Oct. 1, 2007
WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE: The 14th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team (11-4, 1-0 WCC) will continue West Coast Conference play this week as Santa Clara University comes to town for a 8 p.m. match on Thursday. Thursday's match will be televised live on ESPNU. On Saturday, Saint Mary's College comes to the Jenny Craig Pavilion for a 1 p.m. contest.
LAST TIME OUT: San Diego put together another undefeated week as they chalked up wins over the University of New Mexico, 3-1, then began their West Coast Conference title defense with a 3-0 win over the University of San Francisco this past Saturday. USD has now run their winning streak to four. In Monday's match against New Mexico, sophomore Torey Ellick recorded a career-high 17 kills on 24 attempts to post a team-best .625 attack percentage. Laurel Abrahamson recorded 13 kills on 20 attempts, while only committing one attack error to post a .600 attack percentage. Ali Troost recorded 11 kills and Jessica Andersen recorded 10 kills to give her back-to-back matches with double-digit kills. Andrea Csaszi recorded a match-best 22 digs in the win. In Saturday's win, Abrahamson led all players with 12 kills on 16 attempts, while only committing one attack error to post a match-best .688 attack percentage. Amy DeGroot was the second USD player in double-digit kills as she racked up 10. Freshman right side Troost looked impressive in her WCC debut as she recorded nine kills and posted an attack percentage of .294. Csaszi had a match-best 12 digs and Kelsi Myers had 21 assists and Jessica Nyrop added in 23 more to help direct USD to a .299 team attack percentage.
SCOUTING THE BRONCOS: Santa Clara enters the week with an overall record of 10-7 and a 2-0 mark in the WCC after picking up a pair of wins over Gonzaga and Portland this past week. SCU and USD have met on 44 occasions with the Broncos holding a 28-16 edge. Santa Clara is led offensively by junior outside hitter Brittany Lowe, who has 206 kills and is hitting for a .255 clip. The floor leader for the Broncos is senior setter Crystal Matich, who has a team-leading 748 assists to help direct the team to a .255 attack percentage. The Broncos are under the direction of eighth-year head coach Jon Wallace. During his tenure in Santa Clara, Wallace has posted an overall record of 186-73.
SCOUTING THE GAELS: Saint Mary's enters the week with an overall record of 10-4 and a 2-0 mark in the WCC, after picking up wins over Gonzaga and Portland this past week. The Toreros own a 36-5 record over the Gales. SMC is led offensively by freshman outside hitter Megan York, who has a team-best 250 kills (4.81 kpg). Freshman setter Kapua Kamana'o helps direct the Gaels' offense to a .231 attack percentage. The Gaels are under the direction of third-year head coach Rob Browning. During his tenure in Moraga, Browning has posted an overall record of 40-28.
ABRAHAMSON NAMED WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK...AGAIN: Senior middle hitter Laurel Abrahamson of the 14th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team has been tabbed as this week's West Coast Conference Player of the Week. This marks back-to-back weeks for Abrahamson taking home this honor, as well as three of the last four weeks. Abrahamson helped lead the Toreros to a 2-0 record this past week with wins over the University of New Mexico and the University of San Francisco. In Monday's match against New Mexico, Abrahamson recorded 13 kills on 20 attempts, while only committing one attack error to post a .600 attack percentage. In Saturday's WCC opener, the 6-4 Bloomington, Minn. native led all players with 12 kills on 16 attempts, while only committing one attack error to post a match-best .688 attack percentage. For the week, Abrahamson posted 25 kills, had 10 blocks and hit for an impressive .639 clip.
SANTA CLARA MATCH TO BE TELEVISED LIVE ON ESPNU: Thursday's match against Santa Clara University will be televised live on ESPNU. This will be the first regular-season match of the season that the Toreros have been on television. Tracy Warren will be calling all the play-by-play action and providing color analyst will be Krista Blunk.
GOING STREAKING: The University of San Diego women's volleyball team is in the midst of a four-match winning streak. The Toreros will look to extend on this streak this week as they host Santa Clara and Saint Mary's.
ELLICK GET A CAREER-HIGH: Sophomore middle hitter Torey Ellick recorded a career-high 17 kills on 24 attempts to post a team-best .625 attack percentage in Monday's win over New Mexico. On the season, Ellick has 114 kills and is hitting for a .341 clip.
THE POLLS: The University of San Diego jumped up one spot to No. 14 in the latest CSTV/AVCA top-25 poll. This marks the seventh consecutive week the Toreros have appeared in the top-25 with their highest ranking of the season at No. 12, five weeks ago. Neither Santa Clara or Saint Mary's are ranked in the top-25.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Many Toreros, as well as the combined team itself, hold lofty spots in the West Coast Conference statistics. In team standings, the Toreros are second in hitting percentage (.262), are leading the WCC in assists (16.11 per game), as well as leading in kills (17.18 per game). Individually, Laurel Abrahamson is leading the WCC in attack percentage (.401), Andrea Csaszi is second in digs per game (4.91) and Amy DeGroot is fourth in kills per game (4.16).
PETRIE RETURNS TO THE SIDELINES: Ninth-Year head coach Jennifer Petrie took the fall semester of 2006 off to spend time with her new born son Charles, her three-year old daughter Jane, as well as time with her husband Mark, and let her top assistant for the previous five seasons, Brent Hilliard, take the reigns for the season. She has now returned to continue to lead the USD volleyball program. Petrie has done an outstanding job directing the fortunes of San Diego volleyball since taking over as the Toreros head coach in 1999. Honored as the 2004 West Coast Conference Coach of the Year, Petrie continues to establish the University of San Diego as one of the top volleyball programs in the nation. In seven complete seasons as head coach, Petrie has led San Diego to six appearances in the NCAA Tournament (1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, & 2005).
TOREROS PICKED TO FINISH SECOND IN WCC: Pepperdine University was selected as the favorite to capture the 2007 WCC women's volleyball regular season title, as selected by the conference coaches. The Waves garnered five first place votes and tallied 61 overall points to earn the top spot. USD, the defending WCC Champions, was tabbed second with 52 overall points and one first place vote. The Toreros edged Santa Clara University, which was selected third with 50 overall points and also received one first place vote. Loyola Marymount University was tabbed fourth with 37 overall points, followed by the University of San Francisco (30). Saint Mary's College was selected sixth with 27 overall points and picked up a first place vote. Gonzaga University (23) and the University of Portland (8) round out this year's poll in seventh and eighth place, respectively.