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Four Toreros named to All-Region Team
Dec. 5, 2017

AVCA All-Region Teams

SAN DIEGO, Calif. –
Four Toreros were named to the Pacific South All-Region Team, the AVCA announced Tuesday morning. Jennifer Petrie was named the region’s Coach of the Year and Kristen Gengenbacher, Jayden Kennedy and Addie Picha made the All-Region Team.

This is the first time since 2004 that three Toreros were named to the All-Region team. All three players are now eligible for All-American consideration.

Petrie, who was already named the WCC Coach of the Year, led the Toreros to a 25-5 record and a 17-1 mark in WCC matches, which secured the Toreros' their tenth WCC Championship. USD lost two All-Americans (Lisa Kramer & Lauren Schad) and their all-time leader in digs (Hunter Jennings) from last year's team, yet the Toreros didn't miss a beat in 2017 and were ranked the entire year, finishing the regular season at No. 9 in the nation. This is Coach Petrie's second time winning the AVCA Region Coach of the Year Award (2013).


 

 

Gengenbacher (Quincy, Ill.), the WCC Player of the Year, finished the season 11th in the nation and first in the WCC with 11.46 assists per set. Her setting helped the Toreros average 14.92 kills per set, the fifth best rate in the nation.

Kennedy (Oshawa, Ontario) finished first on the team and third in the conference with 3.84 kills per set. The senior had a career-best .309 hitting percentage and was an All-WCC First Team selection.

Picha (Puyallup, Wash.), an All-WCC First Team pick, finished 10th in the nation and first in the conference with a .413 hitting percentage, which is the second best single-season rate in program history. She also averaged a team-best 1.32 blocks per set. Picha had perhaps her best match of the year last Saturday, totaling a season-high 10 blocks and 12 kills against 10th-seeded USC.

 

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