Toreros to Host USF in Dig Pink Match Thursday

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Jianna Bonomi.

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Jianna Bonomi.
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Oct. 8, 2013

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WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE: The 12th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team (11-3, 3-2 WCC) will return to the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion this week for a pair of WCC matches.  On Thursday, the Toreros will host the University of San Francisco in a 7 p.m. match, before welcoming Santa Clara to town on Saturday for a 1 p.m. match.    

LAST TIME OUT: The Toreros posted a perfect 2-0 record this past week, as they rallied back from a 2-0 deficit to claim a 3-2 win over Loyola Marymount on Thursday.  USD then picked up a clean sweep over Pepperdine on Saturday to improve to 11-3 overall and 3-2 in the WCC.  In Thursday's win, Chloe Ferrari recorded a match-best 19 kills on 34 swings, while only committing three errors to hit for a .471 clip.  Both Alaysia Brown and Sandra Lozic recorded 13 kills a piece, with Lozic also recording 12 digs to post a double-double.  The final Torero in double-digit kills was Taylor Hollins, who had 12 kills.  Jianna Bonomi recorded 41 assists in helping steer the Torero offense to a .210 team attack percentage, while C'era Oliveira recorded 15 digs to lead the defense. Then in Saturday's win, Brown paced the Torero offense with a match-best 17 kills, while hitting for a .433 clip. Hollins was the second Torero in double-digit kills, as she had 13 to go along with 10 digs to post a double-double. Bonomi recorded 31 assists and had 10 digs to record a double-double, while Oliveira led the defensive side of things with 22 digs. As a team, USD hit .304.

TOREROS MOVE UP TO NO. 12:  The University of San Diego women's volleyball team has moved up one spot to No. 12 in the latest AVCA top-25 poll. This marks the sixth consecutive week that the Toreros have appeared in the top-25.  Neither San Francisco or Santa Clara are ranked in any of the top-25 polls.  The only other WCC team to be ranked is BYU, who just entered the polls at No. 24.

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.

SCOUTING THE DONS: San Francisco enters the match with an overall record of 7-8, and they have a 3-2 mark in the WCC after splitting a pair of matches this past week.  The Dons began the week with a 3-2 loss to Gonzaga, then swept Portland.  USD leads the all-time series at 41-15.  The USF offense is paced by Valentina Zaloznik, who has recorded 183 kills (2.95 kps), while hitting for a .367 clip.  The floor leaders for the Dons are setters McKenzie Murtagh (336 assists) and Klara McKibben  (168 assists).   These two setters have helped steer the team to a .246 attack percentage.
 
SCOUTING THE BRONCOS: Santa Clara enters the week with an overall record of 7-7 and a 2-3 mark in the WCC after splitting their matches this past week, defeating Portland 3-1, then dropping a 3-1 decision to Gonzaga.  SCU leads the all-time series a 29-25, but the Toreros have won the last 10 meetings.  SCU's offense is run through NIkki Hess, who has a team-leading 168 kills, while hitting for a .221 clip.  Alyssa Anderson is the floor leader for the Broncos, as she has recorded 596 assists in helping steer the team to a .288 attack percentage.  

WE ARE SO DOWN WITH THE BROWN: Junior opposite Alaysia Brown helped lead USD to its first 2-0 week in WCC action, as the Toreros rallied for a 3-2 win over LMU on Thursday, then swept away Pepperdine on Saturday.  For the week, Brown recorded 30 kills, while hitting for a .290 clip and she had four blocks and four digs.  Brown played a major role in the Toreros rallying back from a 2-0 deficit against LMU on Thursday.  In that match, Brown recorded 13 kills and had three blocks.  She then followed that up with a season-high 17-kill performance against Pepperdine, in which she hit .433 on Saturday.

DIG PINK: Throughout October, also known as "Breast Cancer Awareness Month," all 10 WCC volleyball teams will be hosting a "Dig Pink" match to help promote breast cancer awareness and raise funds to benefit the Side-Out Foundation, a national 501(c)(3) located in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Breast Cancer research nationally through volleyball tournaments, clinics, and rallies. Thursday's match against San Francisco has been designated USD's "Dig Pink" match.

GAMETRACKER AVAILABLE: All San Diego volleyball home and select road matches can be followed live via Gametracker, or through Stat Broadcast, on the Toreros athletic web site at www.usdtoreros.com. Both programs give fans real-time updates of the action.

USD AT HOME: San Diego is 6-1 when playing inside of the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion this season.  In USD home matches, the Toreros are hitting .259 as a team, while holding their opponents to a .167 attack percentage.  The Toreros are averaging 14.04 kills-per-set and have only committed 137 errors on 882 attempts.  Five Toreros have recorded 60 or more kills, paced by Chloe Ferrari's 71, followed by Alaysia Brown's 69, Sandra Lozic's 67,  and both Taylor Hollins and Katie Hoekman have 62 kills apiece.     

THE RPI: The NCAA released their first Ratings Per Index (RPI) on Monday, and it has the Toreros with the No. 8 RPI in the country.  The Toreros are hoping to be in the top-16 of the RPI ranking by seasons end in order to place themselves in a great position to host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004.  

DOUBLE THE PLEASURE, DOUBLE THE FUN: Junior setter Jianna Bonomi recorded her team-leading sixth double-double of the season in Saturday's 3-0 win over Pepperdine.  Bonomi recorded 10 digs and had 31 assists.  Bonomi wasn't the only USD player to record a double-double, and Taylor Hollins posted her third of the season.  Hollins recorded 13 kills and 10 digs.  The only other Torero this season to record a double-double is Sandra Lozic, and she too had three.     

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: San Diego as a team is not only appearing in the national rankings, but also in the top of the national statistical rankings.  USD is currently third in the nation in assists-per-set at 14.24 as a team, while they place fifth in kills-per-set at 15.04.  Meanwhile, on the individual side of things, Chloe Ferrari's hitting percentage of .426 is the 18th best in the nation.

A LOOK BACK AT SEPTEMBER: USD had one of its most impressive months in program history, as the Toreros posted a 9-3 overall record.  The Toreros recorded an unprecedented win over No. 11 Hawaii, in Honolulu, followed by three consecutive wins over ranked teams in the month, highlighted by a 3-1 upset win over the No. 1 team in the nation, USC, in USD's home-opener.  With that win, the Toreros jumped up to a No. 2 national rankings, marking the highest ranking by any USD team in the division I era.  San Diego was in the top-10 of the nation's polls for three consecutive weeks.  

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.