Nov. 23, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Behind a balanced offensive attack, the ninth-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team rallied to pick up a thrilling 3-2 come-from-behind win over No. 21 Brigham Young University Saturday afternoon in the West Coast Conference championship match at the Jenny Craig Pavilion in front of a rocking crowd of 2,045. This was USD's 15th consecutive win.
With the 27-25, 15-25, 19-25, 25-21, 15-11 win, the Toreros conclude the regular-season 24-3 overall, claim the WCC championship, and run their winning streak to 15. With the loss, the Cougars fall to 22-6 overall and 15-3 in the WCC. USD will now await the NCAA selection show on Dec. 1, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. (PT) to learn where and who they will pay against in the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament.
"I am so exited for this team. The have a never quit attitude, and today they showed it," stated head coach Jennifer Petrie. "BYU played a great math today, they pushed us hard. But with these six seniors, I never panicked, I knew they would respond. I can't thank this fans who showed up enough, it played a key role for us today."
After rallying back to force a fifth and deciding set, it was the Cougars who got the upper hand early, as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead, temporality quieting the ruckus Torero crowd. However, an Alaysia Brown kill, got the crowd right back into it, and USD then went on a 5-3 run to pull even with BYU at 5-all. The two teams then began to trade point-for-point over the next few possessions. Then with the score knotted at 6-all, back-to-back Sandra Lozic kills gave USD a 8-6 lead. After both teams switched sides of the court, USD continued to roll, and went on to take a 10-7 lead, forcing the visitors into a timeout. Out of the break, USD grabbed the next two points, to again force the Cougars into a timeout. BYU then went on a 3-1 run, to force USD into a timeout, and out of that break, USD cruised to a 15-10 win to clinch the WCC title for a second consecutive season.
Taylor Hollins led the team with 16 kills, while also recording seven digs and one block. Brown was the second of five Toreros in double digit kills, as she had 14, while recording five blocks. Both Chloe Ferrari and Lozic had 13 kills apiece, while Lozic posted a double-double with 17 digs. Katie Hoekman rounded off the offensive attack with 11 kills, while recording a double-double with tying a career-high of 10 blocks. Hoekman's 10 blocks is the third best single-match record for USD. Jianna Bonomi (36 assists) and Rachel Alvey (26 assists) helped steer the team to a .151 attack percentage. C'era Oliveira recorded a career-high 34 digs to pace the defense. The 34 digs are the third highest single-match digs in program history.In the first set, right from the get-go, it was championship atmosphere, as both teams traded point-for-point over the first half of the frame. Then with the set tied at 9-all, the Cougars went on an 8-2 run to take the early momentum, to force USD into a timeout, trailing 17-12. Out of he break, a Hollins kill sparked a 4-1 Torero run to pull San Diego to within two at 18-16, forcing BYU into a timeout. BYU then went on a 3-1 run to take a 21-17 lead. USD didn't fade away, as a Brown kill then sparked a 5-2 Torero run, moving the score to 23-22 in favor of the visitors. After a BYU timeout, the Cougars took set-point on a Jessica Jardine kill, forcing USD to use its final timeout. Back-to-back Hoekman kills then tied things up at 24-all. USD then closed out the frame on a 3-1 run to send the crowd into a frenzy, with a 27-25 win.
In the second set, it was again a back and forth affair in the early going. Then with the score knotted at 8-all, the Cougars went on a 9-3 run to grab the momentum and take a 17-11 lead. USD could not recover fro this deficit, as BYU went on to even the match at one set a piece with a 25-15 win.
In the third set, it was close early again. Then with things all knotted at 13, BYU went on a 5-2 run to gain some momentum and take an 18-15 lead. USD could get no closer, as BYU went on to claim set two 25-18, forcing the Toreros back against the wall.
In the fourth set, BYU raced out to a 9-5 lead, to force coach Petrie to use an early timeout. What ever Petrie said in this timeout, worked, because the Toreros responded with an 8-3 run to take a 13-12 lead, forcing BYU to use a timeout. USD never surrendered the lead, as they went on to force a fifth and deciding set with a 25-21 win.
Courtesy of USD Sports Information