Robert Morris gave USD all they could handle in games one and two. The Colonials (11-6, 0-0 NEC) took early leads in both games before USD responded with offense from Forster and senior Noel Frohman (13 kills). The Toreros ran away with the third and final game, winning easily thanks to contributions from freshman Nicola Dirks and senior Debra Robertson.
San Diego (12-3, 0-0 WCC) is set to play Colorado State and Columbia on Saturday during day two of the tournament. Colorado State (8-5, 1-0 MWC) swept Columbia (5-5, 0-0 Ivy) in the tourney's opening match Friday. The weekend matches mark the last non-conference opponents the Toreros will face before beginning league play at #19 Santa Clara next Friday.
Saint Mary's 3, San Jose State 2
Lindsey Bogason led a balanced hitting attack with a new career-high 20 kills as the Gaels defeated San Jose State, 30-24, 18-30, 25-30, 30-21, 15-10, in a non-conference match at Spartan Gymnasium Friday evening.
Bogason hit .321 for the match and added four blocks. Senior setter Brooke Lowry did a fantastic job of setting her teammates up to score, posting a new career-high of 60 assists in the match. Lowry also had nine digs and 3 blocks.
Jill Parmele had her third double-double of the year, posting 18 kills, 16 digs, and five blocks. Stacey O'Connor had a team-high seven blocks and added 13 kills. O'Connor currently leads the West Coast Conference with 1.4 blocks per game. Freshmen Kaui Salzman and Erin Gravert also chipped in for the Gaels with 12 digs and 5 blocks, respectively. Senior Meg Hauser tallied nine digs, four kills, and one block in the match.
The Gaels will continue on the road next week, when they play their first two conference matches of the season. The Gael's first West Coast Conference match will be against the Universtiy of San Francisco on Friday, October 4 at War Memorial Gymnasium. In its second conference match of the season the Gaels will play #19 Santa Clara on Saturday, October 5 at the Leavey Center. Both games are scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m.