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2015 WCC Volleyball - NCAA Notes

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2015 WEST COAST CONFERENCE NCAA NOTES

2015 THEW.TV PREVIEWS
BYU  |  LOYOLA MARYMOUNT

2015 WEST COAST CONFERENCE TEAMS
ALL-WCC | ALL-ACADEMIC

AVCA ALL-REGION TEAMS
Seven WCC student-athletes earned first team AVCA all-region honors this season, while three captured honorable mention selection.  COMPLETE RELEASE

TEAM NOTES

  • This marks the second straight season four WCC programs earned berths in the NCAA Tournament. BYU, Loyola Marymount, San Diego and Santa Clara represented the conference in the postseason for the second consecutive year.
  • 2015 is the fifth straight season, the WCC sent multiple teams to the NCAA Tournament.
  • The WCC has sent four teams or more to the NCAA Tournament eight times (2015, 2014, 2012, 2008, 2005, 2004, 2003 and 1999).
  • The Conference record is six (of nine) in 2012 and six (of eight) in 2003. The league sent five teams (of eight) in 2005 and 2008.
  • Since 1986, the West Coast Conference has sent multiple teams into the NCAA Tournament 20 times.
  • Since 2010, 15 WCC teams have qualified for the NCAA Tournament.
  • Since 2010, WCC teams own a combined NCAA tournament record of 23-15.
  • In 2015 three of the WCC’s four teams won at least one match. BYU: 2-0; Loyola Marymount (2-0); San Diego (1-1); Santa Clara (0-1). 

WCC AMONG NCAA TEAM STATISTICAL LEADERS

  • The WCC ranks third nationally in team attack percentage (.231) behind only the Big 12 (.243) and Big 10 (.235).
  • WCC programs rank in the top-25 nationally in multiple categories, including:
  • Assists per set: 15. San Diego (13.46); 17. Loyola Marymount (13.40); 24. BYU (13.33)
  • Blocks per set: 17. BYU (2.86); 25. Santa Clara (2.72)
  • Hitting Percentage: 11: BYU (.280)
  • Kills per set: 9. San Diego (14.51); 25. Loyola Marymount (14.21)
  • Team assists: 23. Loyola Marymount (1,621)
  • Team attacks: 16. Portland (38.30)
  • Team kills: 21. Loyola Marymount (1,720)
  • Team total blocks: 18. BYU (314.5); 26. Santa Clara (310.0)
  • The West Coast Conference owns a 95-33 overall record (.742) in non-conference play. Last season, the WCC posted an 85-42 (.669) record against non-conference foes. 

WCC AMONG NCAA INDIVIDUAL STATISTICAL LEADERS

  • WCC student-athletes rank in the top-25 nationally in multiple categories, including:
  • Assists per set: 10. Kirsten Mead, SCU (11.73)
  • Attacks per set: 6. Alexa Gray, BYU (12.78); 15. Emily Liger, Portland (12.26)
  • Blocks per set: 19. Amy Boswell, BYU (1.40)
  • Kills per set: 2. Alexa Gray, BYU (5.22); 17. Lexi Elman, Pacific (4.36); 20. Lisa Kramer, San Diego (4.33)
  • Points: 8. Alexa Gray, BYU (628.0); 25. Lexi Elman, Pacific (562.0)
  • Points per set: 3. Alexa Gray, BYU (5.81); 20. Lexi Elman, Pacific (4.97); 25. Lisa Kramer, San Diego (4.82)
  • Total assists: 11. Hannah Tedrow, Loyola Marymount (1,396)
  • Total attacks: 16. Emily Liger, Portland (1,398); 20. Alexa Gray, BYU (1,380)
  • Total blocks: 23. Amy Boswell, BYU (153)
  • Total kills: 7. Alexa Gray, BYU (564)
  • Triple-doubles: T-11. Sarah Sponcil, Loyola Marymount; Becca Strehlow, Pepperdine; Kimmy Whitson, Pacific 

**All NCAA Stats as of 12/5/15 

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

  • Two-time WCC Player of the Year, BYU senior outside hitter Alexa Gray ranks seventh among active Division I kills leaders (1,830), 13th in kills per set (4.01) and attempts (4,418).
  • Gonzaga senior opposite hitter Savannah Blinn ended her standout career ranked eighth in active career kills with 1,728 and ninth in kills per set (4.07).
  • Gray ranks seventh on the WCC career kills record book, while Blinn is 12th.
  • Santa Clara’s Kirsten Mead ranks third among Division I active leaders in assists per set (11.49).
  • Gray’s 564 kills in 2015 lead the WCC and rank seventh among Division I leaders. Gray needs 13 kills to crack the WCC single-season top-10 kills list. Gonzaga’s Kelley Cunningham (1991) and Loyola Marymount’s Kerry House (1990) share ninth place on the list with 577.
  • BYU senior libero Ciara Parker ranks 26th among Division I career digs leaders (1,775).
  • Two BYU middle blockers rank first and second in active career Division I blocking leaders. Amy Boswell, the 2015 WCC Defensive Player of the Year, is second (402/1.47), while Whitney Young Howard, the 2014 WCC Defensive Player of the Year is the active leader (492/1,56).
  • BYU junior middle blocker Amy Boswell earned CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American honors. Boswell is the first volleyball student-athlete in WCC history to achieve academic All-American status. COMPLETE RELEASE 

GENERAL 2015 NCAA POSTSEASON NOTES

  • The West Coast Conference has enjoyed outstanding success during the Fall of 2015.
  • Loyola Marymount sent two teams to NCAA regional semifinals: women’s soccer and volleyball. The two NCAA victories were the first for LMU in women’s soccer program history.
  • With the Lions advancing to the women’s soccer Sweet-16, the WCC has had at least one program advance to the regional semifinal in 25 of the last 26 seasons.
  • The WCC set a record with four teams (BYU men and women, Gonzaga and San Francisco women) competing in the 2015 NCAA Cross Country Nationals.
  • In 2015 WCC men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball postseason progams have posted a combined record of 10-6 in their respective NCAA tournaments.
    • BYU (3-1): WSOC 1-1; VB: 2-0
    • Loyola Marymount (4-1): WSOC 2-1; VV: 2-0
    • San Diego (1-1): VB 1-1
    • Santa Clara (2-3): MSOC 1-1; WSOC 1-1, VB 0-1 

West Coast Conference Final Four Appearances
BYU: 2014
Santa Clara: 2005 

West Coast Conference Elite Eight Appearances
BYU: 2014 ^
Pepperdine: 2011, 2002
Santa Clara: 2005 
^Only as a WCC member

West Coast Conference Sweet-16 Appearances
BYU (4^)
Loyola Marymount (2)
Pepperdine (7)
Saint Mary’s (1)
San Diego (3)
^Only as a WCC member  

2015
BYU
Loyola Marymount 

2014
BYU! 

2013
BYU
San Diego 

2012
BYU 

2011
Pepperdine* 

2006
San Diego 

2005
Pepperdine
Santa Clara! 

2004
Saint Mary’s
San Diego 

2003
Pepperdine 

2002
Pepperdine* 

2001
Pepperdine 

1999
Pepperdine 

1998
Pepperdine 

1996
Loyola Marymount