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WCC Women's Volleyball Weekly Release

Sept. 4, 2007

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WCC Player of the Week: LMU's Heather Hughes Earns Weekly Honor
Loyola Marymount's Heather Hughes led the Lions to a 2-1 record at the LMU Four Points Sheraton LAX Classic. Over the Lions' 10 games played, Hughes had 78 kills, averaging 7.80 kills per game while hitting .405 on the weekend. She added 46 digs, 12 assists, eight blocks, and two service aces. In the tournament title match against UNLV, Hughes tallied a triple-double with a career-high 31 kills, along with 10 assists, and 15 digs. For the second straight weekend, she earned an all-tournament selection.

Upcoming Schedule

Sept. 4
San Francisco vs. Oregon - 6:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at UC Irvine - 7:00 PM

Sept. 5
Pepperdine at USC - 7:00 PM

Sept. 6
15 Saint Mary's vs. Stanford - 7:00 PM
16 Santa Clara vs. Wichita State - 8:00 PM

Sept. 7
17 Gonzaga vs. Bowling Green - 9:45 AM
22 Pepperdine vs. Cal State Bakersfield - 10:00 AM
17 Gonzaga vs. Northern Colorado - 4:15 PM
22 Pepperdine at Texas - 4:30 PM
15 Saint Mary's vs. BYU - 4:30 PM
18 San Francisco vs. Idaho - 4:30 PM
19 Loyola Marymount vs. Tulane - 7:00 PM
20 San Diego vs. UC Santa Barbara - 7:00 PM
21 Portland vs. Portland State - 7:30 PM
16 Santa Clara vs. Eastern Washington - 8:00 PM

Sept. 8
20 San Diego vs. Virginia - 10:00 AM
19 Loyola Marymount vs. Columbia - 12:30 PM
21 Portland vs. UTEP - 12:30 PM
17 Gonzaga at New Mexico - 2:30 PM
18 San Francisco vs. Boise State - 3:00 PM
15 Saint Mary's vs. Cal Poly - 4:30 PM
20 San Diego vs. Oklahoma - 7:00 PM
18 San Francisco at UC Davis - 7:00 PM
19 Loyola Marymount vs. Wisconsin - 7:30 PM
21 Portland vs. Pacific - 8:30 PM
16 Santa Clara at Hawai'i - 10:00 PM

15 Stanford Invitational; 16 Hawai'i Tournament; 17 New Mexico Tournament; 18 UC Davis Tournament; 19 LMU Hilton LAX Invitational; 20 USD Invitational; 21 Nike Portland Invitational; 22 Time Warner Invitational

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (5-3 / 0-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga posted a 3-1 mark last week, falling to Washington, 3-0, before sweeping Morgan State, Boise State, and Montana. The three sweeps over the weekend give the Zags five wins by a 3-0 margin. It is the first time in program history that the Zags have swept their first five matches and the first time since the 1997 campaign they have had five total sweeping victories.

- Senior Becky Jones continued to roll for Gonzaga finishing the week with three straight double-doubles. Jones is tied for second in the WCC with four double-doubles.

- Senior Heather Dunn passed out 39 assists, guiding the Bulldogs a .271 attacking percentage. Dunn finished with her team and WCC-leading fifth double-double, adding 10 digs.

- Gonzaga takes on Northern Colorado (9/7), Bowling Green (9/8) and New Mexico (9/8) at the New Mexico Tournament.

Loyola Marymount (3-3 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Lions posted a 2-1 record last week at the LMU Four Points Sheraton LAX Classic, sweeping Northwestern and UC Santa Barbara, before falling to UNLV, 3-2.

- Senior Heather Hughes was brilliant for the Lions, averaging 7.80 kills per game and 4.60 digs per game, while posting a .405 hitting percentage. Hughes registered a triple-double versus UNLV, hammering home a career-high 31 kills to go along with 10 assists, and 15 digs.

- Freshman setter Renee Horton joined Hughes on the all-tournament team. The Wildomar, CA native turned in an impressive weekend with 148 assists, 20 kills, 20 digs, and a team-high four aces.

- The Lions travel to UC Irvine (9/4) before hosting Tulane (9/7), Columbia (9/8), and Wisconsin (9/8) in the LMU Hilton LAX Invitational.

Pepperdine Waves (4-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Waves claimed the Asics Classic with a 2-1 record. Pepperdine dropped a 3-2 decision to Nevada, before bouncing back to sweep Lipscomb and Arizona.

- Senior middle blocker Lecca Roberts earned tournament MVP honors, averaging 3.55 kills per game on a .423 hitting percentage, while tallying 16 total blocks.

- Junior outside hitter Julie Rubenstein tallied a double-double versus Arizona with 16 kills and 12 digs, while posting a .286 hitting percentage.

- Rubenstein leads the Waves and is tied for the WCC lead with five double-doubles.

- The Waves travel to Southern California rival USC (9/5), before facing Cal State Bakersfield (9/7) and Texas (9/7) at the Time Warner Invitational. The Waves match versus Texas will be televised on ESPNU.

Portland Pilots (4-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Pilots posted a 2-1 record at the UC Irvine Tournament, earning a 3-2 win over Wyoming and downing Toledo 3-1. The Pilots lone setback was to the host Anteaters, 3-0.

- Sophomore Maria Clemens posted her second double-double of the year with 13 kills and 15 digs in the Pilots' win over Wyoming. Freshman Jessica Clemens, Maria's sister, notched a double-double with 15 kills and 16 digs in the Pilots' win over Toledo.

- Senior setter Kara Pein recorded two double-doubles over the weekend, handing out 34 assists and tallying 10 digs against Wyoming, before dishing out 58 assists and collecting 12 digs versus Toledo.

- The Pilots host crosstown rival Portland State (9/7), UTEP (9/8), and Pacific (9/8) in the Nike Portland Invitational.

Saint Mary's Gaels (5-0 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Gaels extended their season-opening winning streak to five matches, taking a 3-2 decision at CS Bakersfield, before sweeping Fresno State, 3-0.

- Freshman outside hitter Megan York led the Gaels versus Cal State Bakersfield with 19 kills and 19 digs. York, who hammered home 20 kills versus Fresno State, has been one of the top freshman in the WCC, leading the Gaels in kills (4.58) and digs (3.89).

- Sophomore libero Alita Fisher tallied a game-high 39 digs versus Fresno State, leading to a remarkable 13.00 digs per game average. Fisher ranks second on the squad with 3.78 digs per game.

- Saint Mary's has a challenging week ahead as the Gaels take on Stanford (9/6), BYU (9/7), and Cal Poly (9/8) in the Stanford Invitational.

San Diego Toreros (2-3 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Toreros posted a 1-3 record against an extremely demanding schedule last week. The Toreros swept Fairfield, 3-0, before falling to No. 2 Stanford (3-0), No. 23 Ohio (3-2), and No. 9 Minnesota (3-1).

- Sophomore outside hitter Amy DeGroot registered a career-high 18 kills to lead the Toreros' offense versus Ohio and added a career-high 20 digs to post her second double-double of the season.

- Junior outside hitter Jaimarie Sutherland had a match and career-high 20 kills, on 43 attempts, while only committing four errors to post a team-best .372 attack percentage versus Minnesota.

- San Diego looks to get back to its winning ways as the Toreros host UC Santa Barbara (9/7), Virginia (9/8), and Oklahoma (9/8) in the USD Invitational.

San Francisco Dons (5-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- USF swept through the field and won the 2007 USF Asics/PowerAde Classic with 3-0 victories against Colgate, Eastern Washington, and Oral Roberts

- Junior middle blocker Carly Babin captured tournament MVP honors for the first time in her career with a dominating performance. The Las Vegas native averaged 4.00 kills per game on .429 hitting to go along with 2.50 blocks per game.

- Senior outside hitter Brynn Maurer moved past LMU's Deanna Doolittle (1,440) for sole possession of fifth place on the WCC career digs list, finishing the 2007 USF Asics/PowerAde Challenge with 1,445. Next up is former USD standout Jackie Bernardin, who tallied 1,464 digs during her standout playing career at San Diego.

- USF hosts Oregon (9/4) before playing Idaho (9/7), Boise State (9/8), and UC Davis (9/8).

Santa Clara Broncos (5-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara posted a 2-1 record at a tournament hosted by Florida. The Broncos swept NC State and Georgia Southern, before dropping their first match of the season to the host Gators, 3-0.

- Sophomore Lindsy Evans continued her early season tear, posting double digit kills against NC State and Georgia Southern. Evans leads the Broncos and ranks fourth in the WCC with 4.39 kills per game.

- Senior setter Crystal Matich has returned to the form that made her an All-American in 2005, handing out a WCC best 13.67 assists per game this season. This season, Matich (3,195) became just the third player in program history to hand out more than 3,000 career assists.

- The Broncos travel to Hawai'i to take on Wichita State (9/6), Eastern Washington (9/7), and the host Rainbow Wahine (9/8) in the Waikiki Beach Marriott Volleyball Challenge.