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WCC Women's Volleyball Notes

Sept. 19, 2006

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WCC Player of the Week

Kristen Carlson, San Diego
In helping the Toreros to a 3-1 week, Carlson recorded a team-leading 5.27 kills per game including double-doubles against UC Santa Barbara and then-No. 16 Ohio. The Virginia-native led San Diego to a four-game win over the Bobcats, its first win over a ranked opponent this season, with 22 kills, 20 digs and three solo blocks. Against the Gauchos, Carlson hit at a .359 clip with 20 kills and 12 digs. In the Toreros' lone loss of the week, to then-No. 11 Wisconsin, Carlson managed nearly another double-double, posting 16 kills and nine digs while helping take the Badgers to four games. Carlson earned all-tournament honors for her efforts in guiding USD to the tournament title.

Upcoming Games

Sept. 19
Gonzaga at Montana - 6:00 PM
Portland at Portland State - 7:00 PM
Sacramento State at Santa Clara - 7:00 PM

Sept. 20
UC Irvine at LMU - 7:00 PM

Sept. 21
San Francisco at New Jersey IT - 4:00 PM

Sept. 22
29 San Francisco at Long Island - 12:00 PM

Sept. 23
29 San Francisco vs. Cornell - 8:00 AM
Sacramento State at Saint Mary's - 7:00 PM

Sept. 26
LMU at UCSB - 7:00 PM

Tournament Key
29 Long Island La Guardia Tournament

Around the WCC

WCC in the RKPI
Five WCC teams are ranked in the latest RichKern.com/AVCA Division I Regional Computer Index Pacific Region top 15. San Diego, coming off of a 3-1 weekend with a win over then-No. 16 Ohio, is the conference's highest ranked team in the Pacific region, checking in at the No. 5 spot. Santa Clara snagged a No. 8 ranking, giving the WCC two schools ranked ahead of defending national champion No. 9 Washington. LMU, San Francisco and Pepperdine are ranked in order just behind the Huskies at Nos. 9, 10 and 11, respecitvely. Saint Mary's just missed a top 15 spot in the region, coming in just behind Portland State at No. 16. Along with the five teams in the top 15 in the very competitive Pacific region, the WCC is ranked No. 5 in the RKPI conference rankings. The RKPI takes into consideration the Rich Kern Percentage Index (RKPI) of all NCAA Division I teams, then computes each region based on the overall ranking. The RKPI mimics the NCAA RPI published at the end of the season. This index is not associated with the official NCAA Division I Regional Rankings, but is provided to give schools input as to how they may be ranked within the region using a computerized formula similar to the NCAA.

Top 15 RKPI Pacific Region Rankings (Nat'l RKPI Rank)
1. UCLA - (3)
2. USC - (2)
3. Arizona State - (7)
4. Stanford - (10)
5. San Diego - (12)
6. Oregon - (15)
7. Cal - (20)
8. Santa Clara - (25)
9. Washington - (32)
10. Loyola Marymount - (37)
11. San Francisco - (43)
12. Pepperdine - (48)

13. Arizona - (51)
14. Sacramento State - (52)
15. Portland State - (67)

Top 15 RKPI Conference Rankings
1. Pac-10 - 0.6427
2. Big Ten - 0.6312
3. Big 12 - 0.6273
4. Southeastern - 0.6068
5. West Coast - 0.5856
6. Big West - 0.5667
7. Mountain West - 0.5458
8. Atlantic Coast - 0.5443
9. Western Athletic - 0.5403
10. Missouri Valley - 0.5277
11. Mid-American - 0.5057
12. Big Sky - 0.5046
13. Colonial - 0.5021
14. Conference USA - 0.5021
15. Big East - 0.4960

Look Out for Falling Records
Senior middle blocker Sophia Milo became the second WCC player to break a school record in 2006, setting the top mark for career total blocks at Pepperdine. Milo broke the record of 423 last week and continues to raise the bar having already notched 42 this season to give her a career total of 434. Milo is also seventh on the WCC all-time block assists list with 366. Saint Mary's senior setter Mandy Bible was the first to etch her name in the history books the first weekend of the 2006 season. Bible recorded 110 assists during opening weekend to put her first on the Gaels' all-time list.

Shifting Polls
The latest CSTV/AVCA poll drops Santa Clara to No. 9, down just one spot from a week ago. Meanwhile, Pepperdine is still hanging on to a No. 23 ranking despite posting a 4-6 record so far this season. San Diego and San Francisco again garnered votes in the poll, with the Toreros snagging 94 votes and the Dons 43. The top of the poll remains steady, with Nebraska and Penn State marking their fourth straight week at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. In the Volleyball Magazine poll, Santa Clara takes the No. 9 spot, dropping from No. 8 last week. Pepperdine dropped out of the poll after holding the No. 19 ranking for three weeks.

Winning Ways
With one month of the season gone, WCC women's volleyball began wrapping up preseason tournament play last week. So far, WCC teams have compiled a 61-34 record overall after going 16-9 last week. LMU, San Diego and San Francisco all posted tournament wins, with the Dons capturing their third straight tournament title. The Toreros earned their first win over a ranked team this season, downing No. 16 Ohio. Although the WCC is 0-11 against the Pac-10, the No. 1 conference in the country, conference squads are 11-2 against the sixth-ranked Big West teams.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (4-9 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Zags swept Eastern Washington before dropping back-to-back matches to Oregon and Boise State.

- Junior Becky Jones continues to lead Gonzaga, recording 25 kills and eight digs in the loss to Boise State and her sixth double-double of the season against Eastern Washington.

- Against Oregon, the Bulldogs hit at just a .056 clip, their worst attack performance of the 2006 season.

- With 34 kills and 6.5 blocks last week, Elaina Renius continued her success for the Zags, averaging 3.77 kills and 0.72 blocks per game.

- This week, Gonzaga travels to Montana for its final match before the start of the WCC season on September 28.

Loyola Marymount Lions (11-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- LMU put together a near perfect week, posting wins against Miami, Jacksonville and Florida A&M, all while losing just one set en route to a 3-0 record.

- Heather Hughes earned MVP honors for the second straight week after leading the Lions to the Hurricane Invitational title with 4.5 kills, .8 blocks and .9 aces per game last weekend.

- Christianna Reneau and Sandy Krone joined Hughes on the all-tournament team. Reneau's 4.9 kills and Krone's 3.1 digs per game helped LMU win its second tournament title of 2006.

- Along with the nine game winning streak the Lions are currently riding, they also have compiled an undefeated record at neutral locations since 2004.

- LMU hosts UC Irvine Tuesday before taking the weekend off heading into conference play.

Pepperdine Waves (4-6 / 0-0 WCC)
- Pepperdine faced two ranked opponents this week, dropping a five-game decision to then-No. 9 USC before being defeated by then-No. 14 Purdue.

- Sophia Milo continues to make history for the Waves. The senior middle blocker broke Pepperdine's nearly 10-year old career total blocks record of 423, and continues to set a new standard with 434 career total blocks after last week.

- Four players hit double digits for the Waves against USC, led by Milo's 20 kills on .581 hitting and Rachel Lumsden's 18 kills and 11 digs.

- Kekai Crabbe's 37 digs last week and 194 total this season have bumped her onto the Waves' career top 10 list. With 929 career digs, Crabbe sits at No. 7 all time.

- Pepperdine takes this week off, heading into WCC play the last week of September.

Portland Pilots (6-6 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Pilots went 1-2 last week, losing to Oregon at home before splitting two matches at the Circus Circus/Molten Invitational in Reno, Nev.

- Portland earned its second win of the season over Texas-Pan American thanks, in part, to freshman Maria Clemens' 10 kills and 22 digs. The double-double was Clemens' team-leading fourth of the season.

- Kelly Whitehouse led the Pilots in a 3-0 loss to Nevada, chipping in 11 kills, as the only Portland player to record double-digit kills and one of just four attackers with a positive hitting percentage.

- With its sixth win of the season over Texas-Pan American, Portland has already exceeded its win total from 2005.

- Next, the Pilots travel crosstown to take on rival Portland State (9/19).

Saint Mary's Gaels (5-5 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Gaels split a pair of matches at the Stanford Invitational, downing UC Irvine before losing to then-No. 7 Stanford.

- Senior middle blocker Christina Kirk recorded a career-high 19 kills while hitting at a .533 clip against the Anteaters. Kirk also added 13 kills against the Cardinal and averaged 4.57 kills per game last week.

- With an average of 2.87 per game, the Gaels lead the WCC in blocks after recording 103 total blocks in the first month of play.

- Brittany Barker is leading the way for Saint Mary's at the net, posting 1.38 blocks per game.

- Saint Mary's takes the week off before jumping into conference play next week.

San Diego Toreros (10-4 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Toreros hosted and won the USD Invitational going 3-1 with wins over UC Santa Barbara, then-No. 16 Ohio and Brown, before losing to then-No. 11 Wisconsin.

- Kristen Carlson earned WCC Player of the Week honors after putting together 5.27 kills per game and 3.72 digs per game averages last week. Carlson posted two double-doubles including a 22 kill-20 dig performance in the upset win over Ohio.

- San Diego posted its first win over a ranked opponent this season, moving their record against ranked teams to 1-2, with losses to Wisconsin and Nebraska. The Toreros again received votes in the CSTV/AVCA poll, garnering 94, the highest total of any team.

- The Toreros will take this week off to prepare for the WCC season which begins September 28.

San Francisco Dons (12-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Francisco made short work of all four of its opponents last week, sweeping UC Davis before downing Stony Brook, Manitoba and the host Golden Eagles to win the Marquette Challenge.

- Tournament MVP Jamie Kartchner, USF's only senior, led the Dons to their third-straight tournament title, averaging nine assists and 2.31 digs per game last week.

- Kartchner set San Francisco to a .500 hitting percentage against Stony Brook, a program record for a three-game match.

- Haley Carroll and Kristen Hasselberg joined Kartchner on the all-tournament team, leading the Dons in digs and kills, respectively. Hasselberg has made four-straight all-tournament teams.

- Up next, USF closes out the preseason at New Jersey IT and the Long Island Tournament.

Santa Clara Broncos (9-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- After recording a comeback win against San Jose State, the Broncos suffered their first loss by sweep of the season at the hands of then-No. 7 Stanford before bouncing back to defeat UC Irvine and Georgetown.

- Anna Cmaylo recorded a career-high 26 kills on a .571 hitting percentage, while setter Crystal Matich posted a near triple-double with 67 assists, 10 kills, seven digs and three aces in helping the Broncos win the first Rivalry Series matchup of the season with San Jose State.

- Megan Pura posted a career-high 11 kills to lead Santa Clara in the sweep over UC Irvine.

- Kim McGiven was the only Bronco to reach double-digit kills with 16 against Stanford, who held Santa Clara to just .121 hitting on the night.

- SCU makes its home debut against Sacramento State after its season-opening 11 game road trip.