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No. 12 Toreros look to stay hot in Pacific Northwest
Nov. 8, 2017

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San Diego Volleyball
Thursday at Portland 7 p.m. Live Stats
 Saturday at Gonzaga 12 p.m. Live Stats

WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE:  No. 12 San Diego will look to extend its nine-match winning streak this weekend when it heads to Pacific Northwest. The Toreros (19-4, 12-1 WCC) begin the week at Portland (14-11, 5-8WCC) on Thursday at 7 p.m. and will play at Gonzaga (13-12, 8-5 WCC) on Saturday at noon. Both matches will be streamed on and live statistics will be available via


The Last Meeting
San Diego3
October 14, 2017
Jenny Craig Pavilion
Torero ground Pilots with 3-0 sweep
The No. 18 USD Volleyball team (14-4, 7-1) swept the Portland Pilots 3-0 Saturday afternoon inside the Jenny Craig Pavilion. Jayden Kennedy had a match-high 16 kills to help lift the Toreros to a 25-21, 25-23, 25-19 win.

The Last Meeting
San Diego3
October 12, 2017
Jenny Craig Pavilion
Toreros sweep Zags 3-0
The 18th-ranked Torero volleyball team (13-4, 6-1) gave Gonzaga (11-8, 6-1) their first conference loss of the season Thursday evening, sweeping the Bulldogs 3-0 inside the Jenny Craig Pavilion. Jayden Kennedy’s team-high 15 kills led the Toreros to a 25-18, 25-20, 25-21 win.

QUICK WORK: With a pair of sweeps last week, the Toreros have now won nine straight matches and 25 of their past 28 sets. 

SET IT & FORGET IT: One of the biggest factors to the Toreros' success has been the stellar play of senior setter Kristen Gengenbacher. The All-America candidate is first in the conference and 13th in the nation in assists per set (11.56) and her sets have helped the Toreros post a .264 hitting percentage, which is good for 27th in the nation. This past weekend, Gengenbacher moved into fourth place in the USD record books for career assists, passing Shannon Mutch (3,426, 1989-92).

PICHA-BOO: Junior middle blocker Addie Picha is in the midst of a breakout season. She is third in the conference and 24th in the nation with 1.39 blocks per set while also ranking second in the conference and 32nd in the nation in hitting percentage (.392).

ELITE COMPANY: The Toreros rank in the top five nationally in two key statistics. They are third in assists per set (14.20) and fourth in kills per set (14.99).

EFFICIENCY IS THE KEY: The Toreros are second in the WCC and 27th in the nation in hitting percentage (.264). They are led by Kaity Edwards' .402 hitting percentage which is tops in the WCC and 22nd in the nation. Addie Picha is hitting .392, good for second in the conference and 32nd in the nation. Both rates would rank amongst the top five all-time in a season for a Torero.


SCOUTING PORTLAND: The Pilots are 14-11 on the year and 5-8 in conference... They are second in the conference in digs per set (15.71) and third in aces per set (1.49)... Hannah Troutman is second in the WCC and 20th in the nation with 4.31 kills per set... Setter Cali Thompson averages 10.38 assists per set, third best in the conference... Head Coach Brent Crouch was the 2016 WCC Coach of the Year after leading the Pilots to 10 WCC wins, their most since joining the conference.

THE SERIES VS. THE PILOTS: The Toreros are 52-9 all-time against the Pilots, although Portland has won two of the last four matches... Before that, the Toreros had won 45 straight matches... USD swept Portland October 14 inside the JCP.

SCOUTING GONZAGA: Gonzaga is 13-12 on the year... After starting 6-0 in conference, they have lost five of their past seven WCC matches... They are 9th in the conference in hitting percentage (.190)... Jenna Kuehn has three triple-doubles, the most in the WCC and tied for the sixth most in the nation... Diane Nelson is in her seventh season at Gonzaga and second as head coach. Last season, she led the Zags to a 17-11 record, their best mark since 1994.

THE SERIES VS. THE BULLDOGS: The Toreros are 50-9 all-time against Gonzaga... They have beaten the Bulldogs in 44 straight matches... The last time Gonzaga beat USD was September 30, 1994, a 3-1 Bulldogs win in Spokane.


WCC DOMINANCE: Since Coach Petrie took over as head coach, the Toreros have been the top program in the WCC. Dating back to 1999, Petrie's first year as head coach, the Toreros have gone 221-64 (.775) in conference matches. Since 2004, the Toreros have taken first or second place in the WCC every year except for one.

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Jayden Kennedy was named to the All-Tournament team for all three of the Toreros' preseason tournaments. Kaity Edwards and Kristen Gengenbacher earned that honor twice.

WELL-DESERVED: Associate Head Coach Brent Hilliard was named a finalist for the Southern California Indoor Volleyball Hall of Fame. As a powerful opposite player, Hilliard led Long Beach to the 1990 NCAA finals and in 1991 to its first NCAA title. He was the 1991 NCAA MVP, then the 1992 NCAA Player of the Year and finished as a three-time first team All-American. He then won an Olympic Games Bronze medal in 1992 as the team's youngest player and followed with a silver medal in 1993 Pan-American Games. He also won a bronze medal in the 1991 World Cup. 27 finalists were announced and 15 will be chosen in May of 2018.

SUMMER STORIES: Kristen Gengenbacher and Lauren Fuller were selected to be on the U.S. Collegiate National team this past summer. Gengenbacher represented the U.S. in Croatia and helped America win the European Global Challenge with a perfect 6-0 record. Fuller was with the team at their Minneapolis program, but was unable to play due to an injury. Fuller was joined in Minnesota by USD assistant coach Marie Zidek, who served on the CNT coaching staff for the second straight summer.

PRESEASON PROPS: Kristen Gengenbacher and Kaity Edwards were selected to the All-WCC Preseason Team. Both Gengenbacher and Edwards were All-WCC honorable mention selections last season. Gengenbacher has led the team in assists the past two seasons as the team's starting setter. She enters the 2017 season with 2,518 career assists, the ninth most in program history. For the second summer in a row, she competed with the U.S. Collegiate National Team and helped the squad win the European Global Challenge in Croatia this past July. Edwards made an immediate impact in 2016, her first year with the Toreros after transferring from Santa Clara. She finished third on the team in kills (235, .364 percentage), total blocks (66) and block assists (58).

PICKED SECOND: The Toreros were picked to finish second in the preseason WCC Coaches Poll. USD received one first place vote and 72 total points in the preseason coaches poll, trailing only the 2016 champion, BYU, who had 81 points. Portland, fresh off the most successful season in program history was tabbed third with 58 points. Pacific was picked to finish fourth with 50 points. Santa Clara snared 48 points to round out the top-five of the survey, one point in front of sixth-place Pepperdine (47). Saint Mary's (35), Loyola Marymount (28), Gonzaga (21) and San Francisco (9) round out the survey.

BEST OF THE BEST: Head Coach Jennifer Petrie has built the Toreros in to one of best programs in the nation. In the past 21 seasons, USD has made the NCAA Tournament 19 times. Other accomplishments in that span include winning 15 NCAA Tournament matches, producing 13 All-Americans, winning nine WCC championships, having 10 WCC Players of the Year, 42 All-WCC first team honorees, four WCC Defensive Players of the Year, and three Sweet 16 appearances.




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Toreros win in first round of playoffs at NAU
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Video Thumbnail Torero Tuesday
A day to give to Torero Athletics
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Twelve
Toreros gear up for last game of conference play
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Eleven
Toreros prep for game day
Video Thumbnail Torero Timeout with Summer Mason
USD junior women's soccer player takes a timeout during a study break
Video Thumbnail On Saturday We Dominate
Big wins for both USD Football and USD Volleyball Saturday afternoon
Video Thumbnail Torero Timeout with Henry Lander
Men's soccer sophomore Henry Lander takes a Timeout between classes
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Ten
Toreros gear up for home game against Drake
Video Thumbnail Halloween Hoopla
Men's and women's basketball teamed up to host a Halloween event
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Nine
Big day in the weight room for the Toreros
Video Thumbnail Seamus McFadden's Legacy
39 years in review by former players and coaches
Video Thumbnail Seamus Night
Alumni, staff and the San Diego community gathered to celebrate Men's Soccer Head Coach Seamus McFadden
Video Thumbnail Sixth Man Night: The Event
Recap video of the October 12 fundraiser event
Video Thumbnail Women's Basketball: WCC Hoops Tip-Off
Coach Fisher and Maya Hood attend media day in Las Vegas
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: New Heights
Men's basketball celebrates the third era of the program
Video Thumbnail Homecoming
Alumni and family gathered together for an eventful Homecoming weekend
Video Thumbnail Torero Timeout with Kristen Gengenbacher
Take a Timeout with the senior setter at her house in South Mission Beach
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Seven
Football preps for this Saturday's Homecoming game
Video Thumbnail Torero Timeout with Jonathan Petersen
USD Football's Petersen strolls through Belmont Park during his bye week
Video Thumbnail USD Basketball: Practice No. 1
Check out what practice looks like for the Torero ballers
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Five
Toreros prep for big game against Dayton
Video Thumbnail Football: FaceTime with Lion's Jamal Agnew
USD Head Coach Dale Lindsey congratulates Torero alum Agnew on his first NFL touchdown
Video Thumbnail Football: Brian Fogarty PFL Classic
From tailgates to touchdowns, we got it all
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Four
Hard work follows these Toreros on and off the field
Video Thumbnail Cross Country: USD Invite
Missed Saturday's race? Don't stress, we have it right here
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Three
Sights and sounds of USD Football at work
Video Thumbnail USD Invite: Take a Lap
Men's and women's cross country host the USD Invite: the only home race for the Toreros
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Two
Football hard at work for their first away game at UC Davis
Video Thumbnail Three Games - One Day
Ole Weekend was one to remember for USD Athletics
Video Thumbnail Football: Week One
Toreros preps for their home opener against Western New Mexico
Video Thumbnail 2017 Football Season Preview
Head Coach Dale Lindsey and Senior Ray Clark discuss upcoming season
Video Thumbnail USD Athletics Highlight Video 2016-17
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