Athletics Roundup: No. 22 Volleyball Wins; Soccer; Football; Cross-Country; Swim/Dive


Athletics Roundup: No. 22 Volleyball Wins; Soccer; Football; Cross-Country; Swim/Dive

A hard-fought, five-set road conference victory by the University of San Diego women’s volleyball team against then-No. 9 BYU on Oct. 18 has landed the Toreros back amongst the nation’s Top 25 best teams.

On Monday, the newest AVCA National Top 25 poll revealed that USD, winner of 13 straight matches after a 25-18, 20-25, 25-19, 17-25, 15-10 triumph in Provo, Utah and sole possession of first place in the West Coast Conference, is now ranked 22nd in the country. BYU dropped to 12th.
The Toreros (15-4, 8-0 WCC) handed the Cougars (16-3, 7-1 WCC) their first conference loss in Smith Fieldhouse since Oct. 27, 2017 when USD won in four. Friday's win marked USD's second victory over a ranked opponent this season (USC is the other).

Setter Anna Newsome, who on Monday was named WCC Volleyball Player of the Week, spread the ball around effectively for USD, collecting 49 assists, helping four Toreros reach double-digit kills and directing the Toreros to a .288 hitting percentage. Newsome tallied 13 digs to register her sixth double-double of the season, adding five kills and one ace.

Thana Fayad led all hitters in the match, finishing one kill shy of her career-high with 19 and hitting .204. The senior outside hitter added seven digs, two aces and three blocks to finish with a match-high 21.5 points.

Megan Jacobsen hit .385 to collect 13 kills, while Grace Frohling added 12. Katie Lukes also reached double-digits with 11 kills, hitting at a .407 clip. Lauren Turner chipped in nine kills at a blazing .692 hitting percentage with zero errors on 13 swings.

The Toreros out-blocked the Cougars, 11-8 with Turner leading the defensive effort in the front row. The redshirt freshman collected a match-high eight blocks, which was also her career best to finish with 13 points. Frohling added six blocks, while Jacobsen and Fayad chipped in three.
Annie Benbow also registered a career high with 22 digs. Payton Douglass and Roxie Wiblin both added eight digs, as part of USD's defensive effort that held BYU to a .250 hitting percentage.

Volleyball Schedule: USD at Pepperdine, Thursday, 7:30 p.m., Malibu, Calif.; USD at Loyola Marymount, Saturday, noon, Los Angeles.

Men's Soccer

Last week started with a great promotion in the national rankings for the USD men’s soccer team. The team moved up from 23rd to 16th in the United Soccer Coaches Top 25 national poll. Then came a 4-1 USD victory over UCLA in Westwood on Oct. 17 and the momentum was palpable heading into a West Coast Conference Sunday showdown in Moraga, Calif. with No. 9 ranked Saint Mary’s.

That’s when the momentum stopped. Saint Mary’s scored three first-half goals, in the 13th, 33rd and 43rd minute, and USD was held to only four shots on goal (nine overall) in a 3-0 defeat.

The loss ended multiple streaks for the Toreros, who fell to 10-2-1 overall, 1-1 in WCC play. Sunday’s loss marked the first time USD has been shutout this season. It was USD’s first road loss in six games, it snapped a three-game winning streak and a five-game unbeaten streak in WCC action dating back to last season.

St. Mary’s (11-1-0, 2-0 WCC) got goals from James Person, Joseph Restani and Lucas Andrews in a first half that saw the Gaels put up 12 shots, including six on goal. St. Mary’s finished with 17 shots (seven on goal). USD goalkeeper Matt Wiher had four saves.

Men's Soccer Schedule: USD hosts Gonzaga, Saturday, 7 p.m., Torero Stadium.


The USD defense forced four turnovers and held Valparaiso to less than 250 yards while redshirt senior Reid Sinnett was responsible for six touchdowns in a 42-17 Pioneer Football League win at Torero Stadium Oct. 19.
The Toreros (4-2, 3-0 PFL) won their 32nd consecutive conference game and 36th straight conference home contest — both the longest active streaks in Division I — with the help of an overwhelming first-half defensive effort. While holding an opponent to less than 250 yards for the second time in the last three weeks, the Torero defense surrendered just 55 yards in the first half, including two yards on the ground, and allowed two first downs. Valparaiso (0-7, 0-3 PFL) finished with 249 total yards: 182 passing and 67 rushing.
USD recorded two interceptions and two fumble recoveries to match its season-high in turnovers with four. Two of the turnovers occurred in the first half and were flipped into 14 points to build a 28-3 halftime lead.
Sinnett, who is responsible for 25 touchdowns so far this season, threw five TD passes and rushed for one to power the offense that scored its most points in a game this year. The quarterback was 21-of-31 with 271 yards in the air and gained 63 yards on seven attempts on the ground.
Senior Michael Bandy was the primary target for Sinnett, hauling in eight passes for a season-high 171 yards and three touchdowns. He had touchdown catches of 50 and 75 yards to turn in his third multi-touchdown game of the season. Junior Alex Spadone was the target of the other two Sinnett touchdown passes.

Football Schedule: USD at Dayton, Saturday, 9 a.m. (Pacific), Dayton, Ohio.

Women's Soccer

A record night in net and the second career hat trick for Milan Moses lifted the USD women’s soccer team (6-6-1, 2-2 WCC) to a 3-2 victory Oct. 18 over Loyola Marymount (3-9-2, 2-2 WCC). The Toreros remain unbeaten at home in 2019, extending their streak to five games.

Moses scored her goals in the 22nd minute off a penalty kick, the 50th minute going from left to right and then the game-winner in the 84th minute on a fast-break chance right down the middle.

LMU scored in the 25th minute to send the game to 1-1 at halftime. LMU took the lead in the 49th minute, only to have Moses, who on Monday was named WCC Player of the Week, tie it back up at 2-2.

The 58th minute of the game marked a career milestone for USD senior goalkeeper Amber Michel. The San Diego native collected her third save of the game, topping Allison Worden’s (1993-1996) career record of 279 saves. Michel, who finished with five saves against LMU, has played 59 career games to date for the Toreros, collecting over 5,000 minutes of action in net.

Women's Soccer Schedule: USD at San Francisco, Wednesday, 7 p.m.; USD at BYU, Saturday, 6 p.m., Provo, Utah.

Men and Women's Cross Country

In the final invitational meet they’ll each run before the WCC finals next month, the USD men and women’s cross-country teams recorded strong team finishes in the Highlander Invitational hosted by UC Riverside on Oct. 19.

The women’s team took fourth place among 23 teams in the 6K race, led by Molly Klein’s seventh place finish in a time of 21 minutes, 7.1 seconds. Madison Lambros was 15th in 21:32.8, Cammy Manes was 21st in 21:49.6 and Ally Roessling was 26th in 21.59.9. Gianna Sbarbaro’s 39th overall finish in 22:11.1 rounded out USD’s team scoring.

The men’s team, competing in an 8K race, finished sixth in the team standings. Leading the way was Ethan Steiner in 24:50.8, which was only four seconds shy of tying the school record in the 8K. He finished 20th overall. He was followed by Jackson Pearce (30th, 25:10.7), Ian Converse (32nd, 25:11.8), Nic Dinsdale (36th, 25:15.5) and Marcus O’Leary (56th, 25:39.2).

Cross Country Schedule: USD men, women teams compete in West Coast Conference Championships, Nov. 1, Woodley Lakes Golf Course, Van Nuys, Calif. (Pepperdine hosts).

Women's Swimming and Diving

The women’s swimming and diving team opened its season at home on Oct. 19, defeating Pepperdine, 185-113, on the strength of 11 first-place finishes in 16 events. 

Rachel Hubka, a freshman, finished first in all four of her events, including the 50-yard freestyle (24.28) and 100 free (53.47) and as part of the 400 free and 200 individual medley relays.

USD’s 200 IM relay, consisting of Taylor Doherty, Kailyn Evans, Maeve Murdoch and Hubka, won in 1 minute, 47.49 seconds.

Pepperdine and USD were neck and neck in the 400-freestyle relay, but the Toreros out-touched the Waves to secure the win. Hubka, Alexa Phillips, Murdoch and Evans finished in 3:35.44.

In the 100-yard backstroke, Abigail Russell (59.67) finished eight hundredths of a second ahead of second-place Caroline Eckel to give USD a crucial nine points. In addition to the 11 first-place finishes, USD was second place in five events.

In the diving competition, sophomore Isabel Busyn was third in the 1-meter dive with scores of 206.40 and 152.55 and fellow sophomore, Catherine McCarthy, took fourth with 201.07 and 139.28.

Swim and Dive Schedule: USD at Loyola Marymount, Saturday, Nov. 2, Los Angeles. Time TBA.

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The USD women's volleyball team talks strategy during a match. The Toreros defeated highly ranked WCC foe BYU last Friday to move into sole possession of first place. USD has won 13 straight matches.The USD women's volleyball team talks strategy during a match. The Toreros defeated highly ranked WCC foe BYU last Friday to move into sole possession of first place. USD has won 13 straight matches.

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