San Diego Headed to the USC Classic This Weekend

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Kandiss Anderson.
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WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE: The 17th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team (3-1) will remain on the road this week, as they head up to Los Angeles to compete in the USC Classic. On Friday, the Toreros will battle No. 5 USC in a 7 p.m. match. Then on Saturday, the Toreros will take on Notre Dame at noon followed by a 5 p.m. match against Cal Poly. All three matches will take place in USC's Galen Center.

The Last Meeting
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August 24, 2012
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Toreros Too Much for Mustangs in Season-Opener
Behind a double-digit kill effort from both senior outside hitter Amber Tatsch and junior middle hitter Katie Hoekman, the 19th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team cruised its way to a 3-0 (25-10, 25-15, 25-20) win over Cal Poly in the season-opener Friday afternoon at the Burt Orange Classic.

LAST TIME OUT: Behind a balanced offensive attack, the 20th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team cruised its way to a 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-21) victory over Long Beach State Friday evening in a non-conference match. Junior middle hitter Chloe Ferrari paced the Torero offense with nine kills, while only committing one error on 20 swings, to hit for a .400 clip. Alaysia Brown, Katie Hoekman and Carrie Baird all recorded seven kills apiece, while Kandiss Anderson recorded nine digs to lead the defensive effort. Rachel Alvey recorded 29 assists in helping steer the Torero offense to a .220 team attack percentage.

CAN YOU HEAR ME?: All of the matches will have a free live audio broadcast. Former Torero play-by-play man Paul Duchesne, will be calling all the live action this weekend for the entire tournament. The listen links can be found on the USD website, by clicking on the volleyball schedule page.

SCOUTING THE TROJANS: USC enters the weekend with an overall record of 6-0 after defeating Northern Iowa, Boston College and Mississippi State this past weekend at the Luxe City Center Trojan Invitational. USC is currently ranked No. 5 in the latest AVCA top-25 poll. Senior opposite Katie Fuller paces the Trojan offense, as she has recorded a team-best 77 kills and is hitting at a .313 clip, while digging out 40 balls. The floor leader for the Women of Troy is sophomore setter Hayley Crone, who has recorded a team-best 236 assists, while helping steer the Trojan offense to a .318 team attack percentage.

LAST TIME VS. USC: The 18th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team saw its season come to an end with a heartbreaking 3-1 loss to No. 6 USC Dec. 4, 2010 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Freshman middle hitter Chloe Ferrari led the team's offense with 16 kills on 32 swings and hit for a .312 clip. Both Amy Mahinalani DeGroot and Ali Troost recorded double-doubles with DeGroot having 12 kills and 18 digs, while Troost had 13 kills and 20 digs. Katie Hoekman also had a double-digit kill performance with 13, while C'era Oliveira had 20 digs and Kelsi Myers had 53 assists and 20 digs.

SCOUTING THE IRISH: Notre Dame enters the week with an overall record of 4-2 after winning all three matches this past weekend against Buffalo, Eastern Kentucky and UAB in the Shamrock Invitational. Sophomore opposite Toni Alugbue leads the Irish offense with 84 kills, while hitting at a .301 clip. The floor leader for the Irish is junior setter Maggie Brindock, who has 158 assists in helping direct the Notre Dame offense to a .238 team attack percentage. The Irish lead the all-time series at 1-0.

SCOUTING THE MUSTANGS: Cal Poly enters the week with an overall record of 1-3 after picking up their first win of the season on Aug. 30 against Idaho, and then they fell to Northeastern this past Sunday. USD defeated Cal Poly 3-0 in the first match of the 2012 season at the Burnt Orange Classic. The Mustang offense is paced by Holy Franks, who has a team-best 39 kills, while hitting at a .180 clip. Kate Walters is the floor general for Cal Poly, as she has recorded 105 assists in helping steer the Mustang offense to a .146 team attack percentage.

LAST TIME VS. THE MUSTANGS: Behind a double-digit kill effort from both senior outside hitter Amber Tatsch and junior middle hitter Katie Hoekman, the 19th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team cruised its way to a 3-0 (25-10, 25-15, 25-20) win over Cal Poly in the season-opener Friday afternoon at the Burt Orange Classic. Tatsch led all players with 13 kills on 24 swings, while committing no errors to hit for a .542 clip. 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.

WE ARE DOWN WITH THE BROWN: Sophomore opposite Alaysia Brown has had quite a exciting start to the 2012 season. After moving over from her more natural middle hitter position, Brown has been a force to be reckoned with. Brown currently leads the team with 31 kills, and she is hitting for a .344 clip. This past week against Long Beach State, Brown had seven kills and recorded five total blocks.

THE POLLS: The University of San Diego women's volleyball team has moved up three spots to No. 17 in the latest AVCA top-25 rankings. USC is ranked No. 5 and neither Cal Poly nor Notre Dame are ranked in the top-25 this week.

CHLOE HAS A GOOD WEEK: Junior middle hitter Chloe Ferrari paced the Torero offense with nine kills, while only committing one error on 20 swings, to hit for a .400 clip in USD's sweep over Long Beach State this past Friday. Ferrari is second on the team in kills with 29 and is hitting at a .333 clip.

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 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.