Aug 30, 2013
HONOLULU, Hawaii - Five different University of San Diego women's volleyball players recorded double-digit kills, paced by Katie Hoekman's 18, to help propel the Toreros to a 3-1 (25-14, 22-25, 25-23, 25-20) win over UTEP Friday evening in the season-opener for both teams at the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Classic.
Hoekman led all players with 18 kills on 24 swings, while only committing one error to hit for a .708 clip. Alaysia Brown was the second Torero in double-digit kills, as she recorded 14, and Taylor Hollins made her USD debut with 11 kills and eight digs. The final two USD players with double digit kills were Chloe Ferrari and Sandra Lozic, who had 10 kills apiece. C'era Oliveira led the team with 26 digs, while Rachel Alvey (29 assists) and Jianna Bonomi (26 assists) helped steer the Torero offense to a .273 team attack percentage.
The Toreros took the first set with rather ease, as they claimed a 25-14 win. A UTEP attack error sparked a 7-2 San Diego run that was capped on an Brown kill, to open the frame. USD would then slowly began to pull ahead, and opened up a 10-point lead at 15-5 on a Brown kill off a set from Alvey. USD never looked back, as they cruised their way to a 25-14 win.
The Miners then rallied back and managed to even the match up at one set a piece with a 25-22 win in the second frame. The Toreros once again captured the early momentum, as they raced out to a 5-3 lead in the early going. UTEP would then grabbed the next three points to even the score at 5-all, before a Hollins kill sparked a 3-0 San Diego run. The two teams then sea sawed back and forth with six more ties. Then with the score knotted at 17-all, a USD attack error gave the Miners the lead, and they did not surrender it, as they went on to take a 24-20 lead, forcing USD into a timeout. The Toreros grabbed the next two points, but the late rally fell short, as a Taylor Nix kill gave UTEP the 25-22 win.
In the third set, the Miners grabbed the early momentum and raced out to a 3-1 lead. However a Ferrari kill ignited a 5-0 San Diego run to give USD back the momentum and a 6-3 lead. UTEP then kept things close and managed to tie things up three more times. Then with the score at 12-all, a USD attack error sparked a 5-1 Miners run to give UTEP a 17-13 lead, and forced the Toreros into a timeout. Then with UTEP leading 19-15, a Hollins kill jump-started the Torero offense to a 6-1 run, giving USD a 21-20 lead, and forcing the Miners into a timeout. The two teams then traded point-for-point over the next few possessions, and with the score knotted at 23-all, USD was forced to use its final timeout. Out of the break, a UTEP service error followed by a Ferrari kill gave USD the set at 25-23.
In the fourth set, San Diego wasted no time, as they went right to work. A UTEP attack error sparked a 5-1 USD run that was bookended on a Brown kill to give the Toreros the early momentum. San Diego continued their hot start and built up a lead to as many at seven at 11-4 on an Alvey kill. The Miners managed to slowly chip away at the lead and pulled to within one at 19-18, forcing the Toreros into a timeout. Out of the break in action, USD grabbed the next two points to take a 21-18 lead, and forced UTEP into a timeout. The Toreros then outscored the Miners 4-2 down the stretch to win the set 25-10.
USD will return to action on Saturday at 9 p.m., as they take on the defending national champion, and No. 1 ranked, Texas Longhorns at the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Classic.