Oct. 17, 2009
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Three players recorded double-digit kills paced by junior right side Ali Troost's match-best 21 to lift the 23rd-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team to a 3-1 win over Saint Mary's College Saturday afternoon in a West Coast Conference match at USD's Jenny Craig Pavilion.
With the 19-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-22 win, the Toreros improve to 12-4 overall, move into a tie for first place in the WCC with a 4-1 league record and have now won three straight matches. With the loss, the Gaels fall to 12-4 overall and 4-1 in the WCC.
Troost recorded her 21 kills on 54 swings, while committing six errors to post a .278 attack percentage, and she notched another double-double with 11 digs. Ashton Basch was the second Torero in double digit kills as she had 15, while hitting for a .290 clip and Torey Ellick was the final USD player in double digit kills with 12. Kayleen Webster recorded a match-best 23 digs and Kelsi Myers also notched a double-double with 53 assists and 14 digs.
In the first set, the Gaels raced out to an early lead, but San Diego didn't fade away as took the lead at 7-6 on a Troost kill off a set from Myers. USD would hold onto the lead for a majority of the set, then with the score knotted at 18, the Gaels went on a 7-1 run to close out the set and grab the early momentum.
In the second set, the two teams battled back and forth right out of the gates with both teams grabbing the lead at one point. Then with the score at 8-6 in favor of the Toreros, a SMC attack error sparked a 4-2 San Diego run that gave the Torero some breathing room with a 12-8 lead. USD would go on to build up their lead to as many as five at 16-11 on a Basch kill off a set from Myers. The Gels then launched a 10-5 run to knot the score at 21-21, but an Amber Tatsch kill gave USD back the lead, only to see the Gaels take the point right back on a Shannon Lowell kill. San Diego then ended the set with a 3-0 run to even things up at one set apiece.
In the third set, San Diego continued their momentum from the end of set two and raced out to a 6-1 lead. Saint Mary's however refused to go away as they answered back with a 9-4 run to even things up at 10-10. An Ashton Basch kill then ignited a 6-0 San Diego run to give San Diego back all the momentum and a comfortable 16-10 lead. USD never looked back as they eased its way to a 25-17 win.
In the fourth and final set, The Toreros again grabbed the early lead as a Troost kill off a set from Carrie Baird sparked a 5-3 USD run to open things up. The Toreros would go on to build up a lead as big as five at 12-7 on a Troost kill, but the Gaels then grabbed the next four points to keep things interesting. The two teams the sea sawed back and forth a bit and the Gaels eventually tied things up late at 21-21. In an intense point in the match, Troost again came through for the Toreros as she sparked the final 4-1 run on a kill and book ended the run on a kill to give USD the victory.
The Toreros will return to action on Thursday as they travel to Spokane, Wash. to take on Gonzaga University in a 7 p.m. WCC match