Oct. 31, 2012
PROVO, Utah - Alaysia Brown recorded a career-high 15 kills and Katie Hoekman added in 10, but it wasn't enough, as the 18th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team was stunned by No. 17 Brigham Young University Wednesday afternoon in a West Coast Conference match.
With the loss, the Toreros fall to 17-5 overall, have now lost three consecutive matches, and fall into second place of the WCC. With the win, the Cougars improve to 22-2 overall and move into sole possession of first place in the WCC with a 10-2 record.
Brown recorded her team-best 15 kills on 31 swings and hit for a .290 clip, while also recording four blocks. Hoekman recorded her 10 kills on 20 swings, while only committing one error to hit for a .425 clip. Rachel Alvey recorded 28 assists, and added in nine digs, while C'era Oliveiraled the team's defense with 18 digs. As a team, USD hit .143.
In the first set, BYU grabbed the early momentum, as they raced out to a 7-3 lead. USD then hung around for the next several volleys with the Cougars maintaining a 3-4 point edge. BYU then began to pull away and eventually led by as many as 12, before grabbing the first set 25-12.
San Diego bounced back in the second set to even the match up at 1-1. After the Cougars grabbed the first three points, a Katie Hoekmankill sparked a 5-0 USD run that was capped on a BYU attack error to give USD the momentum and a 5-3 lead. BYU would then manage to stay within two for a majority of the set, until a BYU attack error gave the Toreros a five-point edge at 19-14, which forced the Cougars into a timeout. The Toreros never looked back, as they cruised their way to a 25-21 win.
Set three was a back and forth affair, with both teams having the lead and neither team having a lead bigger than three in the early going. After the Toreros tied things up once again at 16-all, BYU would inch away and grab a 3-point lead at 18-15. San Diego didn't just fade away, as they continued to battle on and tied things up late at 22-all on an Alvey kill, but BYU would manage to grab the next three points to take the set 25-22.
In the fourth and final set, it was again a close frame in the early going, as both team took their turn with the lead and neither team had a lead bigger than three. BYU would eventually begin to pull away as they took a 7-point lead at 14-7, and never looked back as they went on to pull off the upset with a 25-18 win.
The Toreros will return to action on Saturday at 1 p.m., as they host No. 23 Pepperidne University in a 1 p.m. WCC match inside the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion.