Post by Cubicle No More ... on Dec 1, 2022 2:37:38 GMT -5
UNC set to face No. 2 San Diego in NCAA Tournament
Women's Volleyball 11/30/2022
GREELEY, Colo.—Two of the nation's longest winning steaks will be pitted against each other in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday as Northern Colorado takes on No. 3-ranked San Diego.
Making its seventh trip to the national tournament, Northern Colorado will carry a 14-match winning streak after capturing the Big Sky Tournament title on Saturday.
San Diego, the West Coast Conference champions, owns the longest active streak in the country with 24 straight wins. San Diego will be hosting the regional round for the seventh time in school history and the first since 2013. San Diego
Opening serve against the Toreros is set for 8:30 p.m. MT inside the Jenny Craig Pavilion on the campus of the University of San Diego is making its 26th appearance at the NCAA Tournament.
NCAA DI – Active Winning Streaks 24, San Diego, WCC 23, Wright State, Horizon 18, Wisconsin, Big Ten 18, Stanford, Pac-12 15, UCF, AAC 15, James Madison, Sun Belt 14, Northern Colorado, Big Sky 13, Oregon, Pac-12 12, Hawaii, Big West 11, Towson, CAA
UNC IN THE NCAAs
The Bears are 0-6 in NCAA Tournament appearances and have yet to go past four sets as three losses have been by sweeps and three have been by 3-1 scores.
In its NCAA DI Tournament debut in 2009, UNC managed to win the opening set against Washington before falling 3-1. Down 2-0, the Bears won the third set against Colorado in 2014 while the 2019 squad evened the match at 1-1 while facing Hawaii in 2019.
California will be the fifth different state the Bears will play an NCAA Tournament match: Colorado (2); Hawaii (2); California (1); Oregon (1), Texas (1).
San Diego will be the highest seed UNC will play in its seven NCAA Tournament matches. Oregon, the No. 5 seed in 2012, was the previous high.
UNC's seven NCAA Tournament matches have been against three different conference affiliations: Pac 12 (4), Big West (2); West Coast (1).
Post by Cubicle No More ... on Dec 1, 2022 2:45:16 GMT -5
NCAA Tournament Begins in San Diego
No. 3 USD earns two-seed, will host Northern Colorado in first-round match at the Jenny Craig Pavilion
Women's Volleyball November 30, 2022
HOME SWEET HOST
• San Diego earned the right to host first and second-round NCAA Tournament matches on Sunday, when it received a No. 2 seed during the NCAA Women's Volleyball Selection Show on ESPNU. The two-seed marks the highest NCAA Tournament placement in program history, topping 2013, when USD earned a nine-seed.
• It's just the fifth time in program history that the Toreros have played host to the NCAA Tournament in San Diego. USD has hosted twice in the Sports Center (1996 and 1997), and twice in the JCP (2004 and 2013).
• Also playing a first-round NCAA Tournament match at the JCP this week are UNLV and seven-seed Washington State. That contest is scheduled to precede the Toreros' Thursday evening game and begin at 5:00 p.m. on December 1.
• Should San Diego defeat Northern Colorado on Thursday, it will play the winner of UNLV vs. Washington State on Friday (December 2) at 7:30 p.m. in the JCP.
NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY
• This year's appearance in the NCAA Tournament is the 26th in USD history. The Toreros have advanced to the postseason 25 times in the last 27 years and are 21-25 all-time in NCAA Tournament matches.
• USD has reached an NCAA Regional Semifinal (Sweet 16) on four occasions: 2004, 2006, 2013, and 2018.
• Each of those Sweet 16 appearances have come under head coach Jennifer Petrie, who has advanced USD to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last 13 seasons (21 total NCAA Appearances) while amassing a 474-164 (.742) record.
• USD's most recent appearance in the tournament came last December in Austin, Texas at the University of Texas' Gregory Gymnasium. The Toreros fell in the first round by a score of 3-0 to Rice.
• San Diego's most recent NCAA Tournament win came on April 14, 2021 as part of the modified 2020-2021 schedule, a 3-0 USD win over Texas A&M - Corpus Christi in Omaha, Nebraska in the first round.
• The Toreros last played an NCAA Tournament match inside the JCP on December 7, 2013, a second-round 3-0 sweep of Arizona, a win that advanced USD to the fourth and most recent Regional Semifinal in program history.
• San Diego is 4-0 all-time in NCAA Tournament matches at the Jenny Craig Pavilion, with two wins in 2004 (New Mexico State and No. 21 Arizona) and two wins in 2013 (UC Santa Barbara and Arizona).
• USD was 1-1 in NCAA Tournament matches at the Sports Center, with a loss to Arizona in 1996 and a win over Kansas State in 1997.
HISTORIC RUN CONTINUES
• San Diego enters Thursday night's action on a 24-match win streak, the longest in program history and the longest active streak in NCAA Division I.
• USD's win over Saint Mary's on November 10 pushed the Toreros to 20 wins in a row, surpassing the previous mark of 19 that had been set twice (1997 and 2004).
• 1997's team went 26-4 (13-1 WCC) and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament under former head coach Sue Snyder.
• 2004's squad finished 24-5 (14-0 WCC) and reached an NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinal in head coach Jennifer Petrie's sixth season at the helm in San Diego.
Post by Cubicle No More ... on Dec 1, 2022 2:51:09 GMT -5
Blossom has helped USD volleyball set itself apart
Penn State transfer Gabby Blossom has been a catalyst for USD women’s volleyball as it readies to host an NCAA Tournament Regional on Thursday
By DON NORCROSS Nov. 29, 2022, The San Diego Union-Tribune
USD setter Gabby Blossom (bottom, right) has been just what the Toreros needed to rise to an elite level this season. (University of San Diego Athletics)
Jennifer Petrie was scrolling through the NCAA volleyball portal last December when the University of San Diego coach spotted a name that made her stop.
Gabby Blossom, Penn State, setter.
“We wanted to have a setter that has experience leading a high-level offense,” said Petrie. “We reached out to her. She was our number one choice.”
Ranked second in the nation, USD (27-1) opens what it hopes will be a deep run into the 64-team NCAA Tournament come 7:30 p.m. Thursday when it faces Northern Colorado (22-8) inside Jenny Craig Pavilion.
The 2022 season already has been a historic one. The second-seeded Toreros are riding a school-record, 24-match winning streak, dominated the West Coast Conference postseason awards and enjoys their highest NCAA Tournament seeding ever. The previous best seed was No. 9 in 2013.
While the team was already loaded with returning veteran talent, no one hides the key reason why the Toreros have scaled unseen heights.
Post by Cubicle No More ... on Dec 1, 2022 18:44:23 GMT -5
Column: Singing, dancing winner Jennifer Petrie leads Toreros volleyball to soaring heights
USD roared from No. 25 to 2 and currently stands third in record-setting season as NCAA Tournament opens
BY BRYCE MILLERCOLUMNIST DEC. 1, 2022, The San Diego Union-Tribune
USD volleyball coach Jennifer Petrie, whose team is a No. 2 seed in this week’s NCAA Tournament, looks on during practice Monday at Jenny Craig Pavilion.(K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)
The best coach in San Diego goes by Jen, terrorizes her Division I-fit players in pickleball at age 52, wades into rounds of carpool karaoke during van rides to matches and dances during locker room celebrations.
Sometimes, she talks to outside hitter and West Coast Conference player of the year Katie Lukes about hair and nails. One day, she hustled to pick up WCC first-teamer Leyla Blackwell after a fender-bender.
She’s available. She’s engaged. She’s part mentor, part mother.
More than anything, Jennifer Petrie is a winner. Again and again. Year after year. She’s taken the University of San Diego to the NCAA Tournament in all but two of her 24 seasons, reaching the Sweet 16 four times.
As the puzzle pieces change, the results hardly ever do.
“When I think of Jen, I think of not only an incredible coach and leader, but she treats all of us like her 18 other daughters,” Blackwell said of Petrie, who has two daughters of her own. “She’s one of the most incredible female role models out there. Lots of coaches have an open-door policy, but with Jen it’s so real.
“It’s rare in NCAA sports to connect with your coach on that kind of personal level.”
The Toreros stand No. 3 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll. They’re 27-1, knocked off top-10s Pittsburgh and Ohio State near the start of the season and are riding a sizzling 24-match winning streak.
They open the most anticipated NCAA Tournament in storied program history at 7:30 p.m. Thursday against Northern Colorado at Jenny Craig Pavilion.
Powerhouse programs with massive enrollments like Penn State (88,914), Texas (52,384), Wisconsin (47,932) and Nebraska (49,560) find themselves sharing the stage with a sun-soaked interloper with 8,000-or-so students and a “Why not us?” mental furnace.
A better question for the Toreros: Why us? Petrie, for starters.
When asked if USD can wade through the bluebloods and win it all, she answered without tapping the brakes.
“Yes, absolutely,” said Petrie, who starred at Mt. Carmel High School. “This year more than any, based on the success we’ve had, the competition we’ve played against, going undefeated in conference, we have a lot of things to draw on that can give us confidence.
“It would be so validating for them to achieve at the highest level and know you don’t have to be in one of the Power 5s to find that success and play at that level.”
It’s one thing to know you’re good enough. It’s another to feel bonds so powerful that stomachs turn at the thought of letting down the people to the left and right.
In the case of Petrie, multiply that five-fold.
“We have lofty goals and it comes straight from Jen,” said Blackwell, who played at La Jolla High School. “We want to make her proud.”
In an approach that seems as wise as it is simple, Petrie begins by treating people right and being relentlessly accessible and works out from there.
“I feel like having children myself changed my perspective on coaching,” Petrie said. “Everyone is somebody’s daughter. I think, how would I want my daughter treated in a program?”
“As soon as athletes know you have their best interest at heart and that you care about them, you can push them through walls,” she said. “They’ll do anything for you, because they don’t want to let you down or disappoint you.
“You can let them know flaws, strengths, roles on team. If they know what the intention is behind it and it comes from a place of caring, it keeps everyone invested and they know how important they are to the team’s success.”
The empathy ends at pickleball, though.
“I was scared to be her partner because I wasn’t as good as she is,” Lukes said of Petrie, a two-time Colonial Athletic Conference player of the year at William & Mary. “She was trying to coach me up. I said, you need a better partner. I’m not playing up to your level.”
Blackwell backed up the story.
“As soon as Jen rolled up, she had this fire in her eyes,” she said, with a laugh. “I was on the court below her. I remember saying, we can’t move up to Jen’s court. We can’t play her. I don’t want to be beat by them.”
Petrie in no way soft-shoed the impression.
“They should be terrified, because I finally found something I can compete at,” said Petrie, adding a laugh of her own. “When you’re an athlete and you love competition, you get to a certain point when you’re like, I can’t play indoor volleyball anymore. It’s too hard on my body. You crave that competition.”
Chalk it up as just another connection and another example that breaking down walls builds something stronger and more lasting.
Petrie sees the bigger, deeper picture.
“When we’re in the gym, it’s all business,” Lukes said. “But she cares about more than just volleyball. She cares about us. She’s always there for a check in.
“Her demeanor makes her so special.”
And those dance moves?
“She’s still got it,” Lukes said.
Players say they draw from Petrie’s calm and poise during potentially stressful moments. There’s no frustration, no exasperation, no panic. The coach claims there’s no reason to dwell on past points when time can be spent on points to come.
“It’s kind of like watching a stewardess,” Petrie said. “If she doesn’t think the plane is going to go down, I guess we’re going to be OK.”
Post by Cubicle No More ... on Dec 1, 2022 18:48:12 GMT -5
Why Not The Toreros?
By By Harley Johnson 12/1/2022, WCC Sports
Second-ranked San Diego’s historic season has been nearly a year in the making. Through utilizing the offseason and finding all of the right pieces, the Toreros put together one of the best teams in the nation. From their fifth-year veterans to their standout transfers, San Diego has put the nation on notice.