Torero Athletes Honored at Celebration of Excellence

May 13, 2014

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego honored the athletic and academic accomplishments of its student-athletes Monday night at the "Celebration of Excellence" ceremony at the Prado in Balboa Park. Among the honorees were senior Chloe Ferrari of the volleyball team, who took home “Female Torero of the Year,” and seniors Clarke Spinosa (men’s tennis) and Mason Mills (football), who were co-winners of the “Male Torero of the Year” award.

The night’s festivities kicked off with the release of a Torero-themed parody of Pharrell’s “Happy” music video, which featured members of all 17 of USD’s sports, including athletic director Ky Snyder. The video can be seen below.

Female Torero of the Year Chloe Ferrari

Ferrari, a native of Clovis, Calif., recovered from a season-ending knee injury in 2012 to tally a team-leading 337 kills with an impressive .444 hitting percentage, as well as 100 blocks and 86 digs. Ferrari, was a four-time first team All-WCC selection, the 2013 WCC Player of the Year, and helped guide USD to a program-best 26-4 overall record on the season. Ferrari was also tabbed AVCA Second Team All-American and was selected to the All-Regional team in Lincoln, Neb., after helping lead USD into the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Ferrari completed her impressive Torero career with the best career hitting percentage in program history at .401 and her .444 hitting percentage in 2013 set a new single-season record. Ferrari received an invitation to compete with some of the best players in the world for the USA Volleyball National Team and is currently training, practicing and fighting for a travel roster spot.

Mills (Coronado, Calif.) a four-year starter at quarterback was tabbed the team's Most Valuable Player for the second straight year as he directed USD to an overall record of 8-3. Mills, the Pioneer Football League Offensive Player of the Year was named one of 20 finalists for the Walter Payton Award. Mason had an outstanding season by ranking amongst the nation's best by completing 66 percent (256-of-388) of his passes and totals of 256-for-388 for 3,463 yards and 35 touchdowns, good for third most in the FCS through the end of the regular season. He also ranked amongst the nation's top 15 in passing efficiency (168.1, 5th), passing yards per game (314.8, 7th) and completion percentage (13th). Mills helped the Torero Football team close out the 2013 regular season with a gutsy 23-13 win over Drake to stay atop of the PFL standings for the third straight year. Mills end his career as the Toreros' all-time leader in passing yards with 11,104, which ranks second all-time among PFL passers, while his 95 touchdown passes ranks second at USD. 

Spinosa (Claremont, Calif.), the lone senior on the men’s tennis team, played at No. 1 singles and doubles with freshman partner Filip Vittek, where the duo went 19-6. Individually, Spinosa had a 22-10 overall record in singles and achieved a career-high ITA singles ranking of #27 nationally. Clarke helped the team win a second WCC Championship title in four years and for the fourth year in the row the Torero Tennis team made it to the second round of the NCAAs. Spinosa has the most doubles wins in USD history and has tied the all-time singles record with 100 wins. He has a chance to set the all-time record at the NCAA Singles Tournament Championships next week.

Male Rookie of the Year Filip Vittek

Spinosa’s double partner, Filip Vittek, along with softball’s Olivia Sandusky were named Rookies of the Year. Vittek, a Slovakia native, went 19-6 in doubles with Spinosa, reaching a national ranking of No. 36. The tandem was named to the All-WCC first team after going 8-0 in conference matches; they also defeated three doubles teams in the top-25. Individually, Vittek went 14-11 playing primarily at the No. 3 and 4 spots in singles. He closed out the season strong, winning nine of his last 11 matches.

Sandusky (Huntington Beach, Calif.) led the team in batting average (.322), on-base percentage (.383), and stolen bases (8). She was named the San Diego Hall of Champions Star of the Month for March and at one point she reached base in 25 consecutive games. Sandusky was second in the WCC amongst freshman in batting average, on-base percentage, RBI, and runs scored. 

Athletes were recognized for their work in the classroom as well with the Annual Academic Achievement Award, which are presented to the sophomore, junior, and senior student-athletes with the highest cumulative GPA. Senior Julian Ringhof of the men’s soccer team won the senior award after posting a 3.95 GPA while majoring in mechanical engineering.

The junior class was represented by Ben Wylly, who won the award as a sophomore. Wylly holds a 3.95 overall GPA, majoring in peace and justice studies. Marta Stojanovic of the women’s tennis team took home the honors for the sophomore class. She sports a perfect 4.00 GPA as a behavioral neuroscience major.

This year's Student Athlete Advisory Committee President (SAAC), Brooke Jelniker of the women's basketball team, took home the SAAC Leadership Award. Jelniker is a three-year member of SAAC and has been dedicated and influential in communicating student-athletes’ desires and concerns to Athletics Administration.

Female Rookie of the Year Olivia Sandusky

The "Toreros Linking to the Community" Award (TLC) was presented to Kyle Miller, a senior on the football team. In his time at USD, he has been a part of several Leadership groups on-campus: the Leadership Advisory Board, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Emerging Leaders Instructor and the Changemaker Summer Fellowship. His summer as a “Changemaker” allowed him to gain exposure for the non-profit organization he developed called “Lace Up Stand Up”. This program focused on conflict resolution and anti-bullying initiatives among middle school and high school students.

The Torero swim and dive team received the "Spirit of the Torero" Award. The “Spirit of the Torero” is a SAAC initiative on Facebook that provides a forum for USD student-athletes and supporters to check out what student-athletes are doing in their sport and in the community.  Teams were given points based on the photos and postings on the web page.

Lastly, the top three moments in Torero athletics were honored. The volleyball team took home the award for their home win over then No. 1 USC. The football team took second for their gritty finale 23-13 win in their season finale against Drake to stay atop the PFL standings for the third year in a row. The men’s team finished third for knocking off Pepperdine in the WCC Championship to stay undefeated against WCC teams.




Video Thumbnail USD Beats Valparaiso at Home
San Diego football won it's fifth straight PFL game of the season
Video Thumbnail Toreros Play LMU & Pepperdine at Home
No. 5 USD Volleyball play LMU on Thursday night and Pepperdine Saturday Afternoon
Video Thumbnail USD Hosts Valparaiso
The Toreros take on Valparaiso at home Saturday afternoon
Video Thumbnail Women's Soccer Plays BYU at Home
After a win at Gonzaga the Toreros take on BYU in the Torero Stadium
Video Thumbnail USD Women Lead Softball Clinic
USD Softball worked with Montgomery Middle School in community service project
Video Thumbnail USD Plays Drake In Fourth PFL Game Of The Season
The Toreros travel to Iowa in hopes of continuing their undefeated PFL season
Video Thumbnail The Rise (1973-84)
Short documentary on men's basketball's jump to DI and their first WCC championship
Video Thumbnail San Diego Beats Davidson 52-3
USD now 3-0 in the PFL
Video Thumbnail Sixth Man Night: The Rise
Men's Basketball fundraiser brings together alumni, student-athletes and the USD community
Video Thumbnail Thrive Elementary Visits Men's Soccer Team
Toreros put on skills clinic for local children
Video Thumbnail Meet the Toreros: Allyson Eylers
Freshman setter from Gilbert, Arizona
Video Thumbnail USD Receives Award From Autism Tree Project Foundation
The Legacy Award goes to USD for football and baseball's work with the athlete-mentor program
Video Thumbnail USD plays Davidson in Torero Stadium for Homecoming Weekend
Toreros play Davidson hoping to take home the 25th straight PFL home victory
Video Thumbnail Pack the Pavilion Night Against BYU
No. 6 Toreros battle No. 11 BYU for the first place spot in conference
Video Thumbnail Toreros Prepare For Butler
Smith and Coach Lindsey talk challenges and strategies for first away PFL game
Video Thumbnail Meet the Toreros: Megan Jacobsen
Jacobsen is a 6'2" middle blocker from Tacoma, Washington
Video Thumbnail USD Wins Big Conference Game Against Dayton
Toreros beat Dayton 34-22
Video Thumbnail Volleyball Plays USF for First WCC Play
Kristen Gengenbacher & Kaity Edwards talk about excitement for WCC play
Video Thumbnail USD Hosts Dayton in PFL Opener
Co-Captain Brian Riley & Coach Lindsey talk about the challenges of the Saturday's game
Video Thumbnail Volleyball Highlights from Wins Over UCSB and LBSU
Volleyball up to no. 7 after dominant weekend
Video Thumbnail Meet The Toreros: Ana Ramos
Freshman guard from Portugal
Video Thumbnail Cross Country Shows Speed on Home Course
The women finished second overall & the men finished fourth overall
Video Thumbnail Meet the Toreros: Kaity Edwards
6-2 MH From Playa Del Rey, CA
Video Thumbnail Second Home Tournament Preview
Lauren Schad & Jayden Kennedy talk about new ranking and preview upcoming games
Video Thumbnail Home Cross Country Race Preview
Head Coach Guarino and seniors Benster & Smith talk about the new team
Video Thumbnail Volleyball Highlights from Home Tournament Sweep
Volleyball beats UCI, CU and UCLA at their first home tournament
Video Thumbnail Sixth Man Night
Head Coach Smith talks about upcoming annual fundraiser
Video Thumbnail Volleyball's First Home Tournament of the Season
Kramer & Jennings recap last game and share excitement for upcoming tournament
Video Thumbnail Football Plays Cal Poly After 27-0 Opening Week Win
Giorgi and Lindsey recap game against WNM and preview Cal Poly
Video Thumbnail Men's Soccer Home Opener Preview
Price & McFadden preview UCD & Sac State
Video Thumbnail WNMU recap
Postgame Highlights & Interviews
Video Thumbnail #GameChangers
Who's Next?
Video Thumbnail Western New Mexico Preview
Jamal Agnew & Anthony Lawrence break down WNMU.
Video Thumbnail USD vs. Stanford Volleyball UPSET
Torero women win 3 of 5 sets against #11 Stanford.
Video Thumbnail Meet the Toreros: Isaiah Pineiro
Versatile 6'6" forward will redshirt 2016-17 season.
Video Thumbnail Men's Soccer Kicks Off Season In NC
Coach McFadden & Michael Turner Preview Matches vs Duke & Elon.
Video Thumbnail Softball Golf Tournament Promo
September 17th at Bernardo Heights CC.
Video Thumbnail Meet the Toreros: Isaiah Wright
Former Utah Ute will redshirt the 2016-17 season.
Video Thumbnail Training Camp Update
Team prepares for Saturday scrimmage.
Video Thumbnail Meet the Toreros: Patricia Brossmann
6'0" freshman forward from Berlin, Germany.
Video Thumbnail Meet the Toreros: Mark Carbone
6'2" freshman guard from Wethersfield, CT.
Video Thumbnail Meet the Toreros: Madison Pollock
6'1" freshman guard from Snohomish, Wash.
Video Thumbnail Women's Soccer In the Community
Toreros host soccer skills clinic at Linda Vista Elementary.
Video Thumbnail Meet the Toreros: Juwan Gray
6'8" freshman forward from Dover, Delaware.
Video Thumbnail Toreros Open Training Camp
The USD women's soccer team began training camp today.
Video Thumbnail Meet the Toreros: Nassir Barrino
6'0" freshman guard from Newark, New Jersey.
Video Thumbnail Meet the Toreros: José Martinez
6'10" freshman forward from Cayey, Puerto Rico.
Video Thumbnail Meet the Toreros: Frank Ryder
6'10" freshman forward from Boulder, Colo.
Video Thumbnail 2015-16 Highlight Video
All the top plays from 2015-16
Video Thumbnail Jordan Angus - Male Torero of the Year
Angus reflects on his time at USD
Video Thumbnail Malina Hood - Female Torero of the Year
Malina Hood looks back at her USD career
Video Thumbnail NCAA Tournament Preview
San Diego faces Vanderbilt in first round
Video Thumbnail 2016 Celebration of Excellence
Behind the Scenes at the COE
Video Thumbnail Toreros Participate in Linda Vista Parade
Toreros Participate in Linda Vista Parade

Video Thumbnail Men's Tennis senior Day
The Toreros host LMU and Pepperdine Saturday and Sunday
Video Thumbnail Softball WCC Preview
The Toreros host Saint Mary's Saturday and Sunday
Video Thumbnail 2016 San Diego Crew Classic
The Toreros show speed against the nation's top crews
Video Thumbnail The Torero Baseball Experience
Kris Bryant & Brian Matusz reflect on their time at USD
Video Thumbnail MBB Senior Night
Jito Kok and Duda Sanadze prepare for the final home game
Video Thumbnail USD Baseball Season Preview
Season starts at No. 3 Vanderbilt February 19
Video Thumbnail USD Softball Season Preview
Season starts February 12
Video Thumbnail UCLA Preview
USD travels to No. 9 UCLA Friday
Video Thumbnail Toreros Host Kentucky Saturday
USD looks to defend home court against No. 22 Kentucky
Video Thumbnail Toreros Host Pepperdine & LMU
USD returns home after four-game road trip
Video Thumbnail Toreros Team Up with PYBL
Men's Basketball hosts annual clinic for Challenged Division
Video Thumbnail Men's Tennis 2016
USD opens at home vs UC Irvine and UCSD Saturday
Video Thumbnail BYU Preview
Preview of USD women's basketball WCC opener vs. BYU.
Video Thumbnail City Championship Highlights
Relive the Toreros' Upset over SDSU at Petco Park
Video Thumbnail Toreros to Host Hope International
The 9-1 Toreros will host Hope International in their final game before WCC play
Video Thumbnail Toreros Stun Aztecs at Petco
Postgame reaction and press conferences
Video Thumbnail Toreros Return Home
USD will host Bethesda before Sunday's City Championship at Petco Park
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball Season Tickets
Starting as Low as $99
Video Thumbnail Butler Preview
Pono Keni and Coach Lindsey talk about Saturday's Senior Day game against Butler
Video Thumbnail CSUN Preview
Coach Fisher and forward Maya Hood talk about Tuesday's home-opener against CSUN
Video Thumbnail USC Preview
Coach Smith and Brett Bailey preview the season opener at USC
Video Thumbnail Davidson Preview
Jonah Hodges and Dale Lindsey talk about Jonah's return and preview Davidson game
Video Thumbnail San Diego Fall Classic Preview
Coach Dagman previews the San Diego Fall Classic
Video Thumbnail Nevada Preview
USD's Women's Basketball team will start their season at Nevada this weekend
Video Thumbnail USD Men's Basketball - The Origins (1955-1973)
A Glance at the Beginnings of Torero Hoops
Video Thumbnail Campbell Preview
Coach Lindsey and Jeff Starr preview Campbell
Video Thumbnail Stetson Preview
Coach Lindsey and Jereke Armstrong talk about the season so far
Video Thumbnail WCC Media Day
Behind the scenes with Men's and Women's Basketball at WCC media day
Video Thumbnail Warner Recap
Dale Lindsey and Anthony Lawrence on USD's 45-14 win
Video Thumbnail Warner Preview

Anthony Lawrence and Coach Lindsey preview game vs. Warner
Video Thumbnail Torero Community Service

USD Athletics helps out at Father Joe's Village in downtown San Diego
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball Camp Update

Kok and Carter talk about the upcoming season
Video Thumbnail Drake Preview

Toreros host Bulldogs for Homecoming game
Video Thumbnail Dayton Preview

Toreros look for 4th straight win
Video Thumbnail LMU Preview

Pack the Stadium Night
Video Thumbnail ITA All-American's Preview

Petronijevic, Angus, & Vittek Prepare
Video Thumbnail Marist Preview

USD Looks to Extend Home Win Streak
Video Thumbnail Valparaiso Preview

Toreros First True Road Game of 2015
Video Thumbnail CSUN and UCSB Preview

Toreros Look to Extend Win Streak
Video Thumbnail Aztec Invite Recap

Both Squads Finish Second
Video Thumbnail SDSU Preview

Toreros Take on Cross-town Rival
Video Thumbnail WNMU Recap

Highlights from 45-21 win
Video Thumbnail 2015 Home Opener

Previewing Western New Mexico
Video Thumbnail Volleyball Tournament Preview

A preview of the USD Tournament
Video Thumbnail Men's Soccer Season Opener
Previewing No. 16 Cal
Video Thumbnail Training Camp Update
Coach Lindsey Recaps the First Two Weeks
Video Thumbnail 2015 WSOC Preview
A brief preview of the 2015 Toreros.


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