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Oct 7-Four WCC teams are represented in the top 0 of the most recent AVCA/USA Today poll

lt;bgt;Around the WCClt;/bgt;lt;brgt; lt;Pgt;13; Four WCC teams are represented in the top 0 of the most recent AVCA/USA Today poll. The Pepperdine Waves stayed pat coming in at 6. Santa Clara moved up two slots to the 14 spot after a 3-0 week. San Diego and Loyola Marymount continued their rise in the polls by moving up a slot each to 18 and 0 respectively.lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13; WCC teams went -1 in non-conference games last week to run its record outside of league play to 84-41 (.67).lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13; Santa Clara Head Coach Jon Wallace collected his 100th and 101st wins at the helm for the Broncos, becoming the fifth WCC coach to reach the 100 win plateau. Coach Wallace is now just two wins away from becoming the sixth WCC coach to reach 0 league wins.lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13; Head Coach Nina Matthies now has a WCC-high 199 conference wins in her 19 years as head coach of the Waves. With one more league victory, Coach Matthies can become only the third WCC head coach to earn 00 victories in any of the leagues round-robin sports, joining former WCC baseball coaches John Cunningham (43) from San Diego and Santa Claras John Oldham (19).lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13; Santa Claras Kelli Sousa further cemented her status as one of the top setters in WCC history. Sousas 169 assists last week moved the senior into eighth place on the WCC career assists list with 4,33 career assists. Sousa ranks third in the Santa Clara career record books behind Roz Pelayo (,73) and Kris Kosnoski (4,41). Pelayo is the WCC career assists leader.lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13; Against LMU on Saturday, San Francisco senior middle blocker Teresa Russell surpassed 1,000 career kills, becoming the seventh player in program history to reach quadruple digits and the second this season, joining senior outside hitter Brittanie Budinger, who surpassed 1,000 against Oklahoma (8/31). lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;Games To Watchlt;/bgt;lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;0 LMU at 6 Pepperdine-Saturday, October 11 at 7:00pmlt;/bgt;lt;brgt; This Los Angeles WCC rivalry pits the leagues two winningest coaches against each other for the 37th time in league history. Pepperdines Nina Matthies (199 WCC wins) and LMUs Steve Stratos (14 WCC wins) head up two talented teams that are coming of impressive non-league seasons and got off to -0 starts last week. The Waves and Lions rank 1 and in the league in hitting percentage, with LMU boasting two of the top three performers in that category in Kelli Nerison (nd-.386) and Dina DeBenardi (3rd-.37). Pepperdines Katie Wilkins continues to play like the two-time All-American that she is as she leads the league in kills per game (.8) and just last week was named the WCC Player of the Month for September.lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;18 San Diego at 14 Santa Clara-Saturday, October 11 at 7:00pmlt;/bgt;lt;brgt; Two of the countrys top young coaches take the court Saturday to further cement their programs among the nations finest. SCUs Jon Wallace is looking for win 10 as the Broncos host the Jennifer Petries San Diego Toreros. Santa Clara holds a 3-13 series lead and have won six of the last seven meetings between the two teams. This is also a meeting between two of the countrys premier setters in USD sophomore Lindsey Sherburne and Santa Claras Kelli Sousa. Sherburnes 14.31 average ranks in the top five in the country and Sousas 4,33 career assists ranks eighth on the WCC career assists list.lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;Upcoming Schedulelt;/bgt;lt;brgt;lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;Oct. 7lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; Gonzaga at Washington State - 7pmlt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;Oct. 8lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; Santa Clara at California - 7pmlt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;Oct. 10lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; Gonzaga at Saint Marys - 7pmlt;brgt; Portland at USF - 7pmlt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;Oct. 11lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; Gonzaga at USF - 7pmlt;brgt; LMU at Pepperdine - 7pmlt;brgt; Portland at Saint Marys - 7pmlt;brgt; USD at Santa Clara - 7pmlt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;------------------------------------------------------------- lt;bgt;Team Noteslt;/bgt;lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;Gonzaga Bulldogs Head Coach: Kip Yoshimuralt;/bgt;lt;brgt; Senior libero Heather Signor posted 18 digs in a losing effort against Santa Clara on Friday. Signor added eight digs against San Diego on Saturday to move into fifth place on the Gonzaga career digs list with 1,06, passing former All-WCC honoree Erica Cordy...Despite an 0- record over the weekend, Abby Cullen led all WCC players in blocks per game at .9. Cullen posted six solo blocks and 10 block assists in two matches last week...The Zags head down to the Bay Area this weekend to face Saint Marys and San Francisco. Gonzaga owns the series lead against both upcoming opponents, including a 10-7 record at Saint Marys and an 11-7 record at San Francisco.lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;Loyola Marymount Lions Head Coach: Steve Stratoslt;/bgt;lt;brgt; Kealani Kimball led the Lions to their second straight 3-win week, bringing their winning streak to six and keeping them undefeated at home at 10-0. Against No. 4 USF on Saturday, Kimball hit .31 and posted 18 kills, adding 16 digs and three blocks. Earlier in the week against UC Riverside, the outside hitter posted 18 kills, five digs, two blocks, and hit .83. In the conference opener against Saint Mary's, the Lions' co-captain recorded kills and 11 digs. Kimball ended the week posting double-double numbers in two of LMU's three matches.lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;Pepperdine Waves Head Coach: Nina Mathieslt;/bgt;lt;brgt; Senior Katie Wilkins recorded a WCC-high 6.1 kills per game in wins over San Francisco and Saint Marys...Pepperdine extended its conference winning streak to 30 matches with its 3-1 victory over the Gaels at Firestone Fieldhouse...The Waves meet up with crosstown conference rival Loyola Marymount this Saturday. Pepperdine has won eight of the last nine meetings between the two teams...The Waves have run off a 10-match winning streak since falling to 1 USC on September 3.lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13; lt;bgt;Portland Pilots Head Coach: Doug Sparkslt;/bgt;lt;brgt; Portland dropped two matches to start the conference season and are now on a three-match losing skid...Portland out-served its opponents this weekend, recording 1 service aces (.00 SAPG), while its opponents only had nine service aces (1.0 SAPG)...Portland will face the only two league teams against which they own the series league against. The Pilots currently own a 19-14 record against Saint Marys and a 17-1 series lead against San Francisco. Portland travels to the Bay Area to face both teams this upcoming weekend.lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;Saint Marys Gaels Head Coach: Jon Stevensonlt;/bgt;lt;brgt; Saint Marys went into Los Angeles and battled both Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount, but came away 0- against their ranked foes...The Gaels Erin Gravert leads the conference in blocks, averaging 1.43 per game. Gravert is trying to become the second straight Saint Marys player to lead the league in that category, following teammate Stacey OConnor from a year ago...Despite falling to Pepperdine last Saturday, Saint Marys posted a better hitting percentage in the match (.0 to .38).lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;San Diego Toreros Head Coach: Jennifer Petrielt;/bgt;lt;brgt; Sweeping Gonzaga and Portland over the weekend has run San Diegos winning streak to five matches...The Toreros will face fellow ranked conference foe Santa Clara on Saturday at the Leavey Center. San Diego is looking to break a three-match losing skid to the Broncos...Lindsey Sherburne has compiled ,7 assists in her short 1 1/ year career at San Diego. Sherburne already ranks sixth on the San Diego career assists list and needs just eight assists to move into fifth place...Head Coach Jennifer Petrie earned league win 40 last weekend, becoming the seventh coach to reach the 40 win plateau.lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;San Francisco Dons Head Coach: Jeff Nelsonlt;/bgt;lt;brgt; San Francisco lost its first matches of the season at the hands of 6 Pepperdine and 1 Loyola Marymount...Against Loyola Marymount, Teresa Russell finished with 4 kills on .38 hitting to go along with 11 digs and a solo block, while Brittanie Budinger tallied 3 kills on .319 hitting to go along with 13 digs on the night. It was Budingers 6th double-double of the season...San Francisco hosts Portland in WCC play Friday at War Memorial Gym. It will be only the second home match of the season for the Dons. lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;Santa Clara Broncos Head Coach: Jon Wallacelt;/bgt;lt;brgt; In the Broncos' 3- win at Sacramento State, Becky Potter became only the 10th player in SCU volleyball history to record at least 0 kills and 0 digs in the same match, as she carried the team on her back with 3 kills and 0 digs in the victory. She came back on Friday night and posted 1 kills and 1 digs in the 3-1 victory at Gonzaga. For the week she posted 60 points as she averaged 4.8 kills, 3.67 digs and 0.67 blocks per game. She also posted a .368 hitting percentage for the week as she made only 13 errors in 114 attempts in the three matches. lt;Pgt;