No. 23 Women's Volleyball Opens the Week's Four-Match Slate Tuesday

USDTOREROSDOTCOM Amy DeGroot leads the WCC in kills per set.
USDTOREROSDOTCOM
Amy DeGroot leads the WCC in kills per set.
USDTOREROSDOTCOM

Sept. 13, 2010

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SAN DIEGO, Calif.- WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE: The No. 23 University of San Diego women's volleyball team (4-3) faces UC Irvine Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 6:00 p.m. in Irvine before returning to host the USD-SDSU Tournament. The Toreros will open the tournament at San Diego State on Friday, Sept. 17 at 7:00 p.m., then host UC Santa Barbara Saturday, Sept. 18 at 11:00 a.m. and No. 12 Minnesota that night at 7:00 p.m.

TOREROS NOTCH PERFECT WEEKEND: On Thursday, Sept. 9th, USD swept the University of Virginia with scores of 25-19, 25-20, and 27-25 as senior hitting tandem Amy Mahinalani DeGroot and Ali Troost paced the Toreros with 10 kills each and freshman middle Chloe Ferrari added nine kills. Senior Kelsi Myers dished out 22 assists and freshman C'era Oliveira had a team-high 21 digs. The following night USD took down No. 23 Long Beach State 3-1, posting scores of 21-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-21. DeGroot earned her second double-double of the season by recording 18 kills and 12 digs while hitting at a .357 clip. Troost added 13 kills, eight digs, and three blocks and Ferrari had 11 kills on a .526 attack percentage.

DEGROOT TOPS WCC IN KILLS PER SET: Senior outside hitter Amy Mahinalani DeGroot is leading the WCC in kills per set with 3.78, with 87 kills overall. DeGroot added to her total by recording 38 kills over the weekend with 10 against Virginia and 18 against No. 23 Long Beach State. SCU's Kaileigh Durket leads the WCC with 127 total kills.

USD FACING THE BEST: With last Friday's 3-1 win over No. 23 Long Beach State, USD has faced four teams ranked in the Top-25 in their first seven matches, going 1-3 in those matches. The Toreros took No. 5 Hawai'i to five sets in the season opener before falling 3-2, lost 3-0 to No. 16 UCLA, and challenged No. 11 California in a 3-0 loss. USD has been ranked No. 25 each of the past two weeks after starting the season ranked 22nd.

FOUR STRAIGHT WEEKS IN THE TOP-25: The Toreros are ranked No. 23 in the most recent AVCA Top-25 Coaches Poll. They move up two spots after going 2-0 over the weekend, earning wins against Virginia and No. 23 Long Beach State. USD opened the season at No. 22 and spent the last two weeks at No. 25.

MAKING THEM COUNT: Freshman middle hitter Chloe Ferrari is fourth in the conference in hitting percentage with 52 kills on 108 attempts for a .324 mark. Ferrari hit at a .526 clip against No. 23 Long Beach State while recording 11 kills and .467 with nine kills against Virginia, both best on the team for the matches. Ferrari is third on the team in kills this season behind seniors Amy DeGroot and Ali Troost.

MYERS SETS THE TABLE: Senior setter Kelsi Myers ranks third in the WCC in assists per set, averaging 10 per set. Myers leads USD with 230 assists total on the year. She tallied 47 assists in a win over Long Beach State last week, with 13 of those coming in the first set, and added 22 against Virginia the night before. Conference leader Kellie Woolever, a freshman from Pepperdine, averages 11.29 assists per set.

SCOUTING THE ANTEATERS: UC Irvine is coming off a trip to Hawai'i where they competed in the Verizon Wireless Volleyball Challenge, going 1-2. The Anteaters lost 3-1 to Saint Mary's and 3-0 to Hawai'i before closing out the tournament with a 3-2 victory over San Diego State. Sophomore setter Marissa Alvarez recorded a double-double in the win over SDSU with 49 assists and 13 digs in the match. Senior outside hitter Kari Pestolesi leads UC Irvine in kills with 79 (2.93 per set) while junior middle Alexandra Hauser anchors the defense with 19 blocks on the year. Head coach Paula Weishoff is in her second season after leading the Anteaters to a 22-8 record last year, making her the first UC Irvine women's volleyball coach to post a winning record in her first season.

SCOUTING THE AZTECS: San Diego State returns home after competing in the Verizon Wireless Volleyball Challenge in Honolulu, HI where they went winless in three matches, losing 3-0 to Hawai'i, 3-0 to Saint Mary's, and 3-2 to UC Irvine. Junior outside hitter Kyley Sexton paces the Aztec offense with 105 kills (3.39 per set) while freshman outside hitter Reagan Shelton and sophomore middle Andrea Hannasch are tied for second with 71 kills each. Freshman setter Johnna Fouch leads the team with a 11.19 assists per set average. Head coach Deitre Collins-Parker is in her second season at the helm.

SCOUTING THE GAUCHOS: UC Santa Barbara went 2-1 in the Comcast Lobo Challenge in Albuquerque, N.M. this past weekend. The Gauchos fell to Southern Methodist 3-1, but came back to defeat Sacramento State 3-1 and New Mexico 3-2. In the win over New Mexico, UC Santa Barbara had two players tally double-doubles as senior outside hitter Charlene DeHoog had 19 kills and 11 digs and freshman Kara Sherrard added 10 kills and 13 digs. DeHoog was named to the All-Tournament team along with teammate Stacey Schmidt, who had 17 kills in the final match. DeHoog and Schmidt are the top two hitters on the Gauchos roster, with Schmidt hitting at a .376 clip. Head coach Kathy Gregory is in her 36th season with a career record of 831-370 (.692), which is the fifth-most wins in Division I history.

SCOUTING THE GOLDEN GOPHERS: Minnesota is coming off their fourth-straight win, defeating Duke 3-0 to win the Duke Invitational. The Golden Gophers also beat North Carolina Central 3-0 and Delware 3-1 in the tournament. Junior libero Jessica Granquist, sophomore outside hitter Tabi Love, and freshman outside hitter Ashley Wittman were named to the All-Tournament team. Love leads the team with 137 kills (4.42 per set) while Granquist is averaging 4.90 digs per set to lead the defense. Head coach Mike Hebert is in his 15th year with a 356-127 (.737) overall record.

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.

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

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.

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.