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Women's Volleyball: Roxie's on the Rise

 

Women's Volleyball: Roxie's on the Rise

Roxie Wiblin's volleyball career at the University of San Diego is following an upward trajectory. The outside hitter started every match her freshman season and was named to the West Coast Conference's All-Freshmen team.

As a sophomore, Wiblin again started every match, but lifted her game, leading the Toreros with 308 kills.
 
"She's a terminator," said USD head coach Jen Petrie.
 
As San Diego heads into the 2019 volleyball season with players reporting Aug. 9, it's apparent Wiblin's skills are still very much on the rise. Wiblin was invited to the U.S. Women's National Team open tryouts in March in Colorado Springs, Colo. Out of more than 100 players, Wiblin was selected to the Collegiate National Team and participated in a one-week camp in Anaheim earlier this month.
 
"Getting to wear USA on your back is crazy," said Wiblin, a behavioral neuroscience major who earned All-WCC honorable mention academic honors last season.
 
"I've watched the women's Olympic team since I was little. To realize in a couple of years I could be there, it was just kind of surreal I got selected. The (talent) level (at the July camp) was above anything I've experienced before.
 
"Being in the gym with that energy was really cool. It definitely pushed me to kick it into the next gear. The challenge now is to bring that (energy) to USD."
 
At a San Diego program that has advanced to the NCAA Tournament 21 of the past 23 seasons, Wiblin joins a lengthy list of Toreros who have made the Collegiate National Team. Other Toreros selected to the squad include Addie Picha, Kristen Gengenbacher, Lauren Schad, Canace Finley and Alaysia Brown.
 
As Wiblin prepares for her junior season, Petrie knows the 6-foot-2 outside hitter deserved her latest recognition. While Wiblin can definitely pound the ball into the floor, there's depth to her game.
 
"She's a point scorer," said Petrie. "Beyond that, she has great ball control. She makes a lot of first contact. Her passing is really good, her defense is really good. She's the total package."
 
Wiblin is skilled enough that she doesn't come out after three rotations on the front row.
 
"She's on the court all the time," said Petrie.
 
Wiblin said there were two big things making the Collegiate National Team did for her. One, it gave her confidence a boost. Secondly, in conversations with coaches, including national team head coach Karch Kiraly, she realized the importance of being a good teammate.
 
"You don't get to choose when you're a good teammate," said Wiblin. "You have to be a good teammate through losses and wins. As a younger player, it's common to be more selfish, be down on yourself (when struggling), instead of moving on, focusing on your teammates, how are we going to win this game rather than 'Oh no, I stink.'"
 
The Toreros' 2018 season was an interesting one. The team was 2-6 at one point. San Diego finished the regular season 16-13 but earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
 
But the Toreros pulled off upsets of No. 13 Cal Poly and No. 17 USC, the latter on the Trojans' floor, to advance to the Sweet 16 before losing to No. 8 Wisconsin.
 
With a 2019 roster teeming with returning starters back like Anna Newsome, Megan Jacobsen and Katie Lukes, Wiblin expects more winning this fall. The Toreros will open their season schedule in Hawaii with three matches Aug. 30-Sept. 1.
 
"Our confidence is in a good place," she said. "There's no ceiling to what we can do."

— USD Athletics

Women's volleyball junior Roxie Wiblin was invited to the U.S. Women's National Team open tryouts in March and was selected to the Collegiate National Team and took part in a July camp.Women's volleyball junior Roxie Wiblin was invited to the U.S. Women's National Team open tryouts in March and was selected to the Collegiate National Team and took part in a July camp.

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