No. 17 San Diego outpaces Notre Dame to secure 3-2 victory
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Behind a 13-kill performance from both Alaysia Brown and Carrie Baird, 17th-ranked San Diego (4-2) picked up a 3-2 (21-25, 25-14, 28-26, 20-25, 15-9) victory against Notre Dame (5-3) Saturday afternoon in a non-conference match at the USC Tournament.
Brown recorded her 13 kills on 25 swings, while only committing three errors to hit for a .400 clip, while Baird had 13 kills and added in 14 digs to post her second consecutive double-double. Kandiss Anderson had an impressive match, as she recorded 20 digs, while Rachel Alvey recorded 29 assists, and Jianna Bonomi recorded 26 assists in helping steer the Torero offense to a .204 team attack percentage.
In the first set, it was a back and forth affair in the early going. Then with the score knotted at 6-all, an Amber Tatsch kill ignited a 3-0 Torero run, which gave San Diego a 9-6 lead and the momentum. Notre Dame then responded with a 4-0 run to regain the lead at 10-9. The two teams then remained within three points of one another during the next several volleys. Then with the score knotted at 19-all, the Irish were able to pull away from USD and claim a 25-21 win.
In the second set, San Diego raced out to a 6-2 lead, grabbing the early momentum. The Irish eventually would crawl back to within two at 12-10, but a Baird Kill ignited a 6-0 Torero run that was book ended on a Alvey service ace to give USD a comfortable 18-10 lead. The Toreros never looked back as they went on to even the match at one set a piece with a 25-14 victory.
In the third set, the Toreros grabbed the early lead, and were able to maintain a 1-3 point lead for the first half of the frame. Then USD would go on and take a 20-17 lead late in the set, forcing the Irish into a timeout. Out of the break, Notre Dame put together an impressive 6-2 run, pulling to within two at 23-21, forcing the Toreros into a timeout. USD would eventually grab set point at 24-23 on a Notre Dame attack error, however the Irish would not go away, as they managed to tie things up at 25-all. USD would go on to take set point two more times before a Sandra Lozic kill lifted USD to a thrilling 28-26 victory, moving USD to a 2-1 lead in the match.
In the fourth set, the Irish managed to avoid getting defeated and forced a fifth and final set with a 25-20 win. In the early going, it was a back and forth affair with both teams taking their turn with the lead, and neither team having a lead bigger than three. After USD managed to stay within two for a majority of the frame, the Irish used a 5-2 run late to pull ahead 21-16. Notre Dame then held on to claim a 25-20 victory.
Then for a second consecutive match, and on a second consecutive day, the Toreros found themselves in a fifth and deciding set. This time though, USD got the victory with a 15-9 win. The Toreros raced out to a 4-1 lead to grab the early momentum. The Irish would manage to stay within two for a majority of the frame, until the score was at 10-8, then a Baird kill ignited a 5-1 San Diego run to close things out and give the Toreros their fourth win of the season.