San Diego Heads to Long Beach State on Friday

Rachel Alvey.

Aug. 28, 2012

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WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE: The 20th-ranked University of San Diego women’s volleyball team (2-1) will remain on the road this week, as they head up to Long Beach to take on the 49ers of Long Beach State on Friday.  The non-conference match is set to begin at 7 p.m. inside of the Pyramid.  

LAST TIME OUT: San Diego posted a 2-1 record this past week to open the 2012 season.  USD picked a pair of 3-0 wins over Cal Poly and LSU, before falling in a hard fought 3-0 decision to No. 2 Texas.  In Friday’s sweep over Cal Poly, Amber Tatsch led all players with 13 kills on 24 swings, while committing no errors to hit for a .542 clip. Katie Hoekman recorded 10 kills on 17 swings, while only committing one error, to hit for a .529 clip. Junior setter Rachel Alvey led the team with 26 assists, while helping steer the Torero offense to a .439 team attack percentage. Senior libero Kandiss Anderson led the defensive end with nine digs.  In Saturday’s sweep over LSU, Alaysia Brown paced the Toreros offense with a career-high 10 kills on 17 swings, while only committing two errors, to hit for a .471 clip. Hoekman also had a solid match, as she recorded nine kills, while Carrie Baird recorded seven kills and had a team-best 11 digs. Alvey led the team with 22 assists, while helping steer the San Diego offense to a .231 attack percentage.  In Saturday’s loss to Texas, Brown and Hoekman paced the San Diego offense with seven kills apiece, while Brown hit for a .357 clip and Hoekman hit for a .176 clip. Alvey recorded a double-double with 19 assists and 10 digs, while Anderson led the team with 11 digs. As a team, USD hit .083, which was a season low for the Toreros.

SCOUTING THE 49ERS: Long Beach State enters the week with an overall record of 1-2 after defeating Lipscomb in their season opener, then they fell to North Carolina and Kentucky at the Kentucky Classic this past weekend.  LBSU leads the all-time series at 10-7, but the Toreros have won the past seven matches.  LBSU is led offensively by senior outside hitter Janisa Johnson, who has 60 kills, is hitting at a .277 clip and has 36 digs and two blocks.  The floor leader the LBSU is junior setter Tara Roenicke, who had a team-leading 105 assists, while helping steer the 49er offense to a .187 attack percentage.  Sophomore libero Tyler Jackson leads the team with 49 digs.  The 49ers are under the direction of 28th-year head coach Brian Gimmillaro.  During his tenure at the Beach, Gimmillaro has posted an overall record of 727-180.

 LAST TIME VS. LONG BEACH STATE: Behind a 17-kill effort from sophomore middle hitter Chloe Ferrari and a 14-kill, 14-dig performance from junior outside hitter Carrie Baird, the 20th-ranked University of San Diego volleyball team dealt No. 23 Long Beach State University a 3-1 loss on Dec. 2, 2011 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.  Ferrari led all players with her 18 kills on 33 swings to hit for a .424 clip, and the Clovis, Calif. native recorded seven blocks.  Baird recorded a double-double with her 14 kills and 14 digs, and she had four blocks.  Freshman outside hitter Sandra Lozic also had a double-double with 10 kills and 13 digs, while Kandiss Anderson recorded 21 digs.  Rachel Alvey had 29 assists, and Jianna Bonomi had 22 assists in helping steer the USD offense to a .179 attack percentage.

A PAIR OF TOREROS NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: San Diego had a pair of players, Amber Tatsch and Rachel Alvey, selected to the All-Tournament team at the Burnt Orange Classic this past weekend. Tatsch recorded 18 kills, had four service aces and recorded 11 digs in three matches.  Alvey on the other led the team with 66 assits, recorded one double-double, and helped steer the Torero offense to a .245 attack percentage.    

WE ARE DOWN WITH THE BROWN:  Sophomore middle hitter Alaysia Brown had a break-out weekend for the Toreros.  Brown paced the San Diego offense this past week, as she recorded 24 kills, hit for an impressive .422 clip, while leading the team with three blocks, and she recorded eight digs.  Brown recorded a career-high 10 kills in the win against LSU on Saturday, while only recording two errors on 17 swings to hit for a .471 clip.  In the season-opening win over Cal Poly, Brown recorded seven kills, hit for a .429 clip and in the loss to No. 2 Texas, she led the team with seven kills , while managing to hit for a .357 clip.

THE POLLS:  The University of San Diego women’s volleyball team dropped one spot to No. 20 in the latest AVCA top-25 poll after posting a 2-1 record in the opening weekend of action for 2012.  Long Beach State is not ranked currently, but is receiving votes. 

PETRIE RETURNS!: San Diego head coach Jennifer Petrie returns to the sidelines this season after taking this past year off to spend time with the newest member of her family, daughter Caroline.  Last season in her absence, Associate Head Coach Brent Hilliard took the reigns and led USD to a 28-5 overall record.  Petrie has done an outstanding job directing the fortunes of San Diego volleyball since taking over as the Toreros head coach in 1999. Honored as the 2004, 2008 and 2010 West Coast Conference Coach of the Year, Petrie continues to establish the University of San Diego as one of the top volleyball programs in the nation. In 12 complete seasons as head coach, Petrie has led San Diego to nine appearances in the NCAA Tournament (1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 & 2010).  

TOREROS TABBED CO-WCC FAVORITES: Saint Mary’s College and the 19th-ranked University of San Diego each received 59 points and four first place votes to share the top spot in the preseason WCC coaches poll.  The Gaels finished fourth last season, while the Toreros finished second behind Pepperdine University.  This year, the Waves were chosen to finish third with 53 points and the remaining first place vote in the poll.  Brigham Young University, last year’s third place finisher, was picked to finish fourth this season with 42 points, followed by the University of San Francisco with 33.  Loyola Marymount University and Santa Clara University tied for sixth with 27 points apiece, while the University of Portland and Gonzaga University rounded out the list with 13 points and 11 points, respectively.

A PAIR OF TOREROS NAMED TO ALL-WCC PRESEASON TEAM: Junior All-American Chloe Ferrari and All-WCC first-teamer Katie Hoekman both were selected to the WCC Preseason All-Conference team.  

- Ferrari, a 6-1 junior from Clovis, Calif., took home All-American honors after leading the team with 355 kills and hitting for a .385 clip as a sophomore. Ferrari helped lead USD into the second round of the NCAA Tournament as they defeated No. 23 Long Beach State, 3-1, in the first round, thanks in large part to Ferrari’s team-best 18 kills. Ferrari was also named first-team All-WCC after leading the team with 169 kills in WCC play, while hitting .388, second best in the WCC, and recording 57 blocks.

- Hoekman, a 6-1 junior from Folsom, Calif., returns after taking home her first All-WCC accolade last season.  In 2011, Hoekman led the WCC in hitting percentage at .414, while recording 154 kills and racking up 45 blocks in WCC action. Overall, Hoekman led the team with a .369 attack percentage, while placing third in kills at 275 and she was second on the team with 104 blocks.