Oct. 27, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The 14th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball picked up their second West Coast Conference loss this Saturday afternoon in a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to Santa Clara, inside of the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
In the final set, the two teams went back and forth with neither able to sustain a lead until a Lexi Williamson kill gave the Broncos a 7-5 lead. Then a block by Willliamson and Megan Anders forced a timeout by head coach Jennifer Petrie with the score at 9-7. The Toreros fought back and gained a 12-11 lead on an attack error by Kayla Lommori, forcing a Broncos timeout. However, the Broncos came out of the timeout with a 3-1 run to win the set and match of a block by Katherine Douglas and Haley Cameron.
Despite loss, junior Katie Hoekman had another fantastic game recording 14 kill, while hitting for an incredible .722 clip, and sophomore Sandra Lozic led the team's attack with 17 kills. Junior Chloe Ferrari had another solid match recording 11 kills, while hitting .267, and setter Rachel Alvey recorded a double-double with 41 assists and 18 digs, also adding five kills and two blocks.
Both teams were dead even at the beginning of the match, with no team able to take a real lead, until two straight attack errors gave the Toreros a 12-9 lead, causing a Santa Clara timeout. The Toreros then went on a 4-1 run highlighted by two Carrie Baird kills to give the team a 18-12 lead. The Broncos would fight back to close the gap bringing the score to 22-19 after a 3-1 run led by two Anders kills, forcing a Torero timeout. The Toreros came out after the timeout, however, and finished the set 25-20.
The second game started out much like the first with the two teams going back and forth, however a 9-2 run by the Toreros gave them an 18-11 lead, forcing a Broncos timeout. Even with a big late lead, the Broncos would not be denied as they fought back with a 6-0 run of their own, led by two Taylor Milton kills, which made the score 22-21. The rest of the set went back and forth, as neither team could win the game in 25 points, but costly late errors by the Toreros handed the Broncos a 28-26 set victory.
The Toreros came out in the third set looking poised taking an early 7-4 lead causing a Broncos timeout. The Broncos would fight back to tie it up, but a 5-2 run led by two Hoekman kills, gave the Toreros an 18-14 lead. The Toreros would close out the match on a Ferrari service ace with the score of 25-19.
The Toreros looked to close out the match in four, but the Broncos came out on fire taking an early 12-6 lead on a 6-0 run capped by a Milton kill. The Toreros immediately responded with a 4-1 run of their own to cut the score to 13-10, causing a Broncos timeout. The Toreros could not sustain their run however, as multiple kills by Anders led the Broncos to a 19-12 lead. With the game looking out of reach, the Toreros responded incredibly with a late 5-2 run led by back-to-back Lozic kills cutting the score to 23-22. The Broncos held on though with a Milton service ace giving the Broncos a 25-22 set victory.
The Toreros will return to action next Wednesday as they head up to Provo to face the BYU Cougars in a 7:00 pm scheduled match.