Feb. 5, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The West Coast Conference announced former USD volleyball player Petia Yanchulova will be inducted into the fifth annual WCC Hall of Honor Class March 9 in Las Vegas, Nev.
Nine individuals, one from each member institution, will be honored during the Men's and Women's Basketball Championships at the Orleans Hotel.
Yanchulova made a huge impact on the Torero volleyball program during her playing career between 1996-1999. The 5-11 outside hitter from Sofia, Bulgaria was a two-time AVCA first team All-America selection, a two-time District VIII first team pick, a two-time West Coast Conference Player of the Year and a two-time WCC first team selection. All of these honors came during her final two years (1998 and 1999).
During her four years on the USD volleyball team, Yanchulova guided the Toreros to the WCC Championship twice (1997, 1998) and to the NCAA Tournament each year with the team reaching the second round three times. She was named WCC Defender of the Year in 1999, a WCC second-team member twice (1996, 1997), and the WCC Freshman of the Year in 1996. A two-time team MVP, she also was named second team District VIII All-Academic and was a two-time WCC All-Academic selection. She is USD's all-time leader in kills (1,892), digs (1,341), and attack attempts (4,295).
Yanchulova competed professionally in the Beach Volleyball World Tour with her sister Lina Yanchulova-Taylor. The two represented their home country of Bulgaria in the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Olympics. Yanchulova then played indoor volleyball in Europe from 2008-2010.
Atop her tremendous volleyball accolades, Yanchulova has served as a coach to the Coast Volleyball Club and various beach volleyball camps and clinics. She returned to USD in 2011 as a volunteer coach with the Toreros finishing with a record of 28-5, a national ranking of No. 21, and a second round appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
She was inducted into the USD's Chet and Marguerite Pagni Family Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.
"This year's Hall of Honor celebration is a very special one, as we commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Title IX," said WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich. "It will be an honor to recognize some of the most outstanding and accomplished individuals that have helped make the West Coast Conference what it is today."
The Hall of Honor class will be formally inducted at the WCC Hall of Honor Brunch on Saturday, March 9 at 9:00 a.m. at the Mardi Gras Ballroom in the Orleans Hotel and will be honored during halftime of the first men's semifinal later that evening. Tickets to the WCC Hall of Honor Brunch & Induction Ceremony are available to the public for $40 and may be purchased online using the Hall of Honor Ticket Form on WCCsports.com. Tickets must be purchased by Thursday, February 28.
Single game tickets for the 2013 West Coast Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Championships will also be on sale at the Orleans Arena box office each morning. For more information on the tournament and where to stay, click here.
PAST USD HONOREES:
2009: Bernie Bickerstaff, Basketball Player and Coach
2010: Zuzana Lesenarova, Tennis
2011: John Wathan, Baseball
2012: Thomas Burke, Administration
2013 WEST COAST CONFERENCE HALL OF HONOR CLASS:
LaVell Edwards, Brigham Young University, Football Coach
Dan Dickau, Gonzaga University, Basketball
Edit Pakay, Loyola Marymount University, Tennis & Cross Country
Katherine Hull, Pepperdine University, Golf
Darwin Cook, University of Portland, Basketball
Allegra Porter, Saint Mary's College, Cross Country
Petia Yanchulova, University of San Diego, Volleyball
Mary Hile-Nepfel, University of San Francisco, Basketball Player and Coach
George "Pat" Malley, Santa Clara University, Football Player and Coach