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WCC Women's Volleyball Weekly Notes

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Sept. 1, 2009

STANDINGS
TEAM WCC Record
Overall Record
Loyola Marymount 0-0
3-0
#21 Pepperdine 0-0
3-0
Saint Mary's 0-0
2-1
#15 San Diego 0-0
1-1
Gonzaga 0-0
1-2
Portland 0-0
1-2
San Francisco 0-0
1-2
Santa Clara 0-0
1-2

ALL EIGHT TEAMS CONTINUE NON-CONFERENCE PLAY
The WCC women's volleyball season opened last weekend with all eight teams going a combined 13-10 against their opponents, including two wins over nationally ranked teams. Both Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine came away with perfect records to start the season at 3-0. This week, the WCC takes on four nationally ranked opponents as Gonzaga faces No. 3 Washington, Loyola Marymount plays No. 9 UCLA, Portland takes on No. 14 Oregon, and Pepperdine faces No. 16 USC.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
TOURNAMENT
Oregon State at Portland Portland, OR
7:00 PM
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
Tournament
Northern Arizona at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
7:00 PM
Pepperdine/USC Tournament
American University at Portland Portland, OR
7:00 PM
Nike Portland Invitational
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
San Diego St. at San Francisco San Francisco, CA
12:00 PM
USF Asics/Coca-Cola Challenge
Loyola Marymount vs. Idaho Las Vegas, NV
4:30 PM
UNLV Tournament
Santa Clara vs. UC Riverside Sacramento, CA
5:00 PM
Sacramento State Tournament
Pepperdine at No. 16 USC Los Angeles, CA
7:00 PM
Pepperdine/USC Tournament
UC Santa Barbara at San Diego San Diego, CA
7:00 PM
USD Tournament
Cal State Northridge at San Francisco San Francisco, CA
7:00 PM
USF Asics/Coca-Cola Challenge
Gonzaga at Portland State Los Angeles, CA
7:30 PM
Portland State Tournament
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Loyola Marymount vs. No. 9 UCLA Las Vegas, NV
10:00 AM
UNLV Tournament
Santa Clara vs. Cal State Bakersfield Sacramento, CA
10:00 AM
Sacramento State Tournament
Gonzaga vs. No. 3 Washington Portland, OR
11:00 AM
Portland State Tournament
Florida Gulf Coast at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
1:00 PM
Pepperdine/USC Tournament
American University at Portland Portland, OR
1:00 PM
Nike Portland Invitational
UC Santa Barbara at San Diego San Diego, CA
2:00 PM
USD Tournament
Gonzaga vs. Boise State Portland, OR
5:00 PM
Portland State Tournament
Loyola Marymount at UNLV Las Vegas, NV
7:00 PM
UNLV Tournament
New Mexico at Portland Portland, OR
7:00 PM
Nike Portland Invitational
Texas A&M at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
7:00 PM
Rice at San Francisco San Francisco, CA
7:00 PM
USF Asics/Coca-Cola Challenge
Santa Clara at Sacramento State Sacramento, CA
7:00 PM
Sacramento State Tournament
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
No. 14 Oregon at Portland Portland, OR
2:00 PM
Nike Portland Invitational
Texas A&M at San Francisco San Francisco, CA
5:00 PM

AROUND THE WCC

WCC Player of the Week
Kiah Fiers, PEP:Fiers was named Tournament MVP of the Colorado State Asics Classic, leading Pepperdine (3-0) to a season-opening three wins over then #24 Colorado State (ending the Rams' 28-match home winning streak), Cal Poly and Oregon State. She averaged 10.30 assists, 2.40 digs, 0.80 kills, 0.50 blocks and 0.20 service aces in 10 sets.

Also Nominated: Alaina Bergsma, LMU; Megan York, SMC; Ashton Basch, USD

Two WCC Teams Ranked Among The Nation's Best
Two West Coast Conference women's volleyball teams open the season ranked in national preseason polls, with three more receiving votes. All five teams are returning from an appearance in last year's NCAA Tournament. The University of San Diego came in at No. 15 in the AVCA poll and 16 in the Volleyball Magazine poll, while Santa Clara University ranked 20th in Volleyball Magazine and 25th in the AVCA poll. Pepperdine receiveed voes in both polls, while Saint Mary's and San Francisco gathered votes on the AVCA poll.

WCC Preseason Poll and All-Conference Team

1. USD - 49 points (7)
2. PEP - 38
3. SMC - 37 (1)
4. SCU - 35
5. USF - 24
6. LMU - 21
7. GON - 10
7. POR - 10
(first place votes)

All-Conference Team

Megan Burton, SMC
Haley Carroll, USF
Lindsy Davigeadono, SCU
Amy DeGroot, USD
Kiah Fiers, PEP
Kim Hill, PEP
Kapua Kamana'o, SMC
Shannon Lowell, SMC
Sarah Mandala, USF
Ali Troost, USD

WCC Among the Nation's Best
Over the last six seasons, the West Coast Conference has established itself as one of the premier women's volleyball conferences in the country. Over the past six seasons, the WCC has owned a national top five ranking in the RPI four times. In 2008, the WCC had one of its best seasons ever tying for a conference high with the fourth best NCAA RPI ranking in the country.

WCC In The NCAA Tournament
WCC volleyball teams are no strangers to the NCAA Tournament. In fact, since 1997, the WCC has sent at least three teams each year into the postseason, totaling 45 teams. Last year was no different as Pepperdine, Saint Mary's San Diego, San Francisco, and Santa Clara all made the tournament. In the past five seasons alone, the WCC has sent 20 teams into the NCAA Tournament with a conference record six teams advancing to the postseason in 2003.

Five Teams in 2008 NCAA Tournament
The WCC has placed five teams in last year's NCAA Tournament, which marked the highest percentage of teams from any conference in the country to make it to the tournament. It tied the highest number of WCC team since the conference sent a record six teams in 2003. It also marked the 13th year in a row that the WCC has sent at least three teams to the tournament.

Welcome Back
All eight WCC teams return several key players in 2009. In all, the WCC returns six All-WCC first team members and nine of the 14 players who earned All-WCC honorable mention. The returning first team All-WCC members include: Megan Burton (SMC), Amy DeGroot (USD), Kapua Kamana'o (SMC), Shannon Lowell (SMC), Sarah Mandala (USF), and Ali Troost (USD).


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 1-2
WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Zags went 1-2 at the Weber State University Tournament, losing to Utah Valley State and Weber State, and beating Utah State.

  • Three players had double digit kills in the win over Utah State, led by Layne Brosky, who had a match and career-high 18 with a .371 hitting percentage. Five players also collected double digit digs in the match.

  • Kaprina Goodwin and Caitlin Cozad also had career days against the Aggies. Goodwin collected her first career double-double with career-highs of 10 kills and 11 digs. Cozad set a school record with her 15 block assists. She became the first player in two seasons to finish a match with double-digit block assists.

  • Gonzaga is at the Portland State Tournament this week, taking on Portland State (9/4), Washington (9/5), and Boise State (9/5).
  • Overall Record: 3-0
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Lions went undefeated to take home the TCU Tournament title, beating Grambling State, Arkansas, and TCU.

  • Freshman Alaina Bergsma was outstanding in her first outing for LMU. She registered 46 kills on an impressive .375 hitting percentage on her way to being named tournament MVP. She also finished with seven aces, seven block assists, and 24 digs. Her best game came against Arkansas, where she had a match-high 20 kills on 30 attempts for a .600 hitting percentage.

  • Joining Bergsma on the All-Tournament team were Alesha Young and Ariana Covington. Young paced the offense to a .332 hitting percentage for the tournament. She amassed 103 assists for the tournament.

  • The Lions are at the UNLV Tournament this week and will take on Idaho (9/4), UCLA (9/5), and UNLV (9/5).
  • Overall Record: 3-0
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Waves went undefeated to win the Colorado State Asics Classic beating Colorado State, Cal Poly, and Oregon State. Pepperdine is now nationally ranked at No. 21 in the latest AVCA rankings.

  • Kiah Fiers ran the offense on her way to being named the Tournament MVP and WCC Player of the Week. She started off the tournament with a double-double (30 kills, 12 digs) against No. 24 Colorado State and then had 28 and 45 assists against Cal Poly and Oregon State.

  • The win over Colorado State broke the Rams' 28-match home winning streak as the Waves did not give up a single set throughout the tournament. Head Coach Nina Matthies is now just three wins away from No. 500 in her career.

  • Pepperdine co-hosts the Pepperdine/USC Tournament and plays Northern Arizona (9/3), USC (9/4), and Florida Gulf Coast (9/5).
  • Overall Record: 1-2
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Pilots went 1-2 at the Nike Cougar Invitational, defeating Montana State, before losing to UC Davis and Washington State.

  • The Pilots had a .312 hitting percentage in the win over Montana State, led by sisters Jessica and Maria Clemens who had 13 and 11 kills respectively. Jessica Baty led the way with a match-high 16 digs.

  • Jessica Clemens had back-to-back games of double digit digs with 12 against UC Davis and 11 against Washington State to go along with 11 kills for a double-double.

  • Marissa Plummer and Jessica Clemens were both named to the All-Tournament team.

  • The Pilots host the Nike Portland Invitational and will take on American University (9/3&5), New Mexico (9/5), and Oregon (9/6).
  • Overall Record: 2-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Gaels went 2-1 at the Marriott Courtyard/Fairfield Invitational, defeating Connecticut and Nevada, and losing to California.

  • Megan York had an impressive tournament, notching three straight double-doubles. She had 13 kills and 15 digs against UConn, 15 kills and 14 digs against Cal, and 15 kills and 11 digs against Nevada.

  • Alita Fisher posted three straight games with double digit digs on her way to being named to the All-Tournament team. She collected a game-high 21 digs against Cal.

  • Kapua Kamana'o paced the offense, collecting 122 assists for the weekend to lead the league.

  • Saint Mary's has just one match this week, hosting Texas A&M (9/5).
  • Overall Record: 1-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Toreros had a split at the Long Beach State Baden Classic, defeating Long Beach State, before falling to Texas.

  • Ashton Basch, Ali Troost and Colleen Carlson all recorded double-digit kills in the win over Long Beach State, led by Basch's match-high 18.

  • Kelsi Myers, Amber Tatsch, Ashton Senner, and Kayleen Webster helped out defensivley in the win, with all collecting double-digit digs, led by Webster's game-high 22.

  • Myers ran the offense, collecting 81 assists in the two matches for a league-leading 11.6 assists per set average.

  • San Diego hosts the USD Tournament and will play two matches against UC Santa Barbara (9/4&5).
  • Overall Record: 1-2
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Dons went 1-2 at the Oregon Tournament, losing to Oregon and Missouri State, before defeating Eastern Washington.

  • In the win over Eastern Washington, Anna Berger led the way with 10 kills, while Haley Carroll had a match-high 13 digs.

  • Against Missouri State, Alycia Cox, Alaina Sully, and Carroll all recorded double-digit digs, led by Carroll's team-high 24.

  • Sarah Mandala exploded for a match-high 28 kills against Missouri State, and was joined by Erin Bragg and Berger with double-digit kills with 10 each.

  • USF hosts the USF Asics/Coca-Cola Challenge and will take on San Diego State (9/4), Cal State Northridge (9/4), Rice (9/5), and Texas A&M (9/6).
  • Overall Record: 1-2
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Santa Clara went 1-2 at the Hawai'i Invitational, losing to UCLA and Hawai'i, before defeating Western Michigan.

  • In the win over Western Michigan, Krista Kelley collected her first double-double of the year with 18 kills and 11 digs, hitting an impressive .308. Lindsy Davigeadono and Katherine Douglas also scored double-figure kills with 13 and 11, respectively.

  • In the match against Hawai'i, the Broncos were led by the double-figure kills of Kelley (14) and Dana Knudsen (10), with the duo hitting .314 and .421, respectively.

  • The Broncos are one of the youngest teams this season, with 11 underclassmen listed.

  • The Broncos will play at the Sacramento State Tournament to take on UC Riverside (9/4), Cal State Bakersfield (9/5), and Sacramento State (9/5).