Dec. 3, 2011
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The 20th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team saw their season come to an end Saturday evening with a 3-1 loss to No. 4 UCLA in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
With the 16-25, 15-25, 25-22, 17-25 loss, the Toreros conclude their record setting season with an overall record of 28-5, which is the best overall record in program history. With the win, UCLA improves to 26-6 overall and advance on to the Sweet 16 and will face Penn State.
In the first set, the Bruins grabbed the early momentum with a 3-1 run to open up the match. USD began to trade point-for-point with the Bruins, and UCLA eventually took an 11-5 lead. But San Diego rallied back and went on a 5-0 run to pull back to within one at 11-10, but that is as close as they would get. UCLA then slowly began to open up the gap and went on to capture the first set 25-16.
In the second set, the Toreros came out on fire as they opened the frame with a 5-2 run. After holding on and taking a 7-4 lead, the Bruins then got hot and went on a 10-0 run to grab a 14-7 lead and grab all the momentum. USD kept fighting, but just could not overcome this deficit and fell behind 2-0 with a 25-15 loss.
In the third set, the Bruins grabbed the early momentum as they raced out to a 3-1 lead. San Diego refused to go away as they began to slowly chip away at the lead and used a 3-1 run midways through the first half to grab a 9-8 lead. The Bruins answered right back with a 5-2 run to grab a 15-11 lead. USD then once again grinded down the lead and when they were trailing 20-17, USD put together a 5-1 run to take the lead at 22-21. After a UCLA timeout, USD closed things out on a 3-2 run to force a fourth set.
In the fourth and final set, San Diego once again put up a great fight. UCLA took the early lead with a 7-4 run, but after a timeout, San Diego went to work as they put together a 4-1 run to tie up the score at 8-all. San Diego then held close until a questionable call at the net went in favor of the Bruins gave UCLA a huge momentum switch as they went on a 5-2 run to gain some breathing room at 19-15. USD just could not overcome the push and eventually fell 25-17.