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Nov. 12, 2012

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WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE: The 18th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team (20-5, 12-3 WCC) will take a brief break from WCC action on Wednesday, as they head across Interstate 8 to battle cross-town rival San Diego State at 7 p.m.  USD will then return home on Saturday to host No. 14 BYU in the WCC championship match inside the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

LAST TIME OUT: The Toreros posted a 2-0 record this past week, defeating the Portland Pilots in four sets, then sweeping Gonzaga this past Saturday.  In Thursday's win over the Pilots, Katie Hoekman paced the Torero offense, as she recorded 16 kills on 23 swings, while only committing three errors to hit for a .565 clip. Alaysia Brown was the second USD player in double digit kills as she recorded 15, while Sandra Lozic chipped in with 10 kills. Rachel Alvey led the team with 32 assists, while C'era Oliveira posted a double-double with 10 assists and 11 digs. As a team, USD hit .257.  In Saturday's sweep over the Zags, Amber Tatsch recorded her match-best 14 kills on 24 swings, while only committing three errors to hit for a .458 clip. Lozic had a near double-double as she recorded nine kills and had 17 digs, while Jianna Bonomi led the team with 22 assists, and she recorded eight digs in helping steer the USD offense to a .348 attack percentage. C'era Oliveira had a great day defensively for the Toreros, as she recorded 15 digs.

The Last Meeting
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October 18, 2011
San Diego, CA
Toreros Win Barn Burner Over Aztecs, 3-2
Behind a 18-kill and 12-dig performance from junior outside hitter Amber Tatsch, the 16th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team ran its winning streak to eight with a thrilling 3-2 win over cross-town rival San Diego State University Tuesday evening in a non-conference match at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

The Last Meeting
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October 31, 2012
Provo, UT
Toreros Stunned by BYU
Alaysia Brown recorded a career-high 15 kills and Chloe Ferrari added in 10, but it wasn't enough, as the 18th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team was stunned by No. 17 Brigham Young University Wednesday afternoon in a West Coast Conference match.

SCOUTING THE AZTECS: San Diego State enters the match with an overall record of   20-7 and they have an 11-3 mark in the Mountain West Conference after  sweeping Boise State this past Saturday.  Senior middle blocker Andrea Hannasch paces the Aztecs offense, as she has recorded 308 kills (2.85 kps), while hitting for a .292 clip.  Junior setter Johnna Fouch is the floor leader for the Aztecs, as she has recorded 900 assists on the season, while helping lead the teams to a .243 attack percentage.  The Aztecs lead the all-time series at 25-24, but the Toreros have won the last 10 meetings, with the last SDSU win coming on September 1, 2001 at Peterson Gym.  

SCOUTING THE COUGARS:  Brigham Young University enters the week ranked No. 13 in the latest AVCA top-25 poll after improving their record to 24-2 overall and 12-2 in the WCC with a sweep over Santa Clara this past Saturday.  BYU is just .5 matches up on USD and will play Pepperdine on Thursday before coming to the Jenny Craig Pavilion.  The offense is paced by junior opposite Jennifer Hamson, who had 351 kills (3.90 kps), while hitting for a .316 clip.  Senior setter Heather Hannemann is the floor general for the Cougars, as she has recorded 1,012 assists (11.24 aps), while helping steer the BYU offense to a .316 team attack percentage.  USD is 3-2 all-time against the Cougars, including dropping the first meeting, 3-1, in Provo back on Halloween this season.

WHERE WE STAND:  Heading into the final week of the regular-season, USD is currently in sole possession of second place in the WCC, just .5 matches back of BYU with one conference match to play.  In order for the Toreros to claim the WCC championship, here is what needs to happen...BYU must lose to Pepperdine on Thursday, and then USD defeat the Cougars Saturday, and the Toreros are outright champions...or...if BYU defeats Pepperdine, then USD defeats BYU, it will be a shared WCC crown.  Its just that simple, if USD defeats BYU, they will have at least a share of the 2012 WCC championship.

HOEKMAN CONTINUES TO DOMINATE: USD junior middle hitter Katie Hoekman put together another fantastic week for the Toreros.  Hoekman helped lead USD to another perfect 2-0 week, and helped keep USD in sole possession of second place, which sets up a WCC championship match against BYU on Saturday.  Hoekman paced the Torero offense with 23 kills (3.28 KPS), while hitting for an impressive .513 clip.  The Folsom, Calif. native also recorded a team-best eight blocks.  She began the week with 16-kill and 4-block performance against Portland, and she followed that up with a 7-kill and 4-block performance against Gonzaga.  Overall, Hoekman is tied for the team-lead in kills with 256 (2.64 kps), and leads the team in blocks with 108.

WELCOME BACK AMBER:  Torero senior outside hitter Amber Tatsch had the best performance of the season in Saturday's win over Gonzaga.  The Houston, Texas native recorded a season-high 14 kills on 24 swings, while only committing three errors to hit for a .458 clip.  Overall, Tatsch has recorded 107 kills, while leading the team with 30 service aces.

WE ARE SO DOWN WITH THE BROWN:  Sophomore middle/outside hitter Alaysia Brown continues her impressive break-out season, as this past week she recorded 23 kills, hit for a .300 clip and recorded a pair of blocks.  Overall, Brown is tied with Katie Hoekman for the team-lead in kills with 256 (2.64 kps), while hitting .289.

THE POLLS:  The University of San Diego women's volleyball team moved up one spot to No. 18 in the latest AVCA top-25 polls, after posting a 2-0 record this past week.  San Diego State is not ranked, andf BYU is ranked No. 13 in the latest ABCA top-25 poll.  

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.

A PAIR OF TOREROS NAMED TO ALL-WCC PRESEASON TEAM: Junior All-American Chloe Ferrari and All-WCC first-teamer Katie Hoekman both were selected to the WCC Preseason All-Conference team.  

- 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.