July 16, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Two in-season home tournaments, nine matches against NCAA Tournament qualifiers and two matches against half of the final four participants from the NCAA Tournament a year ago highlight the 2007 University of San Diego volleyball schedule, as announced by head coach Jennifer Petrie
The Toreros, who return three All-West Coast Conference players from last season's WCC Championship and Sweet-16 squad, will be challenged with one of the toughest schedules in all of college volleyball. Seven of USD's 12 non-conference opponents participated in postseason play a year ago, including semi finalists UCLA, and national runner-up Stanford.
According to Petrie, the combination of the non-conference schedule and a rigorous WCC slate will challenge this year's squad.
"Our schedule is very tough, and that is the way we like it," stated Petrie. "We feel that teams always play better when they are challenged, and when you play the best at the beginning of then year, you know where you stand heading into conference as well as the NCAA Tournament."
The 2007 schedule begins on the road in Long Beach, as the Toreros open the season with a match against perennial power Long Beach State. This is a 7 p.m. match at LBSU's Walter J Pyramid. The 49ers have now made it into the NCAA Tournament for 20 consecutive seasons.
The Toreros will then open the home portion of their schedule on Aug. 28th with a match against Fairfield before heading out on the road to compete in a tournament at the University of Minnesota. In this tournament, USD will see three teams from last season's NCAA Tournament in Stanford (Aug. 31), Ohio (Sept. 1) and Minnesota (Sept. 2).
San Diego then gets an opportunity to return home to begin a 12-match home stand. The home stand begins with the first of back-to-back tournaments, the USD Invitation. USD will open play against UC Santa Barbara on Sept. 7, then will face the University of Virginia before concluding the tournament with a showdown against Oklahoma both on Sept.8.
The next week begins the USD Tournament, and USD will begin play against the University of Pittsburg on Sept. 14 followed with a match against Cal State Northridge (Sept. 15) and USD will conclude that tournament with national power UCLA on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m.
USD will then resume its rivalry with cross-town foe San Diego State University on Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. inside the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion. The final two non-conference matches will both be at home against UC Irvine (Sept. 21) and the University of New Mexico (Sept. 24).
September will come to a close with the Toreros set to defend their WCC crown as San Francisco comes to town on Sept. 29 for the opening game of WCC action at 7 p.m. The Toreros will then conclude their 12-match homestand with a pair of WCC matches against Santa Clara (Oct. 4) and Saint Mary's (Oct. 6).
On Oct. 11, the Toreros will return to the road as they make the annual Los Angeles road swing with a trip to Malibu to take on Pepperdine (Oct. 11) and conclude the trip with an Oct. 13 match against Loyola Marymount.
USD returns home for an October date with Pacific Northwest foes Portland (Oct. 18) and Gonzaga (Oct. 20) before hitting the road for two solid weeks. The Toreros road trip will begin with matches at USF (Oct. 27) and SMC (Nov.1) and will conclude on Nov. 3 with a 1 p.m. showdown with Santa Clara.
The Los Angeles schools will then come to the Jenny Craig Pavilion on Nov. 8 (LMU) and Nov. 10 (Pepperdine) before the Toreros conclude the regular season at Gonzaga (Nov. 15) and at Portland (Nov. 17).
The Toreros are aiming to not only repeat as the WCC Champions, but will be looking to make their seventh consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament and their 12th trip to the field of 64 in the past 13 seasons.