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San Diego Volleyball Loses in Second Round of NCAA Tournament

Dec. 4, 2010

LOS ANNGELES, Calif. --- The 18th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team saw its season come to an end with a heartbreaking 3-1 loss to No. 6 USC Saturday evening in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

With the 15-25, 20-25, 25-22, 31-29 loss, the Toreros finish the season with a 24-5 overall record. With the win, the Trojans improve to 27-4 and advance on to the Sweet 16 to take on Indiana.

Freshman middle hitter Chloe Ferrari led the team's offense with 16 kills on 32 swings and hit for a .312 clip. Both Amy Mahinalani DeGroot and Ali Troost recorded double-doubles with DeGroot having 12 kills and 18 digs, while Troost had 13 kills and 20 digs. Katie Hoekman also had a double-digit kill performance with 13, while C'era Oliveira had 20 digs and Kelsi Myers has 53 assists and 20 digs.

In the first set, the Toreros got off to a good start as a DeGroot kill ignited a 4-1 Torero run to give San Diego the early momentum. Then with the Toreros leading 6-3, a Alexis Olgard kill jump started a 5-0 USC run to give the Women of Troy a 8-6 lead. USC would eventually open that lead up to five at 15-10, which then took the set into a media timeout. The Trojans would then put together a 7-0 run to take control of the momentum and a 22-10 lead. A USC service error jump stared a 5-0 San Diego run to pull USD back to within eight at 23-15, forcing the Trojans into a timeout. USC then grabbed the next two points to take the first set 25-15.

In the second set, it was again USD who grabbed the early momentum as they raced out to a 3-1 lead, before the Women of Troy began to chip away at the lead and kept things close. USD led most of the first half of the set, but not by more than two. Then with the score knotted at 9-9, USC put together a 3-0 run to grab a 12-9 lead, forcing the Toreros into a timeout. USC would go on to build up its lead to six at 16-10, but a Troost kill ignited a 3-0 San Diego run to pull USD to within three at 16-13. USD would maintain a 2-3 point deficit over the next several volley's, before a Torero attack error gave the Women of Troy a 21-17 lead, forcing the Toreros into a timeout. USD could then come no closer than three for the remainder of the set before falling 25-20.

In the third set, it was USD who grabbed the early momentum as they raced out to a 3-1 lead, before a Trojan service error sparked a 3-0 Torero run to pull San Diego even with USC at 4-4. It was a close nit battle over the next several volley's as each team was trading point-for-point with the Women of Troy holding onto a lead until a Katie Hoekman solo block gave USD a 14-13 edge, forcing the Trojans into a timeout. USD and USC would then again begin to trade point-for-point with each team having its turn with the lead and neither team having a lead bigger than one. Then with USD trailing 18-17, an Ashton Basch kill ignited a 3-0 USD run that was capped on a Basch kill to give USD a 20-18 lead, forcing the Trojans into another timeout. San Diego would remain that momentum as they went on to take set point at 24-21, and after a USC service ace moved the Trojans to within two at 24-22, a Trojan attack error gave USD a 25-22 win.

In the fourth and final set, it was a back and forth affair as the Trojans grabbed the lead early and were able to maintain a 1-2 point-edge over the first half of the set. After the media timeout and with the Women of Troy leading 15-14, USC would go on a 4-2 run to take a 19-16 lead, forcing the Toreros into a timeout. The Toreros would then respond with a 5-3 run to pull back to within one at 22-21, which forced the Women of Troy into a timeout. USD would then tie things up twice at 22-all and 23-all before the Trojans got match-point at 24-23, and after a Torero timeout, San Diego would knot the score up on a DeGroot kill and USD would have match-point six more times before finally claiming the 31-29 win.

Courtesy of USD Sports Information