The UP volleyball team lost to the University of San Diego Toreros in a 0-3 game on Oct. 1. This puts the Pilots at eight losses and eight wins this season.
The Pilots put up a fight, scoring several points in a row towards the end of the third set, but the Toreros pulled off the win in the end. They won 25-13 in the first set, 25-13 in the second set and 25-18 in the third set.
This was the Pilot’s fifth match in the West Coast Conference (WCC) and their fourth loss of the conference.
Despite these losses, assistant coach Kyle Homeyer is still proud of his team.
“This was the first time I felt that our team, regardless of the score, was competing at a high level consistently,” Homeyer said, “and so “proud” is the word I think amongst the staff.”
Although the team felt the tough loss, senior Charity Bradley humbly accepted the results of the game.
“We definitely have done a lot to prepare for it,” Bradley said, “But I think in the end, [San Diego] came out really strong, and it ended up playing a better game.” San Diego volleyball is ranked fourth in the country.
Moving forward, the Pilots plan to work on improving their serving and passing so they can have a stronger start to each rally.
“Serve and pass is a battle that we’d love to be a little bit stronger in,” Homeyer said.
The Pilots are looking towards the rest of the WWC with hopeful eyes.
“We have a lot to work on, but it’s only up from here,” Bradley said.
The Portland Pilots will hit the road to take on Gonzaga on Oct. 8, Santa Clara on Oct. 13 and San Francisco on Oct. 15 before returning home to play Pepperdine on Oct. 20.
Sydney Gannon is a reporter for The Beacon. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.