Nov 4- The 18th ranked Toreros of USD were upset by city rivals San Diego State 3-2 Tuesday night at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. The visiting Aztecs trailed by two games before storming back to hand USD its first home loss of the year.
San Diego (17-7) raced out to an early lead and was in position to sweep San Diego State (15-11) for the second time in as many meetings, but the Aztecs used 37 blocks to stave off elimination and capture its biggest win of the season. SDSU never relinquished the momentum after winning a closely contested game three, going on to win convincingly and leading by as many as eight points in the decisive fifth game.
Individual game scores went (23-30, 23-30, 30-24, 30-25, 15-9). Behind a balanced attack, USD cruised to victory in both games one and two. The Toreros opened up an 11-3 lead in the first game and led 5-0 in game two. The San Diego State defense would step up in the final three frames, with Aztec senior Megan Schauermann blocking a match-high 13 to limit the host Toreros to a .068 hitting percentage in game three, .209 in game four and -.056 in game five.
Devon Forster put down a match-best 27 kills for a USD team that hit .163 on the night. Sophomore setter Lindsey Sherburne handed out a career-high 76 assists. Torero freshman Ryan Maspero also put up career numbers in the loss, totaling 19 kills. Jackie Bernardin added 22 digs.
Aspen McPartland and Melissa Cansdale both reached double figures in kills for the Aztecs while Sara Engstrom totaled 20 assists.