- #25 San Diego def. Pacific 3-2 (25-21, 30-28, 21-25, 21-25, 15-5)
- #25 San Diego improves to 11-4 (4-1, WCC); Pacific falls to 7-10 (2-4, WCC)
- Stockton, California (WCC Match)
- Attendance: 704
- Box Score
Stockton, California – The Toreros almost let a 2-0 set lead slip away at Pacific, but came out on top in the fifth to improve to 11-4 and 4-1 in West Coast Conference play.
Things started off well early for San Diego behind the offense of Lauren Fuller (16 kills, .289, six digs, two aces, two blocks for match), Jayden Kennedy (19 kills, four blocks) and setter Kristen Gengenbacher (52 assists, 18 digs, four blocks). In total, San Diego hit .310 in the opening set for a 25-21 win.
The defense was the top factor in set two for the Toreros as Addie Picha and Kaity Edwards each recorded seven blocks for the match. The strong block held Pacific to a .149 mark in set two as San Diego eked one out in extra points 30-28.
Pacific made a stand in set three by hitting .444, led by Ashlyn Fleming (16 kills, .464, nine blocks for the match), Kaitlyn Lines (16 kills) and Andie Shelton (25 assists, 12 kills, nine digs, five blocks). Just like how San Diego’s set wins switched from offense to defense, Pacific did the same going into the fourth in limiting the Toreros to a .095 clip for back-to-back 25-21 set wins.
With things tied 2-2 in sets, San Diego had lost all the momentum. However, the senior and junior-laden team used their experience to overcome the shift and blitzed Pacific for a 15-5 final set victory. San Diego hit .213 compared to Pacific’s .199 for the match and had 12 more digs (65-53). Another big difference was the serve, as San Diego had nine aces to four errors compared to five aces and nine errors from the Tigers.
Next up, San Diego will stay on the road as they will be at Saint Mary’s for a Saturday afternoon match. Pacific isn’t done hosting ranked West Coast Conference teams either, as they welcome #7 BYU on Saturday.
Courtesy of San Diego:
Oct. 5, 2017
11-4, 4-1 WCC
7-10, 2-4 WCC
|Kills||KENNEDY,Jayden (19)||FLEMING, Ashlyn (16)|
|Assists||GENGENBACHER,Kristen (52)||DE SCHRIJVER, Hanne (27)|
|Digs||GENGENBACHER,Kristen (18)||GOTTERBA, Katrin (14)|
|Blocks||PICHA,Addie (7)||FLEMING, Ashlyn (9)|
STOCKTON, Calif. – The No. 19 USD volleyball team (11-4, 4-1) knocked off Pacific 3-2 Thursday evening. The Toreros took the first two sets, but the Tigers rallied to win the next two before USD took care of business in the fifth set. Jayden Kennedyhad 19 kills, one off her career-high, to help lead the Toreros to a 25-20, 30-28, 21-25, 21-25, 15-5 win.
As a team, the Toreros hit .213 while the Tigers had a hitting percentage of .199. USD had 65 digs to the Tigers 53, but Pacific out-blocked USD 16-14.
Aside from Kennedy’s 19 kills, Lauren Fuller had a season-high 16. Freshman Roxie Wiblin notched her first career double-double with 10 kills and 11 digs. Kristen Gengenbacher also had a double-double with 52 assists and a season-high 18 digs. Lizzy Tardieu contributed 17 digs and Kaity Edwards chipped in nine kills and seven block assists.
After the Toreros won the first set 25-21, the Tigers put the pressure on the Toreros. USD faced three set points in the second set before ultimately winning 30-28; this turned out to be a crucial win as the Tigers won the next two sets. The Tigers hit .444 in the third set while USD hit just .154. In the fourth set, USD struggled again, hitting .095.
The Toreros shook it off and dominated the fifth and final set, hitting .389 with just one error and holding the Tigers to a hitting percentage of -.105.
The Toreros’ road trip continues Saturday when they play at Saint Mary’s at 1:00 p.m. The match will be streamed live on TheW.tv.
Courtesy of Pacific:
STOCKTON, Calif. – Defense played a huge part in part in Pacific volleyball‘s five-set loss (21-25, 28-30, 25-21, 25-21, 5-15) to No. 19 San Diego on Thursday night at Alex G. Spanos Center.
The Tigers fall to 7-10 overall, 2-4 in West Coast Conference play, while the Toreros improve to 11-4, 4-2 in the WCC.
Despite a fairly even play through four sets, the Toreros finished with a dominant 5-15 fifth set victory that allowed them the overall edge in kills (65-62), assists (63-56), Digs (65-53), and service aces (9-5). Pacific faired well at the net as they out-blocked San Diego, 16-14.
Ashlyn Fleming was stellar Thursday night as she smashed 16 kills, while committing just three errors in 28 swings for a match-high .464 hitting percentage. The middle blocker from San Jose also topped both team with nine blocks (one solo, eight assisted).
Three other Tiger players earned double-digit kills on the night. Freshman outside hitter Kaitlyn Lines also totaled a team-high 16 kills, while Andie Shelton had 12 kills and Emily Baptista had 11 kills. Baptista and Shelton were also two of four players on the court to record a double-double, Baptista adding 13 digs. Shelton, who also had 25 assists against the Toreros finished just one dig shy of her third triple-double of the season.
Contributing to Pacific’s 16 team blocks were Shelton (1 BS, 5 BA), Janie Feldsher (5 BA), Baptista (1 BS, 3 BA), as well as Lines and Alex Holt with three assisted blocks each.
San Diego was strong out of the gate taking a quick 4-0 lead in set one. The Tigers slowly gained some ground, but nearly every point scored was answered by the Toreros, until Pacific’s 6-4 run that allowed them to come within two points (6-8). Pacific tied the game at 10-10, but were never able to take a lead due to not only stellar San Diego defense, but five Tiger service errors in the set.
The start of the second set played out similarly to the first set as USD took a quick 5-1 lead, but the Tigers trailed for just a short time, as they went on an 8-4 run that tied the game for the first of 11 times throughout the set. The two teams were tied at every point after 19-19, and despite serving for match point four times Pacific fell by a score of 30-28.
Pacific hit a match-best .444 in the third set as the cruised to 21-14. The Toreros went on to win seven of the next 11 points, but the Tigers were able to sneak away with a 25-21 set win. Fleming led the charge with five kills and four blocks in the set.
In the fourth set the Tigers held San Diego to a match-low .095 hitting percentage. The two squads fought back and forth with a tie score at 10 occasions before Pacific finally took the lead (14-13) on a block by fleming and holt. Holt went on to earn the next two kills to increase the Tigers’ momentum. Pacific found itself at a significant advantage once again after a Maycie LaBass service ace lifted the Tigers a 21-15 lead. At the Tigers’ match point, San Diego went on to win three points, but Fleming, with an assist from Hanna De Schrijver, put the match away by a score of 25-21.
It all came down to defense in the deciding set as the Toreros held Pacific to just four kills and out-blocked the Tigers 5-0.
Pacific will conclude weekend play Saturday at 12:00 pm against No. 8 nationally-ranked BYU. The Cougars snagged a come-from-behind five set victory at Saint Mary’s Thursday night to improve to 5-0 in conference play.