Dons Volleyball Continues to Slide Battling BYU and USD

Volleyball by Alex Crook

The Dons losing streak continued last week with a tough 3-1 loss to the
Brigham Young Cougars on Thursday and a 3-1 setback against the University
of San Diego Toreros in San Diego.

San Francisco rallied back after losing the first two sets against BYU, but
were unable to pull through for a fifth set in their annual “Dig Pink” match. The
Dons were defeated 25-29, 25-14, 23-25, 25-23. The match raised money for
breast cancer awareness.

The Dons played the first two sets with little energy, but came back strong in the
third and fourth sets, rallying the pink-clad crowd.

“We really responded well after the second game we didnʼt play well, I
thought we made some changes, had some great energy, started to play some
better defense,” head coach Gilad Doron said.

Sophomore middle blocker Malina Terrell and freshman opposite hitter Anja
Segota shared the team lead in kills with 11 each, followed by freshman middle
blocker Valentina Zaloznik with 10 kills. The Dons struggled to hit from the
outside and hit for a .139 clip to the Cougars .215. USF had errors in every
aspect of the game, including 30 attack errors and 12 missed serves, five of
which came in the fourth set. The Cougars recorded 16 attack errors and eight
service errors, yet easily made up for these with a 13.0 – 4.0 blocking advantage.

“It came up to one or two points,” Doron said, “I thought we had it in game
four.” Sophomore setter Joan Coloiaro recorded a double-double for the Dons
with 38 assists and 15 digs. Freshman libero Rebecca Kopilovitch led the team
in digs with 26.

“Our girls battled,” Doron said. “Weʼre definitely going through a little
rough patch, but thatʼs the only way were going to get back up. We finished
stronger today and Iʼm happy about that, hopefully we can get our confidence
back up and win some matches.”

The Dons confidence did not return for their next match, a 25-11, 22-25, 25-19,
25-13 loss to the No. 17 USD Toreros. It was the fifth straight West Coast
Conference loss for San Francisco. The Dons (13-11, 5-6 WCC) swept the
Toreros (23-3, 8-3 WCC) on opening night, but didnʼt have the spark or the
momentum of that first conference meeting this time around.

The Dons hit at just .115 and put down 8 blocks, while San Diego hit at an
impressive .317 clip and totaled 11 blocks. San Francisco recorded 24 errors in
the match, 11 of them as missed serves and 7 on receiving errors.

Segota once again led the team in kills with 10, and added 10 digs to
reach a double-double. Zaloznik chipped in seven kills and five blocks (one solo),
and junior outside hitter Alycia Cox added six more kills.

San Francisco plays its next match in Provo, UT, once again facing off against
the BYU Cougars. They play Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7:00 PM.

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