Dec. 13, 2013
SAN BRUNO, Calif. --- 2013 WCC Champion University of San Diego and runner-up BYU both ended historic seasons tonight with losses on the road in the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Tournament's Sweet 16. San Diego dropped a tight three-setter to No. 8-seed Nebraska, while BYU lost to No. 6 USC in four sets.
NEBRASKA DEF. SAN DIEGO, 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-22)
LINCOLN, Neb. --- The ninth-seeded University of San Diego women's volleyball team's historic season came to an end with a 3-0 loss to eighth-seeded University of Nebraska, Friday evening in the Regional round of the NCAA Tournament at the Devaney Center.
With the 20-25, 23-25, 22-25 loss, the Toreros conclude the season with a program-record of 26-4 overall. With the win, Nebraska improves to 26-6 overall and will advance on to the Elite Eight to take on top-seeded Texas at 8 p.m.
Chloe Ferrari paced the USD offense, as she recorded 12 kills on 26 swings, while only committing two attack errors, hitting for a .318 clip. Sandra Lozic was the second Torero in double digit kills with 10, while also recording 10 digs to post a double-double. Jianna Bonomi recorded 22 assists and had nine digs, while C'era Oliveira recorded a match-high 17 digs.
In the first set, the Huskers raced out to a 9-3 lead, grabbing the early momentum, and forcing the Toreros to use their first timeout. Out of the break, USD could not slow down the Huskers, as they went on a 10-7 run to take a 19-10 lead, forcing USD to burn its final timeout. San Diego then used a 6-3 run late in the frame to pull to within five at 23-18 to force Nebraska into a timeout. The Huskers then held on to claim a 25-20 win in the first set.
In the second set, it was a much more back and forth affair, as USD and Nebraska began to trade point-for-point right from the get-go. Then with the score knotted at 11-all, the Huskers went on a 4-1 run, taking the set to a media timeout. USD continued to stay close with Nebraska, and out of a timeout, back-to-back Torero kills by Lozic pulled San Diego to within two at 23-21, forcing the home team into a timeout. USD then got within one on a Ferrari kill to force Nebraska into their final timeout. However, USD's very next serve went long, allowing the Huskers to escape with a 25-23 win to go into the break up two-sets-to-none.
In the third set, much like the second, it was back and forth. Both teams took their turn with the lead and neither had a lead bigger than one for a majority of the frame. Back-to-back aces then gave Nebraska a 19-17 lead, forcing USD to use its first timeout. Nebraska then managed to hold on and complete the sweep with a 25-22 win.
USC DEF. BYU, 3-1 (32-30, 25-13, 21-25, 25-16)
LOS ANGELES, Calif. --- Another highly successful season for BYU women's volleyball ended Friday night in a four-set (30-32, 13-25, 25-21, 16-25) loss to No. 6 USC in the regional semifinals of the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
The Cougars finished the season 24-7 overall and 15-3 in West Coast Conference play. BYU finished second in the WCC after losing a heartbreaking five-set match at San Diego in the regular season finale. This season also marked the second-straight year that the Cougars advanced to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament. The 2013 squad included the WCC Freshman of the Year in Whitney Young, All-WCC and All-Pacific South Region sophomore Alexa Gray, All-WCC senior Kathryn LeCheminant and All-Pacific South Region sophomore Camry Godfrey.
"Hats off to USC," BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. "They played a wonderful match. They were really efficient. They served well and got us out of system a bunch. They served really tough. I'm happy for the chance I had to compete against those guys, and I felt that we were really well prepared. I'm happy for our team. Our kids have done a wonderful job all season; from the way they rebounded at losses. These are tough. These are the lessons in athletics and life. These kids are hurting, but I know that they'll respond and be a little stronger from that."
Alexa Gray led the way for BYU with 23 kills from 55 attempts to hit a .273 clip. Sophomore setter Godfrey helped her team 49 assists, and Ciara Parker tied a team-high 17 digs in the season finale. Junior Tambre Haddock had her fourth consecutive double-double, her 18th of the season, with 13 kills and 17 digs.
Godfrey got things started in the first set for BYU with a kill, but the Trojans jumped ahead to a 6-3 lead from three straight points. The Cougars then went on a 6-2 run to take a 9-7 advantage from consecutive Haddock kills. The score remained close from that point with BYU taking a 15-13 lead at the first media timeout. The Cougars took their first three-point lead from a Gray kill that took the score to 20-17 and forced USC to take their first timeout. The Trojans came back from a deficit to tie the set from points 23 to 30 before taking the 32-30 win. The set was tied a total of 19 times and had seven lead changes.
The second set began point for point until BYU had a 7-6 advantage from a Jessica Jardine kill. A 4-0 run for USC followed to put them ahead 10-7, and a series of Trojan kills extended their lead to five at 16-11. USC took a 10-point lead at 23-13 from consecutive kills and another pair of kills gave the Trojans a 25-13 set two win.
BYU started the third set down 3-1 before Gray helped the Cougars overcome the deficit with five kills to take a 7-3 advantage. The Trojans took their first timeout of the set after Haddock and Gray recorded kills to extend the BYU lead back to four at 12-8. Young and Haddock extended that lead to seven with a block that put them ahead 18-11. USC tried to mount a comeback with a 4-0 late run, but the Cougars finished off the set 25-21 from a Jardine kill. In the third set Gray more than doubled her kills for the match, going from nine in the first two to 20 after the third.
The Trojans opened up the fourth set with a 3-0 lead, in part from two Samantha Bricio kills. BYU cut the lead to just one at 6-5 with the aid of a USC service error, but three-straight Trojan points brought the lead back to three at 8-5. The Cougars took their final timeout of the fourth set after two consecutive USC blocks extended the Trojan advantage to seven at 16-9. BYU couldn't find an answer for USC's offense in the end as the Trojans took the fourth set and match 25-16.
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