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WCC Women's Volleyball Weekly Notes

Sept. 15, 2009

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STANDINGS
TEAM WCC Record
Overall Record
Saint Mary's 0-0
7-1
#25 Pepperdine 0-0
7-2
Loyola Marymount 0-0
6-3
Santa Clara 0-0
5-3
#23 San Diego 0-0
4-3
San Francisco 0-0
4-5
Gonzaga 0-0
3-6
Portland 0-0
2-9

ALL EIGHT TEAMS CONTINUE NON-CONFERENCE PLAY
The WCC women's volleyball season continued last week with Saint Mary's, San Diego, and San Francisco getting through the week undefeated. As a whole, the WCC went 16-8 against its non-conference opponents. Saint Mary's has now won a league-high six games in a row and is now receiving votes in the weekly AVCA poll along with Santa Clara. San Diego moved up to No. 23, while Pepperdine is ranked No. 25. Highlighting this week's slate of games are Saint Mary's and San Francisco who take on Bay Area rivals Stanford and Cal, who are ranked 11th and 14th respectively. In other notable games, Pepperdine hosts No. 7 UCLA and plays at No. 4 Hawai'i, Portland will travel to play No. 15 USC, while San Diego hosts No. 18 UC Irvine.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME

Washington State at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
7:00 PM
Cal St. Northridge at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
7:00 PM
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
TOURNAMENT
No. 7 UCLA at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
7:00 PM
Santa Clara at UC Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
7:00 PM
Santa Clara Invitational
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
TOURNAMENT
No. 18 UC Irvine at San Diego Tulsa, OK
3:00 PM
USD Invitational
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
TOURNAMENT
Loyola Marymount vs. Nevada Stockton, CA
11:00 AM
University of Pacific Tournament
Santa Clara vs. Idaho San Luis Obispo, CA
2:30 AM
Cal Poly Tournament
Pepperdine at No. 4 Hawai'i Honolulu, HI
4:00 PM
Hornet Invitational
Loyola Marymount vs. Cal St. Bakersfield Stockton, CA
5:00 PM
University of Pacific Tournament
Portland at No. 15 USC Los Angeles, CA
7:00 PM
Saint Mary's at No. 14 Cal Berkeley, CA
7:00 PM
San Francisco at No. 11 Stanford Palo Alto, CA
7:00 PM
Santa Clara at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CA
7:30 PM
Cal Poly Tournament
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
TOURNAMENT
Portland vs. Fresno St. Los Angeles, CA
11:00 AM
San Jose State at San Diego San Diego, CA
1:00 PM
USD Invitational
Pepperdine at No. 4 Hawai'i Honolulu, HI
4:00 PM
Saint Mary's at No. 11 Stanford Palo Alto, CA
4:00 PM
Santa Clara vs. Seattle San Luis Obispo, CA
4:30 PM
Cal Poly Tournament
Loyola Marymount at Pacific Stockton, CA
7:00 PM
University of Pacific Tournament
Portland at Cal St. Northridge Northridge, CA
7:00 PM
San Francisco at No. 14 Cal Berekeley, CA
7:00 PM

AROUND THE WCC

WCC Player of the Week
Haley Carroll, USF:Carroll played a key role for the Dons and set the program digs record in the process. The senior blew past previous record holder Brynn Maurer (2004-07) with 24 against Sacramento State and captured tournament MVP honors, averaging an impressive 5.73 digs per set (63 total) to go along with 0.55 aces. Carroll has accumulated 1,752 digs.

Also Nominated: Stevi Robinson, PEP; Chanteal Satele, SMC; Katherine Douglas,SCU

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: 3-6
WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Zags went 1-2 at the University of Tulsa Tournament, faling to Texas Tech and Stephen F. Austin, before defeating Tulsa.

  • In the win over Tulsa, the Zags overcame losing the first two sets to pull out the five set win. SR Layne Brosky had a career-high 19 kills, while SO Kaprina Goodwin added her second career double-double with 14 kills and 10 digs. She was joined by SO Denise Van de Mortel who had a double-double of 48 assists and 13 digs.

  • Also in the win, JR Allyson Powell had a career-high 31 digs to become the first Bulldog since 2003 to finish with 30 or more digs in a five-set match. She is currently ranked third in the league with 138 total digs.

  • This week, the Zags are at at home, hosting Washington State (9/15) for their sole match of the week.
  • Overall Record: 6-3
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Lions went 2-1 at their Crowne Plaza LAX Tournament last week, defeating Houston and Boise State, before falling to UC Irvine.

  • In the win over Houston, three Lions went for double-digit kills, led by FR Alaina Bergsma's 20. JR Becky Stehling had 18 on .433 hitting and FR Kenna Krouse added 19 of her own.

  • In the win over Boise State, Bergsma once again led the way with 20 kills, while SO Ariana Covington had 14, and Krouse added 13. Five different Lions also had double-digit digs.

  • The Lions have two of the best hitters in the league as Stehling is ranked 29th in the country in hitting percentage (.401), while Bergsma is second in the league with 4.32 kills per set.

  • The Lions host Cal State Northridge (9/15), before heading to the University of Pacific Tournament to take on Nevada (9/18), Cal State Bakersfield (9/18), and Pacific (9/19).
  • Overall Record: 7-2
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Waves went 2-1 at their Pepperdine/Asics Classic, defeating Seattle and UC Riverside, and getting upset by Army. The win over Seattle gave Head Coach Nina Matthies win No. 500. She now ranks 25th in wins amongst active coaches.

  • In the win over Seattle, SO Stevi Robinson led the defense with a match-high 19 kills to go along with three service aces. Her 5.40 digs per set currently ranks 11th in the country. Robinson was named Tournament MVP after averaging 5.55 digs a set for the three matches.

  • Against Army, four different Waves had double-digit kills, led by SO Lilla Frederick's 15. Three players also had double-digit digs led by Robinson's season-high 24. Robinson also ranks first in the league with 15 service aces, followed by teammate SR Rachel Grochmal's 13.

  • Pepperdine hosts No. 7 UCLA (9/16), before traveling to play two matches at No. 4 Hawai'i (9/18 & 19).
  • Overall Record: 2-9
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Pilots went 0-3 last week against some tough competition, falling to Purdue, No. 21 Kansas State and No. 17 Kentucky.

  • The Pilots nearly pulled out the upset against No. 21 Kansas State taking the Wildcats to five sets. JR Danielle Dupar had a match-high 22 digs, while JR Jessica Clemens had 13 to go along with 13 kills for a double-double. Senior Maria Clemens was the lone member of the All-Tournament team.

  • Dupar currently leads the team in digs and is ranked third in the league with a 4.59 average. Jessica Clemens joins Dupar on a top 10 list, ranking eighth in the league in kills with a 3.16 average.

  • The Pilots are on the road this week, taking on No. 15 USC (9/18), Fresno State (9/19), and Cal State Northridge (9/19).
  • Overall Record: 7-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Gaels went undefeated last week, defeating San Jose State, Eastern Washington, and San Diego State twice. They have now won six straight.

  • SO Chanteal Satele had a huge week fo rthe Gaels. She recorded 40kills on .326 hitting, including 18 against San Diego State. She is currently ninth in the league in kills with a 3.08 average.

  • SR Alita Fisher posted double-digit digs in every match last week, including 25 in the second match against San Diego State and ranks fourth in the league (4.45).

  • Several Gaels are among league leaders. JR Shannon Lowell is first in blocks (1.21bpg), JR Kapua Kamana'o is second in assists (10.57 apg), and SR Megan Burton is fourth in hitting (.326).

  • Saint Mary's is on the road this week, taking on No.14 Cal (9/18) and No. 11 Stanford (9/19).
  • Overall Record: 4-3
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Toreros got back on the winning track, going undefeated last week, beating Colorado, Cal Poly, and Denver.

  • Three Toreros had double-digit kills against Colorado, led by JR Colleen Carlson's 14 on .370 hitting. JR Ashton Basch and JR Ali Troost had 13 and 11 respectively. SR Kayleen Webster led the defense with a season- high 21 digs.

  • Over the week, Webster averaged 19.7 digs per match and now ranks fifth in the league with a 4.19 dps average.

  • JR Kelsi Myers was impressive running the offense all week, collecting 150 assists and ranks 10th in the country with an 11.70 aps average.

  • San Diego is at home this week, taking on No. 18 UC Irvine (9/17) and San Jose State (9/19).
  • Overall Record: 5-5
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Dons went undefeated at the Hornet Invitaitonal last week, beating Sacramento State, Alabama, and Fresno State.

  • SR Haley Carroll set the school's all-time career digs record against Sacramento State with 24 on the night en route to being named the WCC's Player of the Week. The 24 digs is the league-high for a three-set match as she leads the league with 188 digs on the year.

  • JR Sarah Mandala collected 57 kills over the week including 25 against Alabama. She is currently ranked eighth in the country, averaging 4.70 kills per set.

  • Carroll was named Tournament MVP and was joined by Mandala and SR Anna Berger on the All-Tournament team.

  • USF is on the road this week, taking on No. 11 Stanford (9/18) and No. 14 Cal (9/19).
  • Overall Record: 5-3
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Santa Clara took a split at their SCU Invitational last week, falling to No. 25 Arizona, before coming back to sweep Utah.

  • JR Krista Kelley led the offense against Arizona, collecting a match-high 11 kills. She followed that up another match-high 13 kills in the win over Utah. She is currently ranked third in the conference with a 3.73 kills per set average.

  • SR Lindsy Davigeadono had 10 kills on an impressive .474 hitting and joined Kelley on the All-Tournament team.

  • FR Dana Knudsen has shined in her rookie year, ranking fifth in the league in hitting (.320).

  • The Broncos are at UCSB (9/16), before heading to the Cal Poly Tournament to take on Idaho (9/18), Cal Poly (9/18), and Seattle (9/19).