Nov. 25, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The 19th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team has learned it has earned an at large bid into the NCAA Tournament, and will travel to Los Angeles, to compete against Michigan State in the first round on Friday at UCLA with as start time of 5:30 p.m. The winner of the match will play the winner of the defending national champion and seventh-seeded UCLA Bruins and Long Island on Saturday at 7 p.m. inside of Pauley Pavilion.
The Toreros are entering the NCAA Tournament for 16th time in program history after coming off a co-championship of the prestigious West Coast Conference. USD posted an overall record of 21-6 and they had a 13-3 mark in the WCC. USD's offense is paced by junior middle hitter Katie Hoekman, who has a team-best 285 kills, while also leading the team in blocks with 117, and she is hitting for a .388 clip. Junior setter Rachel Alvey paces the USD offense with 1008 assists, while steering the San Diego hitters to a .239 team attack percentage.
The Spartans enter the tournament with an overall record of 23-9 after dropping their final match of the season to No. 1 Penn State. The Michigan State offense is paced by Lauren Wicinski, who has 517 kills (4.39 kps), and is hitting at a .292 clip. The floor leader for the Spartans is Kristen Kuipers, who has 822 assists, while helping steer the MSU offense to a .271 team attack percentage. Kori Moster paces the team's defense with a team-leading 530 digs.
Long Island enters the Tournament with a 25-7 overall record after claiming the NEC championship with a perfect 16-0 mark in conference action. The Blackbirds offense is paced by Anika Fiot with a team-best 466 kills, while hitting for a .275 clip. The floor general for the team is Vera Djuric, who has a team-best 1,255 assists in helping steer the team's offense .249 attack percentage. The defensive leader is libero Adrianna Vinas Joy, who has 488 digs.
UCLA enters the tournament as the No. 7 national seed after posting an overall record of 22-7. The Bruins offense is paced by Tabi Love, who has a team-leading 477 kills, while hitting at a .303 clip. The floor leader duties is split between setters Becca Strehlow (655 assists) and Meghan Moenoa (602 assists), and these ladies have the team hitting for a .294 clip.