Aug 31, 2013
HONOLULU, Hawaii -
The University of San Diego women's volleyball team battled No. 1 ranked Texas, and took the defending national champions to the brink of a second straight loss, but fell in five sets, Saturday evening at the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Classic.
With the 25-19, 18-25, 25-21, 28-30, 15-10 loss, the Toreros fall to 1-1 overall. With the win, the Longhorns improve to 1-1.
Senior outside hitter Taylor Hollins recorded a season-high 19 kills to pace the USD offense, while also recording seven digs. Chloe Ferrari recorded 16 kills, while hitting for a .450 clip, and she had a season-high seven blocks. Alaysia Brown also had a great match with 16 kills, while hitting .350 and the last USD player in double-digit kills was Katie Hoekman, who had 14 kills. Jianna Bonomi recorded a team-high 44 assists, and added in 12 digs to post a double-double, while C'era Oliveira recorded a team-best 17 digs. As a team, USD hit 236.
San Diego got off to a great start by capturing the first set 25-19. After UT took the first point, a Brown kill sparked a 6-2 Torero run, giving San Diego the early momentum and a 6-3 lead. The two teams then engaged in a heated battle, as they traded point-for-point, with the Toreros managing to remain in front and not surrendering the lead. The Longhorns would not tie the score up again until a USD attack error moved the score to 14-all. However, a Longhorn service error gave USD back the lead, and sparked a 3-1 Torero run to once again give the Toreros some breathing room. Texas would then manage to tie things up only one more time at 17-all, but that is as close as they would get, as a Ferrari kill jump started a 7-2 run down the stretch to give San Diego the first set win.
The Longhorns bounced back in the second frame and evened up the match at one-set-a-piece with a 25-18 win. Texas grabbed the early momentum, as they raced out to a 5-2 lead. San Diego was able to keep things close in the first half of the frame, but Texas never allowed the Toreros to get too close. The Longhorns then slowly began to separate themselves and went on to take the set at 25-18.
San Diego didn't let the result of set two effect them, as they bounced right back in set three to take a 2-1 lead in the match. San Diego went to work right out of the gates as a Hollins kill sparked a 4-0 USD run to give the Toreros the early momentum. The Longhorns then slowly began to chip away at the lead and eventually tied the score up at 11-all on a Bailey Webster kill. However, a UT service error and a Ferrari and Brown block assist gave USD back the lead at 13-11. Texas then rallied back and managed to tie things up two more times at 15-all and 17-all, but they could not take the lead, as a Hoekman kill sparked a 2-0 run to force the Longhorns into a timeout. Out of the break, San Diego managed to string together a 6-4 run to capture the 25-21 win.
In the fourth set, it was close in the early going, then with the set knotted at 5-all, the Longhorns went on a 8-2 run to take control of the momentum and a 13-7 lead. USD continued to battle though, and with the Longhorns looking like they were in complete control of things with a 22-15 lead, San Diego went on a 9-2 run to tie things up and force extra points. The Longhorns had set-point four times, and finally were able to sneak away with the win, 30-28, to force a fifth and deciding set.
In the fifth set, Texas grabbed the early momentum and didn't let go, as they quickly built up an 8-3 lead, and never looked back, going on to escape with a 15-10 win, claiming the match.
The Toreros will return to action on Sunday at 8 p.m., as they battle the host of the tournament, and No. 11-rank