Dec. 9, 2009
San Bruno, Calif. - After a two week break, WCC Live will be back on the air on tonight beginning at 8pm. In this episode we will recap what happened in the NCAA Volleyball Tournament as well as go over an exciting first month of WCC basketball that saw the Gonzaga and Portland men make it into the top 25 rankings and the Gonzaga women garner national votes.
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Appearing on this week's episode will be Saint Mary's Volleyball Head Coach Rob Browning to discuss his team's performance in the NCAA Volleyball Tournament. Also making appearances will be Portland Men's Basketball Head Coach Eric Reveno and senior guard T.J. Campbell as well as Loyola Marymount Men's Basketball Head Coach Max Good and sophomore forward Drew Viney. On the women's basketball side, we will be joined by Saint Mary's Head Coach Paul Thomas and junior forward Louella Tomlinson as well as Pepperdine Head Coach Julie Rousseau.
Coach Browning is coming off the program's first ever conference title and its best conference finish in school history. The Gaels made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after defeating UC Santa Barbara in five sets, before just getting edged out to host Stanford in five sets, losing the last set by just two points.
Coach Reveno led his program to its first national ranking in 50 years last week, coming in at No. 25 in the AP poll after wins over Oregon, UCLA, and then No. 16 Minnesota at the annual 76 Classic. Campbell was named the WCC November Co-Player of the Month after averaging 17.0 points, 4.8 assists and 2.0 rebounds in the six games, while shooting over 50 percent from beyond the arc.
Earlier this season, Coach Good accomplished what no LMU coach could in nearly 30 years. Win on the road at USC. This week, his Lions will get to face another quality opponent on the road, when they take on Notre Dame this weekend. Viney is off to great start in his first season with the Lions, leading the team in scoring (17.3), which ranks sixth in the conference, and rebounding (6.1).
Coach Thomas has his team at 5-4 and is coming off a big road win at Washington State. Earlier this season the Gaels nearly defeated nationally ranked Cal, losing by just three points. Tomlinson is off to a fast start, having posted three triple-doubles this season already, the most of any player in the country. She also leads the nation in blocks (6.9 bpg).
Coach Rousseau's team is on a roll, having won four of the last five games, including wins over Providence, Purdue, and an overtime win over San Diego State, who was receiving votes in the ESPN Coaches' poll. Her team is currently ranked eighth in the country in turnover margin (7.78), picking up right where it left off last season.