Aug. 31, 2003
Tournament MVP Devon Forster finished with 16 kills and nine digs to lead the San Diego Toreros to a three-game sweep of the Arizona State Sun Devils to winning the 2003 Sun Devil Volleyball Classic team title. San Diego defeated ASU 30-26, 30-15, 37-35 Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena. The Toreros also defeated Utah (3-2) and Ohio (3-1) in Tempe over the weekend and now own a perfect 3-0 record thus far in the 2003 season.
Forster led all players in the tournament by averaging 4.42 kills per game. The Toreros also featured a well-balanced offensive attack against the Sun Devils with three players recording double digits in kills. Freshman outside hitter Cassie Wolpern finished with 12 kills and seven digs and freshman middle blocker Christie Dawson added 11 kills and four blocks in the victory. Sophomore setter Lindsey Sherburne was also named to the all-tournament team, contributing 44 assists vs. ASU and averaging 13.17 per game in the tournament.
The Sun Devils were led by 11 kills from sophomore outside hitter Sarah Watkins. Watkins hit .348 (11-3-23) for the match and added seven digs and one service ace. For the tournament she ranked fourth with a .306 hitting percentage in the three matches, recording 27 kills and finished with a tournament-high nine service aces (0.82 per game average). Senior outside hitter Juliana Escobar (Brasilia, Brazil) had six kills and was named to the all-tournament team by averaging 3.91 kpg for the tournament.
USD now prepares for two matches at the Stanford Classic set for September 5-6 in Palo Alto, California. The Toreros will play Stanford Friday at 7:00 p.m. and UC Santa Barbara Saturday at 5:00 p.m.
Devon Forster, OH, San Diego (MVP)
Lindsey Sherburne, S, San Diego
Cassie Wolpern, OH, San Diego
Juliana Escobar, OH, Arizona State
Kim Turner, MB, Utah
Laura Hagerman, MB, Ohio