Oct. 15, 2011
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Behind a dominating 17-kill performance from sophomore middle hitter Chloe Ferrari, the 17th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team picked up a 3-1 win over Loyola Marymount University Saturday afternoon in a West Coast Conference match at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
With the 25-19, 25-20, 23-25, 25-19 win, the Toreros improve to 20-1 overall, move into sole possession of second place in the WCC at 6-1, and they have now won seven consecutive matches. With the loss, the Lions fall to 10-10 overall and 3-4 in the WCC.
Ferrari led all players with her 17 kills on 23 swings, while only committing two attack errors to hit for a .652 clip. Junior outside hitter Amber Tatsch also recorded double-digit kills as she racked up 12, while also recording seven digs. Jianna Bonomi led the team with 24 assists, while Rachel Alvey recorded 21 assists in helping steer the USD offense to a .274 team attack percentage. Kandiss Anderson recorded 24 digs in leading the USD defense, while Katie Hoekman had five blocks and eight kills.
In the first set, the Lions were able to grab the early momentum as they raced out to a 5-3 lead. The Toreros then began to slowly chip away at the lead and managed to tie things up to 11-all, 12-all, 13-all, and again at 14-all before taking their first led of the match at 15-14 on a kill by Alvey. USD never surrendered the lead. After a LMU timeout and USD leading 16-14, the Toreros put together a 4-1 run to gain some breathing room at 20-15. USD never looked back as they cruised their way to a 25-19 win.
In the second set, the Lions again jumped out to an early lead, as they took advantage of several USD miscues to take a 5-1 lead. The Lions managed to hold onto the lead for a bit until the score was at 10-6, then a LMU attack error ignited a 9-3 Toreros run that was bookended on a Ferrari kill to give USD a 15-13 lead, forcing the Lions into a timeout. Out of the break, the two teams began to trade point-for-point and LMU managed to tie the score four more times with the last tie coming at 20-all. Then a Lion service error jump started a 5-0 USD run to close out the set and give USD a 25-20 win.
In the third set, it was a close battle in the early going with the two teams trading point-for-point. Then with USD leading 5-4, a Tatsch kill sparked a 8-2 Torero run to give USD all the momentum and some breathing room with a 13-7 lead. The Lions would not go away though, as they came roaring back to tie things up late a 21-all, and from there, they out scored USD 4-2 to avoid the sweep.
In the fourth and final set, the Toreros and Lions once again battled toe-to-toe as they stayed to within two points of each other in the early going. Then with the score knotted up at 10-all, a Ferrari kill sparked a 7-2 Torero run that was capped on a Tatsch kill to give USD a 17-12 lead, and forced the Lions into a timeout. LMU then came back and pulled to within two at 17-15, but that is as close as they would get, as the Toreros managed to hold off the late push and claimed the victory with a 25-19 win.
The Toreros will return to action on Tuesday as they host cross town rival San Diego State University in a 7:00 p.m. non-conference match at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.