Nov. 30, 2012
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The 19th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team saw its season come to an end with a hard fought 3-2 loss to Michigan State University Friday evening in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion.
With the 19-25, 25-23, 20-25, 25-18, 11-15 loss, the Toreros finish the season with a 21-7 overall record. With the win, the Spartans improve to 24-9 overall and will move on to the second round and play the winner of the UCLA and Long Island match on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Lisa Kramer led the Torero offensive attack with a career-high 11 kills on 25 swings, while committing five errors to hit for a .250 clip. Alaysia Brown, Sandra Lozic, and Katie Hoekman all recorded nine kills apiece. Rachel Alvey had a double-double with 34 assists and 13 digs. C'era Oliveira recorded a team-best 18 digs.
In the first set, USD came out on fire, as a MSU service error began the match, and the Toreros opened with a 5-1 run to grab the early momentum. The Spartans then bounced back with a 5-2 run to pull to within one at 7-6. But a Hoekman kill then ended the MSU run and both teams began to trade point for pint over the next several volleys until MSU tied things up at 12-all. MSU then went on a 6-0 run to force the Toreros into a timeout. USD would not be able to recover from the deficit, as Michigan State went on to claim set one 25-19.
In the second set, it was a back and forth affair, that featured 17 ties and six different lead changes. USD rebounded offensively in a big way as they hit .281 for the set. In the middle of the frame, with the score knotted at 10-all, MSU went on a 6-1 run, which forced the Toreros into a timeout. Out of the break, the Toreros recovered as they went on a 6-1 run of their own to regain the lead at 18-17 on a Sandra Lozic kill. The two teams then battled back and forth, and with MSU leading 22-21, a Spartan service error sparked a 4-1 Torero run that was capped on a Jianna Bonomi service ace to give USD the 25-23 win, tying the match at one set a piece.
In the third set, the Spartans led for most of it, although it was a tight nit battle in the early going. A Katie Hoekman kill tied the score at 9-all, but the Spartans then went on a 4-0 run to regain the momentum. USD was not able to overcome this deficit in a poor offensive performance, as the Toreros hit .047 for the frame in a 25-20 loss.
In the fourth set, the Spartans had the upper hand early, as they took a 7-4 lead in the early going. The Toreros responded with a 7-4 run to tie things up at 11-all on a MSU attack error. The Toreros then went on a 7-2 run to take a commanding 18-13 lead. USD never looked back, as they cruised on into a 25-18 win to force a fifth and deciding set.
In the fifth and final set, the Spartans grabbed the early momentum as they raced out to an 8-4 lead, and the two teams then switched sides. Out of the timeout, a MSU service error, Rachel Alvey Kill and Sandra Lozic kill gave USD back the momentum and pulled the Toreros to within one at 8-7, forcing the Spartans into a timeout. MSU would then go on a 5-2 run to take a 13-9 lead, but USD didn't just fade away. The Toreros dug in and scored back-to-back points, then a very controversial call happened. The Spartans attack appeared to all Torero fans, players, and coaches to be long, but the ball was called in, giving the Spartans match-point at 14-11, instead of a 13-12 lead for MSU. Michigan State then grabbed the final point and won the match with a 15-11 win.