Skip to main content
Volleyball Preps for NCAA Tournament
Chloe Ferrari.

Dec. 4, 2013

Complete Release in PDF Format Get Acrobat Reader

WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE: The eighth-ranked University of San Diego women’s volleyball team (24-3) has earned the No. 9 National Seed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, and will host the first and second rounds. On Friday, the Toreros will host UC Santa Barbara at 7:30 p.m. inside the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion. The other two teams in the bracket are the University of Arizona and New Mexico State University, and their match will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday. The winner of both matches will play on Saturday at 7 p.m. inside the Jenny Craig Pavilion for the right to advance to the Sweet 16.

LAST TIME OUT: Behind a balanced offensive attack, the ninth-ranked University of San Diego women’s volleyball team rallied to pick up a thrilling 3-2 come-from-behind win over No. 21 Brigham Young University on Nov. 23 in the West Coast Conference championship match at the Jenny Craig Pavilion in front of a rocking crowd of 2,045. This was USD’s 15th consecutive win.  Taylor Hollins led the team with 16 kills, while also recording seven digs and one block. Alaysia Brown was the second of five Toreros in double digit kills, as she had 14, while recording five blocks. Both Chloe Ferrari and Sandra Lozic had 13 kills apiece, while Lozic posted a double-double with 17 digs. Katie Hoekman rounded off the offensive attack with 11 kills, while recording a double-double with tying a career-high of 10 blocks. Hoekman’s 10 blocks is the third best single-match record for USD. Jianna Bonomi (36 assists) and Rachel Alvey (26 assists) helped steer the team to a .151 attack percentage. C’era Oliveira recorded a career-high 34 digs to pace the defense. The 34 digs are the third highest single-match digs in program history.

TOREROS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: San Diego is making its 17th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and fourth consecutive trip. The Toreros are 11-16 all-time in the tournament and have advanced to the Sweet 16 in both the 2004 and 2006 seasons. USD has faced Arizona one time in the NCAA tournament, a 3-2 USD win on Dec. 4, 2004, the last time USD hosted the NCAA Tournament.  Also in 2004, USD defeated New Mexico State, 3-0, in the first round on Dec. 3.  The Toreros have never faced UC Santa Barbara in the NCAA Tournament.

FREE VIDEO STREAM: All of this week’s NCAA Tournament matches at the Jenny Craig Pavilion will have a free live webstream in full High Definition.  Calling the action on Friday for the USD/UCSB match will be Jack Cronin, and calling the action on Saturday, should USD advance, will be Paula Bott.  The Arizona and New Mexico State match will not have a play-by-play, but will have a live webstream on

SCOUTING THE GAUCHOS: UC Santa Barbara, the reigning Big West Conference champions, enter the tournament with an overall record of 18-10, and they posted a 18-3 mark in the Big West Conference. UCSB and USD squared off earlier this season, with the Toreros defeating the Gauchos 3-0 as part of the USD Tournament. The Gauchos offense is paced by Ali Spindt, who has recorded a team-best 309 kills (2.83 kps), while hitting for a .243 clip. Hanna Nielson is the floor leader for the Gauchos, as she has 709 assists in helping steer the offense to a team attack percentage of .231.

SCOUTING THE WILDCATS: Arizona enters the tournament with an overall record of 20-12 after defeating in-state rival Arizona State in their season-finale on Nov. 29. Nadi Kingdon paces the Wildcat offense with a team-best 482 kills, while hitting for a .207 clip and recording 351 digs. Penina Snuka runs the team’s offense, as she has recorded 1,137 assists in helping steer the team to an attack percentage of .214. Arizona leads the all-time series at 6-2.

SCOUTING THE AGGIES: New Mexico State (22-10) earned the WAC’s automatic bid by winning the WAC Tournament title last Wednesday with a sweep of Bakersfield. This is New Mexico State’s seventh NCAA Tournament appearance and second in a row. The Aggies are led by WAC Player of the Year and WAC Tournament MVP Desiree Scott, who averages 2.62 kills on .372 hitting and 1.33 blocks per set.  The all-time series is even at 2-wins apiece.

GOING STREAKING: San Diego is in the midst of a season-high 15-match winning streak, after defeating BYU, 3-2, in the WCC championship match on Nov. 23.  During this streak, USD is hitting for a .267 clip as a team, and holding their opponents to a .170 clip.  Five players have recorded at least 130 or more kills, paced by Chloe Ferrari’s 177 ,followed by Alaysia Brown’s 170, Taylor Hollins’ 150, Sandra Lozic’s 138 and Katie Hoekman’s 136 kills.  C’era Oliveira has recorded 256 digs (4.74 dps), which is almost double of the next highest of 137 by Hollins.  

FERRARI TABBED WCC PLAYER OF THE YEAR: San Diego’s senior middle hitter Chloe Ferrari was voted the 2013 WCC Player of the Year, which is the ninth time that a San Diego player has been awarded the Conference’s top honor. After suffering a season-ending injury late in the 2012 season, the senior middle hitter came back strong to tally 299 kills with an impressive conference-leading .435 hitting percentage, as well as 91 blocks and 79 digs.  Ferrari was named the WCC Player of the month for both September and October, as she helped guide USD to a program record 24-3 overall mark on the season.  Ferrari was also tabbed WCC Player of the Week  three times this season.

PETRIE TABBED WCC COACH OF THE YEAR: Head coach Jennifer Petrie was named the West Coast Conference Coach of the Year.  This is the fourth time Petrie has earned this honor, after leading USD to the best season in program history.  Petrie took USD to new heights this season, posting four consecutive wins over top-20 opponents, including road wins at Hawaii, at Iowa State, a neutral site win over Illinois, and then capped it off with a thrilling 3-1 victory over top-ranked USC in the home-opener.  USD then skyrocketed up to No. 2 in the AVCA top-25 poll on September 16, marking the highest ranking for any USD in the division I era.  The Toreros then finished the season on a 15-match winning streak, including claiming the WCC title outright from BYU on Nov. 23 in front of a record home crowd of 2,045.  

CAN YOU DIG IT?:  Senior libero C’era Oliveira had perhaps her best performance in a Torero uniform in the final regular-season match against BYU.  The Honolulu, Hawaii native recorded a career-high 34 digs, which placed her tied for third at USD in single-match digs.  Oliveira was tabbed WCC Player of the Week for her performance, the first time she has received that honor in her career.  

FIVE TOREROS EARN ALL-WCC HONORS: Taking home first-team All-WCC honors were Chloe Ferrari, Katie Hoekman, and Alaysia Brown.  Earning All-WCC honorable mention accolades was senior libero C’era Oliveira, while freshman libero Hunter Jennings was named to the All-Freshman team.   

TOREROS NO. 8 IN LATEST POLLS: The University of San Diego women’s volleyball team held steady at No. 8 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association top-25 poll. This marks the 12th consecutive week that the Toreros have appeared in the top-25, and marks USD’s ninth week all together in the top-10, having reached as high as No. 2 on Sept. 16.

RECORD BOOKS:  Senior middle hitter Chloe Ferrari currently sits at 1,190 career kills, which places her 10th all-time at USD.  But her records don’t stop there.   She currently has the highest career hitting percentage in program history at .398, and her 320 blocks places her eighth all-time at USD.  Another Torero who is making her way through the USD all-time records section is Katie Hoekman, who currently has 360 total blocks, placing her sixth all-time at USD, and her career .363 hitting percentage is second best all-time.  Senior libero C’era Oliveira is now in the top-10 all-time in career digs with 1,288, placing her  fourth all-time.

WHERE THEY RANK NATIONALLY: San Diego, as a team, is currently second nationally in assists-per-set at 14.28, and second in kills-per-set at 15.05.  On the individual side of things, Chloe Ferrari is ninth nationally in hitting percentage at .435, while Katie Hoekman is 31st in hitting percentage at .383.  

WHAT’S NEXT?: The winner of the bracket will advance on to the Sweet 16, and that will be held in Lincoln, Neb., home of the University of Nebraska. Those matches will be aired live on ESPN3.



Video Thumbnail Baseball: Final Series
Toreros end their season against No. 2 Oregon State
Video Thumbnail Celebration of Excellence Recap
Toreros dress to impress for the end of year banquet
Video Thumbnail It's Tricky
San Diego Athletics' staff makes home made version of Run DMC's hit song
Video Thumbnail USD Athletes Lip Sync
12 sports teams show off some skills in a new genre
Video Thumbnail USD Athletics Blooper Reel
What it sometimes takes to get that perfect shot
Video Thumbnail All Sport Highlights 2017-18
17 sports - infinite highlights
Video Thumbnail Baseball: Day in the Life with Jay Schuyler
The real-life baseball experience
Video Thumbnail Golf: WCC's
Inside look at WCC competition
Video Thumbnail Men's Tennis: Sweep
San Diego defeat Pepperdine 4-0
Video Thumbnail Softball: The Win
Toreros defeat Saint Mary's in weekend series
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: Tuber
Coach Scholl introduces "Tuber" - the on campus Torero Uber
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: Barista Scholl
Coach Scholl gets students ready for class by helping out at Aromas Cafe
Video Thumbnail Football: Pro Day
Toreros submit their resumes to the NFL scouts
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: Portland State Win
Toreros move on to next round in CIT
Video Thumbnail Football 2018: Spring Game
Toreros play spring football game for family and friends
Video Thumbnail Baseball: Toreros vs. Aztecs
USD take on cross-town rival SDSU
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: Post Season Run
USD vs. Hartford highlights
Video Thumbnail Women's Basketball: WCC Championship Game
Toreros end the 2018 season against Gonzaga in the WCC finals.
Video Thumbnail Women's Basketball: WCC Semifinals
Women's win send them to the championship game
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: WCC Quarterfinals
Toreros close out 2018 season against BYU
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: "Off Day"
Toreros prepare for the WCC quarterfinals against BYU
Video Thumbnail Women's Basketball: WCC Quarterfinal Highlights
USD defeats BYU in quarterfinal of WCC Tournament
Video Thumbnail Women's Basketball: Day in the Life with Myah Pace
Freshman guard knows how to prep for a win
Video Thumbnail Women's Basketball: Vegas Bound
Toreros travel to Vegas for the WCC Tournament
Video Thumbnail Baseball: Defeating No. 4 Arkansas
Toreros edge out top five team
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: Rock the House
Toreros played No. 6 Gonzaga in a fight to the last minute
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: Day in the Life
Guard Olin Carter III knows the games starts long before tip-off
Video Thumbnail Winter Saturday
Rowing, tennis, basketball and baseball, a winning day in the books
Video Thumbnail Baseball: For the Love of the Game
Baseball celebrates 60 years
Video Thumbnail Women's Basketball: Women in Sports Day
Julie Foudy spoke to student-athletes and guests for National Women in Sports Day
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: At LMU
Men's basketball on the road
Video Thumbnail Women's Rowing: Day in the Life
Senior Lizzie Bader shows how three-a-day practices are done
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: Youth Basketball Clinic
Toreros lead clinic in local community
Video Thumbnail Men's Rowing: Winter Camp 2018
There are plenty perks to being the early bird
Video Thumbnail 60 Years of USD Baseball
Milestones on the road to Omaha
Video Thumbnail USD Honors Local Military Members
Toreros showed their support and hosted local military members at the men's basketball game
Video Thumbnail USD Athletes Sing "Santa's Coming to Town"
Toreros show their talent out of uniform
Video Thumbnail Basketball: City Championship
Toreros play SDSU Thursday night at 8
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Fourteen
Football preps for second round of playoffs at NDSU
Video Thumbnail Football: NAU From the Sidelines
Toreros win in first round of playoffs at NAU
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Thirteen
Football travels to NAU for the first round of the FCS Playoffs
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
Don't miss the best highlights from this past year in USD Athletics


  • Loading Tweets...
    1 second ago


West Coast Conference USD
Top ^
» «