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WCC Women's Volleyball Weekly Release 9/18

Sept. 18, 2007

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WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Pepperdine's Rachel Lumsden Earns Weekly Honor

Pepperdine sophomore outside hitter Rachel Lumsden has been named this week's WCC Player of the Week after being named tournament MVP at the Blue/Green Classic in West Virginia. Lumsden helped the Waves roll to a 3-0 finish this weekend and a season record of 8-4 thus far. Lumsden left Marshall, Akron and West Virginia in her wake with an average of 3.7 kills per game and led the squad in service aces (five) and digs (36). Lumsden hit .325 this weekend and matched her season high record with 20 kills in the win over Marshall. Lumsden and the Waves left West Virginia with the Blue/Green Classic title in hand.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Sept. 18
Gonzaga at Idaho 7:00 p.m.
San Diego vs. San Diego State 7:00 p.m.

Sept. 21
*Portland vs. Central Connecticut State 1:00 p.m.
Saint Mary's vs. Cornell 7:00 p.m.
San Diego vs. UC Irvine 7:00 p.m.
San Francisco vs. Cal State Bakersfield 7:00 p.m.
Santa Clara vs. San Jose State 7:00 p.m.

Sept. 22
*Portland vs. Stony Brook 7:00 a.m.
*Portland at Brown 4:00 p.m.
San Francisco vs. Cornell 5:00 p.m.
Saint Mary's vs. Cal State Bakersfield 7:00 p.m.

Sept. 23
Santa Clara vs. UNLV 1:00 p.m.

Sept. 24
San Diego vs. New Mexico 7:00 p.m.

*Brown Invitational

TEAM NOTES

Gonzaga Bulldogs (10-4 / 0-0 WCC)

-Gonzaga improved to 10-4 overall by defeating Alcorn State (3-0) and Sam Houston State (3-1), but lost a tough match against TCU (3-0) to finish second in the TCU Invitational.

-Senior Heather Dunn was named to the TCU Invitational All-Tournament Team after collecting a career-high 25 digs and 16 kills. Dunn also posted her seventh double-double of the season.

-Redshirt freshman Caitlin Cozad picked up a career-high 12 kills in the Zags' sweep of Alcorn State. Cozad finished the match with a .550 hitting percentage.

-The Zags host Idaho on Tuesday; looking for their 11th win of the season; which would be the most wins in a season by the Zags in 11 years.

Loyola Marymount (7-5 / 0-0 WCC)

-The Lions posted a 1-1 record at the Asics Tournament this weekend after a disappointing loss to Pacific (1-3) and a thrilling victory over Oregon State (3-2).

-Junior outside hitter Emily Day recorded three service aces in LMU's loss to Pacific. The team served up a record eight service aces that match.

-Renee Horton, Heather Hughes, Emily Day and Christianna Reneau each tallied double-doubles each and combined for a whopping 71 kills and 78 digs against the Oregon State Beavers. Day's 28 kills were a career-high, as were Reneau's 33 digs.

-The Lions have one more non-conference match against Cal State Fullerton (9/25) before roaring up to face cross-town WCC rivals, the Pepperdine Waves (9/29).

Pepperdine Waves (8-4 / 0-0 WCC)

-The Waves left all opponents in their wake this weekend after posting a 3-0 record against Marshall, Akron and West Virginia at the Blue/Green Classic in West Virginia.

-Junior outside hitter Julie Rubenstein posted her team-leading eighth double-double of the season with 13 kills and 16 digs against Akron.

-Kiah Fiers and Cassi Chamberlain were named to the all-tournament team, while Rachel Lumsden earned the top honor of being named tournament MVP at the Blue/Green Classic.

-The Waves lead the WCC in hitting percentage with a .294 average.

-Pepperdine faces the Loyola Marymount Lions this week (9/29).

Portland Pilots (6-4 / 0-0 WCC)

-The Pilots fell to the undefeated #24 Oregon Ducks in Eugene, OR (0-3) last week in their only match.

-Junior Ashley Grayson had eight kills and four digs, junior Jennifer Sheedy had seven kills and freshman Jessica Clemens finished with six kills and five digs against the Ducks.

-Portland will make an east coast road trip next week to play in the Brown Invitational which runs from Sept. 21-22 in Providence R.I. UP will face Central Connecticut State, Stony Brook, and Brown in the two day tournament.

-The Pilots have played in three tournaments this year and walked away with a 2-1 record each time including a second place finish in the Nike Portland Invitational.

Saint Mary's Gaels (6-4 / 0-0 WCC)

-The Gaels closed preseason play this weekend with a 1-1 record, offering a 3-0 win against UC Davis and an 0-3 loss against UC Santa Barbara.

-Megan Burton proved strong at the net, recording three kills on three swings, for a perfect hitting percentage. At the other middle position, Shannon Lowell tallied three kills and three block assists in game one against the Davis Aggies.

-Freshman outside hitter Megan York posted two double-doubles and tallied a career-high 17 digs and 17 kills this weekend.

-The Gaels continue their home stand and wrap-up preseason play versus Cornell and CSU Bakersfield over the weekend.

San Diego Toreros (5-3 / 0-0 WCC)

-The Toreros picked up two wins this weekend in their own USD Tournament with a 3-0 defeat over Pittsburgh and another 3-0 win against Cal State Northridge. The Toreros then lost a thrilling challenge to the #5 UCLA Bruins (2-3).

-Amy DeGroot led all players with 19 kills on 40 attempts, while only committing one error to post a match-best .450 attack percentage in the Toreros win over Pittsburgh.

-Jessica Nyrop recorded 28 assists and Kelsi Myers added in 21 to help lead the USD offense to a .358 attack percentage in the sweep of Cal State Northridge.

-The Toreros host cross-town rival San Diego State Tuesday (9/18) and finish non-conference play with matches against UC Irvine (9/21) and New Mexico (9/24).

San Francisco Dons (7-3 / 0-0 WCC)

-The Dons swept Xaiver (3-0) and suffered two losses against Sacramento State (0-3) and #14 Cal Poly (1-3) in the Asics/Coca-Cola Invitational.

-Junior middle blocker Carly Babin recorded eight kills and three blocks, while junior middle Alix Gombos also shared the team lead with eight kills in the match against Sacramento State.

-Two seniors led the Dons this weekend. Outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg averaged a team-high 4.75 kills and 3.38 digs per game and libero Brynn Maurer captured all-tournament honors, averaging 6.00 digs per game and three service aces.

-San Francisco concludes non-conference play this week by hosting Cal State Bakersfield (9/21) and Cornell (9/22).

Santa Clara Broncos (6-3 / 0-0 WCC)

-Santa Clara fell from the national polls this week after three heartbreaking losses against #11 Cal (0-3), UC Santa Barbara (2-3) and Notre Dame (2-3) in its own invitational.

-Sophomore outside hitter Nina Sevastopoulos and senior setter Crystal Matich led SCU in kills, posting six each against the Cal Bears.

-Junior outside hitter Brittany Lowe posted a match-high 24 kills and freshman Krista Kelley tied her season-high 17 kills against the Santa Barbara Gauchos.

-Santa Clara wraps up non-conference play by hosting San Jose State (9/21) and UNLV (9/23) this upcoming weekend.