SAN DIEGO - On Saturday former Torero All-America volleyball player Ali Troost will be inducted into the Chet and Marguerite Pagni Family Athletic Hall of Fame for extraordinary athletic success. The induction is part of the annual Alumni Honors event being held at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre. She becomes the thirty-second member of this distinguished class.
“From the day Ali Troost walked into the University of San Diego as the highest ranked recruit in volleyball program history, she did not disappoint,” stated head coach Jennifer Petrie. “In fact, she fulfilled all of her potential and then some. Back to back WCC Player of the Year honors in 2009 and 2010 capped a career that was simply amazing. A left handed opposite with the gift of being an elite passer and efficient scorer, Ali was able to do things that other opposites in the WCC could not. Maybe most importantly, Ali led perhaps what was the most successful stretch of volleyball in USD history. During her four years the Torero volleyball program earned three WCC Championships along with three trips to the NCAA tournament.”
Ali Troost ’11 made a huge impact on the USD volleyball program during her four years. The 6’2” right-side hitter from Hemet, California was a two-time American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America selection, a two-time West Coast Conference Player of the Year, a three-time WCC first team selection (2008-2010), and the 2007 WCC Freshman of the Year. She earned back-to-back team Most Valuable Player honors in 2009 & 2010.
During her career she guided the Toreros to three WCC Championships (2007, 2008, and 2010) and to three NCAA Tournament appearances with a second round showing in 2010. The 2010 team finished 24-6 overall, 13-1 in the WCC, and with a final national ranking of No. 16. The program’s combined team record during her playing career was an outstanding 86 wins and just 26 losses. During three of her four seasons the team finished with a final national ranking in the AVCA Top-25.
Upon graduating in 2011 she stood ninth in the Torero record books for all-time kills (1,297) and career hitting percentage (.298). Following her senior season she was recognized by the San Diego Hall of Champions as an Amateur Star of the Month for 2010.
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