USD Volleyball Welcomes Cal and Gardner-Webb to Town This Weekend

USDTOREROSDOTCOM The Toreros host the USD Invitational this weekend.
USDTOREROSDOTCOM
The Toreros host the USD Invitational this weekend.
USDTOREROSDOTCOM

Aug. 30, 2010

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WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE: The University of San Diego women's volleyball team (1-2) hosts the USD tournament at Jenny Craig Pavilion Friday Sept. 3 and Saturday Sept. 4 that includes the 11th-ranked University of California and Gardner-Webb University.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE Friday Sept. 3, 5:00 pm PT- No. 11 California vs Gardner-Webb Saturday Sept. 4, 12:00 pm PT- USD vs Gardner-Webb Saturday Sept. 4, 7:00 pm PT- USD vs No. 11 California

TOREROS RETURN TO THE MAINLAND: The Toreros went 1-2 on their season-opening trip to Hawai'i where they competed in the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Volleyball Invitational. USD lost a competitive opener to the University of Hawai'i 3-2, were swept by UCLA 3-0, and came back to get their first victory of the season over Kansas State 3-1. Hawai'i won the tournament with a 3-1 defeat of UCLA in the final match Sunday.

DEGROOT OFF TO A STRONG START: Senior Amy Mahinalani DeGroot led the Toreros offensive attack over the weekend by totaling 49 kills over three matches, including a career-high 27 kills (.533) against Kansas State. DeGroot led USD in kills in each of the team's three matches in the tournament and recorded double-doubles against Hawai'i (12 kills, 12 digs) and Kansas State (27 kills, 18 digs).

NEWCOMER GETS HER FEET WET: Freshman middle hitter Chloe Ferrari recorded her first career double-digit kill performance with 10 kills against Kansas State. Ferrari also added eight kills against UCLA in the second game of the tournament and is now tied for third on the team with 24 kills on the season.

SECOND STRAIGHT WEEK IN TOP 25: Despite losing two of three matches over the weekend, the USD volleyball team is ranked No. 25 in the most recent AVCA Top-25 Coaches Poll. Both Torero losses came to top 20 schools, Hawai'i which was ranked No. 5 at the time and UCLA, which was No. 16.

SCOUTING THE GOLDEN BEARS: The University of California is coming off a 3-0 victory over UC Santa Barbara and a 3-0 sweep of Manhattan College last weekend. The Bears have dominated defensively in their first two matches, holding opponents to a .055 attack percentage, while they have hit at a .328 clip as a team. Cal is led by junior outside hitter Tarah Murrey, who paces the team with 32 kills on the season, including a rate of 5.33 kills per set. Senior setter Carli Lloyd leads the team in assists with 66. Head coach Rich Feller is in his 12th year at the helm in Berkeley.

SCOUTING THE RUNNIN' BULLDOGS: Gardner-Webb defeated North Carolina Central 3-0 in their season-opener last Friday, then lost their next three matches in a row to Delaware State, UTEP, and Elon. Junior middle blocker Laura Wilcox leads the team in kills with 34 and attack percentage at .293, closely behind are freshman Tyler Cockrell with 33 kills and sophomore Molly Rhyne with 32 kills. As a team the Runnin' Bulldogs are averaging 9.7 kills per set while their defense is allowing 12.6 kills per set against them. Head coach Chris Phillips is in her sixth season at Gardner-Webb.

TOREROS TABBED AS WCC FAVORITES: The Toreros are coming into the 2010 season as the favorite to take home the WCC crown, recieving six first-place votes from conference coaches. USD is looking to win their fourth WCC title in six years. Reigning WCC champion Saint Mary's took the second place spot with one first place vote, while Pepperdine received the only other first-place vote and sits at third-place in the poll. Santa Clara, San Francisco, Gonzaga, Portland, and Loyola Marymount round out the rest of the poll in order.

TRIO OF SENIORS NAMED TO PRE-SEASON ALL-WCC TEAM: A trio of seniors leads the Toreros this year, including the past two WCC Players of the Year (right side Ali Troost and outside hitter Amy Mahinalani DeGroot) as well as setter Kelsi Myers who were all named pre-season All-WCC. Troost, the reigning WCC Player of the Year, also garnered second-team All-American honors last season, after leading the team in kills (371) and service aces (39). DeGroot returns for her senior season after redshirting last year due to injury. Prior to her injury, DeGroot won 2008 WCC Player of the Year honors while leading the team with 392 kills. Myers was named All-WCC honorable mention in 2009, racking up 1,120 assists, 11 service aces, and 180 digs.

DEGROOT BACK IN 2010: Senior Amy Mahinalani DeGroot returns to action this year after missing the entire 2009 season due to injury. In 2008 DeGroot led the team with 392 kills (4.22 kps) and was second in digs with 231 en route to being named the WCC Player of the Year and earning All-America honorable mention honors from the AVCA.

TOREROS ON THE NATIONAL SCENE: USD's matchup with conference rival Saint Mary's will be aired live from Jenny Craig Pavilion on ESPNU Nov. 3 at 8:00 PM

LIGHTS, CAMERA ACTION: All USD home matches, as well as select road matches, will be streamed live via video on the athletics department website. Fans can watch all the action live from the comfort of their home by logging onto usdtoreros.com. There is no cost for this service.

THE COACH: 12th-Year head coach Jennifer 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 and 2008 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 nine complete seasons as head coach, Petrie has led San Diego to eight appearances in the NCAA Tournament (1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 & 2008) with her 2004 team reaching the Sweet-16.

GAMETRACKER AVAILABLE: All San Diego volleyball home and select road matches can be followed live via Gametracker on the Toreros athletic web site at www.usdtoreros.com. Gametracker is a service of CBS College Sports, the official web provider for San Diego athletics, and is a real time update of the action.