Dec. 6, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -Behind another balanced offensive attack, the No. 9 seeded University of San Diego women's volleyball team cruised past UC Santa Barbara, 3-0, Friday evening in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
With the 26-24, 25-18, 25-14 win, the Toreros improve to 25-3 overall, run their winning streak to 16, and they will advance on to play the University of Arizona in a 7 p.m. match on Saturday, to determine who advances to the Sweet 16. With the loss, the Gauchos finish the season at 18-11 overall.
Senior middle hitter Chloe Ferrari led all players with 13 kills on 18 swings, while committing no errors, to hit for a .722 clip, while also recording four blocks. Katie Hoekman and Taylor Hollins recorded 11 kills apiece, with Hoekman hitting for a .455 clip and Hollins recorded eight digs. Jianna Bonomi (23 assists) and Rachel Alvey(15 assists), helped steer the Toreros to a .289 team attack percentage, while C'era Oliveira recorded a match-high 17 digs in the win.
In the first set, it was a back and forth affair in the early going, as both teams took their turn with the lead, and neither team had a lead bigger than two. Then with USD trailing 11-10, a Alvey kill sparked a 5-1 Torero run to give USD a 15-12 lead, then came the media timeout. Out of that break in action, UCSB went on a 8-4 run to take a one-point edge at 20-19, forcing the Toreros to use a timeout. USD then responded with a 4-2 run to take a 23-22 lead, forcing the Gauchos to take a timeout. San Diego then took set-point at 24-23 on a Ferrari kill, to force UCSB into their find timeout. It proved to be a good timeout, as they evened the set at 24-all on a Phoebe Grundt kill. However, back-to-back kills by Hollins gave USD the first set 26-24.
In the second frame, the Toreros wasted no time and raced out to a 9-6 lead, to force the Gauchos into an early timeout. Out of that break, San Diego then went on a 8-4 run to keep the momentum and took a commanding 17-10 lead, to again force UCSB into a timeout. The Gauchos just could not overcome this deficit, as USD cruised to a 25-18 win, going into the break up two-sets-to-none.
In the third and final set, it was all San Diego, as a Ferrari kill sparked a 9-3 USD run, giving San Diego all the momentum, and forcing UCSB to use a timeout. San Diego then kept the pedal to the medal, and went on to pull ahead 21-11, to force the Gauchos into their final timeout. USD then eased its way to a 25-14 win, completing the sweep.