USD Prepping for WCC Title Match on Saturday vs. BYU

Nov. 19, 2013

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WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE: The ninth-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team (23-3, 15-2 WCC) will host No. 21 Brigham Young University on Saturday in a winner take allWCC championship match inside the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion.  USD and BYU split the title last season, and this season it will for be an outright champion.  The match will be aired live on the TheW.tv, in full high definition at not cost to the viewer.  

LAST TIME OUT: The Toreros posted another perfect 2-0 record this past week, sweeping both Portland and Gonzaga to run their winning streak to 14.  The match is slatted to begin at 1 p.m. at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.  USD began the week with a 3-0 win over Portland, and in this match, Taylor Hollins led all players with her 11 kills on 25 swings, while only committing three errors to hit for a .325 clip. Katie Hoekman also had a great match, as she recorded eight kills and hit for a .571 clip, while Alaysia Brown recorded eight kills as well, hitting .312 for the match. Jianna Bonomi (18 assists) and Rachel Alvey (13 assists) helped steer the USD offense to a .345 team attack percentage.  San Diego then followed that up with a 3-0 win over the Zags on Saturday. In this match, Sandra Lozic led all players with the 13 kills, while hitting for a .423 clip and she recorded five digs. Hoekman also had a great match, as she recorded 13 kills on 14 swings, while committing no errors to hit for a .857 clip, and she recorded four blocks. The .857 hitting percentage is the second highest single-match percentage in program history. Bonomi (22 assists) and Alvey (18 assists) helped steer the USD offense to a team attack percentage of .364, while C'era Oliveira racked up a match-high 15 digs.

TOREROS DROP TO NO. 9:  The University of San Diego women's volleyball team dropped one spot to No. 9 in the latest AVCA top-25 poll to No. 9. This marks the 11th consecutive week that the Toreros have appeared in the top-25, and marks USD's eighth week all together in the top-10, having reached as high as No. 2 on Sept. 16.  The only other WCC team to be ranked is BYU, who is No. 21 in the latest AVCA top-25 poll. 

SCOUTING THE COUGARS: BYU enters the match with an overall record of 22-5, and they have 15-2 mark in the WCC, good for a tie for first place with USD.  Last week, the Cougars swept both of their opponents in Gonzaga and Portland.  USD leads the all-time series at 4-2, but the Cougars managed to defeat USD, 3-0, in their first meeting back on Sept. 20, the WCC opener for both teams.  The BYU offense is paced by outside hitter Alexa Gray, who has recorded a team-best 394 kills (3.83 kps), while hitting for a .317 clip.  The floor leader for the Cougars is setter Camry Godfrey, who has 1,122 assists (10.89 aps), while helping steer the Brigham Young offense to a team attack percentage of .268.  BYU is under the direction of third-year head coach Shawn Olmstead.  During his time as head coach, Olmstead has recorded an overall record of 71-18.

HOEKMAN HAS A MONSTER WEEK:  Senior middle hitter Katie Hoekman had one of her most impressive statistical week's of her career.  The Folsom, Calif. native recorded 20 kills on 28 swings to hit for an impressive .714 clip with four blocks.  Hoekman began the week with eight kills on 14 swings, had no errors, to hit for an .571 clip.  She then followed that up with 12 kills on 14 swings, while committing no errors ,to hit for a .857 clip.  The .857 clip is the second best single-match hitting percentage in program history.  She also recorded four blocks in this match.  On the season, Hoekman has recorded 256 kills (2.69 kps) and his hitting for a .393 clip, and she is second on the team with 72 blocks.  

GOING STREAKING: San Diego is in the midst of a season-high 14-match winning streak, after sweeping both Portland and Gonzaga this past week.   This current streak began with USD's thrilling 3-2 come-from-behind win over Loyola Marymount on Oct. 3.  During this streak, USD is hitting for a .282 clip as a team, and holding their opponents to a .168 clip.  Five players have recorded at least 125 or more kills, paced by Chloe Ferrari's 164 ,followed by Alaysia Brown's 156, Taylor Hollins' 134, both Sandra Lozic and Katie Hoekman's have 125 kills apiece.  C'era Oliveira has recorded 222 digs (4.53 dps), which is almost double of the next highest of 117 by Hollins.

WCC MATCH OF THE WEEK:  Saturday's WCC championship match against BYU will be the West Coast Conference "Match of the Week," and will air live on TheW.tv in full high definition, free of charge for the viewer.  Providing play-by-play will be Eric Rothman, and providing color analysis will be Allie Hillgren. This will be the fourth WCC "Match of the Week" that USD has participated in this season, winning the first three in straight sets over Pacific (9-26-13), Saint Mary's (10-26-13) and Portland 11-14-13).  

JUST LIKE LAST YEAR:  Saturday's WCC title match is very similar to last season, when the Cougars came to San Diego with a one-match lead, and USD defeated them in five sets to claim a share of the WCC crown.  This season, however is different in the fact that it will be for the outright title.  USD is looking to secure its third WCC championship over the last four years, and their sixth in the last eight years.

SATURDAY IS FREE: San Diego's WCC championship match against BYU this Saturday is free.  Free admission, free parking, free food, and free giveaways.  We are taking donations for the typhoon relief in the Philippines, which is through Catholic Relief Services and FUSO.

    
RPI UPDATE: San Diego's current RPI is down five spots to No. 19 after posting a 2-0 record this past week.  USD needs to be in the top 16 in order to have a good shot at hosting the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004.  All the Toreros can do is keep on winning, and then see where they stand at seasons end.  Despite dropping five spots, things are still looking up for the Toreros, and playing BYU will help the RPI for USD, not hurt it in any way.  Actually this is a win-win for both teams, in terms of RPI rankings.

RECORD BOOKS:  Senior middle hitter Chloe Ferrari currently sits at 1,177 career kills, which moved her into 10 all-time at USD.  But her records don't stop there.   She currently has the highest career hitting percentage in program history at .401, and her 315 blocks places her seventh all-time at USD.  Another Torero who is making her way through the USD all-time record is Katie Hoekman, who currently has 350 total blocks, placing her sixth all-time at USD.  Senior libero C'era Oliveira is now in the top-10 all-time in career digs with 1,254, placing her  fourth all-time.

WE ARE SO DOWN WITH THE BROWN: San Diego junior opposite hitter Alaysia Brown has been on a tear as of late.  Over the past 14 matches, Brown has racked up 156 kills (3.18 kps), while hitting for a .310 clip.  Brown has managed to record double digit kills in nine of the 14 matches, and in three of the five she didn't hit the double-digit mark, she recorded nine kills.  Overall, Brown is second on the team with 283 kills, while hitting for a .293 clip.  

WHERE THEY RANK NATIONALLY: San Diego, as a team, is currently second nationally in assists-per-set at 14.33, third in kills-per-set at 15.13, and 19th in hitting percentage a .268.  On the individual side of things, Chloe Ferrari is seventh nationally in hitting percentage at .452, while Katie Hoekman is 29th in hitting percentage at .393.  

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.