Ex-Buchanan star Chloe Ferrari earns All-America second team volleyball honor at USD

The Fresno BeeDecember 18, 2013 

University of San Diego senior middle hitter Chloe Ferrari, the former Buchanan High star, was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America second team Wednesday.

Joining her was teammate and junior opposite Alaysia Brown (Edison), an honorable mention selection. Tulane senior setter Mel Mandelbaum (Clovis West) also earned honorable mention.

Ferrari, the West Coast Conference Player of the Year, bounced back from a season-ending injury in 2012 to tally a team-leading 337 kills at a school-record .444 hitting clip to go with 100 blocks and 86 digs.

She and Brown were stars on a Toreros team that finished a program-best 26-4 overall and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

Ferrari finished with the best career hitting percentage in program history at .401. Her 329 career blocks are seventh all-time and her 1,228 kills 10th.

Brown was second on the team in kills with 322, hit .282 and was third on the team in blocks with 61.

Mandelbaum, named Setter of the Year in Conference USA and to the AVCA All-Southwest Region team, ranked 10th in the NCAA in assists per set with an average of 11.7. Her total of 1,332 is sixth-best on the school single-season list and she is second on the Tulane career chart with 3,684.

** Three players with local ties were named NAIA All-Americans earlier this month: First-teamer Amy Weststeyn (Central Valley Christian) of Biola, second-teamer Samantha Dougherty (Madera) of The Master's and honorable mention Emily Jacobson (Clovis West) of Embry-Riddle.

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