Dec. 10, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Three University of San Diego women's volleyball players were named to the AVCA All-Pacific South Region team, and head coach Jennifer Petrie was tabbed the Pacific South Region Coach of the Year. Taking home the regional honors were junior opposite Alaysia Brown, and senior middle hitter Chloe Ferrari, while senior libero C'era Oliveira was named honorable mention.
Brown, a first-team All-WCC honoree, had a great 2013 campaign, as she recorded the second most kills on the team with 315 (2.97 kps), while hitting for a .285 clip, and is third on the team in blocks with 61. Brown also played a pivotal role is USD winning the WCC championship, and sweeping away both UC Santa Barbara and Arizona in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, to help lead USD into the Sweet 16.
Ferrari, the 2013 WCC Player of the Year, had a strong senior season to tally a team-best 325 kills with an impressive .447 hitting percentage, as well as 98 blocks and 85 digs. Ferrari was named the WCC Player of the month for both September and October, as she helped guide USD to a program record 26-3 overall mark on the season, and into the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Ferrari was also tabbed WCC Player of the Week three times this season.
Oliveira, an All-WCC honorable mention, had an impressive senior campaign, in which she recorded a team-leading 503 digs (4.75 dps), which is the fifth most single-season digs in program history. Oliveira capped the season with an impressive 34-dig performance in the WCC championship match on Nov. 23. Not only was the 34 digs a career-high, but it was the third most single-match digs in USD history. Oliveira also cracked into the top-10 all-time in career digs with 1,320, placing her fourth all-time.
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 then 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 sport in the Division I era. The Toreros then finished the season on a 17-match winning streak, including claiming the WCC title outright from BYU on Nov. 23 in front of a record home crowd of 2,045, and sweeping both UC Santa Barbara and Arizona in the NCAA Tournament to advance to the Sweet 16 this Friday.
The Toreros will return to action on Friday, as they take on eighth-seeded Nebraska in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in Lincoln, Neb. at the Devaney Center with a 5 p.m. (PST) start.