Tigers Fall In Three To No. 8 San Diego
For the first time in its new era of West Coast Conference volleyball, the Pacific women's volleyball team suffered defeat as the Tigers fell in three to No. 8 San Diego on Thursday, Sept. 26. The loss dropped Pacific's record to 9-5 overall and 2-1 in the WCC while the Toreros improved to 9-2 on the year and 1-1 in conference play.
Set scores for the match were: 25-10, 25-21, 25-18.
Taking on one of the top teams in the country on the road at the Jenny Craig Pavilion, the Tigers were unable to find their way on the road falling to the Toreros. From the start, San Diego was able to dictate the flow of the match against the Tigers, controlling play on both sides of the net.
In the opening set, the Tigers fell behind quickly and never recovered as the Toreros were able to hit a season-best ,571 against Pacific in the set to run away with the 15-point win. With a strong block and a backline defense that was hard to crack, the Toreros held Pacific to -.185 hitting.
Down a set, the Tigers rebounded to make the second frame a contest as the two teams battled back-and-forth for control. Down 21-17, the Tigers rolled off four straight points to climb back in the set and challenge for the win, but a handful of mistakes proved costly for Pacific in the end. The mistakes at the end of the set allowed the Toreros to run off a four point rally of their own and take a commanding 2-0 lead.
The 10-minute break between sets would not be enough for the Tigers to fully recover from the opening set losses as the Toreros again used a handful of mistakes by Pacific to break open the third set. This time, it was a 5-0 run by San Diego that broke open the set as a 9-9 contest turned into a 14-9 advantage the Toreros would not give back.
Overall, sophomore Kat Schulz posted a team-best seven kills on 27 attacks while freshman Lexi Elman and seniors Megan Birch and Jennifer Sanders each posted five. Elman added 11 digs to lead Pacific's defensive efforts.
The Toreros were led by Alaysia Brown and Taylor Hollins with eight kills each while Sandra Lozic and Katie Hoekman each added seven. C'era Oliveira led the defensive backline for San Diego with a match-best 14 digs.
The Tigers will look to rebound from their loss on Saturday, Sept. 28 with a match in Provo, Utah against the BYU Cougars. The match is scheduled for 7 p.m. PST and can be seen on BYUtv.