LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Despite four Toreros recording double-digit kills, the 17th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team dropped a heart breaking 3-2 (16-25, 25-14, 28-30, 25-19, 11-15) loss to No. 5 USC Friday evening in the USC Tournament.
Carrie Baird led the team with 16 kills, while also recording 14 digs to record a double-double. Alaysia Brown recorded a career-high 14 kills, while hitting at a .311 clip, and both Chloe Ferrari and Katie Hoekman recorded 11 kills apiece. Junior setter Rachel Alvey recorded a season-high 51 assists in helping steer the USD offense to a .222 team attack percentage. Kandiss Anderson recorded a season-high 22 digs.
In the first set, the Trojans raced out to an 11-2 lead, grabbing all the early momentum. USD then answered back with a 7-6 run, but the Women of Troy proved to be too strong to overcome, as they claimed the first set 25-16.
In the second set, the Torero offense woke up and opened the frame with a 7-3 run that was started on a Brown kill and capped on a USC attack error, forcing the Trojans into a timeout. Out of the break, USC went on a 7-3 run, pulling back to within two at 10-8. However, a Trojan attack error then jumpstarted the Toreros offense to a 7-4 run, grabbing back the momentum and again forcing USC into a timeout. After this break, USD never looked back as they cruised their way to a 25-14 win, tying the match up at one set a piece.
In the third set, the fans in attendance got to see an incredible set, as it went to a final of 30-28. In the early going, the Toreros managed to grab the momentum, as they raced out to an 8-2 lead, forcing the Women of Troy into a timeout. USC would manage to get back to within one at 14-13, but an Alvey block gave the Toreros a 16-14 edge. USD would then go on to build up its lead back to four at 18-14, forcing the Trojans into a timeout. After the stop in action, USC would claw their way back to within one at 23-22, forcing the Toreros into a timeout. USC would then manage to take set point at 25-24, but a Baird kill evened the score up. USD would have set-point on three occasions, but could not put away USC, and the Trojans managed to escape with a 30-28 win, taking a 2-1 lead.
In the fourth set, USC raced out to a 7-3 lead, grabbing the early momentum. However, a USC attack error then sparked a 7-3 Torero run, which knotted the score at 10-all. The two teams then sea sawed back and forth a bit, and with the score knotted at 15-all, a USC attack error ignited a 5-0 San Diego run to give USD back the momentum and a 21-15 lead. USD then cruised their way to s 26-19 win, forcing a fifth and deciding set.
In the fifth set, it was a back and forth affair in the early going. But then with the score knotted at 6-all, the Trojans went on a 5-0 run to grab a 11-6 lead, and the Trojans never looked back, as they went on to claim the match with a 15-11 win.
USD will return to action on Saturday with a 12 p.m. match against the Irish of Notre Dame.