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WCC Women's Volleyball Weekly Notes

Sep. 3, 2008

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The 2008 season got off to a fast start with three teams coming away with undefeated records. Pepperdine, San Diego, and Saint Mary's all finished the opening weekend with 3-0 records. Pepperdine won the Radisson Suites Buena Park Invitational, San Diego took home the San Diego State Invitational crown, while Saint Mary's won the Fresno State Tournament. All three teams featured all-tournament MVP winners. WCC Player of the Week, Julie Rubenstein won the award for Pepperdine, Amy DeGroot won for San Diego, and Megan York took home the award for Saint Mary's. With their tournament win, the Toreros remain in the top 25 in the CSTV/AVCA Coaches Poll at No. 21, which is up one spot from the preseason poll. In other WCC action, Loyola Marymount came away with a winning record going 2-1 at the New Mexico Tournament losing in the tournament final. Rounding out the bottom half of the standings Santa Clara went 1-1 at the Utah Ute Invitational, Portland went 1-2 at the Montana State Holiday Inn Classic, San Francisco went 1-2 at the Long Beach State Tournament, and Gonzaga went 1-3 at the Montana University Tournament.


September 4
10 Gonzaga at Washington - 7:00 pm
9 Arizona State at Portland - 7:30 pm

September 5
12 San Diego vs Hofstra - 10:00 am
13 Santa Clara vs Texas Tech - 11:00 am
10 Gonzaga vs Portland State - 1:00 pm
9 UC Irvine at Portland - 2:30 pm
10 Gonzaga vs Boise State - 5:00 pm
15 Loyola Marymount vs Lipscomb - 5:00 pm
14 Pepperdine vs Colorado State - 5:00 pm
16 Saint Mary's vs San Jose State - 5:00 pm
13 Santa Clara at Arizona - 6:00 pm
12 San Diego vs Oklahoma - 6:30 pm
11 UCSB at San Francisco - 7:00 pm
9 Kansas State at Portland - 7:30 pm

September 6
13 Santa Clara vs Texas State - 9:00 am
16 Saint Mary's vs Cal State Northridge - 10:00 am
11 Texas-Arlington at San Francisco - 11:00 am
15 Loyola Marymount at Middle Tennessee - 2:30 pm
14 Pepperdine vs Pacific - 5:00 pm
12 San Diego at USC - 6:30 pm
9 South Florida at Portland - 7:00 pm
11 Utah State at San Francisco - 7:00 pm
15 Loyola Marymount vs Appalachian State - 7:30 pm
16 Saint Mary's at Sacramento State - 7:30 pm

September 7
14 Pepperdine at Oregon State - 2:30 pm

9. Nike Portland Invite (Portland, OR); 10. Northwest Challenge (Seattle, WA); 11. San Francisco Tournament (San Francisco, CA); 12. Holiday Inn LA City Center Trojan Invite (Los Angeles, CA); 13. Sheraton Four Points Arizona Invitational (Tucson, AZ); 14. Oregon State Asics Classic (Corvallis, OR); 15. Mid. Ten. Tournament (Murfreesboro, TN); 16. Sacramento State Invite (Sacramento, CA)


WCC Player of the Week
Rubenstein was named tournament MVP of the Radisson Suites Buena Park Volleyball Classic. The Waves won all three matches (and are off to their first 3-0 start since the 2001 season), beating UNC Greensboro, Delaware and the host Titans. Rubenstein averaged 5.11 kills (which ranks her #1 in the WCC) in nine sets. She hit .418 (46-8-91) and also had 52.0 points (5.78), 17 digs (1.89), four aces (0.44) and three blocks (0.33). She had 46 of Pepperdine's 131 kills (35%) over the weekend.

Two WCC Teams Ranked Among The Nation's Best
Two West Coast Conference women's volleyball teams are ranked in national polls. The University of San Diego is ranked No. 21 in the CSTV/AVCA Coaches Poll, while Pepperdine University is ranked No. 16 in the Volleyball Magazine Poll.

How Sweet It Is
Last season marked the first time since 2001 that a West Coast Conference school did not make the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. Over the last 10 seasons, the WCC has had a Sweet Sixteen participant in eight of those seasons, including six straight years from 2001-06.

WCC Sweet Sixteen Teams
2006 - San Diego
2005 - Pepperdine and Santa Clara (NCAA Final Four participant)
2004 - Saint Mary's and San Diego
2003 - Pepperdine
2002 - Pepperdine
2001 - Pepperdine
1999 - Pepperdine
1998 - Pepperdine



Overall Record: 1-3-0
WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Bulldogs opened their season with a win against Bradley University, before losing to host Montana, North Dakota State in a five game match, and UC Riverside at the University of Montana Tournament.

  • The Zags junior OH Emily Johnson recorded a double-double with 11 kills and 11 digs against North Dakota State.

  • Gonzaga recorded the second most blocks in the conference with 10.0 in a match against North Dakota State.

  • Senior MB Elaina Renius currently leads the conference in total blocks with 18.0 and total kills with 57.

  • This week, Gonzaga heads to the Northwest Challenge where they will play host Washington (9/4), Portland State (9/5), and Boise State (9/5).
  • Sep. 4
    at Washington - 7:00 PM

    Sep. 5
    vs. Portland State - 1:00 PM
    vs. Boise State - 5:00 PM

    Overall Record: 2-1-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Lions won their first two matches of the season with wins over Idaho State and Central Arkansas before losing to host New Mexico.

  • Loyola Marymount currently leads the conference in blocks per game at 2.40 and digs per game at 16.30.

  • Senior OH Emily Day recorded back to back double-doubles with 16 kills and 15 digs against Idaho State, and 16 kills and 12 digs against Central Arkansas.

  • Day, OH Becky Stehling, and MB Megan Nash were all named to the all-tournament team. Nash also leads the conference in blocks per game at 1.30.

  • This week, the Lions head to the Middle Tennessee Tournament where they will face Lipscomb (9/5), host Middle Tennessee (9/6), and Appalachian State (9/6).
  • Sep. 5
    vs. Lipscomb - 5:00 PM

    Sep. 6
    at Middle Tennessee St. - 2:30 PM
    vs. Appalachian St. - 7:30 PM

    Overall Record: 3-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Pepperdine opened the season undefeated with wins over UNC Greensboro, Delaware, and host Cal State Fullerton at the Radisson Suites Buena Park Invite.

  • OH Julie Rubenstein earned tournament MVP honors averaging 5.1 kills per game and hitting .418 over the three matches. Her kills average leads the conference.

  • Pepperdine currently leads the conference in opponent hitting percentage at .080 and service aces per game at 1.67.

  • Freshman OH Stevi Robinson currently leads the conference in digs per game at 5.56, while fellow freshman OH Lilla Frederick is tied for the league lead in aces at four.

  • The Waves open the season at the Cal State Fullerton Tournament where they will take on UNC Greensboro (8/29), Delaware (8/30), and the host Titans (8/30).
  • Sep. 5
    vs. Colorado St. - 5:00 PM

    Sep. 6
    vs. Pacific - 5:00 PM

    Sep. 7
    at Oregon St. - 2:30 PM

    Overall Record: 1-2-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Portland opened the season splitting matches with host Montana State, before losing to Washington at the Holiday Inn Classic.

  • OH's Jessica Clemens and K.C. Fox both recorded double-doubles against Montana State with Clemens having 14 kills and 10 digs and Fox having 11 kills and 10 digs.

  • In a five-game match against Montana State, L Danielle Dupar had a conference leading individual match-high 25 digs.

  • Fox and MB Ashley Grayson both received all-tournament honors, with Fox having 17 kills and Grayson having 14 kills in the win over Montana State.

  • This week, the Pilots host the Nike Portland Invite and face Arizona State (9/4), UC Irvine (9/5), Kansas State (9/5), and South Florida (9/6).
  • Sep. 4
    vs. Arizona State - 7:30 PM

    Sep. 5
    vs. UC Irvine - 2:30 PM
    vs. Kansas State - 7:30 PM

    Sep. 6
    vs. South Florida - 7:00 PM

    Overall Record: 3-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Gaels opened their season undefeated with wins over UC Davis, Cal State Bakersfield, and host Fresno State at the Fresno State Invite.

  • Saint Mary's had three players on the all-tournament team: OH Taylor Groess, MB Shannon Lowell, and OH Megan York, who also captured the Tournament MVP award.

  • York had back-to-back double-doubles with 18 kills and 12 digs against UC Davis, and 16 kills and 12 digs against Cal State Bakersfield. S Kapua Kamana'o added a double-double with 10 digs and 40 assists against UC Davis.

  • Kamana'o is second in the WCC in ast. avg. with 11.30 with York third in kills avg. at 4.10.

  • This week, the Gaels head to the Sac. State Invite to play SJ State (9/5), CS Northridge (9/6), and host Sacramento State (9/6).
  • Sep. 5
    vs. San Jose St. - 5:00 PM

    Sep. 6
    vs. CS Northridge - 10:00 AM
    at Sacramento State - 7:30 PM

    Overall Record: 3-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Toreros opened their season undefeated with wins over Albany, UC Irvine, and host San Diego State at the San Diego State Invitational.

  • MH's Torey Ellick and Ashton Basch lead the league in hitting percentage with .500 each, while S Jessica Nyrop is the league leader in assists average with 11.70.

  • San Diego had four players make the all-tournament team: L Andrea Csaszi (Libero of the Tournament), Nyrop, Basch, and Amy DeGroot, who also earned tournament MVP honors. DeGroot is currently second in the league in kills average with 4.30. DeGroot and Nyrop both posted double-doubles with DeGroot registering 11 kills and 15 digs against Albany and Nyrop having 10 digs and 36 assists against San Diego State.

  • This week, the Toreros head to the Holiday Inn Trojan Invite to play Hofstra (9/5), Oklahoma (9/5), and host USC (9/6).
  • Sep. 5
    vs. Hofstra - 10:00 AM
    vs. Oklahoma - 5:00 PM

    Sep. 6
    at USC - 6:30 PM

    Overall Record: 1-2-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • The Dons opened their season with a win against Missouri State, before losing to host Long Beach State and Indiana at the Long Beach State Tournament.

  • OH Addie Webster posted back to back double-doubles with 10 kills and 11 digs against Long Beach State and 13 kills and 16 digs against Missouri State. OPP Sarah Mandala also had a double-double with 22 kills and 18 digs against Long Beach State. Mandala's 22 kills is an individual match high for the conference.

  • Returning WCC Defensive Player of the Year, Haley Carroll, ranks second in the league in digs average with 4.08.

  • The Dons host the San Francisco Tournament and will face UCSB (9/5), UT-Arlington (9/6), and Utah State (9/6).
  • Sep. 5
    vs. UCSB - 7:00 PM

    Sep. 6
    vs. UT-Arlington -11:00 AM
    vs. Utah St. - 7:00 PM

    Overall Record: 1-1-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Santa Clara opened its season with a win over Utah Valley, before losing to host Utah at the Ute Invite.

  • OH Brittany Lowe posted a double-double with 13 kills and 12 digs against Utah.

  • In the match against Utah, MB Anna Cmaylo tied for a match high with 21 kills and had a match high six total blocks.

  • Two Broncos had career highs against Utah. OH Nina Sevastopoulos had four block assists, while OPP Lindsy Davigeadono had a .833 hitting percentage. Davigeadono is also tied for the league lead in aces with four.

  • The Broncos head to the Sheraton Four Points Arizona Invite. where they will face Texas Tech (9/5), host Arizona (9/5), and Texas State (9/6).
  • Sep. 5
    vs. Texas Tech - 12:00 PM
    at Arizona - 7:00 PM

    Sep. 6
    vs. Texas State - 10:00 AM