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WCC Women's Volleyball Weekly Notes

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WCC Player of the Week
Anna Cmaylo, Santa Clara

The defending WCC champs kicked off their season with the Fresno State Tournament title thanks -- in part -- to the stellar play of junior middle blocker Anna Cmaylo in Santa Clara's three wins. Cmaylo joined teammates Crystal Matich and Kim McGiven on the all-tournament team after slamming home 42 kills on the weekend. Her career-high 20 kills on Saturday helped the Broncos beat No. 25 Kansas State 3-0. Sunday, Cmaylo continued to dominate, recording a .722 hitting percentage with 13 kills and no errors in the championship match against Fresno State. Cmaylo was also the WCC's best hitter this weekend, swinging at a .623 clip.

Upcoming Games
Aug. 29
Washington St. at Portland - 7:00 PM
San Diego at Nebraska - 7:00 PM

Aug. 31
7Portland vs. Liberty - 2:30 PM
8San Diego at UC Irvine - 7:00 PM

Sept. 1
9Santa Clara vs. Valparaiso - 9:00 AM
7Portland vs. Morehead St. - 2:30 PM
8San Diego vs. Michigan - 4:00 PM
13Saint Mary's at Nebraska - 5:00 PM
10Conecticut at Gonzaga - 7:00 PM
11Tennessee at LMU - 7:00 PM
12Texas at Pepperdine - 7:00 PM
14San Jose State at San Francisco - 7:00 PM

Sept. 2
7Portland vs. Ohio - 9:30 AM
12Long Island at Pepperdine - 10:00 AM
11Fresno St. at LMU - 11:00 AM
10Gardner-Webb at Gonzaga - 1:00 PM
13Saint Mary's vs. Long Beach St. - 1:00 PM
8San Diego vs. Iowa St. - 4:30 PM
7Portland at Davidson College - 5:00 PM
11North Carolina at LMU - 7:00 PM
10Portland St. at Gonzaga - 7:00 PM
12Cal Poly at Pepperdine - 7:30 PM

Tournament Key
7 Davidson College Mizuno Wildcat Classic; 8 UC Irvine Tournament; 9 Shamrock Invitational; 10 Gonzaga Tournament; 11 LMU/USC Tournament; 12 Pepperdine Classic; 13 Nebraska Labor Day Tournament; 14 USF Coca Cola/Asics Classic

Around the WCC

Successful Start
The WCC began the new season with six teams on the road in the first weekend of play. Conference teams made a strong start, combining for 14 wins against seven losses and capturing three tournament titles. All together, WCC teams placed eight players on all-tournament teams and recorded one win against a ranked opponent.

Tournament Triumvirate
A trio of WCC teams took home tournament titles in the opening weekend of the 2006 season. Saint Mary's traveled to the Troy University Spiketackular in Alabama and downed Florida A&M, North Florida and host Troy for the win. San Diego went undefeated, recording wins over Cal State Northridge, Hofstra and crosstown rival San Diego State at the Aztec Invitational, while Santa Clara knocked off host Fresno State, Pacific and No. 25 Kansas State to earn the Fresno State Volleyball Invitational title. The three teams placed five players on all-tournament teams, including Fresno State Invitational MVP Crystal Matich.

Look Out for Falling Records
With several WCC players on the brink of breaking school records in 2006, Saint Mary's senior setter Mandy Bible became the first to etch her name in the history books this weekend. Bible recorded 110 assists in helping the Gaels go 3-0 to win the Troy Hampton Inn Spiketackular to put her first on the all-time list. Bible's 4,373 assists break Tracie Hajdukovich's record of 4,305 that stood for over 10 years. Watch for San Francisco junior libero Brynn Maurer to be the next to top the charts, she needs just 234 digs to break the Dons' school record.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (1-3 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Zags kicked off the season at the South Dakota State Jackrabbit Tournament where they dropped three out of four matches.

- Junior outside hitter Becky Jones earned a spot on the all-tournament team with three double-doubles including 17 kills and 17 digs in Gonzaga's win over Weber State.

- Freshman outside hitter Layne Brosky's 48 kills on the weekend and .536 hitting percentage against North Dakota State were signs of promise for a young Gonzaga team.

- The Bulldogs had at least four players reach double-digit kill totals in their final two games of the weekend.

- Gonzaga looks to improve its record against Connecticut (9/1), Gardner-Webb (9/2) and Portland State (9/2) when it hosts the Gonzaga Invitational this weekend.

Loyola Marymount (2-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Lions had a strong opening weekend at the Sun Devil Volleyball Classic, finishing 2-1 and placing two players on the all-tournament team.

- Sophomore outside hitter Emily Day led LMU with double-doubles in each game, recording a match high 21 kills in a win over Utah Valley State.

- Day got help from junior opposite Heather Hughes, who notched 25 digs and a match-high 19 kills in the Lions' loss to Arizona State.

- Newcomer junior Ashley Dutro shared time at the setter position with sophomore K.C. Walsh and dished out 50 assists over seven games.

- Next up, LMU co-hosts the LMU/USC Tournament facing off against 2005 Final Four participant No. 11 Tennessee (9/1), Fresno State (9/2) and North Carolina (9/2).

Pepperdine Waves (0-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- No. 19 Pepperdine dropped two matches at No. 7 Hawai'i to start the season, but took the Rainbow Wahine to five games in both matches.

- The Waves pushed Hawai'i to a decisive fifth set Saturday after being down 2-0. Senior middle blocker Sophia Milo and outside hitters freshman Rachel Lumsden and sophomore Julie Rubenstein combined for 57 of Pepperdine's 83 kills in the loss.

- Senior defensive specialist Kekai Crabbe notched 62 digs over the two matches, helping hold the Rainbow Wahine under a .200 clip in four games.

- Rubenstein's six service aces helped the Waves to post a total of 13 in Friday's match.

- Pepperdine continues its season this Friday, hosting the Pepperdine Classic featuring No. 8 Texas, Long Island and Cal Poly.

Portland Pilots (0-0 / 0-0 WCC)
- Portland returns three starters and eight total letterwinners in 2006.

- Returning to the back row for Portland is senior libero Murphy McClenahan (5.07 dpg), who was third in the WCC in dig average and helped the Pilots finish second in the conference in the same category.

- With the loss of two starting outside hitters, junior Kelly Whitehouse (2.16 kpg, 2.57 ppg) should play a bigger role in the Pilots' offense in 2006.

- Junior outside hitter Nicole Thometz (2.96 kpg, 2.60 dpg) is a top returner for Portland, racking up 26 service aces to finish eighth in the conference in ace average.

- Portland begins the season hosting Pacific Northwest rival Washington State on 8/29.

Saint Mary's Gaels (3-0 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Gaels lost just one game en route to securing the Troy Hampton Inn Spiketackular championship to open 2006.

- Senior setter Mandy Bible dished out 110 assists over the weekend, giving her the school's all-time assists record with 4,373. Bible notched 56 assists, seven digs and five blocks against Florida A&M.

- Junior outside hitter Missie Stidham and senior middle blocker Christina Kirk led the Gaels offensively, recording 33 and 25 kills, respectively, in the tournament.

- The Gaels held their three opponents to a .102 hitting percentage over the 10 games they played this weekend.

- Saint Mary's gets tested this weekend traveling to Omaha for the Nebraska Labor Day Tournament, taking on No. 1 Nebraska (9/1), Long Beach State (9/2) and Middle Tennessee (9/3).

San Diego Toreros (3-0 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Toreros earned San Diego bragging rights, stealing the Aztec Invitational title from crosstown rival and host, San Diego State.

- In its first matches under the direction of Interim Head Coach Brent Hilliard, San Diego went 3-0 and placed two players on the all-tournament team.

- Senior middle hitter Christie Dawson helped the Toreros record back-to-back sweeps over Hofstra and Cal State Northridge with a 52 kills, five service aces and 21 digs this weekend.

- Senior outside hitter Kristen Carlson returned to the court after an injury cut her 2005 season short. Carlson's 21 kills helped San Diego to clinch the title with a 3-1 victory over the Aztecs.

- This week, the Toreros hit the road for the UC Irvine Tournament where they will face the Anteaters (8/31), Michigan (9/1) and Iowa State (9/2).

San Francisco Dons (2-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Dons kicked off 2006 with two wins and a loss at the Arizona Invitational.

- A .481 hitting percentage, 31 kills and nine blocks helped sophomore middle blocker Alix Gombos earn all-tournament team honors. Gombos' 31 kills already leave her just 10 away from her kills total in 2005.

- Freshman outside hitter Anna Berger made an immediate impact in her collegiate debut this weekend, notching four aces and averaging 3.67 kills and 3.33 digs per game.

- Junior outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg led the Dons' offense, averaging 4.20 kills per game and dropping in 10 aces, including a career-high six against Siena.

- Next, USF plays host to San Jose State (9/1) and UCSB (9/3) at the Coca Cola/Asics Classic.

Santa Clara Broncos (3-0 / 0-0 WCC)
- The defending WCC champions started off the season on the right foot, going undefeated to win the Fresno State Volleyball Invitational title.

- With an average of 13.67 assists per game, junior setter Crystal Matich was named tournament MVP.

- Junior middle blocker Anna Cmaylo earned WCC player of the week honors with her career-high 20 kills Saturday, racking up 42 kills and hitting at a .623 clip, tops in the conference.

- Senior outside hitter Kim McGiven joined Cmaylo and Matich on the all-tournament team after collecting 42 kills and hitting .370 over the three matches.

- Santa Clara continues its 11 match road trip this weekend in South Bend, IN at Notre Dame's Shamrock Invitational matching up with Valparaiso (9/1) and the No. 21 ranked Fighting Irish (9/3).