Dec. 7, 2013
SAN BRUNO, Calif. – No. 8 San Diego swept UC Santa Barbara Friday night at the Jenny Craig Pavilion and BYU took a 3-2 victory against Arizona State in Hawaii’s Stan Sherrif Center as both clubs opened play in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. The West Coast Conference champion Toreros host Arizona Saturday at 7:00 p.m., while the Cougars tackle the host Rainbow Wahine on Saturday at 9:00 p.m. (PT) for the opportunity to advance to the Sweet-16.
San Diego def. UC Santa Barbara 3-0
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -Behind another balanced offensive attack, the No. 9 seeded University of San Diego women's volleyball team cruised past UC Santa Barbara, 3-0, Friday evening in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
With the 26-24, 25-18, 25-14 win, the Toreros improve to 25-3 overall, run their winning streak to 16, and they will advance on to play the University of Arizona in a 7 p.m. match on Saturday, to determine who advances to the Sweet 16. With the loss, the Gauchos finish the season at 18-11 overall.
Senior middle hitter Chloe Ferrari led all players with 13 kills on 18 swings, while committing no errors, to hit for a .722 clip, while also recording four blocks. Katie Hoekman and Taylor Hollinsrecorded 11 kills apiece, with Hoekman hitting for a .455 clip and Hollins recorded eight digs.Jianna Bonomi (23 assists) and Rachel Alvey(15 assists), helped steer the Toreros to a .289 team attack percentage, while C'era Oliveira recorded a match-high 17 digs in the win.
BYU def. Arizona State 3-2
HONOLULU – Alexa Gray led BYU women’s volleyball to a thrilling five-set (21-25, 25-22, 25-17, 24-26, 15-10) victory over Arizona State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Honolulu on Friday.
“First off, congratulations to Arizona State on a great match,” BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. “I’m really excited for our kids. They showed unreal heart and fight tonight. To fight from losing that fourth set shows what they are made of. Our block helped turn the match, along with Ciara (Parker) digging a ton of shots. It was a true team effort tonight.”
Gray led the team with a career-high 27 kills on 72 attempts to hit a .250 clip, while adding four blocks. Sophomore Camry Godfrey had a match-high 61 assists and sophomore liberoCiara Parker contributed a career-high 34 digs in the win. Freshman Whitney Young helped defensively by leading the team with eight blocks. Tambre Haddock added a double-double of 18 kills and 12 digs in the victory.
The decisive fifth set began for BYU (23-6, 15-3 West Coast Conference) with a trio of kills from Gray to keep the score close at 3-2. Young and Haddock each contributed a pair of kills to give the Cougars the 7-5 advantage and force an Arizona State (19-14, 8-12 Pac-12) timeout. Following the break, BYU went on a 4-1 run to take an 11-6 lead after a Hannah Robison ace. The Cougars maintained their lead and finished the set and match 15-10 with a Young and Jessica Jardine block.
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