Oct. 11, 2009
San Diego's Ali Troost recorded a match-best 20 kills in helping lead the 24th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team to a 3-1 win over Santa Clara University Saturday afternoon in WCC action at USD's Jenny Craig Pavilion.
With the 25-11, 23-25, 25-18, 25-14 win, the Toreros improve to 11-4 overall and move to 3-1 in the WCC. With the loss, the Broncos fall to 10-8 overall and 0-3 in the WCC.
Santa Clara hit .148 with 10 team blocks and five service aces. San Diego hit .302 with six team blocks and seven aces. Individually Santa Clara was led by Lindsy Davigeadono, who collected 15 kills, hitting .265 with three block assists. Bridget O'Hara added eight digs and Emily Burke collected 34 assists with three service aces.
In the first set, it was a close battle in the early going until the set was tied at 4-4, then a USD kill ignited a 6-2 San Diego run to give the Toreros a 10-6 advantage. After two quick points by the Broncos pulled SCU back to within two at 10-8, a Santa Clara service error then sparked a 11-1 Torero run that was capped on three straight kills by Ellick to give the Toreros all the momentum they would need and a 21-9 lead. USD went on to claim the first set 25-11.
In the second set, it appeared to be almost the complete opposite of the first, as Santa Clara raced out to a early lead at 9-4, and eventually built up its lead to as many as seven at 14-7. But a Tatsch kill then sparked a 8-3 USD run that was capped on a Troost kill to pull San Diego back to within three at 18-15, forcing the Broncos into a timeout. The Broncos came out of the timeout and grabbed the next two points, but a Ellick kill then ignited a 3-1 run that saw USD get back to within two at 21-19, but that is as close as USD would get, as they Broncos were able to hold off the surge to even the match with a 25-23 win.
In the third set, the Broncos grabbed the first three points, however USD's Ashton Basch laid down a kill to sparked a 6-1 USD run to give USD a two point lead at 6-4. The two teams then traded point-for-point over the next several minutes and finally with the score knotted at 9-9, a SCU attack error then sparked a 5-1 USD run to give the Toreros a 14-10 lead and some breathing room. USD never surrendered the momentum as they eased their way to a 25-18 win.
In the fourth and final set, Santa Clara again grabbed the first three points, but the Toreros responded with a 8-1 run of their own that was ignited on a Troost kill off a set from Myers and was capped on a Ellick kill to give USD a 8-4 lead. USD maintained the four-point lead for a majority of the set. Then with the score at 12-8 in favor of USD, a Tatsch kill sparked a 10-3 San Diego run to give USD all the momentum, as they eased their way to a 25-14 win to claim the match.