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WCC Women's Volleyball Weekly Notes

Sept. 22, 2009

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Overall Record
#22 San Diego 0-0
Saint Mary's 0-0
Loyola Marymount 0-0
Santa Clara 0-0
Pepperdine 0-0
San Francisco 0-0
Gonzaga 0-0
Portland 0-0

The WCC women's volleyball will conclude non-conference play as all eight teams will gear up for conference play next week. Last week, No. 22 San Diego took down No. 18 UC Irvine and kept its winning streak alive at six straight. This week, many of the teams are either taking the week off or playing limited games to get players rested up for the race to a conference title. Santa Clara will be the last team to play in a tournament, as it goes to the UPenn Invitational.

Don't forget to tune into WCC Live this week, as we will be joined by Pepperdine Head Coach Nina Matthies and Saint Mary's Head Coach Rob Browning as well as player Megan Burton.



Loyola Marymount at UC Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
7:00 PM
North Dakota at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
7:00 PM
Santa Clara vs. Albany NY Philadelphia, PA
9:00 AM
UPenn Invitational
Santa Clara vs. Penn Philadelphia, PA
4:00 PM
UPenn Invitational
Cal State Bakersfield at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
7:00 PM
San Diego State at San Diego San Diego, CA
7:00 AM
Santa Clara vs. Saint Francis Philadelphia, PA
9:00 AM
UPenn Invitational
Cal State Bakersfield at San Francisco San Francisco, CA
3:00 PM


WCC Player of the Week
Ali Troost, USD:Troost had a monster week in leading the Toreros to a perfect week, collecting 41 kills on .383 hitting to go along with 27 digs en route to earning WCC Player of the Week honors. In the win over the Anteaters, she recorded a career-high 23 kills on .364 hitting and 13 digs. Overall, she is eighth in the league in kills (3.16 kps) and fourth in service aces (.34 aps)

Also Nominated: Dana Knudsen, 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).



Overall Record: 3-7
WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Zags lost their sole match last week, falling to Washington State in their home opener.

  • The Zags were led by SR Michelle Boever's nine kills, followed by SR Layne Brosky's seven. Brosky is currently hitting .300 for the season and is ranked sixth in the league with 3.18 kills per set.

  • JR Caitlin Cozad finished with two block assists and is currently tied for the league lead with 45 total blocks on the season.

  • SO Denise Van de Mortel collected 32 assists, bringing her season total to 327, which places her fifth in the league.

  • The Zags have just one match this week, hosting North Dakota (9/23).
  • Overall Record: 9-4
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Lions went 3-1 last week, defeating Cal St. Northridge, before heading to the Hilton Stockton Invitational, and defeating Nevada and Cal St. Bakersfield, before falling to Pacific.

  • FR Alaina Bergsma and SO Alesha Young were both named to the All-Tournament team. Bergsma finished with 38 kills for the tournament, including a game-high 18 on .395 hitting in the championship game against Pacific. Young paced the offense with 95 assists, including leading the team to a .351 hitting percentage against Bakersfield. Bergsma is second in the league in kills (183), while Young ranks second in assists (150).

  • SO Ariana Covington opened the tournament by going for 13 kills against Nevada and 14 on an impressive .419 hitting against Bakersfield. She also had a match-high 18 versus Northridge.

  • The Lions have just one match this week, traveling to play at UC Santa Barbara (9/22).
  • Overall Record: 7-5
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Waves went winless against a tough week of competition, falling to No. 7 UCLA and twice to No. 4 Hawai'i.

  • Against UCLA, three Waves had double-digit kills led by SR Rachel Grochmal and SO Lilla Frederick, who had 13 each, followed by SO Kristen Seaton who had 12. Grochmal also collected 16 digs as did SO Stevi Robinson.

  • Robinson had double-digit digs in all three matches, including 18 in the first match against Hawai'i. She currently has a league-leading 5.32 digs average.

  • SR Kiah Fiers collected 94 assists on the week and ranks second in the league with 10.15 aps.

  • Pepperdine has this week off, before it enters conference play to take on Saint Mary's (10/1) and San Diego (10/3).
  • Overall Record: 3-11
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Pilots went 1-2 last week, falling to No. 15 USC, before defeating Fresno State and losing to Cal State Northridge.

  • The Clemens sisters were instrumental in the win over Fresno State. JR Jessica Clemens had a match-high 16 kills on .400 hitting to go along with 12 digs for her fifth double-double, while SR Maria Clemens posted 12 kills on an impressive .435 hitting.

  • Also in the win, JR Danielle Dupar had a match-high 14 digs, followed by SR Kaylyn Jones' 12. Jones also paced the offense with 25 assists for a double-double of her own. Dupar is currently fifth in the league with a 4.25 digs average, while Jones is 10th in the league in assists with a 5.57 assists average.

  • The Pilots are off this week and will conclude non-conference play when they host Seattle (9/30), before beginning conference play at Gonzaga (10/3).
  • Overall Record: 7-3
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Gaels had their six match winning streak broken with a couple of tough losses to No. 14 Cal and No. 11 Stanford.

  • FR Lauren Corp led the offense against the Bears with 10 kills, while adding eight digs. SR Alita Fisher continued to lead the team defensively, finishing with a match-high 19 digs, followed by JR Megan York's 11.

  • Two Gaels had double-digit kills against the Cardinal, led by SR Lauren Jaeckel's 13 on .312 hitting and Corp's 10. Fisher posted 15 digs, followed by FR Missy White's 12. White also had her first ever double-double with a career-high 20 assists.

  • Fisher is currently fourth in the league in digs with 4.41 dps, while JR Shannon Lowell leads the league in blocks with 1.19 bps.

  • Saint Mary's has just one match this week, hosting Cal State Bakersfield (9/25).
  • Overall Record: 7-3
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Toreros extended their winning streak to six straight by going undefeated last week, taking down Seattle, No. 18 UC Irvine, and San Jose State.

  • JR Ali Troost had a monster week in leading the Toreros to a perfect week, collecting 41 kills on .383 hitting to go along with 27 digs en route to earning WCC Player of the Week honors. In the win over the Anteaters, she recorded a career-high 23 kills on .364 hitting and 13 digs.

  • A total of five players had double-digit digs against UC Irvine, led by SR Kayleen Webster's impressive match-high 23. Her 181 digs on the season ranks third in the conference.

  • JR Kelsi Myers totaled an amazing 68 assists against the Anteaters, giving her the league match-high for a five-game set. She is currently fourth in the country in assists at 11.87 aps.

  • San Diego has just one match this week, hosting San Diego State (9/25).
  • Overall Record: 5-7
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Dons went winless last week with a couple of tough losses to No. 14 Cal and No. 11 Stanford.

  • Against the Cardinal, JR Sarah Mandala had a match-high 26 kills and 11 digs. The total marked the conference match-high for a four-game set. With 39 kills over the week, she is now tied for ninth on the Don's all-time career kills (976) list.

  • SR Haley Carroll collected 32 digs over the week and had recorded double-digit digs in every match so far this season. Her 220 total digs currently leads the conference.

  • Mandala is putting together one of the best hitting seasons in the country so far, ranking fifth in the nation with 4.84 kills per set.

  • USF has just one match this week, hosting Cal State Bakersfield (9/26).
  • Overall Record: 8-4
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Santa Clara went 3-1 last week falling at UCSB, before winning the Cal Poly Tournament by defeating Idaho, Cal Poly, and Seattle.

  • FR Dan Knudsen had a huge week for the Broncos en route to being named to the All-Tournament team. She collected 33 kills over the week, while hitting at a .400 clip. For the season, she has a .347 hitting percentage, ranking second in the conference.

  • SR Lindsy Davigeadono joined Knudsen on the All-Tournament team. She registered 11 kills against Cal Poly on .421 hitting, while also adding three service aces.

  • SO Tanya Schmidt has also played well all year, hitting at a .319 clip, fifth in the league.

  • The Broncos close out the non-conference season at the UPenn Invitational, taking on Albany NY (9/25), Penn (9/25), and Saint Francis PA (9/26).