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San Diego and BYU Volleyball Advance to NCAA Sweet 16

Dec. 8, 2013

SAN DIEGO RECAP  |  BYU RECAP


SAN BRUNO, Calif. - No. 8 San Diego swept the University of Arizona on Saturday evening at the Jenny Craig Pavilion and BYU upset No. 11 University of Hawaii at Hawaii's home court, Stan Sherrif Center, in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament to advance to the NCAA Sweet 16. The West Coast Conference champion Toreros will now face eighth-seeded University of Nebraska on Friday, December 13 at the Devaney Center at 5 p.m. (PST), while the Cougars will face No. 6 USC at the Galen Center on Friday at 5 p.m. (PST). 

SAN DIEGO DEF. ARIZONA, 3-0

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - For the third time in program history, the ninth-seeded University of San Diego women's volleyball team has advanced on to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament with a thrilling 3-0 win over the University of Arizona. With the 25-14, 25-19, 25-22 win, the Toreros improve to 26-3 overall, while the Wildcats finish the season with a 21-13 overall record.

The Toreros offense was paced by both Chloe Ferrari and Alaysia Brown, as both players had 13 kills apiece, with Ferrari hitting for a .526 clip and Brown hitting .500. Taylor Hollins was the third Torero in double-digit kills with 10. Jianna Bonomi recorded a double-double with 24 assist and 16 digs, while C'era Oliveira recorded 15 digs. As a team, USD hit .377.

In the first set, it was a close battle in the early going, as both teams took their turn with the lead, and neither team had a lead bigger than one. Then with the score knotted at 6-all, a Ferrari kill sparked a 3-0 Torero run, to give San Diego a 9-6 lead, forcing the Wildcats into a timeout. Out of the break, USD continued to slowly pull ahead and eventually took a 18-12 lead on a Arizona attack error, to force the visitors into a timeout. San Diego then kept the pedal to the medal and closed out the frame on a 6-2 run, to take a 25-14 win.

In the second set, San Diego raced out to a 5-1 lead to force Arizona into a timeout. USD would manage to maintain a four-point lead, and with a Wildcat attack error, the Toreros took a 14-10 lead to force the visitors into a timeout. Out of that break, USD would not surrender the momentum and went on to take a two-sets-to-none lead with a 25-19 win.

In the third and final frame, USD once again showed its dominance early, taking a 10-6 lead, to force Arizona into a timeout. A Hollins kill then sparked a 4-1 USD run to give San Diego a 14-7 lead, forcing the Wildcats into their final timeout. Out of the break, USD would lay the hammer down and went on to build up a lead to as many as eight at 17-9. However, Arizona made a late push and went on a 9-4 run to pull to within three at 21-18, forcing USD into a timeout. Out of the break, San Diego grabbed the next three points to take match-point at 24-18. But the Wildcats managed to grab the next three points to force USD into its final timeout. San Diego then was able to capture the match on a service error to complete the sweep with a 25-22 win.

BYU DEF. NO. 11 HAWAII, 3-0

HONOLULU, Hawai'i - Alexa Gray led BYU women's volleyball in a three-set (25-21, 25-17, 25-13) sweep of No. 11 Hawaii in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Honolulu on Saturday to advance to the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive year.

"Hats off to Hawaii and their fans on a great season," BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. "Our team played a complete match from start to finish. Our middles Kat (LeCheminant) and Whitney (Young) played unreal. Our defense was strong and our outside hitters scored a lot of points for us out at the pins. It's exciting to move on and we look forward to the matchup in Los Angeles. I can't say enough about the work and time our assistants put into our match preparation."

Gray led the Cougars with 13 kills on 33 attempts to hit a .273 clip, and tied a career high in blocks with seven. Sophomore Ciara Parker had a team-high 15 digs while sophomore Camry Godfrey added 35 assists. Freshman Whitney Young contributed eight blocks, a team-high, to help BYU defensively. Junior Tambre Haddock had her third-straight double-double from 11 kills and 11 digs.

Godfrey gave the Cougars (24-6) their first points of set one with a dump kill. Play was consistent in the first several minutes of the set as both teams traded points. The score was tied from points 1 to 10 until BYU scored three straight to take a 12-10 advantage. That rally was countered by a 5-1 Rainbow Wahine (25-5) run to take the 15-13 lead at the media timeout. The Cougars took their first three-point lead at 20-17 from a Gray kill. Haddock gave BYU set point from consecutive kills and a Hawaii attack error gave the Cougars the first set, 25-21.

The second set began with a 6-1 lead for BYU from the help of a trio of Cougar blocks. From that point, BYU maintained around a five-point advantage until Young contributed three-consecutive blocks to extend the Cougar lead to eight at 16-8. BYU led by as many as 11 points in the second set as the Cougars coasted to a 25-17 set two win, ending with two straight Gray kills.

Both teams exchanged points early in the third set until BYU went on a 5-0 run to take the 8-3 advantage. The Rainbow Wahine were forced to take their final timeout of the set after consecutive points put the Cougars ahead 12-6. Following the timeout, BYU had a 5-1 rally that gave the Cougars an eight-point lead at 17-9. Hawaii struggled to find its offense and defend BYU's as the Cougars easily took the third set to sweep the Rainbow Wahine, 25-13.

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