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Oct 8-After all four of the WCC ranked teams went head to head over the weekend, all remained in the top 0 of the most recent AVCA/USA Today poll

lt;bgt;WCC Volleyball Release-October 8, 003lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;Around the WCClt;/bgt;lt;brgt; lt;Pgt;13; After all four of the WCC ranked teams went head to head over the weekend, all remained in the top 0 of the most recent AVCA/USA Today poll. Loyola Marymount made the biggest jump in the poll from 17 to 1 after defeating USD and SCU over the weekend. The Pepperdine Waves remained at the spot after going -0 last week as well. Both San Diego and Santa Clara went 0- against ranked foes LMU and Pepperdine, but fell just a few spots in the poll. The Broncos went to 1 from 1 a week ago and the Toreros fell from 16 to 18.lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13; Loyola Marymount became the WCCs first 0-match winner this season. A pair of victories over San Diego and Santa Clara last weekend put the Lions win total at 1 for the year. LMU last posted 0+ victories in 000, which is also the last time the Lions went to the NCAA tournament.lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13; Pepperdine will continue its quest to break the WCC all-time win streak mark when it travels to the Bay Area this weekend to play Saint Mary's and San Francisco. The Waves accumulated 17 consecutive wins last season before falling to 00 NCAA Champions, USC. The Waves also extended their conference win streak to 3 straight dating back to the 000 season. lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13; San Francisco's 3- win against Sacramento State last Tuesday set the program record for most victories in a season. The 198 squad held the previous high-water mark, posting a 17-win season in the first year of West Coast Conference volleyball action. USF won their 19th match of the season with a 3-1 league victory against Bay Area rival Saint Mary's last Saturday. lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;WCC Player of the Weeklt;/bgt;lt;brgt; lt;bgt;Kealani Kimball, Loyola Marymountlt;/bgt;lt;brgt; lt;Pgt;13;The senior co-captain led LMU in kills both nights, posting against No. 1 SCU and 14 against No. 16 USD. In addition to her kills, Kimball added 18 digs, four blocks, three service aces, and one assist to help the Lions take three straight games from the Broncos. Against No. 16 San Diego, Kimball recorded 1 digs, five blocks, two aces, and one assist to go with her 14 kills in the victory. Kimball's strong blocking efforts in game four against USD were credited with shutting down Torero Kristen Hurst, as Kimball's four blocks held Hurst to just three kills in the final game. The Lions were the only WCC team to face two opponents ranked above them this weekend and came away with a pair of victories at home to earn their 0th and 1st win. In addition, LMU's 1-0 streak in Gersten Pavilion is a new Lion record, beating the previous home streak of 9-0 set in 1998. lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;Games To Watchlt;/bgt;lt;brgt; lt;bgt;Pepperdine at San Francisco-Saturday, November 1 at 7:00pmlt;/bgt;lt;brgt; This matchup pits the leagues most dominating volleyball team in recent years versus one of the best stories of the 003 season. The Dons current improvement is tied for the second best turnaround in conference history along with Saint Mary's (1989) and San Diego (1990). Pepperdine holds the record for greatest turnaround, posting a 1-match swing in 199, going from 9-17 in 1994 to 4-11. The Waves have won three league titles since that season. Both teams are led by their own Player of the Year candidates. Pepperdines Katie Wilkins is averaging .30 kills in conference matches and averaging 6.6 points per game, tied for first in the WCC. USFs Brittanie Budinger is right behind Wilkins in the kills category (4.9, 3rd WCC), while also ranking fourth in the conference in digs at 3.80 per game.lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;LMU at Saint Marys-Saturday, November 1 at 7:00pmlt;/bgt;lt;brgt; LMU tries to keep a four match winning streak alive and capture its nd win of the season when they travel to Moraga to face a hungry Saint Marys squad. SMC won the last meeting between these two teams a year ago at McKeon Pavilion and eventually the two ended up tied for fourth in the WCC. This could be a battle at the net when these squads meet on Saturday. LMU is the league leader in blocks (WCC matches) with 107., a category that SMC dominated a year ago, topping the league stats with 8 on the season. The Lions and Gaels rank 1st and nd in blocks for all matches this season.lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;Upcoming Schedulelt;/bgt;lt;brgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;ugt;Oct. 8lt;/ugt;lt;brgt; San Jose State at Saint Marys - 7:0pmlt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;ugt;Oct. 31lt;/ugt;lt;brgt; Gonzaga at USD - 7pmlt;brgt; LMU at USF - 7pmlt;brgt; Pepperdine at Saint Marys - 7pmlt;brgt; Portland at Santa Clara - 7pmlt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;ugt;Nov. 1lt;/ugt;lt;brgt; Gonzaga at Santa Clara - 7pmlt;brgt; LMU at Saint Marys - 7pmlt;brgt; Pepperdine at USF - 7pmlt;brgt; Portland at USD - 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; Natasha Kozen had a career-high 7 kills in a losing effort to the Portland Pilots last Saturday...Heather Signor was again the defensive standout for the Bulldogs as she had 3 digs, with Gonzaga finishing with 116. The 3 digs set a new school-record for digs in match passing the former standard of 34 set by Linda Bushinski against Pepperdine in 1988. lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;Loyola Marymount Lions Head Coach: Steve Stratoslt;/bgt;lt;brgt; The Lions were the only WCC team to face two opponents ranked above them this weekend and came away with a pair of victories at home to earn their 0th and 1st wins. In addition, LMU's 1-0 streak in Gersten Pavilion is a new Lion record, beating the previous home streak of 9-0 set in 1998...The Lions have now defeated four teams that were ranked at the time of the victory: No. 7 UC Santa Barbara on September , No. 4 San Francisco on October 4, No. 1 Santa Clara on October 4, and No. 16 San Diego on October ...The six conference wins by the Lions already matches last years win total in league last year... The 1 overall wins for the Lions is the most for the program since the wins put up by the 1997 squad.lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;Pepperdine Waves Head Coach: Nina Matthieslt;/bgt;lt;brgt; The No. -ranked Pepperdine Waves knocked-off their seventh and eighth Top opponents for the season and stretched their win streak to 1 matches, after defeating San Diego and Santa Clara last weekend in Malibu. The Waves relied on captains Katie Wilkins and Lyndsey Hache' to guide their team in both matches. Against San Diego on Friday, the trio of Wilkins, Hache' and freshman Sophia Milo, produced double-digit kills and combined for 1 of 18 blocks for the Waves. Defensive specialist, Christina Hinds, added 18 digs for a match-high performance on Friday...After finishing with 3 kills the last time Pepperdine was on CSTV, Wilkins came through again for the Waves and led her team with 17 kills, two aces, seven blocks (-), and 3. points. Milo tallied eight blocks for the second consecutive match.lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;Portland Pilots Head Coach: Doug Sparkslt;/bgt;lt;brgt; Portland posted its best non-conference home record since the 1986 season when they went 9- on their home court. This season, Portland went 6-1 (.87) at home against non-conference opponents. Currently, the Pilots are 7- (.86) at the Chiles Center. Last season, Portland went 7-7 at home...The Pilots are currently 11-11 overall and 1-6 in WCC play this season. Portland ended an eight-match losing streak with the win over Gonzaga last weekend. Portland battled Gonzaga to a five-game showdown led by Sara Vercruyssens career-best 9 kills and 3 digs.lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;Saint Marys Gaels Head Coach: Jon Stevensonlt;/bgt;lt;brgt; The Gaels start a three-match homestand this week, starting with a non-conference match against the San Jose State Spartans on Tuesday and ending with conference matches against ranked WCC foes, Pepperdine and LMU next weekend...Saint Marys is hoping some home cookin will turn around a - start to the conference season. The Gaels are -0 in home WCC matches this season...Kaui Salzman posted 1 kills and a 10 digs against USF. The outside hitter also exhibited an amazing defensive match. Aside from her double-digit total in digs, Salzman finished her match against San Francisco with two solo blocks and two block assists. For the conference season, Salzman has totaled a double-double in kills and digs for each of the Gaels seven matches. lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;San Diego Toreros Head Coach: Jennifer Petrielt;/bgt;lt;brgt; The Toreros ran into two of the hottest teams in the WCC in LA last weekend, falling to Pepperdine and LMU on Friday and Saturday...San Diego suffered back-to-back losses for only the second time this season. They lost to Stanford and USCB back-to-back earlier this season...Setter Lindsey Sherburne continues to lead the WCC in assists average at 14.41 per game. Her main target, Devon Forster, ranks second in kills per game at .11, behind two-time WCC Player of the Year, Pepperdines Katie Wilkins (.40 per game).lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;San Francisco Dons Head Coach: Jeff Nelsonlt;/bgt;lt;brgt; Senior Teresa Russell has been instrumental in the Dons success this season. Russell propelled USF to an important team milestone and reached an individual career record last weekend. Russell pounded 19 kills on .318 hitting to go along with nine digs and four blocks as USF defeated Sacramento State 3-, establishing a program record for most victories in a season with 18. In addition, the win gave the Dons a perfect 16-0 record against non-conference opponents this season. Russell was even more impressive in San Francisco's crucial 3-1 league win against Bay Area rival Saint Mary's. The Simi Valley native notched a match-high 19 kills on .40 hitting to go along with 11 digs and seven blocks. Her fifth block against the Gaels set a new USF record for most career blocks in Dons volleyball history. Russell finished the match with 4, passing Chiara Lawrence (1993-96), who tallied 419.lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;Santa Clara Broncos Head Coach: Jon Wallacelt;/bgt;lt;brgt; Santa Clara traveled back from Los Angeles empty handed after a pair of losses to Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount. It marked the seventh and eighth losses for the Broncos to ranked opponents...Becky Potter has 1,01 digs in her career, making her only the ninth player in program history to reach the 1,000 digs plateau. Combined with her 1,638 kills, Potter also became the fifth player in WCC history to compile over 1,600 kills and 1,000 digs.lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;