Toreros Set to Host USD Tournament This Weekend

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Sept. 11, 2012

WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE: The 17th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team (5-2) will come home to San Diego for the first time this season, as they host the USD Tournament this weekend. The Toreros will open play on Friday at 7 p.m. against Fresno State, then have a pair of matches on Saturday, one at noon against Yale and then other at 7 p.m. against UC Santa Barbara.

LAST TIME OUT: USD posted a 2-1 record this past weekend at the USC Tournament, as they dropped a heartbreaking 3-2 decision to No. 5 USC, then bounced back with a 3-2 win over Notre Dame and a 3-0 sweep of Cal Poly. In Friday's loss to the Trojans, Carrie Baird led the team with 16 kills, while also recording 14 digs to record a double-double. Alaysia Brown recorded a career-high 14 kills, while hitting at a .311 clip, and both Chloe Ferrari and Katie Hoekman recorded 11 kills apiece. Junior setter Rachel Alvey recorded a season-high 51 assists in helping steer the USD offense to a .222 team attack percentage. Kandiss Anderson recorded a season-high 22 digs. In Saturday's win over the Irish, Brown recorded her 13 kills on 25 swings, while only committing three errors to hit for a .400 clip, while Baird had 13 kills and added in 14 digs to post her second consecutive double-double. Anderson had an impressive match, as she recorded 20 digs, while Alvey recorded 29 assists, and Jianna Bonomi recorded 26 assists in helping steer the Torero offense to a .204 team attack percentage. In Saturday's sweep over the Mustangs, Hoekman led all players with her 13 kills on 19 swings, while committing no errors to hit for a .684 clip. Brown recorded 12 kills on 23 swings, while committing three errors to hit for a .391 clip. Anderson led the defensive charge with 17 digs, while Alvey recorded 21 assists in helping steer the USD offense to a .280 attack percentage.

 

 

The Last Meeting
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November 25, 2008
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DeGroot Paces USD to Victory Over Yale
Amy Mahinalani DeGroot's match-best 16 kills paced the 16th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team to a 3-0 win over Yale University Tuesday evening in the season-finale at USD's Jenny Craig Pavilion.

The Last Meeting
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September 16, 2011
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USD Remains Perfect with 3-0 Win Over UCSB
Behind Carrie Baird's double-double, and Chloe Ferrari's 10 kills, the 17th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team cruised to a 3-0 win over UC Santa Barbara Friday evening in the first match of the USD Invitational at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

SCOUTING FRESNO STATE: The Bulldogs enters the week with an overall record of 5-4 after dropping two of three matches this past weekend at the Fresno State Classic. Marissa Brand leads the offensive charge for the Bulldogs, as she has recorded a team-best 124 kills (3.65 kps), while hitting for a .162 clip, and recording 107 digs. The floor general for Fresno State is Barbara Alcantara, who has recorded 384 assists (11.34 aps), while helping direct the team's offense to a .199 attack percentage.

LAST TIME VS. FRESNO STATE: Behind a 13-kill performance from outside hitter Carrie Baird, the 20th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team cruised to a 3-0 win over Fresno State in the final game of the Fresno State Classic on Aug. 27, 2011 in a non-conference match. Baird led all players with her 13 kills on 28 swings, while only committing one attack error to post a .429 attack percentage. Chloe Ferrari recorded eight kills and had 13 digs, while C'era Oliveira led the team with 18 digs. Rachel Alvey recorded 35 assists in helping steer the USD offense to a .287 team attack percentage. Ferrari was named the tournament's MVP, while Baird and Katie Hoekman were also named to the All-Tournament team.

SCOUTING YALE: Yale enters the week with an overall record of 3-2 after defeating Villanova, 3-1, and then seeing their three-match winning streak snapped with a 3-1 loss to Northwestern. Mollie Rogers paces the Bulldog offense, as she has a team-best 52 kills, while hitting for a .191 clip, and she leads the team with 87 digs. The floor leader for Yale is setter Kendall Polan, who has 126 assists in helping steer the Bulldog offense to a .221 team attack percentage.

SCOUTING UC SANTA BARBARA: UC Santa Barbara enters the week with an overall record of 6-5 after dropping two of three at the New Mexico Tournament this past weekend. The Gauchos dropped matches to Portland and New Mexico, and picked up a win against Georgia Southern. Leah Sully paces the Santa Barbara offense with 180 kills (4.00 kps) and she is second on the team in digs with 171. The floor leader for the Gauchos is setter Ali Santi, who has 423 assists in helping steer the UCSB offense to .164 team attack percentage.

LAST TIME VS. SANTA BARBARA: Behind Carrie Baird's double-double, and Chloe Ferrari's 10 kills, the 17th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team cruised to a 3-0 win over UC Santa Barbara on Sept. 16, 2011 in the first match of the USD Invitational at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. Baird led all players with her 11 kills on 21 swings, while only committing two errors to post a .429 attack percentage. Baird also chipped in with 11 digs to post the matches lone double-double. Ferrari was the second player to record double digit kills as she racked up 10 kills on 18 swings, while committing no errors to post a .556 attack percentage. Rachel Alvey posted a near double-double as she recorded 40 assists, and picked up nine digs, while helping steer the USD offense to a .275 team attack percentage. Kandiss Anderson led the team's defense with a match-best 16 digs.

ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS: Sophomore opposite hitter Alaysia Brown and junior middle hitter Katie Hoekman were both selected to the All-Tournament team at the USC Tournament this past weekend. Hoekman led the Torero offense as she recorded 32 kills, hit for a .419 clip, and led the team in blocking with 11. Brown on the other hand continued her stellar start to the season, as she recorded 39 kills, while hitting for an impressive .364 clip and she recorded eight blocks.

THE POLLS: The University of San Diego women's volleyball team moved up one spot to No. 16 in the latest AVCA top-25 polls, after posting a 2-1 record this past week. Fresno State, Yale and UC Santa Barbara are not ranked in any of the top-25 polls.

HOEKMAN HAS A GOOD WEEK: Junior middle hitter Katie Hoekman had a monstrous week for USD, as she led the Torero offense as she recorded 32 kills, hit for a .419 clip, and led the team in blocking with 11. Hoekman began the week with an impressive 11-kill performance against No. 5 USC, while hitting for a .409 clip, and recording five blocks. She then had an 8-kill performance against Notre Dame and finally she concluded the week with a 13-kill performance on 19 swings while committing no errors to hit for a .684 clip against Cal Poly.

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.