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Sep 9- The second week of the young volleyball season was highlighted by six different teams boasting players that won MVP honors at their respective tournaments

lt;bgt;Around the WCClt;/bgt;lt;brgt; lt;Pgt;13; Pepperdine moved up a slot in the top-10 to 7 in the latest AVCA/USA Today top- poll. Santa Clara also rose in the polls from 0 to 13 after big wins over Arizona and Miami last weekend. Joining the Broncos and the Waves in the top- is Loyola Marymount. The Lions upset then-7 UC Santa Barbara, 3-1, and defeated Eastern Washington, 3-, later in the week. Other WCC teams receiving votes include the San Diego Toreros with 4, and the San Francisco Lady Dons with 18.lt;brgt; lt;Pgt;13; During this second week of the young season, six different teams boasted players that won MVP honors at their respective tournaments. That makes a total of 10 WCC tournament MVPs in the last two weeks.lt;brgt; lt;Pgt;13; Of the 1 tournaments that league teams have participated in this season, WCC squads have come away with the tourney title eight times.lt;brgt; lt;Pgt;13; West Coast Conference squads are currently 6- versus ranked opponents.lt;brgt; lt;Pgt;13; LMU and San Francisco are the final remaining undefeated teams in the WCC. Both schools have won consecutive tournaments to start the season. The Lady Dons have gone 8-0 on the road to begin the 003 season, their best start-ever. The Lions have defended their home court, going 7-0 at Gersten Pavilion to match their programs best start ever.lt;brgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;Games To Watchlt;/bgt;lt;brgt; lt;Pgt;13;Saint Marys at 4 Stanford-Tuesday, September 9 at 7:00 pm An up-n-coming Saint Marys program travels across the Bay to face the 4 Stanford Cardinal. The Gaels, who lead the WCC in blocks per game at .6, will be tested against the Cardinals heavy hitters. Senior Jill Parmele has been SMCs top performer thus far, earning MVP honors twice already this season. The Gaels are -1 on the road this season. Stanford returns 10 letterwinners from last years 00 NCAA Tournament finalists. The Cardinal currently possess an overall record of 4-1 on the season, led by Ogonna Nnamani. Nnamani leads the team with an average of .3 kills per game and 1.94 digs per game. lt;brgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;13 Santa Clara at Nebraska-Friday, September 1 at :00 pm 13 Santa Clara at 10 GA Tech-Saturday, September 13 at TBAlt;/bgt;lt;brgt; After facing 10 Arizona last week, Santa Clara jumps right into a pair of tough road opponents this weekend. The Broncos road match with Nebraska on Friday marks the seventh straight road match for SCU and the third against a ranked opponent this season. The two teams have met only four times in the two program's history, with the Huskers holding a 4-0 series edge. On Saturday, SCU will face the Yellow Jackets on the second day of the Nebraska Tournament. Georgia Tech has won all its matches, 3-0, on the way to a perfect -0 record. Becky Potter will be SCUs go-to-gal, as she comes off an MVP performance at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational last week. SCU is currently on a five-match winning streak.lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;Upcoming Schedulelt;/bgt;lt;brgt; lt;bgt;Sept. 9lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; LMU at Cal State Fullerton - 7pmlt;brgt; Chicago State at Portland - 7pmlt;brgt; Saint Marys at Stanford - 7pmlt;brgt; USD at UC Irvine - 7pmlt;brgt; lt;bgt;Sept. 10lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; Maryland-Eastern Shore at USF - 7pmlt;brgt; lt;bgt;Sept. 1lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; 17Portland vs. Arkansas Little Rock - 11amlt;brgt; 18USF vs. Appalachian St - :30pmlt;brgt; 19LMU vs. New Mexico - 4pmlt;brgt; 0Pepperdine vs. Radford - pmlt;brgt; 1Saint Marys vs. Florida State - pmlt;brgt; Santa Clara at Nebraska - pmlt;brgt; 3UNLV at Gonzaga - 7pmlt;brgt; 14Portland at Mississippi - 7pmlt;brgt; 4Fresno State at USD - 7pmlt;brgt; lt;bgt;Sept. 13lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; Santa Clara vs. Georgia Tech - TBAlt;brgt; 19LMU vs. Saint Louis - 10amlt;brgt; 4Maryland - Eastern Shore at USD - 10amlt;brgt; 3Boise State at Gonzaga - 10:30amlt;brgt; 1Saint Marys at UC Irvine - 11amlt;brgt; 18USF at Butler - 11amlt;brgt; 0Pepperdine vs. Pennsylvania - 1pmlt;brgt; 17Portland vs. Alcorn State - 1pmlt;brgt; 18USF vs. Southern Illinois - 3:30pmlt;brgt; 1Saint Marys vs. Houston - pmlt;brgt; 3Idaho State at Gonzaga - 7pmlt;brgt; 19LMU at Washington State - 7pmlt;brgt; 0Pepperdine at Pacific - 7pmlt;brgt; 4Long Beach State at USD - 7pmlt;brgt; lt;bgt;Sept. 14lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; Santa Clara vs. Michigan State - 10amlt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;Keylt;/bgt;lt;brgt; 17 Mississippi Tournamentlt;brgt; 18 Butler Invitationallt;brgt; 19 Washington State Invitationallt;brgt; 0 Pacific Invitational lt;brgt; 1 Sunset Classic (Irvine, CA)lt;brgt; U.S. Bank/Arbys Classic (Lincoln, NB)lt;brgt; 3 Spikeoff Spokanelt;brgt; 4 University of San Diego Invitationallt;brgt; ------------------------------------------------------------- lt;bgt;Team Noteslt;/bgt;lt;brgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;Gonzaga Bulldogslt;/bgt;lt;brgt; Senior middle blocker Abby Cullen was named to the all-tournament team at the SBC/Sands Regency Invitational over the weekend, despite the Bulldogs posting an 0-3 mark. Cullen finished the weekend with 36 kills in 71 attempts for a .30 attack percentage...The Gonzaga Volleyball Classic makes its return to the Spokane campus after a two-year hiatus as Boise State, Idaho State and UNLV visit Gonzaga for the weekend event. The tournament was cancelled in 001 following the September 11 national tragedy and was not held in 00 due to a change in coaching staffs at GU. This will be the first visit to the classic for Idaho State and UNLV, while Boise State is making its fourth tournament appearance. The host Bulldogs own a 17-18 all-time record in the tournament that debuted in 1988 and has been held for all but three years since that time.lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;Loyola Marymount Lions lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; LMU won its second tournament in as many weekends as they took first place at the Four Points Sheraton Volleyball Classic...The 7-0 season start ties the LMU program-record for best season opening for a Lions squad. The 1998 and 000 squads each started 7-0 and went on for 18-8 and 0-9 season records, respectively...The Lions jumped into the top- of the AVCA/USA Today poll for the first time this season. LMU enters the poll at 1 after knocking off 7 UCSB and Eastern Washington last week. The Lions also moved into the Volleyball Magazine poll at the 19 spot...LMU has four players ranking nd-th in the WCC in hitting percentage.lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13; lt;bgt;Pepperdine Waves lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; After falling to 1 USC last Wednesday, the Waves ran off three straight victories to take the Roger Beasley Honda Premier in San Marcos, Texas. En route to the title, the Waves swept then-4 Wisconsin...Senior All-American Katie Wilkins was outstanding over the weekend, catapulting the Waves to victory. Wilkins was named the tournament's MVP after totaling 66 kills, averaging 6.60 kills a game and posting a .411 hitting percentage in 10 games...Sophomore setter Melissa Mehlhorn was named to the all-tournament team after registering a .00 hitting percentage and averaging 13.0 assists per game...Pepperdine next heads up to Stockton, CA, to participate in the Pacific Tournament. The Waves will face the 3 ranked Tigers on Saturday, September 13.lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13; lt;bgt;Portland Pilots lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; Michelle Oakland had another MVP weekend as she led the Pilots to a -1 record at the Nike Pilot Preview Tournament. Oakland averaged 3.7 kills per game and hit for .364. She averaged 1.4 digs per game and 1.4 blocks per game, along with 46.0 points. Portland took second place at the tournament. Portland had two players on the Nike Pilot Preview Tournament all-tourney team, as Oakland was named tourney MVP and Sara Vercruyssen garnered all-tourney honors...The Pilots will play Chicago State for the second time in four days before heading to Mississippi to play in the Ole Miss tournament.lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;Saint Marys Gaelslt;/bgt;lt;brgt; Jill Parmele was named the MVP at the Cal Poly Invitational last weekend. Her selection marked the second consecutive tournament that Parmele was named MVP. Parmele recorded two double-doubles in her three tournament matches. Mandy Bible was also an All-Tournament selection. The freshman finished with assists against Cal Poly, 6 assists against SMU, and 38 assists against Texas-San Antonio... Saint Marys will face the Cardinal this Tuesday before heading south to Irvine, CA. Florida State awaits the Gaels in the opening match of the UC Irvine Tournament which starts Friday. lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;San Diego Toreroslt;/bgt;lt;brgt; San Diego fell to two top-10 opponents last week, as they lost to 4 Stanford and 7 UCSB at the Stanford Tournament...Devon Forster recorded 4.17 kills per game in the two matches versus the Cardinal and the Gauchos. Forster currently ranks third in the league in kills per game at 4.33 and ranks second in the league in points at .08...After travelling to UC Irvine on Tuesday, the Toreros head back to the Jenny Craig Pavilion for their first homestand of the season. USD will host Fresno State, Maryland-Eastern Shore and 19 Long Beach State in the San Diego Invitational Sept. 1-13. San Diego posted a 13-3 record at the JCP last season.lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;San Francisco Donslt;/bgt;lt;brgt; USF is off to a perfect 8-0 start, the best in program history. USF went 8- through 10 games three times for the best start to a season (1984, 198 amp; 1999). USFs longest unbeaten streaks to start a season were four matches (1984, 000)...Senior All-American candidate Brittanie Budinger was named tournament MVP of the 003 Fiesta Bowl Classic, hosted by Northern Arizona. Budinger averaged 4.9 kills on .34 hitting and added 4.77 digs as the Dons captured their second straight tournament title. Budinger also was named MVP of the 003 Washington State Cougar Challenge the previous week...Senior middle blocker Teresa Russell continues to impress after returning from a career-threatening ACL injury suffered midway through the 001 season. Russell was named to the all-tournament squad at the 003 Fiesta Bowl Classic after averaging 4.08 kills on .40 hitting to go along with .8 digs and 1.8 blocks. Russell also earned all-tournament honors at the 003 Washington State Cougar Challenge.lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;Santa Clara Broncoslt;/bgt;lt;brgt; Santa Clara is riding a five-match winning streak after losing their season opener to Pacific...The Broncos defeated their first ranked opponent of the year on the way to winning the Arizona Wildcat Invitational. SCU defeated the host Wildcats, then ranked 10, on the first day of the tourney before topping Rhode Island, San Diego State and Miami to take home the crown...Becky Potter earned her third MVP honor in the last two seasons at the Wildcat Invitational. Potter posted 71 kills and a .31 hitting percentage in the four matches to go along with 47 digs and 14 blocks... Broncos junior Jac Heler suffered a broken leg in the middle of game two against Miami. Before she suffered the injury, Heler posted 11 digs, seven kills and two block assists during the first two games of the match...Santa Clara is halfway through a 1-match road stretch that includes four ranked opponents. The Broncos first home match in the Leavey Center will be against Hawaii on September 8. That match will be televised on CSTV. lt;Pgt;