (18 assists) helped steer the USD offense to a .340 team attack percentage.
In the first set, it was a close nit battle in the early going, but that was short lived. With the score knotted at 4-all, a Hoekman kill sparked a 7-3 San Diego run that was capped on a USF attack error, to give the Toreros the momentum and a 11-7 lead. San Diego continued to pull further and further ahead, and eventually built up a lead to as many as nine at 22-13, forcing the Dons into their final timeout. USD and USF then traded point-for-point over the next few possessions to give USD a 25-16 win.
In the second set, the Toreros continued to build off the momentum from the first set, and raced out to a 9-4 lead, forcing the visitors to use their first timeout. Out of the break, a Taylor Hollins kill sparked a 8-2 Torero run, to give USD a 17-6 lead, and all the momentum. USD did not look back, as they cruised their way to a 25-12 win.
In the third and final frame, an Alaysia Brown kill sparked a 10-3 San Diego run to open up the set. San Diego then continued to roll, as they went on to build up their lead to 15-7, forcing the Dons into a timeout. Out of the break, USF managed to go on a 13-5 run to pull back to within one at 21-20, forcing the Toreros into a timeout. USD then turned to Hoekman, and she provided the next point with her 12th kill of the match, sparking a 4-1 USD run to compete the sweep.
USD will return to action on Saturday at 1 p.m., as they host Santa Clara University in West Coast Conference match at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.