Torero’s Strong Offense Leads to 3-1 Victory Over San Francisco

  0 Katie Stadick | September 22nd, 2017 | College - Women's Indoor, Division I Mid-Major, News, WCC


  • #25 San Diego def. San Francisco 3-1 (23-25, 25-10, 25-12, 25-17)
  • San Diego moves to 8-3; San Francisco drops to 3-11
  • San Francisco, California
  • Attendance: 106
  • Box Score
  • VolleyMob Top 25 (Week 5)

In their first West Coast conference match of the season, the #25 San Diego Toreros defeated the San Francisco Dons 3-1.

The Toreros were led by senior opposite Jayden Kennedy, who managed 14 kills with a .440 hitting percentage. Freshman outside hitter, Roxie Wiblin, also delivered 14 kills, while senior setter Kristen Gengenbacher recorded a double-double 45 assists and 12 digs.

For San Francisco, freshman outside hitter Erica Ronda notched 9 kills and 7 digs, while both senior opposite Nora Buvarp-Lavik and sophomore outside hitter Carly Lowry also tallied 9 kills.

Neither team led by more than four points in the first set. The Toreros battled back and forth with the Dons to find the score tied at 23-23. A kill from San Francisco’s Buvarp-Lavik followed by a block from Buvarp-Lavik and junior middle blocker Laura Leap would end the first set with a 25-23 victory for the Dons.

The Toreros had an answer and went on a 7-0 run to start the second set, behind two aces from senior Merve Tanyel. San Diego sustained their lead and took the second set 25-10. The Toreros dominated in the third set on .344 hitting holding the Dons to -.069 hitting percentage. Taking the fourth set 25-17, the Toreros cruised to a 3-1 victory over the Dons to kick off West Coast conference play.

San Francisco will stay at home and face #10 BYU on Saturday, while San Diego continues their road trip and heads to Santa Clara.


Courtesy: San Diego Athletics

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The No. 17 USD Volleyball team (8-3, 1-0) kicked off WCC play with a 3-1 win at San Francisco Thursday evening. The Toreros got off to a sluggish start and lost the first set 23-25, but then rallied to win the next three 25-10, 25-12, 25-17.

Jayden Kennedy and Roxie Wiblin led the team with 14 kills each and Kaity Edwards chipped in 11 on a .524 hitting percentage. Kristen Gengenbacher notched her third double-double of the year, leading the team with 45 assists and 12 digs.

After hitting just .150 in the first set, USD bounced back to hit .440, .344 and .393 in the next three sets. For the match, they hit .312 and held San Francisco to a .121 hitting percentage.

USD fell behind 14-10 in the first set, but then went on a 12-4 run to take a 22-18 lead. However, the Dons responded with a run of their own to take the first set 25-23.

The second set was a much different story. The Toreros scored the first seven points and cruised to a 25-10 win, their biggest margin of victory so far in 2017.

The Toreros never trailed in the third set. The fourth set was tied 6-6, but then USD scored six straight points and never looked back.

San Francisco had three players tie for a team-high nine kills. Erin Anthony had 27 assists and Camille Araujo led the Dons with nine digs.

The Toreros continue their road trip on Saturday when they play at Santa Clara at 1:00 p.m. The match will be streamed live on

Courtesy: San Francisco Athletics

SAN FRANCISCO – In their West Coast Conference opener against No. 17 San Diego (8-3, 1-0), USF (3-11, 0-1) showed glimpses of what the young squad is growing into – a competitive, energetic, and gutsy team. Although the Dons displayed loads of potential, the Toreros took home a 3-1 victory.


  • The Dons got a jump on the southern California visitors in set one, winning 25-23. They tallied 15 kills on a .257 hitting percentage.
  • The first set saw 13 lead changes.
  • Three Dons finished with nine kills – Nora Buvarp-Lavik, Erica Ronda, and Carly Lowry.
  • Senior hitter Buvarp-Lavik registered a team-high .350 hitting percentage. The Norway native also had three block assists and one serve ace.
  • The Dons out-blocked the Toreros nine to seven.
  • USF held San Diego to a .150 attack percentage in set one, well below their average of .267.


The Dons will look to capture their first conference win on Saturday as they take on the BYU Cougars at noon in War Memorial at the Sobrato Center. Find your tickets here. As always, students and children under 12 get in free!

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