San Diego volleyball is going somewhere that it has never been as a team: Omaha.
After advancing to their first-ever Regional Final with a win over Kentucky, the Toreros took down No. 1 seed Stanford, and the most-decorated volleyball school in NCAA history, in five sets.
With the win, San Diego is now into its first-ever National Semifinal.
LET THE RUN CONTINUE 💥San Diego advances to its first-ever National Semifinal with a five-set win over Stanford‼️(📸: @USDVolleyball) pic.twitter.com/k1V0GVZXxB— espnW (@espnW) December 11, 2022
LET THE RUN CONTINUE 💥San Diego advances to its first-ever National Semifinal with a five-set win over Stanford‼️(📸: @USDVolleyball) pic.twitter.com/k1V0GVZXxB
Katie Lukes had 20 kills for the Toreros, who rallied from being down 2-1 to take the fourth set and then the fifth.
“I have no words right now for the emotion that is outpouring from our team, from our fans, from our locker room, from our administration,” said USD head coach Jennifer Petrie. “It was a battle. It was an absolute battle. They never, ever gave up. It’s such a testament to their tenacity, their resilience, their bravery. I couldn’t be more proud of persevering and winning that match.”
With the win, USD improved to 31-1, and extended their win streak to 28. That streak is the longest current streak in the nation.
It was also their fifth five-set match of the year, and they improved to 5-0 in such matches. They now advance to play No. 1 seed Texas, who took down Ohio State in their Regional Final.