Oct. 20, 2012
MORAGA, Calif. - The University of San Diego volleyball team had their 14-match winning streak snapped with a 3-2 loss at Saint Mary's on Saturday afternoon. Both teams traded sets (25-22, 23-25, 25-21, 21-25, 15-13) with neither team winning a set by more than four points on the day, including a 15-13 final set that gave the Gaels the victory.
In the final frame, both teams exchanged points until the Toreros pulled ahead 10-7 following a service error by the Gaels (11-9, 6-3 WCC). SMC turned right around and went on a quick 6-1 run that gave the Gaels a 13-11 edge with the Toreros trying to climb back in it. USD did manage to tie it at 13-13 with back-to-back kills by Sandra Lozic but a USD service error and a kill from SMC's Kristina Graven gave the Gaels the final set and the match.
Lozic paced the Toreros' offense with 21 kills on 47 swings for a .362 percentage. Carrie Baird (13 kills), Alaysia Brown (12) and Chloe Ferrari (11) each recorded double-digit kills for USD (17-3, 9-1 WCC). Rachel Alvey recorded 49 assists in the effort.
Both teams were deadlocked right out of the gate as they traded points until it was 9-9 in the first set. Saint Mary's managed to rattle off six points in a row to create a 16-9 edge during a stretch that included four SMC service aces and three kills. A kill by Lozic helped spark a brief Torero rally that helped USD pull within three but the Gaels closed out the set with the help of an attack error by Brown that gave SMC the first set 25-22.
The second set started out much the same way as both teams battled to a 10-10 tie until Saint Mary's registered back-to-back kills to pull the momentum in their favor. The Gaels held USD off until a kill by Baird tied the set back up at 18-18 before SMC climbed back on top with a 22-19 edge after a kill by Rachel Gilchrist. USD mounted a furious push to close out the set in which Ferrari tallied consecutive kills and finally Baird fired an ace to win the set 25-23.
SMC jumped out ahead early in the third set as they stretched their lead to 10-4 with the help of five straight points. The Toreros battled back to cut the lead to 16-13 on a Ferrari kill, but the Gaels pulled right back ahead with a kill and an error by Lozic that forced a USD timeout. The Toreros notched three straight points coming out of the timeout to bring the score to 19-15. The four point margin would be as close as USD would get as the Gaels won the set 25-21 on a kill by Gabby Jolly.
The Toreros were the ones that come out hot in the fourth set, opening up a 14-8 lead before the Gaels called a timeout. USD added to that lead with a kill by Katie Hoekman that put the Toreros up 18-10, but SMC rattled off five points in a row to cut the USD advantage to 18-15. The Toreros were able to hold of the Gaels' push, however, as Lozic put down a kill to give USD the set, 25-21.
USD returns to action when they host Santa Clara on Oct. 27th at 1:00 pm at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.