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WCC Weekly Volleyball Notes

Sept. 7, 2010

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Just two weeks into the regular season, the conference has put together a 24-25 overall record with Saint Mary's leading the way with a 5-2 record after a two-game win streak at home. Portland strung together three straight wins last weekend to bring its overall record to 4-2, while Santa Clara and Loyola Marymount also own 4-2 records.


Overall Record: 2-5
WCC Record: 0-0
  • Gonzaga suffered three losses at the Northwest Challenge. The Zagslost to tournament host Boise State (3-0), Portland State (3-2), and No.9-ranked Washington (3-0).

  • Senior Schylur Edelman was named to the all-tournament team after putting together 23 killsand a .636 attack percentage in the opening match against Boise State. After the weekend'sresults, Edelman climbed into the WCC's Top 10 for hitting percentage, holding a .294 so farthis season with 45 kills.

  • Junior Denise Van de Mortel recorded her third double-double on the year against PortlandState. For the weekend, Van de Mortel tallied 93 assists.

  • Gonzaga returns to action on Friday at the Pioneer Classic hosted by Denver. The Zags willtake on Notre Dame at 4:00 PM.
  • Overall Record: 4-2
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Loyola Marymount picked up two wins and one loss at the Varney'sKansas State Invitational. The Lions lost to host Kansas State (3-0) butcame back to defeat Georgia Tech (3-2) and Oral Roberts (3-0).

  • LMU's sweep over Oral Roberts was the second of the year. The Lions put together a .432hitting percentage in that match, including .800 in the third set alone.

  • Junior Jasmine Raskins was the only Lion named to the all-tournament team after postingtwo double-doubles at the tournamens. Rankins led the team in attack percentage (.299), kills(48), service aces (6) and digs (28) over the course of the three matches. Against Georgia Tech,she tallied a match-high and career-best 24 kills on 47 attacks for a .383 hitting percentage.

  • The Lions return to action next weekend at BYU for the BYU Molten Classic beginning onFriday.
  • Overall Record: 3-3
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Pepperdine hosted its Pepperdine Asics Classic in Malibu and went 2-1on the weekend. The Waves swept Rice and Eastern Washington before losing to Missouri (3-1).

  • WCC Co-Player of the Week Victoria Adelhelm hit .520 (30-4-50) on the weekend and tallied ateam-leading 12 total blocks. In the opener of the tournament, Adelhelm registered a .667 attackpercentage highlighted by 12 kills and no errors. She was also named to the all-tournament teamalong with junior outside hitter Lilla Frederick, who ranked second on the team with weekendtotals of 32 kills and 29 digs.

  • In the loss to undefeated Missouri, junior libero Stevi Robinson recorded a season-high 27 digsto bring her career total to 1,001 and currently rank her eighth in the Pepperdine record books.

  • Pepperdine returns to action on Wednesday to face regional rival No. 13-ranked UCLA onthe road. First serve is set for 7:00 PM.
  • Overall Record: 4-2
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Portland took home the Spring Hill Suites Shocker Classic Championshipin Kansas after going undefeated against Stephen F. Austin in bothmatches (3-2 and 3-0) and host Wichita State (3-1).

  • WCC Co-Player of the Week Kati Hronek and sophomore Ariel Usher combined for 29 kills asthe Portland Pilots defeated the Wichita State Shockers in the championship game. Hronek wasnamed Tournament MVP, while Usher and sophomore setter Madison Smith were named to theAll-Tournament Team.

  • In the Pilots' come-from-behind victory over Stephen F. Austin, senior libero Danielle Duparrecorded 28 digs to move into seventh place for the Pilots' all-time digs leaders.

  • Portland looks to continue its winning streak next weekend as the team heads to the CowgirlClassic in Laramie, WY. The Pilots open against host Wyoming on Friday at 10:00 AM.
  • Overall Record: 5-2
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Saint Mary's went 3-1 on the weekend with wins over San Jose State(3-1), UC Riverside (3-0) and Marquette (3-2). The Gaels' lone loss was toNo. 13-ranked UCLA (3-1).

  • Sophomore middle blocker Gabby Jolly was named to the San Jose State All-TournamentTeam after recording 42 kills and 14 blocks on the week. Jolly also set a career-high and matchhigh17 kills against UCLA.

  • The win over Marquette extends the Gaels' home match winning streak to 15 games, datingback to last season. Saint Mary's had four players' record double-digit kills with sophomoreLauren Corp and senior Megan York recording their fourth double-doubles of the season.

  • Saint Mary's will compete next at the Verizon Wireless Volleyball Challenge, hosted by Hawaii.The team's first match is scheduled for Thursday at 8:00 PM.
  • Overall Record: 2-3
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Diego posted a 1-1 record in the USD Tournament, as they cruised toa 3-0 win over Gardner-Webb University and lost to No. 10 California (3-0).

  • In the win over Gardner-Webb, senior right side Ali Troost led all players with 11 kills on 18attempts to post a .500 hitting percentage, while freshman setter Rachel Alvey recorded a careerhigh17 assists to help steer the USD offense to a .345 hitting percentage.

  • Three Torero seniors recorded double-digit kills against the Bruins in Ashton Basch (14),Troost (11) and Amy DeGroot (10), while senior Kelsi Myers recorded 34 assists in helpingsteer USD to a .226 team attack percentage. Myers is currently fourth in the WCC's Top 10 forassists with 161 total assists on the season and an average of 10.06/set.

  • San Diego will return to action at the Long Beach State Tournament this weekend. The teamwill compete first against Virginia on Friday at 7:00 PM.
  • Overall Record: 0-6
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Francisco was not able to secure its first win at the USF Powerade/Asics Challenge. The Dons lost matches to UC Santa Barbara (3-1), Tulsa(3-0) and Washington State (3-1).

  • Against Tulsa, freshman setter Joan Caloiaro recorded 16 assists, nine kills, and eight digsfor All-Tournament Team honors (her second consecutive selection). Freshman Malina Terrellled the Dons with 11 kills, while sophomore Alycia Cox turned in 13 digs and eight kills.

  • San Francisco closed out the tournament with a tight four-setter against Washington State.Despite putting together a .357 attack percentage in the third set, the Dons were edged 25-23,25-20, 22-25 and 25-22.

  • The Dons travel to South Florida to play in the Miami Hurricane Invitational next weekend.They will face host Miami on Friday at 3:00 PM.
  • Overall Record: 4-2
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Santa Clara went 2-1 at Pacific's Bankers Classic, defeating SacramentoState (3-0) and Idaho (3-1) before losing a 3-2 heartbreaker to eventualtournament champion Pacific.

  • The Broncos' 3-1 victory over Idaho was their fourth straight win of the season. In that match,Santa Clara had four hitters collect double-digit kills for the first time this season in junior TanyaSchmidt (17) and sophomores Kaleigh Durket (15), Dana Knudsen (14) and Kayla Lommori (11).

  • Despite having four players record double figure kills for the second consecutive match, theBroncos could not secure the championship against Pacific, losing 25-20, 25-20, 23-25, 18-25and 9-15.

  • The Broncos will host its own Santa Clara Tournament this weekend with their first matchagainst Portland State on Friday at 11:00 AM.

    WCC Co-Players of the Week
    Victoria Adelhelm, Pepperdine, SO, MB
    Pepperdine sophomore middle blocker Victoria Adelhelm helped her team secure arunner-up finish at the Pepperdine Asics Classic in Malibu after hitting .520 (30-4-50) on the weekend and tallying a team-leading 12 total blocks. In the opener of the tournament, Adelhelm registered a .667 attack percentage highlighted by 12 kills and no errors. She then followed that performance with 18 more kills over the next two games.

    Kati Hronek, Portland, JR, OH
    Portland junior outside hitter Kati Hronek was named the MVP of the Shocker Classic after leading Portland to its first tournament championship victory since 2004. Hronek tied a career high with 17 kills in the Pilots' win over perennial NCAA participant Wichita State. Hronek also hit .298 overall (43-15-97) and tallied two blocks in each match.

    Also Nominated: Jasmine Rankins (Loyola Marymount), Gabby Jolly (Saint Mary's)

    After finishing in second place last season, the San Diego Toreros have been selected to regain the top spot in the 2010 West Coast Conference Coaches Preseason Poll and earn their fourth WCC title in six years. The Toreros received six first place votes and a total of 48 points from the conference coaches, as they return 2009 WCC Player of the Year and All-American Ali Troost, who was named to the preseason all-conference team along with 2008 WCC Player of the Year and All-American Amy DeGroot and 2009 all-conference honorable mention selection Kelsi Myers.

    Reigning WCC Champion Saint Mary's took the second place spot with one first place vote and a total of 43 points. Rob Browning, the 2009 WCC Coach of the Year, returns four starters from a team that fell at fourth-seeded Stanford in five sets in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Gaels return 2009 All-WCC First Team member Shannon Lowell, 2009 All-Freshman Team member Lauren Corp, and all-conference honorable mention pick Kapua Kamana'o.

    Pepperdine, which received the remaining first place vote, tallied 36 points to earn the third place spot. The Waves return five starters, three of which appeared on last year's all-conference team, including preseason all-conference selection Kim Hill, who garnered First Team honors last season after leading the WCC in hitting percentage. Rounding out the top half of the poll for the second year in a row was Santa Clara with 33 points. Bronco middle blocker Dana Knudsen was selected to this year's preseason all-conference team after earning all-WCC honorable mention honors last season.

    San Francisco landed in the fifth spot with 23 points. The Dons return four starters, highlighted by preseason all-conference member Sarah Mandala, a 2009 All-WCC First Team member who led the conference in kills per set last season, while adding 10 newcomers to this year's roster. Gonzaga tallied 18 points for a sixth place finish and return five of its seven starters from last season in Kaprina Goodwin, Caitlin Cozad, Denise Van de Mortel, Laura Day and Allyson Powell.

    Portland edged Loyola Marymount for the seventh place spot with 12 points. The team returns preseason all-conference member Ariel Usher, who led the team in points in 2009 and finished in the WCC's Top 10 in hitting percentage. Loyola Marymount rounded out the preseason poll with 11 points and is led this season by first year head coach Tom Black.

    2010 WCC Preseason Coaches Poll
    1. USD - 48 points (6)
    2. SMC - 43 (1)
    3. PEP - 36 (1)
    4. SCU - 33
    5. USF - 23
    6. GON - 18
    7. POR - 12
    7. LMU - 11
    (First place votes)

    2010 Preseason All-Conference Team
    Lauren Corp, SMC, SO, OH
    Amy DeGroot, USD, RSR, OH
    Kim Hill, PEP, JR, MB
    Kapua Kamana'o, SMC, SR, S
    Dana Knudsen, SCU, SO, MB
    Shannon Lowell, SMC, SR, MB
    Sarah Mandala, USF, SR, OH
    Kelsi Myers, USD, SR, S
    Ali Troost, USD, SR, RS
    Ariel Usher, POR, SO, MB

    Over the last eight seasons, the WCC has established itself as one of the premier women's volleyball conferences in the country. Over the past five seasons, the WCC has appeared in the top five RPI three times. In 2008, the WCC had one of its best seasons, tying for a conference high with the fourth best NCAA RPI ranking in the country. Since then, the WCC has remained in the top 10 in Division I RPI out of the 32 total conferences.

    WCC RPI Rankings
    2009 8th
    2008 4th
    2007 6th
    2006 5th
    2005 4th
    2004 6th
    2003 4th
    2002 7th

    The Saint Mary's volleyball team clinched the 2009 WCC title by outdueling 2008 WCC Champion San Diego in a five set battle (25-18, 25-19, 20-25, 17-25, and 15-10) that featured 30 ties and 10 lead changes. The win was the Gaels' first ever WCC Championship in program history.

    After taking home the championship title, Saint Mary's then finished off the regular season with a sweep over BYU to remain undefeated at home and record the team's third straight sweep. The Gaels' 13-1 record is the best conference finish in school history.

    SMC Results in 2009 NCAA Tournament
    SAINT MARY'S def. UC Santa Barbara, 3-2
    (24-26, 22-25, 25-20, 25-14, 15-13)

    No. 4 Stanford def. SAINT MARY'S, 3-2
    (21-25, 25-21, 25-22, 24-26, 15-13)