Nov. 10, 2012
SPOKANE, Wash. - Behind a season-high 14 kills from senior outside hitter Amber Tatsch, the 19th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team cruised to a 3-0 West Coast Conference win over Gonzaga University Saturday afternoon.
With the win, the Toreros improve to 20-5 overall, move to 12-3 in the WCC just one match behind BYU for first place. USD will square off against the Cougars on Nov. 17 for the WCC championship at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. With the loss, the Zags fall to 9-18 overall and 1-13 in the WCC.
Tatsch recorded her match-best 14 kills on 24 swings, while only committing three errors to hit for a .458 clip. Sandra Lozic had a near double-double as she recorded nine kills and had 17 digs, while Jianna Bonomi led the team with 22 assists, and she recorded eight digs in helping steer the USD offense to a .348 attack percentage. C'era Oliveira had a great day defensively for the Toreros, as she recorded 15 digs.
In the first set, Gonzaga grabbed the early momentum, as they raced out to a 4-0 lead, before a Tatsch kill sparked a 4-0 San Diego run that was capped on a Tatsch kill. The two teams then sea sawed back and forth a bit over the next several volleys, until the score was locked in at 9-all. Then the Zags grabbed back the momentum, as they went on a 7-2 run to take a 16-11 lead. USD didn't fade away however, as a Tatsch kill jump started an 8-1 San Diego run to give USD the lead at 19-17. The Zags would not regain the lead, as USD closed out the frame on a 6-4 run to claim a 25-21 win.
In the second set, it was a tight nit battle right out of the gates, as both teams had the lead and neither team had a lead bigger than two. Then with USD leading 7-6, a Carrie Baird kill sparked a 6-3 San Diego run, which forced the Bulldogs into a timeout, trailing 13-9. Gonzaga could not overcome this deficit, as the Toreros eased their way to a 25-13 victory.
In the third and final set, it was a back and forth tight nit battle throughout the entire frame. Both team had the lead, and managed to stay within three of each other. Then with the Toreros trailing 12-10, a Lozic kill sparked a 7-2 Torero run, which forced the Zags into a timeout, with the score at 17-14. The Zags then managed to pull back to within two on a few occasions, and got as close as down one at 23-22, but USD was just too much to overcome, as the Toreros completed the sweep with a 25-23 win.
The Toreros will return to action on Wednesday, as they take a break from conference play to battle cross-town rival San Diego State University in a 7 p.m. match.
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