Rachel Alvey averaged 11.0 assists-per-set during USD's 14-match winning streak.
Oct. 25, 2012
WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE: The 14th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team (17-3, 9-1 WCC) will go to battle with Santa Clara University this Saturday inside the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion. Saturday will be the Toreros' lone match of the week, and will begin at 1 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT: The Toreros posted a 1-1 record this past week, defeating the San Francisco Dons in five sets, then dropping their first WCC match to Saint Mary's, 3-2 this past Saturday. In Thursday's win over USF, Chloe Ferrari tied a career-high with 21 kills on 31 swings, while only committing four errors to hit for a .548 clip. Sandra Lozic was the second of four Toreros with double-digit kills, as she had 14, while both Carrie Baird and Alaysia Brown had 10 kills apiece. Rachel Alvey recorded another double-double, as she had 48 assists and had 15 digs, while Kandiss Anderson recorded 13 digs and Baird added in 11. Then in Saturday's heartbreaking 3-2 loss to SMC, Lozic paced the Toreros' offense with 21 kills on 47 swings for a .362 percentage. Baird (13 kills), Brown (12) and Ferrari (11) each recorded double-digit kills for USD (17-3, 9-1 WCC). Alvey recorded 49 assists in the effort.
SCOUTING THE BRONCOS: Santa Clara enters the week with an overall record of 16-7 and a 5-3 mark in West Coast Conference play after upending, then No. 16, BYU this past week. The Toreros defeated the Broncos in the first meeting, 3-1, in Santa Clara back on Sept. 22. The Broncos offense is paced by the reigning WCC Player of the Week Meghan Anders, who has a team-best 271 kills (2.91 kps) and is hitting at a .395 clip. The setter duties have been split between Alyssa Anderson (602 assists) and Chelsea Heier (435 assists), and these ladies have the team hitting for a .235 clip.
FERRARI POWERS USD'S OFFENSE LAST WEEK: Junior All-American Chloe Ferrari paced the Toreros offense, as she recorded 32 kills, while hitting for an impressive .532 clip. Ferrari began the week with an impressive 21-kill performance, which tied a career-high, and she hit for a .548 clip in helping lead USD to a 3-2 win over USF. Ferrari then followed that performance up with an 11-kill performance in the loss to Saint Mary's, and she hit for a .450 clip. Ferrari also recorded four blocks for the week.
A LOOK BACK AT THE STREAK: San Diego saw its 14-match winning streak come to an end this past Saturday with a tough 3-2 loss to No. 25 Saint Mary's College. But lets take a few moments to look back at all the great things that happened during this streak. USD opened WCC play up at 9-0, which placed them in sole possession of first place in the conference standings. The Toreros were hitting .244 as a team, while holding opponents to a .162 attack percentage. USD had five players record at least 100 kills, paced by Chloe Ferrari's 164, and Ferrari hit for an impressive .404 clip. Junior setter Rachel Alvey paced the team with 11.0 assists-per-set, and Katie Hokeman was a brick wall at the net, racking up a team-best 64 blocks.
IT'S BEEN A WHILE: USD defeated San Francisco this past Thursday, 3-2, at War Memorial Gym, marking the first time since 2010 that the Toreros have won in San Francisco. In fact, the Toreros have only defeated the Dons on their home floor twice in the last six seasons.
SEASON SWEEPS: The Toreros have swept three season series this season thus far, as they defeated Cal Poly twice (both on neutral courts and both 3-0 sweeps).USD also has WCC series sweeps against Loyola Marymount (3-1 in Los Angeles on Sept. 27, and 3-0 in San Diego on Oct. 13), and San Francisco (3-1 in San Diego on Sept. 20, and 3-2 in San Francisco on Oct. 18). San Diego will look to claim its fourth season sweep this Saturday as they host Santa Clara, who USD defeated 3-1 in Santa Clara back on Sept. 22. The Toreros will also be looking to complete a series sweep against Pepperdine next week on Nov. 3 inside the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
THE POLLS: The University of San Diego women's volleyball team dropped one spot to No. 14 in the latest AVCA top-25 polls, after posting a 1-1 record this past week. Santa Clara is not 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.