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Athletics Roundup: Volleyball Clinches Share of WCC Title; Football Perfect in PFL; Basketball, Soccer

The USD Volleyball team clinched a share of the WCC title and can win it outright on Tuesday.The USD women's volleyball team celebrated Nov. 23 after its win against Portland gave the program a share of the WCC title with one match to play this Tuesday.

The most important thing for the University of San Diego women’s volleyball team following its Nov. 15 five-set victory at home over BYU wasn’t that the team moved up in the national rankings – which they did, from 24 to 20.

No, one of the most important parts was to avoid making a mistake twice. In the match immediately after the team had defeated BYU in Provo, Utah, on Oct. 18, San Diego got swept at Pepperdine, marking the only time it has been swept this season.

This past week, San Diego returned to work after a victory over BYU and the results showed their growth as a team. The Toreros turned in a pair of sweeps at home against Gonzaga (25-16, 25-17, 25-10) on Nov. 21 and Portland (25-11, 25-18, 25-11) on Nov. 23.

Upon defeating Portland, the Toreros officially clinched a share of West Coast Conference title, took group photos and posed with the WCC championship banner on the Jenny Craig Pavilion court. It was also Senior Day so it was extra special for setter Anna Newsome, libero Payton Douglass, middle blocker Megan Jacobsen and libero Megan Priest who were honored for their contributions.

San Diego (23-5 overall, 16-1 WCC) dispatched both Pacific Northwest teams with ease. Against Gonzaga, Thana Fayad had 12 kills and Jacobsen had 11 to lead the Toreros. In topping Portland, Katie Lukes led the way with 15 kills, Grace Frohling had 11 and Jacobsen had nine. Fayad had a team-high four blocks.

San Diego will win the WCC title outright for the first time since 2013 with a victory in its regular-season finale on Tuesday against Loyola Marymount. BYU, which hosts Pepperdine Tuesday, has a 15-2 record. San Diego owns the head-to-head tiebreaker with BYU if they both finish 16-2. 

Volleyball Schedule: USD hosts Loyola Marymount, Tuesday, 6 p.m., Jenny Craig Pavilion; USD in the NCAA Tournament (bracket to be announced Dec. 1, 5:30 p.m.).

Football

JoJo Binda, Jr. scored a school record-tying four touchdowns and the San Diego defense forced three key turnovers in the fourth quarter to give the Pioneer Football League champion Toreros their 37th straight league win in a 47-28 triumph over host Jacksonville on Nov. 23.
 
The Toreros (9-2, 8-0 PFL), the first team to post four consecutive perfect PFL seasons in league history, rushed for 225 yards, led by Binda Jr.'s 147. The Providence, R.I. product became only the fifth Torero to score four rushing touchdowns and first since 2016.
 
The Toreros led the entire game, but the Dolphins (3-9, 1-7 PFL) scored on back-to-back drives in the third and fourth quarters to pull within three on two occasions. After a Brandon Eickert field goal made it 33-28 with 10:38 remaining and Jacksonville driving on the ensuing drive, Myles Wilson forced a fumble and Jacob Bergstrom recovered it for San Diego.
 
The Toreros converted the turnover into points after Binda Jr. rushed for 29 yards in a five-play, 37-yard drive that was capped by a Reid Sinnett rushing touchdown that made it 40-28 with 4:28 left. Sinnett complemented Binda, Jr.'s day by scoring twice himself and netting 18 yards on the ground. He also went 14-of-21 passing with 266 yards.
 
The San Diego defense finished with four takeaways, including an interception by David Tolbert, his team-leading sixth of season, and a game-sealing pick by Kama Kamaka with 37 seconds left in the game. Victor Lopez had the first USD takeaway, a fumble recovered in the first quarter when USD was holding onto a 10-0 lead.

In the second half, despite the Dolphin offense pulling the game close, the Torero offense was tough to contain with four touchdowns and a field goal on its six drives. Bennett Dondoyano led the team in receiving with 100 yards on three catches. Michael Bandy had five catches for 82 yards.

Football Schedule: FCS Playoffs First Round: USD at Northern Iowa, Saturday, 11 a.m. (PT), Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Men’s Basketball

San Diego shot 35 percent from the field and was outscored in the paint by 22 points as the Toreros lost to San Diego State, 66-49, on Nov. 20 at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
 
The Toreros (2-4) struggled to contain the inside presence of SDSU (4-0), which outscored USD 40-18 in the paint.

Offensively, the Toreros struggled shooting, going 17-of-48 (35.4%) from the field. The cold shooting, which included only three three-pointers on 19 attempts (15.8%), resulted in them never leading the game.

Noel Coleman and James Jean-Marie led the Toreros with 10 apiece. Coleman matched his career-high – set Nov. 16 at Colorado – by coming off the bench and shooting 4-of-7 from the field and 2-of-3 three-pointers. Jean-Marie turned in his second career double-double, pacing the Toreros with 10 rebounds. Alex Floresca was the only other Torero to have more than five points as the redshirt senior scored eight along with three rebounds and a block.

Late Sunday night, the men’s team played in Seattle at No. 25 Washington. Look for the game recap and box score on the USD Athletics website.

Men’s Basketball Schedule: Boca Raton Beach Classic (some games at USD) — USD hosts Hofstra, Wednesday, 7 p.m., Jenny Craig Pavilion; USD vs. St. Bonaventure, Sunday, 6 p.m., at Boca Raton, Fla.; USD vs. TBA, Dec. 2, time TBA, Boca Raton, Fla.

Women’s Basketball

The women’s basketball team split its two games this week, winning easily, 81-28 at home against Biola on Nov. 18, but then losing its first game of the season, 88-82, at San Jose State on Nov. 23.

Against Biola, Patricia Brossmann led the way with her first double-double of the season, recording 13 points and 10 rebounds. She was followed by Ana Ramos’ 12 points and four assists off the bench and sophomore Aminata Dosso and freshman Ayanna Khalfani chipping in with 10 points each, also off the bench. San Diego outrebounded Biola, 48-26, and cleaned up on the offensive glass, turning 20 rebounds into 16 second-chance points.

At San Jose State, despite a 29-point performance from its bench, San Diego (3-1) fell to the Spartans. For the fourth straight game, four Toreros scored in double figures, led by Madison Pollock (17 points, six rebounds), Brossmann (15 points, seven rebounds), Leticia Soares (11 points, seven rebounds) and Myah Pace (10 points, five rebounds, four steals). A strong third period gave San Jose State a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

The Toreros will be in action as they'll host a post-Thanksgiving Tournament this Friday and Saturday.

Women’s Basketball Schedule: San Diego Thanksgiving Tournament (all games at USD) — USD hosts Monmouth, Friday, 2 p.m., Jenny Craig Pavilion; Texas Tech vs. Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne (IUPFW), Friday, 4:30 p.m.; Saturday’s schedule to be determined, game times, 2 and 4:30 p.m.

Men’s Soccer

After leading the conference and nation in goals and points, San Diego's Miguel Berry was named 2019 West Coast Conference Co-Player of the Year and was one of six Toreros who combined for seven All-WCC honors, the conference office announced Nov. 19.
 
Berry, the 10th different Torero to earn conference player of the year but first since 2015, scored 17 goals and tallied 42 points in one of the most productive offensive seasons in program history. The Poway, Calif. product scored the second-most goals in a season and most by a Torero since 2000. His points were the most in program history in 19 years and tied for the fourth-most ever. He registered seven of his 17 goals and 16 of his 42 points in seven WCC games. Berry was also named All-WCC First Team, making him the seventh Torero to earn that honor three or more times in a career.
 
Senior Henry Lander and junior Ross Meldrum were selected to the All-WCC Second Team. For Lander, who started all 18 games and centered the USD backline, it was the third time in his career he earned second-team honors. Meldrum, who scored two goals and had four assists in 18 games, earned his first WCC honor. Aaron Frey and Freddy Polzer were named All-WCC Honorable Mention. Benji Sorman, a defender from Jonkoping, Sweden, was named to the All-WCC Freshman Team after playing in 11 games (six starts). 

Women’s Soccer

Amber Michel was named West Coast Conference Goalkeeper of the Year and Milan Moses and Eden Quiroz also earned All-WCC honors, it was announced on Nov. 12.

Michel, a redshirt senior, led the WCC in saves and saves per game in conference play and climbed San Diego's record books, ranking first in career saves and second in the single-season mark. Michel started 17 games, tallying 94 saves off 265 shots faced.
 
The award marks the first time in program history a San Diego goalie ranks as the conference's best. Michel was also named to the All-WCC second team after tallying over 1,000 minutes of action and a .770 save percentage on the year.
 
Moses, a senior, was named to the All-WCC First Team. It is Moses’ second consecutive season as a first-team selection, marking the first time a Torero has repeated since 2006 and 2007. Moses ranked in the top 10 in four different categories during conference play including goals and shots per game. She concludes her college career among San Diego's best, ranking fourth all-time in goals and sixth all-time in shots.
 
Midfielder Quiroz was named to the All-WCC Freshman Team. Quiroz started all 18 contests and served a vital role in her first collegiate season.

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