Oct. 9, 2012
WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE: The 13th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team (14-2, 6-0 WCC) will go to battle with Gonzaga University and Loyola Marymount University this week, both at home. On Thursday, USD and Gonzaga will clash in a 7 p.m, meeting, while Saturday's showdown with LMU will begin at 1 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT: The Toreros posted a 2-0 record this past week to remain in sole possession of first place in the WCC. USD picked up a pair of 3-1 wins over Saint Mary's and, then No. 23, Pepperdine University. In Wednesday's nationally televised win over SMC, Katie Hoekman was the superstar for the Toreros as she recorded 13 kills, hitting for a .500 clip, also adding eight total blocks. Carrie Baird led the team with 15 kills, and Sandra Lozic reached double digits with 10 kills. Rachel Alvey recorded a double-double with 50 assists and 17 digs, and Kandiss Anderson led the defense with 19 digs. USD hit .134, while holding SMC to a .088 attack percentage. In Saturday's win over the Waves, Chloe Ferrari led the team's offense, as the All-American recorded 16 kills, on 29 swings, while only committing one error to hit for a .518 clip. Sandra Lozic wasn't far behind, as she recorded 15 kills, while Carrie Baird recorded 14 kills and Katie Hoekman recorded 11 kills. Rachel Alvey recorded a season-high 60 assists in helping steer the USD offense to a .305 team attack percentage, and Kandiss Anderson led the team's defense as she had 28 digs.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS: Gonzaga enters the match with an overall record of 9-9, and they have a 1-4 mark in the WCC after dropping a pair of matches to San Francisco and Santa Clara this past week. Savannah Blin leads the Zags' offense as she has a team-leading 230 kills, while hitting at a .230 clip and has 76 digs. USD leads the all-time series at 39-9. GU is under the direction of fourth-year head coach Dave Gantt. During his brief time in Spokane, Gantt has recorded an overall record of 31-73.
SCOUTING THE LIONS: Loyola Marymount enters the week with an overall record of 10-8, and they are 1-4 in the WCC after dropping a 3-2 decision to No. 16 BYU and a 3-1 decision to Saint Mary's this past week. The offensive leader for the Lions is junior right side Kathleen Luft, who is leading the team in kills with 269 (3.96 kps) and is hitting at a .248 clip. The floor leader for LMU is freshman setter Hannah Tedrow, who has a team-leading 1,228 assists on the season, and has helped steer the Lions offense to a team attack percentage of .234. INSIDE THE NUMBERS: San Diego enters the week leading the West Coast Conference in a few key statistical areas. First, the Toreros are the lone undefeated team in the WCC at 6-0, while also leading the league in assists per set at 14.71, in league games. USD also leads the league in both kills-per-set (15.58) and digs-per-set (16.0) and the team is second in blocks-per-set (2.75). Individually, Rachel Alvey leads the conference in assists-per-set at 12.83 and Katie Hoekman is third in blocks at 1.46 per-set in WCC matches.
HELLO SANDRA: Sophomore outside hitter Sandra Lozic made her presence felt this past week, as she broke out with 25 kills, second most for the week on the team. Lozic had back-to-back matches of at least 120 kills, as the Belgrade, Serbia native racked up 10 kills in Wednesday's win over Saint Mary's, and she followed that up with a season-high 15 kills in the win over, then No. 23, Pepperdine. On the season, Lozic has recorded 96 kills and is hitting at a .183 clip. BLOCK PARTY: Junior middle hitter Katie Hoekman was an impenetrable wall at the net this past week, as the Folsom, Calif. native recorded 11 blocks, to lead the Toreros defense. Hokeman was also a huge help offensively, as she recorded 24 kills, while hitting for an impressive .391 clip. On the season, Hoekman leads the team with 167 kills, and she leads the blocking effort with 64.
CARRIE HEATING UP: Senior outside hitter Carrie Baird has been playing really well as of late. This past week alone, she led the team's offense in kills with 29 (3.62 kps), and she hit for a .207 clip while recording 17 digs. Baird began the week with a double-double, as she recorded 15 kills and had 10 digs against Saint Mary's. She then followed that up with a 14-kill and 7-dig performance against, then No. 23, Pepperdine on Saturday. Overall, Baird is fourth on the team in kills with 152 (2.58 kps) and she has recorded the second most digs with 156.
ALVEY TABBED WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior setter Rachel Alvey helped lead USD to a pair of huge WCC wins, as USD downed SMC on ESPNU 3-1, and followed that up with a 3-1 thumping of #23 Pepperdine on Saturday. Alvey averaged an impressive 13.75 assists-per-set, en route to helping steer the San Diego offense to a team attack percentage of .213. Alvey recorded a total of 110 assists, 50 against SMC and a season-high of 60 in the win against nationally-ranked Pepperdine. Alvey began the week with a 50-assist and 17 dig performance against the Gaels for a double-double, and she had a near- second double-double as she had 60 assists and nine digs against Pepperdine. Most importantly with threes two wins, USD remains in sole possession of first place, and the only undefeated team in WCC play.
GOING STREAKING: The University of San Diego women's volleyball team is currently riding a season-high 11-match winning streak, after picking up two wins this past week. During this streak, the Toreros are hitting .246 as a team, while holding opponents to a .170 attack percentage. Four different Toreros have recorded at least 110 kills, paced by Katie Hoekman's 123. USD will look to extend this streak this week as they host to Gonzaga on Thursday and Loyola Marymount on Saturday.
THE POLLS: The University of San Diego women's volleyball team moved up two spots to No. 13 in the latest AVCA top-25 polls, after posting a 2-0 record this past week. Neither Gonzaga or Loyola Marymount are ranked in any of the top-25 polls.
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.
- 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.