No. 20 USD Has Home-Opener This Friday
C'era Oliveira

Aug. 31, 2011

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JUST THE BEGINNING: The University of San Diego women’s volleyball team started their 2011 campaign off on the right foot, as they came out of their 2011 debut at the Fresno State Classic last weekend with a record of 3-0. The Toreros went to work in their season-opener this past Friday evening in the Savemart Center, sweeping Long Island University 3-0. Sophomore Chloe Ferrari contributed to the victory as she led all players with 16 kills on 23 swings, while only committing two errors to post a dominating .609 attack percentage. The action continued on Saturday afternoon as the Toreros outlasted Cal Poly, 3-2. With the 25-22, 17-25, 25-12, 21-25, 16-14 win, the Toreros had four different players record double-digit kills and three players had a double-double. Junior outside hitter Amber Tatsch recorded a team-best and career-high 17 kills, while also racking up 11 digs to help pace the Torero offense. The Toreros went on to complete their three game winning streak as they swept Fresno State Saturday evening, 3-0. Junior outside hitter Carrie Baird led all players with her 13 kills on 28 swings after committing only one attack error to post a .429 attack percentage while teammate Ferrari recorded eight kills and sophomore libero C'era Oliveira led the team with 18 digs. The Toreros had three players named to the All-Tourney Team, sophomore middle hitter Katie Hoekman and Baird, while Ferrari walked away as the tournament MVP.

CAN’T STOP, WON’T STOP: The Toreros will aim to run their winning streak to six this weekend, as they head into the USD Tournament, which features opponents Northeastern, UC Riverside and Missouri State. The Tournament will be held in the Jenny Craig Pavilion this weekend on Sept 2-3. The Toreros test their skills in their first home match of their 2011 campaign as they face Northeastern on Friday at 7:00 p.m. They continue play on Saturday with two matches against UC Riverside at 10:00 a.m. and Missouri State at 7:00 p.m.

SCOUTING THE HUSKIES OF NORTHEASTERN: Northeastern University women’s volleyball team, picked to finish third in the CAA, begin their 2011 campaign with a record of 2-0, recording wins over Fairleigh Dickinson and Central Connecticut State. They come off the 2010 volleyball season with an overall record of 19-11 as they fell to Delaware in the 2010 CAA Championship Final, 3-2. The Huskies return sophomore outside hitter Janelle Tucker, who was named to the 2011 Preseason All-CAA Team and also earned the CAA Co-Rookie of the Year for her work in the 2010 season. Freshman outside hitter Jillian Briner leads the 2011 Husky squad with a .452 hitting percentage, while freshman libero Natalia Skiba tops in digs with a total of 41.

SCOUTING THE UC RIVERSIDE HIGHLANDERS: The University of California, Riverside women’s volleyball team starts their 2011 season with a record of 1-3, with their single win coming against Fairfield last Saturday, 3-2. The Highlanders were picked to finish ninth in the 2011 Big West Preseason Coaches’ Poll after coming off a 2-30 overall record in their 2010 campaign. They return junior Amanda Vialpando, who was named to the Cal Molten Classic All-Tournament Team last Saturday evening after leading the Highlanders offensively with an average of 4.55 kills per set and 2.73 digs per set, including a career-high 26 kills in the win over Fairfield.

SCOUTING THE BEARS OF MISSOURI STATE: The Missouri State Bears head into the USD Invitational with a record of 2-1, picking up their two wins over Oral Roberts, 3-1, and SMU, 3-0. The Bears solo defeat of the 2011 season came last Saturday evening as they feel to No. 17 Oklahoma, 3-1. Picked to finish fourth in the MVC Preseason Volleyball Poll, the Bears come off a 2010 winning season with an overall record of 21-10. The Bears return sophomore libero Ashley Mason, who was just named MVC Defensive Player of the Week. Mason led the Bears defensively in each match last week and finished with 53 digs and a 4.82 per set average.

CARRIED AWAY:  Junior outside hitter Carrie Baird made her presence known last weekend at the Fresno State Classic, making the Fresno State Classic All-Tourney team and assisting the Toreros to a 3-0 start in their 2011 campaign. In Friday’s 3-0 victory over Long Island University, Baird set the tone with a kill off a set from sophomore setter Rachel Alvey which ignited a 11-0 Torero run in the first set. She went on to tally eight kills. The action continued on Saturday afternoon as the Toreros battled for a win over the Cal Poly Mustangs, 3-2. In the fifth and deciding set against the Mustangs, San Diego was forced to rally back with their backs against the wall. Cal Poly had match-point at 14-11 and seemed to have all the momentum on their side. The savvy Toreros refused to go away, as a back-to-back Baird kills got the Toreros energy level up and cut the lead down to one. Then a block assist by junior middle hitter Shelby Staab and Alvey evened the score with a block, and a Baird kill gave USD match-point at 15-14. Baird was one of four Toreros to record double-digit kills in the match with 12. The junior went on to face Fresno State in Saturday's night cap, where she led all players with her 13 kills on 28 swings, while only committing one attack error to post a .429 attack percentage. Baird’s standout performance in tournament play last weekend seemed to outlast her opponents as she proved to be a Torero fire that could not be put out. 

A KILLER PERFORMANCE: Sophomore middle hitter Chloe Ferrari was an unstoppable force in the season-opener against the Long Island University this past Friday at the Fresno State Classic. Ferrari, a Central Valley local, had a 16-kill performance in the sweep over Long Island, 3-0.  She led all players with 16 kills on 23 swings, while only committing two errors to post a dominating .609 attack percentage. This sophomore preseason All-WCC selection player sits at 6-1 as middle hitter.  She was also the named 2010 WCC Freshman of the Year and an AVCA All-Pacific Region selection. Ferrari’s killer performance last weekend tagged her as the Fresno State Classic MVP and earned her a spot on the All-Tourney Team, after leading the team with 38 kills (3.45 kps), and hitting for a .311 clip.

IN THE POLLS: The University of San Diego women’s volleyball team is the only WCC team ranked in the top-25, as they enter this week remaining at No. 20 in the AVCA top-25 poll. The Toreros began their 2011 campaign 3-0, as they head into this weekend facing Northeastern, UC Riverside and Missouri State, in the USD Invitational Tournament. Northeastern, UC Riverside and Missouri State are not ranked in any of the top-25 polls.

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 There is no cost for this service.

GAMETRACKER AVAILABLE: All San Diego volleyball home and select road matches can be followed live via Gametracker on the Toreros athletic web site at 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.



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