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WCC Weekly Volleyball Notes

Sept. 21, 2010

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WCC VOLLEYBALL COMPLETES 2010 TOURNAMENT SEASON

This weeks marks the last week of strict non-conference competition. The 2010 tournamentseason is officially over, and all eight teams with the exception of Pepperdine will competein a few more non-conference matches this week before beginning conference play. Asa conference, the WCC has compiled a 33-44 record against non-conference opponentsand will look to improve that record with eight different matches featured this week.

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 2-13
WCC Record: 0-0
  • Gonzaga had another rough week, falling in three tough matches at itsself-hosted Zags Volleyball Classic. The Bulldogs lost its home opener toWyoming (3-0) and then dropped two five-set heartbreakers to Seattle and Idaho.

  • Junior setter Denise Van de Mortel was named to the All-Tournament Team after posting 105assists and 30 digs over three matches.

  • In the match against Idaho, the Bulldogs went deep into extra points, which included 15 extraplays, but the Vandals were the ones to break the back-and-forth volley with a two-point run toclaim the victory (21-25, 25-15, 25-21, 18-25, 23-21).

  • The Bulldogs look to bounce back as they travel to Montana on Tuesday. First serve isscheduled for 6:00 PM.
  • Overall Record: 6-6
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Loyola Marymount won the Utah State Invitational after racking up a 2-1record on the weekend. The Lions opened the tournament with a close 3-2loss to host Utah State then rebounded with wins over UC Riverside (3-0) and Utah Valley (3-1).

  • The Lions placed two players on the All-Tournament Team in sophomore outside hitter FeliciaArriola and sophomore setter Olivia Bailey. Arriola also garnered Tournament MVP honors afternotching 41 kills on 91 attacks for a .330 hitting percentage and posting a career-best .553hitting percentage against Utah Valley.

  • Loyola Marymount currently ranks No. 26 in the country in aces/set (1.80), led by junior outsidehitter Jasmine Rankins (0.51) and freshman outside hitter Betsi Metter (0.49).

  • Loyola Marymount will compete in two matches this week, first travelling to Cal State Northridgeon Tuesday and then hosting No. 23-ranked Long Beach State on Friday.
  • Overall Record: 8-5
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Pepperdine went 2-1 at the Arizona Invitational, defeating New MexicoState (3-1), losing to host Arizona (3-0), and bouncing back to beat Texas State (3-1).

  • With the tournament, junior middle blocker Kim Hill has now reached double-digit kill totals inthe 23 of the last 25 matches. Sophomore middle blocker Victoria Adelhelm raised her career-highto 10 in single-match blocks against New Mexico State to tie for fifth in Pepperdine's singlematch record books, while junior libero Stevi Robinson now has 1,097 career digs to tie for sixthall-time in the record books.H The Waves currently rank No. 38 in the country in blocks/set (2.50) and No. 48 in hittingpercentage (0.251).

  • Pepperdine has no matches scheduled this week. The Waves will take a break until conferenceplay begins on Thursday, September 30.
  • Overall Record: 6-8
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Portland compiled a 1-3 record this past week with its lone victory overNevada (3-1). The Pilots fell to Oregon on the road (3-0) and to Cal Poly(3-1) and UC Davis (3-0) at the Aggie Invitational.

  • Junior outside hitter Kati Hronek earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team after setting acareer-high 19 kills on a .517 attack percentage against Nevada. Hronek also hit .240 on the week.

  • In the win over Nevada, senior linero Danielle Dupar added 26 digs. Dupar now has 1,199career digs, ranking her ninth in the country for digs per set (5.60) and leaving her just 11 shy ofthe sixth spot on the Pilots' career all-time list.

  • Portland will head to Seattle on Tuesday to take on the Redhawks at the Connolly Centerwhere the Pilots will be playing for the first time. Portland leads the series 4-0, and first serveis scheduled for 7:00 PM.
  • Overall Record: 7-5
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Saint Mary's faced tough competition at home, hosting two Bay Areapowerhouses from the Pac-10, top-ranked Stanford and No. 8 Cal. TheGaels lost to the Cardinal (3-1) and were blanked by the Bears.

  • Against the Cardinal, sophomore middle blocker Gabby Jolly and freshman outside hitterJordan Shaw led the Gaels with 11 and 10 kills, respectively.

  • For three sets, the Gaels slugged it out against Cal, with six players recording at least onekill. Leading the way for Saint Mary's was sophomore outside hitter Lauren Corp, who recordeda team-high nine kills on 23 attempts for a .261 hitting percentage. Corp also added eight digsand three total blocks with an ace.

  • Saint Mary's will travel south to Cal State Bakersfield to take on the Roadrunners on Fridayat 5:00 PM.
  • Overall Record: 8-3
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Diego continued its hot streak with another perfect weekend, as theywent 3-0 at the USD-SDSU Tournament, defeating cross-town rival SanDiego State (3-1), sweeping UC Santa Barbara, and upsetting then No. 12Minnesota to capture the championship title.

  • It was a team effort in the upset win over Minnesota. Four players posted double-digit killsin seniors Ashton Basch (20), Amy DeGroot (20), Ali Troost (18) and freshman Chloe Ferrari (10).DeGroot also added 19 digs to post a double-double, and Troost racked up 15 digs to record herfirst double-double of the season. Senior Kelsi Myers racked up a season-high 65 assists (currentlyranks 25th in nation for assists/set - 11.05 avg.), while freshman C'era Oliveira and redshirtsophomore Kandiss Anderson recorded career-highs with 23 digs and 21 digs, respectively.

  • The Toreros look to add on its six-match win streak at Cal State Fullerton on Wednesdayat 6:00 PM.
  • Overall Record: 1-10
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Francisco faced the same fate as Saint Mary's this past week, hostingand falling to both ranked Bay Area rivals California (3-1) and Stanford(3-0). The Dons' first set win over California was the first the Bears havelost all season after having won 24 consecutive sets.

  • In the match against Cal, freshman setter/hitter Joan Caloiaro posted her first career tripledouble,totaling 30 assists, 14 kills and 13 digs. She led the Dons in each of those three categories,in addition to notching two blocks, which tied a team-high, and hit .467 for the match.

  • Against Stanford, freshman outside hitter Malina Terrell led the Dons with eight kills, whilefreshman libero Whitney Swain turned in a team-high 11 digs. Caloiaro finished the weekend

  • San Francisco will host Seattle at War Memorial Gym on Saturday at 5:00 PM.
  • Overall Record: 8-5
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Santa Clara defeated DePaul in a close five-setter before going 1-2 atthe Notre Dame Tournament in South Bend, IN. The Broncos swept hostNotre Dame and dropped 3-2 heartbreakers to both Dayton and Delaware.

  • In the final match against Delaware, Santa Clara had four players in double-digit kills, includingAll Tournament Team selection sophomores Dana Knudsen (19), Kayla Lommori (19), KaleighDurket (17), and junior Tanya Schmidt (10).

  • Durket had a consistent week for the Broncos, averaging 16.5 kills and 9.5 digs. Durket alsoled the team against DePaul with a career-high 22 kills for a .366 hitting percentage. SeniorEmily Burke collected 194 assists in four matches last week, bringing her assists total to 533 in48 sets for an 11.10 average. She currently ranks No. 21 in the nation for assists/set.

  • Santa Clara hosts Seattle on Sunday at 1:00 PM for its final non-conference match.
  • AROUND THE WCC

    SAN DIEGO WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL MOVES UP TO NO. 21 IN LATEST POLLS
    The University of San Diego women's volleyball team jumped up two spots to No. 21 in thelatest AVCA Top 25 poll. The Toreros are currently on a six-match win streak after postinganother perfect weekend at the USD-SDSU Tournament and securing the championshiptitle. The Toreros are currently 8-3 overall and have recently defeated Virginia, No. 23Long Beach State, UC Irvine, San Diego State, UC Santa Barbara and No. 14 Minnesota.

    WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK

    Ali Troost, San Diego, SR, RS
    Senior RS Ali Troost helped lead USD to a 3-0 record this past week, including an upsetover No. 12 Minnesota in the championship game of the USD-SDSU tournament. Troostwas named Tournament MVP after posting 58 kills (4.83 kps) and 31 digs. Against Minnesota,Troost posted a double-double with 18 kills and 15 digs. Troost also posted 17kills and no attack errors on 25 swings to post a .680 attack percentage against UC SantaBarbara. In the win over crosstown rival San Diego State, Troost recorded a season-high23 kills for a .556 hitting percentage.

    Also Nominated: Felicia Arriola (Loyola Marymount), Kim Hill (Pepperdine), Kati Hronek(Portland), Joan Caloiaro (San Francisco)

    2010 WCC PRESEASON COACHES POLL AND ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
    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

    WCC AMONG ELITE VOLLEYBALL CONFERENCES IN THE COUNTRY
    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

    SAINT MARY'S MAKES HISTORY IN 2009 SEASON
    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
    FIRST ROUND
    SAINT MARY'S def. UC Santa Barbara, 3-2
    (24-26, 22-25, 25-20, 25-14, 15-13)

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