Nov. 3, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Behind a career-night from sophomore outside hitter Alaysia Brown, the 18th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team snapped its three-match losing streak with a thrilling 3-2 come-from-behind West Coast Conference win over No. 23 Pepperdine University Saturday afternoon inside of the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
With the 25-22, 23-25, 22-25, 25-19, 15-5 win, the Toreros improve to 18-5 overall, move to 10-3 in the WCC to remain in sole possession of second place in the conference standings, and sit just one match back of BYU. With the loss, the Waves fall to 18-8 overall and 7-5 in the WCC.
After the Toreros rallied back to even the match at two sets a piece to force a fifth set, USD just caught fire right out of the gates. A Brown kill sparked a 5-1 San Diego run to open the frame and force the suddenly flat Waves into a timeout. Out of the break, USD kept the pedal to the medal as a Amber Tatsch kill sparked a 5-2 run, which gave the Toreros a 10-3 lead and all the momentum. San Diego never looked back, as they cruised their way to a 15-5 win.
Brown led all players with her career-high 18 kills on 29 swings, while only committing three errors to hit for a .517 clip, and she pitched in with a career-high seven digs. Carrie Baird also had a nice match for the Toreros, as she recorded 14 kills and Tatsch chipped in with a double-double, recording 12 kills and 16 digs. Rachel Alvey recorded 37 assists and had 10 digs for a double-double, while C'era Oliveira recorded a team-best 17 digs. As a team, USD hit .311.
In the first set, it was a close nit battle, as both teams took their turn with the lead, and neither team had a lead bigger than two. Then with the score knotted at 11-all, a Katie Hoekman kill sparked a 5-2 San Diego run, which forced the Waves into a timeout, trailing 15-12. USD would eventually build up a four-point lead at 18-14 on a Chloe Ferrari kill, and the Toreros never looked back as they eased their way to a 25-22 win.
In the second set, it was again a back and forth affair with both teams grabbing the lead and neither team leading by more than two. With the Waves leading 18-16, a Brown kill sparked a 3-0 USD run to give the Toreros back the momentum and a 19-18 lead. Both teams then traded point-for-point over the next several volleys, and with the score knotted at 21-all, a USD service error sparked a 4-2 Pepperdine run to give the Waves the win, and even the match up at one set a piece.
In the third set, much like the first two, a back and forth affair occurred right out of the gates, until Pepperdine managed to take a three-point edge at 10-7, forcing the Toreros into a timeout. The Waves would eventually build up an 8-point lead at 16-8, but the Toreros did not fade away. A Brown kill then jumpstarted a 7-2 San Diego run, which pulled the Toreros to within three at 18-15. USD just could not get over the hump though, as Pepperdine managed to hold on and take the set 25-22.
In the fourth set, San Diego dug in deep and grabbed the early momentum with a 4-1 run right out of the gates. The Waves however, would not go away, as they went on to even the score up at 7-all. The two teams then sea sawed back and forth a bit over the next several volleys. Then with the score knotted at 13-all, a Tatsch kill sparked a 4-1 USD run, which forced the Waves into a timeout. Pepperdine just could not rally back, as USD held on to force the fifth set with a 25-19 win.
USD will return to action on Thursday, as they head to the Pacific Northwest to take on the University of Portland in a 7 p.m. WCC match.