Oct. 24, 2013
MORAGA, Calif. - The ninth-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team cruised its way to a 3-0 win over Saint Mary's College Thursday evening in a West Coast Conference match.
With the 25-21, 25-22, 25-22 win, the Toreros improve to 16-3 overall, move into sole possession of second place in the WCC at 8-2, and run their winning streak to seven. With the loss, the Gaels fall to 11-7 overall and 7-3 in the WCC.
Both Alaysia Brown and Taylor Hollins recorded 10 kills a piece with Hollings adding in 10 digs to record a double-double. Chloe Ferrari had nine kills, while both Sandra Lozic and Katie Hoekman chipped in with eight kills, and C'era Oliveira recorded a team-best 16 digs to pace the defense. Rachel Alvey (20 assists) and Jianna Bonomi (19 assists and 10 digs) helped steer the USD offense to a .224 team attack percentage.
In the first set, it was a close nit battle in the early going. Then with USD trailing 15-12, a Hoekman kill sparked a 10-4 San Diego run, that was capped on a Ferrari service ace, to give USD a 22-19 lead, forcing the Gaels into a timeout. USD then cruised its way to a 25-21 win to capture the first set.
In the second set, it was again close in the early going. Then with USD leading 10-8, a Sandra Lozic kill sparked a 10-5 Torero run to force the Gaels into a timeout with San Diego leading 20-13. USD never looked back, as they cruised their way to a 25-22 win to go into the break up two-sets-to-none.
In the third and final set, the Gaels raced out to a 4-1 lead to grab the early momentum. USD then began to fight back, but the Gaels refused to relinquish the lead and remained in front, eventually taking a 17-14 lead, forcing USD into a timeout. USD then fought back and eventually took the lead on a SMC attack error at 21-20. USD then never relinquished the lead, as they completed the sweep with a 25-22 win.
San Diego will return to action on Saturday at 1 p.m., as they travel to Stockton to take on the newest member of the WCC, University of the Pacific.