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WCC Women's Volleyball Weekly Notes

Sept. 8, 2009

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STANDINGS
TEAM WCC Record
Overall Record
#19 Pepperdine 0-0
5-1
Saint Mary's 0-0
4-1
Loyola Marymount 0-0
4-2
Santa Clara 0-0
4-2
Gonzaga 0-0
2-4
San Francisco 0-0
2-5
Portland 0-0
2-6
#24 San Diego 0-0
1-3

ALL EIGHT TEAMS CONTINUE NON-CONFERENCE PLAY
The WCC women's volleyball season continued last week with Santa Clara leading the way with an undefeated 3-0 week, while Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount suffered their first losses of the season. Pepperdine and San Diego remain in the national rankings at 19 and 24 respectively, while Santa Clara continues to receive votes in the AVCA poll. This week, Portland faces the toughest competition as it takes on Purdue, who is receiving votes, and No. 21 Kansas State and No. 17 Kentucky. Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara also face nationally ranked opponents, taking on No. 20 UC Irvine and No. 25 Arizona respectively.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
TOURNAMENT
San Jose State at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
7:00 PM
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
Tournament
Eastern Washington at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
7:00 PM
No. 25 Arizona at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA
7:00 PM
Santa Clara Invitational
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Gonzaga vs. Texas Tech Tulsa, OK
3:00 PM
University of Tulsa Tournament
Portland vs. Purdue Manhattan, KS
3:00 PM
Kansas State Invitational
San Diego at Colorado Boulder, CO
6:00 PM
Colorado Invitationl
Houston at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
7:00 PM
Crowne Plaza LAX Tournament
Seattle University at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
7:00 PM
Pepperdine/Asics Classic
San Francisco at Sacramento State Sacramento, CA
7:30 PM
Hornet Invitational
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Portland at No. 21 Kansas State Manhattan, KS
10:00 AM
Kansas State Invitational
San Diego vs. Cal Poly Boulder, CO
10:00 AM
Colorado Invitational
San Francisco vs. Alabama Sacramento, CA
10:00 AM
Hornet Invitational
Gonzaga at Tulsa Tulsa, OK
10:30 AM
University of Tulsa Tournament
Boise State at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
1:30 PM
Crowne Plaza LAX Tournament
Gonzaga vs. Stephen F. Austin Tulsa, OK
3:00 PM
University of Tulsa Tournament
Portland vs. No. 17 Kentucky Manhattan, KS
3:00 PM
Kansas State Invitational
San Francisco vs. Fresno State Sacramento, CA
5:00 PM
Hornet Invitational
Army at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
7:00 PM
Pepperdine Asics Classic
San Diego vs. Denver Boulder, CO
7:00 PM
Colorado Invitational
Utah at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA
7:00 PM
Santa Clara University Invitational
No. 20 UC Irvine at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
7:30 PM
Crowne Plaza LAX Tournament
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
UC Riverside at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
2:30 PM
Pepperdine Asics Classic
Saint Mary's at San Diego State San Diego, CA
4:00 PM

AROUND THE WCC

WCC Player of the Week
Stevi Robinson, PEP:Robinson averaged 5.56 digs per set last weekend as the Waves went 2-1 in a Pepperdine and USC co-hosted tournament. She had 19 digs in a loss at then-#16 USC, and 18 against Northern Arizona and 13 against Florida Gulf Coast in victories. She also had seven service aces (0.78 per set) and five assists (0.56 per set).service aces in 10 sets.

Also Nominated: Jessica Clemens, POR

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: 2-4
WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Zags went 1-2 at the Portland State Tournament, losing to Portland State and Washington, before defeating Boise State.

  • Layne Brosky was named to the All-Tournament team after recording double-digit kills in all three matches. She also hit over .300 in all three matches, including hitting .368 against Washington. For the season, she is hitting .342.

  • Against the Huskies, Allyson Powell had a match-high 17 digs. She leads the team with 66 on the season.

  • Against the Vikings, six different Zags registered a service ace.

  • This week, the Zags are at the University of Tulsa Tournament to take on Texas Tech (9/11), Tulsa (9/12), and Stephen F. Austin (9/12).
  • Overall Record: 4-2
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Lions went 1-2 at the UNLV Tournament, losing to Idaho in five sets and UCLA, before defeating UNLV.

  • A couple freshmen Lions had big days against Idaho as they hit .299 as a team. Alaina Bergsma continued her impressive freshman campaign leading the team with 19 kills and also 11 digs. She currently leads the team with 78 kills. Kenna Krouse collected 13 kills on .750 hitting and also had six service aces.

  • Without its leading hitter, Bergsma, against UCLA, LMU played tough, losing the first two sets by just a combined five points. In the win over UNLV, several Lions hit well as Becky Stehling hit .615, Crouse hit .462, and Bergsma hit . 444.

  • The Lions host the Crowne Plaza LAX Tournament this week, taking on Houston (9/11), Boise State (9/12), and UC Irvine (9/12).
  • Overall Record: 5-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Waves went 2-1 at the Pepperdine/USC Tournament beating Northern Arizona and Florida Gulf Coast and suffering their first loss against USC.

  • Stevi Robinson averaged 5.56 digs per set last weekend on her way to being named WCC Player of the Week and to the All-Tournament team. She had 19 digs in a loss at then-#16 USC, and 18 against Northern Arizona and 13 against Florida Gulf Coast in victories. She also had seven service aces (0.78 per set) and five assists (0.56 per set).

  • Against Florida Gulf Coast, three Waves posted double-digit kills, led by Kim Hill who had 12 on .600 hitting, while Rachel Grochmal had 11 and Lilla Frederick posted 10. Grochmal also served up four aces, while Kiah Fiers registered 40 a match-high 40 assists.

  • Pepperdine hosts the Pepperdine Asics Classic this week, and will take on Seattle University (9/11), Army (9/12), and UC Riverside (9/13).
  • Overall Record: 2-6
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Pilots went 1-4 last week, hosting the Nike Portland Invitational, splitting two games against American University and falling to New Mexico, Oregon State, and Oregon.

  • Jessica Clemens led the way over the five-game week and was selected to the All-Tournament team. She twice had match-highs in kills with 17 and 18, both coming against American University.

  • Against the Beavers, Jessica Baty had a match-high 17 digs, while Kaylyn Jones and Madison Smith both dished out 16 assists each. The Pilots lost the last two sets of the match by a combined six points. Against New Mexico, three different Pilots posted double-digit digs, led by Danielle Dupar's 14. Clemens was joined by Marrisa Plummer on the All-Tournament team.

  • The Pilots are at the Kansas State Invitational this week and will face Purdue (9/11), Kansas State (9/12), and Kentucky (9/12).
  • Overall Record: 4-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Gaels had just one match last week, defeating Texas A&M in four sets. They opened the week with a win over San Diego State.

  • Megan York extended her streak of double-doubles to four with 10 kills and 10 digs. She has had a double-double in every match this season.

  • Alita Fisher extended a streak of her own with 12 digs. She has posted double-digit digs in every match this season.

  • Lauren Corp exploded for 19 kills on .405 hitting to lead the Gaels and added five digs and seven block assists. Kapua Kamana'o continues to climb up the Gaels' all-time career assists list as she handed out 44. She is now just 25 away from taking the fifth spot.

  • Saint Mary's is at home against SJSU (9/9) and E. Washington (9/10), before playing at SDSU (9/13)
  • Overall Record: 1-3
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Toreros suffered a pair of losses to UCSB last week, losing the second game in five sets.

  • Ali Troost and Colleen Carlson recorded double-digit kills in the first match, with Troost tallying 13 on .500 hitting and Carlson registering 11 on .474 hitting. Kayleen Webster added a game-high 15 digs. The Toreros hung tough, losing the first two sets by three points each.

  • Three Toreros had double-digit kills in the second match, led by Ashton Basch and Troost, who had 12 each, followed by Torey Ellick with 11.

  • Kelsi Myers was impressive running the offense, collecting 85 assists in the two matches.

  • San Diego is at the Colorado Invitational this week and will take on Colorado (9/11), Cal Poly (9/12), and Denver (9/12).
  • Overall Record: 2-5
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Dons went 1-3 at its USF Asics/Coca-Cola Challenge, defeating Cal State Northridge, and falling to SDSU, Rice, and Texas A&M.

  • Haley Carroll has recorded double-digit digs in six straight matches now, including 23 against Texas A&M and 25 against San Diego State last week.

  • Carroll, second on the school's all-time career digs list with 1,688 is just 16 away from taking the top spot.

  • Erin Bragg was the sole Don represented on the All-Tournament team after finishing the tournament with 44 kills on .481 hitting, to go along with eight blocks.

  • USF is at the Hornet Invitational this week and will face Sacramento State (9/11), Alabama (9/12), and Fresno State (9/12).
  • Overall Record: 4-2
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Santa Clara went undefeated last week to win the Sacramento State Tournament, defeating UC Riverside, Cal State Bakersfield, and Sacramento State.

  • In the win over Sacramento State, Krista Kelley exploded for 22 kills on .378 hitting to lead four Broncos with double-digit kills. Libby Morrisson was equally impressive defensively with a career-high 30 digs to lead four Broncos with double-digit digs.

  • Katherine Douglas led the way against Cal State Bakersfield with a double-double of a career-high 15 kills and 10 digs, to go along with four service aces. Kelley led the way against UC Riverside with a match-high 12 kills and nine digs. As a team, the Broncos went for a .299 hitting percentage.

  • The Broncos host the Santa Clara Invitational this week and will take on Arizona (9/10) and Utah (9/12)