Sept. 13, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -The ninth-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team pulled off the biggest win in program history, as they upset the No. 1 team in the nation, University of Southern California, 3-1, in their home-opener Friday evening at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. The Toreros also had a record 2,014 fans in attendance, which had the place rocking.
"I am so extremely proud of our determination, and of our fortitude, with the way that we battle with any team that is across the net from us," stated head coach Jennifer Petrie. "No matter who the giant is on the other side of the net, our girls believe they are going to win."
With the win, the Toreros pulled off their fourth win over a top-20 team this season, run their winning streak to four, and improve to 5-1 overall. With the loss, the Trojans fall to 6-1 overall.
San Diego's quick offense proved to be too much for the Trojans to handle, as Chloe Ferrari paced the team with 21 kills, while hitting for an impressive .531 clip. Fellow senior middle hitter Katie Hoekman also had a great night, as she recorded 17 kills, while hitting for a .387 clip. Two other Toreros were in double digit kills, with Sandra Lozic recording 12 kills and Alaysia Brown recording 11 kills. C'era Oliveira recorded 25 digs, while Jianna Bonomi recorded a double-double with 31 assists and 18 digs. As a team, USD hit .236 for the match.
In the first set, it was a back and forth affair throughout the frame. Then with the score knotted at 8-all, an Alexis Olgrad kill sparked a 5-0 USC run to give the Trojans the momentum and a 13-8 lead. San Diego refused to fade away, as a Ferrari kill then ignited a 7-3 San Diego run which pulled the two teams even at 15-all. The two teams would then come into a tie four more times, and finally with everything knotted at 22-all, back-to-back USD kills gave the Toreros set point at 24-22. The Trojans then took back a point, before a Ferrari kill gave the Toreros the 25-23 win.
In the second frame, it was once again a back and forth affair in the early going. Then in the middle of the set, with the score knotted at 10-all, a Sara Shaw kill sparked a 9-3 USC run. The Trojans never looked back as they cruised their way into a 25-20 win.
In the third frame, San Diego bounced back to their first set form. USC would manage to grab a 5-1 lead, but a Sandra Lozic kill sparked a 8-5 USD run to pull USD back to within one at 10-9. The two teams then continued to sea saw back and forth, and with the score knotted at 16-all, a Ferrari kill ignited a 3-0 USD run to give the Toreros the momentum and a 19-16 edge. USD never surrendered the lead, as they went on to claim the set 25-22, to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
In the fourth and final set, USC would once again grab the early momentum, racing out to a 4-1 lead. San Diego once again began to chip away at the lead and would eventually pull even with the Trojans at 10-all. The back and forth affair continued, and with the score knotted at 13-all, back-to-back kills by Lozic and Hoekman gave USD a 15-13 lead, forcing the Women of Troy into a timeout. USD continued that momentum, and eventually took a 21-18 lead, to force the Trojans into their final timeout. San Diego then held on, and pulled off the upset with a 25-19 win, causing the students to rush the floor, in celebration of the victory.
The Toreros will return to action on Saturday at 10 a.m., as they host Eastern Washington at the Jenny Craig Pavilion, as part of the USD Tournament.