Nov. 9, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Behind a career-high 22 kills from senior middle hitter Chloe Ferrari, and four other Toreros in double-digit kills, the eighth-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team rallied to picked up a 3-2 win over the University of San Francisco Saturday afternoon in a West Coast Conference match at War Memorial Gym.
With the 25-18, 25-27, 24-26, 25-23, 15-10 win, the Toreros move into a tie for first place in the WCC with BYU at 13-2, while improving to 21-3 overall and running their season-high winning streak to 12. With the loss, the Dons fall to 11-13 overall and 7-7 in the WCC.
Ferrari recorded her career-high 22 kills on 44 swings, to hit for a .386 clip, while also recording four blocks. Alaysia Brown recorded 15 kills, hit .294 and recorded three blocks. Katie Hoekman recorded 11 kills and racked up a season-high nine blocks, while Taylor Hollins recorded 10 kills and had 16 digs to post a double-double. C'era Oliveira recorded a season-high 27 digs, while Jianna Bonomi (33 assists) and Rachel Alvey (25 assists) helped steer the USD offense to a .207 attack percentage.
In the first set, the Toreros raced out to a 10-4 lead to grab the early momentum and forcing the Dons into a timeout. USD then managed to maintain that six-point edge and a USF attack error gave USD a 19-13 lead, to force the Dons to use their final timeout. USD then cruised their way to a 25-18 win.
In the second set, it was a really close battle throughout. With the score knotted at 11-all, a Hollins kill sparked a 3-0 Torero run to give San Diego a 14-11 lead, which forced San Francisco to use a timeout. USF then began to chip away at the lead and eventually pulled even with USD at 20-all, to force the Toreros into a timeout. A back and forth affair then ensured, and USD took set-point at 24-24, which forced USF to burn their final timeout. The Dons then grabbed the next three points to even the match up at one-set-a-piece.
In the third set, San Diego took control early and went on to take a 14-11 lead on a Ferrari service ace, which forced USF into a timeout. After USF pulled to within two at 18-16, a Hollins kill sparked a 4-1 USD run to force USF into a timeout trailing 22-17. San Francisco then went on a 9-2 run to close out the frame and take a 26-24 win.
In the fourth set, with their backs against the walls, the Toreros responded with a win. The frame was close all throughout, and then with USF leading 20-18, USD put together a 4-1 run to take a 22-21 lead, forcing the Dons into a timeout. The two teams then traded a few points, and with USD leading 24-23, San Diego called a timeout. Out of the break, a Brown kill then forced a fifth and deciding set.
In the fifth set, USD jumped out to an early 8-4 lead, and never looked back, as they cruised their way to a 15-10 win, completing the come-from-behind win.
The Toreros will return to action on Thursday with a 7 p.m. WCC match against the University of Portland inside the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion.