No. 2 USD Set to Take on SDSU and BYU this Week

USDTOREROSDOTCOM WCC Player of the Week, Chloe Ferrari.
USDTOREROSDOTCOM
WCC Player of the Week, Chloe Ferrari.
USDTOREROSDOTCOM

Sept. 16, 2013

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WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE: The second-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team (7-1) will host cross-town rival San Diego State on Tuesday in their final WCC tune-up at 7 p.m. inside of the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion.  The Toreros then hit the road on Friday, as they open West Coast Conference play with a 6 p.m. match at the Smith Fieldhouse.

LAST TIME OUT: USD posted a 3-0 record this past week, highlighted by upsetting the, then No.1 ranked team in the nation, USC, on Friday 3-1. USD then posted back-to-back sweeps over Eastern Washington and UC Santa Barbara to claim the championship of the USD Tournament.  In Friday's 3-1 win in front of over 2,000 fans, San Diego's quick offense proved to be too much for the Trojans to handle, as Chloe Ferrari paced the team with 21 kills, while hitting for an impressive .531 clip. Fellow senior middle hitter Katie Hoekman also had a great night, as she recorded 17 kills, while hitting for a .387 clip. Two other Toreros were in double-digit kills, with Sandra Lozic recording 12 kills and Alaysia Brown recording 11 kills. C'era Oliveira recorded 25 digs, while Jianna Bonomi recorded a double-double with 31 assists and 18 digs. As a team, USD hit .236 for the match.  Then in Saturday's 3-0 win over Eastern Washington, Hoekman led all players with 11 kills, while hitting for a .588 clip, and added in three blocks. Hoillins recorded eight kills and had nine digs, while Sandra Lozic recorded seven kills and hit for a .333 clip. Oliveira led the defensive charge, as she had a match-high 15 digs, Bonomi recorded 20 assists and Rachel Alvey recorded 18 assists in helping steer the Torero offense to a season-high .405 attack percentage.  USD then closed the week with a 3-0 win over UCSB, and in this match, Brown led all players with 13 kills on 26 swings, while only committing one error, to hit for a .423 clip. Lozic also had a good offensive match, as she recorded eight kills, while Chloe Ferrari was a perfect six kills on six swings, to hit for a 1.000 clip. Oliveira led the defensive side of things with 14 digs, while Bonomi recorded 21 assists with 12 digs to post another double-double. As a team, USD hit for an impressive .382 clip.

TOREROS JUMP TO NO.2: The USD women's volleyball team has again made program history, as they have jumped up seven spots to No. 2 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association top-25 poll, while also receiving 13 first place votes. This marks the highest ranked USD team in any sport in the Division I era, surpassing the No. 4 national ranking the USD baseball team had in 2007.

SCOUTING THE AZTECS: San Diego State enters the match with a 5-4 overall record after defeating WCC foe San Francisco this past Saturday at the Holiday Inn Mission Valley Aztec Invitational.  This will mark the 51st meeting in program history between the two, with SDSU leading the series at 26-24, including taking the meeting last season, which ended a 10-match winning streak for the Toreros.  The Aztecs offense is paced by Summer Nash, who has a team-leading 136 kills (3.89 kps), and is hitting at a .175 clip.  The floor leader for the Aztecs is Johnna Fouch, who is averaging 11.22 assists-per-set, while helping steer the SDSU offense to a team attack percentage of .235.

 SCOUTING THE COUGARS: BYU enters the week with an overall record of 6-3 after sweeping both Montana and UC Irvine this past week.  The Cougars will battle in-state rival Utah on Tuesday before the Toreros come to town.  USD leads the all-time series at 4-2, including splitting the meetings last season, which gave both USD and BYU a share of the WCC championship.  BYU's offense is paced by Alexa Gray, who has a team-best 138 kills (3.94 kps), and is hitting at a .310 clip.  The floor leader for the Cougars is Camry Godfrey, who is averaging 11.64 aps to help steer the Cougar offense to a team attack percentage of .265.

FERRARI TABBED WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior middle hitter Chloe Ferrari of there ninth-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team has been tabbed the West Coast Conference Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday morning. Ferrari helped the Toreros to a perfect 3-0 record this past weekend to capture the championship of the USD Tournament. Ferrari recorded 31 kills, while hitting for an impressive .578 clip, and recorded eight digs and six blocks. This is the second consecutive week she has taken home this honor.  Ferrari helped lead USD to the biggest win in program history, a 3-1 win over top-ranked USC on Friday, and the Toreros' fourth win over a top-20 team this season. In this match, Ferrari was the driving force to USD winning, as she paced the team with 21 kills, while hitting for a .531 clip. The 21 kills ties a career-high for Ferrari. She followed that up with a four-kill performance against Eastern Washington, and then capped off the week with a perfect six kills on six swings to hit for a 1.000 clip against UC Santa Barbara in just two sets.

FIVE HEADED MONSTER: A common occurrence for the USD offense in the early part of the season is the fact that any combination of Chloe Ferrari, Katie Hoekman, Alaysia Brown, Sandra Lozic and Taylor Hollins could all record double-digit kills in any given match. Of the Toreros eight matches this season, all five have recorded double-digit kills in two, and any combination of four have recorded double-digit kills in five of the eight matches.   

NATION'S LEADERS: San Diego as a team is not only appearing in the top of the national rankings, but also in the top of the national statistical rankings.  USD currently leads the nation in assists-per-set at 15.0, while they place second in kills-per-set at 15.88.  Meanwhile, on the individual side of things, Chloe Ferrari's hitting percentage of .460 is the 16th best in the nation, while Katie Hoekman's hitting percentage of .415 is 34th best, and C'era Oliveira's digs-per-set of 4.88 is the 50th best in the nation.    

WITH HONORS: San Diego not only posted a perfect 3-0 record to win the championship of the USD Tournament, but they also placed three players on the All-Tournament team.  The Tournament's MVP was Chloe Ferrari, while both Katie Hoekman and C'era Oliveira were named to the All-Tournament team as well.  Ferrari recorded 31 kills, while hitting for an impressive .578 clip, and recorded eight digs and six blocks.  Hoekman on the other hand was not far off Ferrari's numbers, as she recorded 34 kills (3.40 kps), while hitting for an impressive .426 clip and she recorded five blocks.  Oliveira was all over the place defensively, as she recorded a tournament-high 54 digs (5.40 dps) in helping lead USD to a 3-0 record.  This is the second All-Tournament honor for both Hoekman and Oliveira, who were also selected to the All-Tournament team at the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Classic.  

WHO'S HOT FOR THE TOREROS: Newcomer, and senior transfer outside hitter Taylor Hollins, is off to a great start for the Toreros.  This past week, she recorded 24 kills, while recording 29 digs, the third most on the team last week.  Alaysia Brown also had a great weekend for USD, as she recorded 27 kills, while Sandra Lozic recorded 27 kills and added in 25 digs.

TOREROS TABBED SECOND IN WCC PRESEASON POLL: The defending West Coast Conference Co-Champion University of San Diego women's volleyball team was picked to finish second in a preseason WCC Coaches poll.  BYU was chosen to win the 2013 WCC title after capturing five of the nine possible first place votes and 74 points overall. Just one point shy of the Cougars, USD tallied 73 points and three of the remaining first place votes. The Cougars and Toreros tied for first place in last year's regular season.  Saint Mary's College earned 69 points and two first place votes, while Pepperdine was picked fourth with 58 points. Loyola Marymount University earned 43 points and Santa Clara University tallied 42 points to finish fifth and sixth, respectively. Newcomer University of the Pacific earned 33 points to finish seventh, while the University of San Francisco (32 points), Gonzaga University (16 points) and the University of Portland (10 points) rounded out the preseason poll.