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Nov 10-Four WCC teams garnered top rankings in the most recent AVCA/USA Today poll

lt;igt;Santa Clara's Becky Potter was named WCC Player of the Week for her performance against San Diego last weekend.lt;/igt;lt;pgt; lt;bgt;WCC Weekly Volleyball Noteslt;/bgt;lt;brgt; lt;bgt;Around the WCClt;/bgt;lt;brgt; lt;Pgt;13; Four WCC teams garnered top rankings in the most recent AVCA/USA Today poll. The Pepperdine Waves battled a hurgry Loyola Marymount squad and earned 3- victory last week to remain 4 in this weeks poll. Santa Clara fought off San Diego on the road to move up one spot to 13. Loyola Marymount remain at 17 despite the loss to the Waves, while the Toreros dropped to .lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;Pepperdines 18-match winning streak breaks the WCC all-time win streak mark. The Waves passed the previous record held by last years Pepperdine squad. Last weekend, Pepperdine also extended their conference win streak to 40 straight dating back to the 000 season. lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13; San Francisco reached their 1st win of the season and have now tied the WCC record for greatest victory turnaround, matching Pepperdine's 1-match improvement in 199.lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13; The West Coast Conference has three teams with 0 victories on the season (Pepperdine, LMU and San Francisco). Saint Marys is knocking on the door with 19 wins. Santa Clara and San Diego sit three wins shy of the 0-win mark. The most 0-match winners the WCC has had in the same season is four in 1999 (PEP-6, USD-3, SCU-1, LMU-0).lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13; Both Saint Marys (19) and San Francisco (1) have already reached program high win totals.lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;WCC Player of the Weeklt;/bgt;lt;brgt; Becky Potter, Santa Claralt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;Becky Potter led the Broncos to a 3-1 win at No. 18 San Diego Saturday evening. The senior middle blockers 3 kills came on a .47 hitting percentage (3--46) and were boosted by 10 digs and five total blocks (two solos) in the victory. At 1,690 kills, Potter needs three kills to take over sixth place on the WCC all-time kills list. Potter avergaed .0 points per game as the Broncos garnered their third win over a ranked opponent this season.lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;Games To Watchlt;/bgt;lt;brgt; lt;Pgt;13;San Diego at San Francisco-Saturday, November 14 at 7:00pm San Francisco needs this match to climb into the top four in the league standings. San Diego sits in fourth place one spot ahead of USF and Saint Marys with two weeks left in the league season. San Francisco comes off a road sweep of Gonzaga and Portland, their first road victory in WCC play. The Dons have a 6- record at War Memorial with the two losses coming from top ranked Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount. San Diego has tough road ahead, ending the league season with road games in the Bay Area this weekend, followed by home contests against LMU and Pepperdine to finish the regular season. lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;Santa Clara at Saint Marys-Saturday, November 14 at 7:00pm With only three games left for the Gaels during the regular season, this match is important if Saint Marys is going to post its first winning record in league since 1989. The Broncos swept the first meeting between these two teams at the Leavey Center. Since that loss, the Gaels have went 4- including a victory over then-17 Loyola Marymount. Santa Clara is knocking on the door of the undefeated Pepperdine Waves. The Broncos have four matches to make up a two-match difference between second and first place. Saint Marys can post its first-ever 0-win season with a victory.lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;Upcoming Schedulelt;/bgt;lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;Nov. 14lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; Gonzaga at LMU - 7pmlt;brgt; Portland at Pepperdine - 7pmlt;brgt; Santa Clara at Saint Marys - 7pmlt;brgt; USD at USF - 7pmlt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;Nov. 1lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; Gonzaga at Pepperdine - 7pmlt;brgt; Portland at LMU - 7pmlt;brgt; USD at Saint Marys - 7pmlt;brgt; Santa Clara at USF - 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; In a losing effort versus Saint Marys, Gonzaga won the digs battle with 39 digs compared to just 37 for Saint Mary's. Heather Signor had a team-high eight digs. Signor continues to chase the Bulldogs single-season and career digs record. Signor now has 1,36 career digs and 37 on the season. She needs 64 more digs for the single-season record and 67 digs for the career record, both held by Linda Bushinski....The Bulldogs head on their final road trip of the season, when they travel to Los Angeles for matches against nationally ranked Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine. Gonzaga nearly upset the Waves during their meeting in Spokane with a 3- set back.lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;Loyola Marymount Lions Head Coach: Steve Stratoslt;/bgt;lt;brgt; LMU lost a hard fought match against 4 Pepperdine in front of a rowdy Lions crowd at Gersten Pavilion. The Lions lost their second straight five-game result...The loss to the Waves was the first at Gersten Pavilion this season, as the Lions' 1-1 home record is a program best...WCC October Player of the Month, Kelli Nerison ended the match with 1 kills and nine blocks, hitting .00. Kelani Kimball (0 kills, 3 digs) and Nicole Oehlman (63 assists, 10 digs) each put up double-double numbers for the Lions as well...Kimball became the 7th LMU player to surpass 1000 kills vs. No. 4 Pepperdine on 11/08/03. Her 0 kills brought her career total to 1008...LMU needs one victory to post its best win mark since going 6-3 during the 1996 season.lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;Pepperdine Waves Head Coach: Nina Matthieslt;/bgt;lt;brgt; Pepperdine can clinch at least a share of the WCC title with a sweep of Gonzaga and Portland in Malibu this upcoming weekend. The Waves have won three of the last four conference titles...With the win over LMU last Saturday, the Waves defeated their ninth ranked opponent this season...Since the 000 season, Pepperdine holds a 0- record against conference foes, including undefeated (14-0) league finishes in 001 and 00...Pepperdine has remained atop the league standings with stellar defensive play. The Waves dont lead any of the league offensive categories, but are first in the WCC in opponent hitting percentage (.17) and digs per game (17.0). The Waves rank second in blocks per game at 3.06.lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;Portland Pilots Head Coach: Doug Sparkslt;/bgt;lt;brgt; Portland fell to both San Francisco and Saint Marys in its final homestand of the season...In her last home match, senior Heather Denison led the Pilots with her second-consecutive double-double, sixth overall. Denison ended her career at the Chiles Center with 19 kills, a .39 hitting percentage and 13 digs in a loss to San Francisco.lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;Saint Marys Gaels Head Coach: Jon Stevensonlt;/bgt;lt;brgt; The 3-0 victory over the Gonzaga marked a milestone for the Saint Mary's women's volleyball team. With the win, this year's squad has surpassed the highest win total for a Gaels team (19) since the volleyball program moved into Division I play in 1987. They passed the 1989 Saint Mary's squad, which reached the 18-win mark...Kaui Salzman had another outstanding weekend for the Gaels. Salzman recorded a double-double in a Saint Mary's victory against Portland. The outside hitter posted 13 kills and a team-high 0 digs against the Pilots. The following evening, Salzman had a superb match against Gonzaga, finishing with a .4 hitting percentage. In the Gaels 3-0 win, the sophomore finished with a match-high 1 kills to go with her two assists, one ace, and four digs.lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;San Diego Toreros Head Coach: Jennifer Petrielt;/bgt;lt;brgt; In the loss to SCU, USD junior Devon Forster killed a match-high 9 and sophomore setter Lindsey Sherburne handed out 64 assists. Four Toreros reached double-figures in kills, with junior Kristen Hurst putting down 10 to go along with as many digs. USD will try and rebound from a pair of losses when they travel to the Bay Area to face both St. Mary's and San Francisco next weekend. lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13; lt;bgt;San Francisco Dons Head Coach: Jeff Nelsonlt;/bgt;lt;brgt; San Francisco posted the first 0-win season in program history, the most league wins since 1993 () and helped equalled the best turnaround in league history (+1)...Teresa Russell averaged 4.86 kills on .364 hitting and added 3.9 digs and 0.7 blocks as USF recorded a Pacific Northwest road sweep at Gonzaga and Portland. Russell was unstoppable at Portland, pounding 0 kills on 3 swings for a .486 hitting percentage and added 13 digs for her 10th double-double of the season. Russell also tallied a double-double against the Zags with 14 kills and 10 digs. lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;Santa Clara Broncos Head Coach: Jon Wallacelt;/bgt;lt;brgt; Santa Clara defeated its third a ranked opponent this season with the win over San Diego. The win also gives the Broncos their third straight season sweep of the Toreros, and seventh win in their last eight meetings dating back to 1999...SCU may have to toughest stretch ahead of any WCC team. After facing Saint Marys and San Francisco on the road this weekend, the Broncos head home to face ranked opponents LMU, Pepperdine and Stanford to close out the season...At 1,690, Becky Potter needs three kills to take over sixth place on the WCC all-time kills list...Kelli Sousa needs 8 assists to move past former Gonzaga setter Nicole Lamour for fifth on the WCC all-time assists list.lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;