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WCC Volleyball Weekly Release 9/25

Sept. 25, 2007

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WCC Player of the Week
USD's Laurel Abrahamson Earns Weekly Honor

San Diego senior Laurel Abrahamson was named WCC Player of the Week after guiding the Toreros to a 2-0 record with 3-1 wins over cross-town rival San Diego State University (10-4) and UC Irvine (11-4). Abrahamson, a native of Bloomington, Minn., averaged averaged 3.50 kills per game on a .353 hitting percentage. Abrahamson also tallied a team-high 10 blocks on the week. For the season, Abrahamson has 190 kills (3.88 kpg), is bolstering a team-best .378 attack percentage and also has a team-leading 55 blocks. In USD's defeat over New Mexico, Abrahamson recorded 13 kills on 20 attempts posting a .600 attack percentage.

Upcoming Schedule

Sept. 25
Loyola Marymount at CS Fullerton 7:00 PM

Sept. 27
*Gonzaga at Saint Mary's 7:00 PM

*Portland at Santa Clara 7:00 PM

Sept. 29
*Gonzaga at Santa Clara 1:00 PM

*Portland at Saint Mary's 1:00 PM

*San Francisco at San Diego 1:00 PM

*Loyola Marymount at Pepperdine 7:00 PM

*Conference Match

Around the WCC
The San Diego Toreros remain in the polls this week after posting a 3-0 record last weekend. Previously ranked #18, the Toreros hold steady at #15 for the second week in the CSTV/AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (11-4 / 0-0 WCC)

-Gonzaga improved to 11-4 overall by defeating Idaho (3-1) in their last non-conference match.

-Junior Elania Renius knocked down a career-high 20 kills, along with a match-high .515 hitting clip, two digs and one block assist against the Vandals.

-Sophomore Michelle Boevers, also in double-digits kills, chipped in 10 and had a .364 attacking percentage for the night.

-The Zags begin conference play this week with a trip to Saint Mary's on Thursday. Since 1985, Gonzga has a 22-19 record against the Gaels.

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

-The Lions took last weekend off to prepare for their final non-conference match and upcoming conference play this week.

-Junior outside hitter Emily Day recorded three service aces in LMU's loss to Pacific on Sept. 13. 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 on Sept. 14. 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 WCC rivals, the Pepperdine Waves (9/29).

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

-After a successful weekend at the Blue/Green Classic, the Waves took last weeked off to prepare for cross-town conference rivals, Loyola Marymount.

-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). In the last 21 seasons, Pepperdine has posted a 33-11 record against their WCC rivals.

Portland Pilots (7-6 / 0-0 WCC)

-The Pilots added a win to their record this weekend after a sweep of Brown University. Portland also posted two disappointing losses, each in five games, at the Brown Invitational

-Junior middle blocker Jennifer Sheedy led all players with 18 kills in a 3-0 loss yo Central Connecticut State.

-Sophomore outside hitter Maria Clemens led three Pilots with double-doubles and finished the match with 18 kills and 10 digs against CCSU.

-The Pilots open conference play this weekend with a trip to the Bay Area to play at Saint Mary's (9/27) and Santa Clara (9/29).

Saint Mary's Gaels (8-4 / 0-0 WCC)

-The Gaels improved to 8-4 last weekend with a sweep of Cornell and a five-game win over CSU Bakersfield.

-Junior outside hitter Taylor Groess recorded 21 kills in the thriller against Bakersfield.

-Freshman outside hitter Megan York posted a total of 43 kills and her eighth double-double this weekend.

-Lauren Jaeckel boasted a perfect hitting percentage against Bakersfield, killing six of six attempts.

-The Gaels open conference play this weekend by hosting Gonzaga (9/27) and Portland (9/29) at McKeon Pavallion.

San Diego Toreros (10-4 / 0-0 WCC)

-The #15 Toreros collected threer 3-1 wins last weekend over non-conference rivals San Diego State, UC Irvine and New Mexico on Monday.

-Freshman Ali Troost recorded a career-high 17 kills on 31 attempts to post a match-best .387 attack percentage against SDSU.

-Amy DeGroot led all players with 21 kills and recorded her eighth double-double of the season as she recorded 16 digs in the SDSU match.

-Four Toreros posted double-digit kills in the 3-1 defeat over New Mexico, including Torey Ellick with a career-high 17 kills and a team-best .625 attack percentage.

-The Toreros open conference play against USF on Saturday at Jenny Craig Pavillion.

San Francisco Dons (11-5 / 0-0 WCC)

-The Dons rose to 11-5 last weekend after posting a 3-1 win over Cal State Bakersfield and a sweep of Cornell.

-Senior Kristin Hasselberg slammed a match-high 21 kills on .292 hitting percentage against CSUB, lifting her to third place on the USF career kills list with 1,356 kills.

-Junior setter Darcy Carroll led the Dons offense against Cornell, dishing out 34 assists, six digs, two blocks and a pair of service aces.

-Junior middle blocker Carly Babin posted 10 kills on .500 hitting in the sweep of Cornell.

-San Francisco begins conference play with a trip to San Diego to battle the Toreros (9/29).

Santa Clara Broncos (8-7 / 0-0 WCC)

-Santa Clara blanked cross-town rival San Jose State and suffered a disappointing loss to UNLV (0-3) last weekend to close non-conference play.

-Junior Brittany Lowe registered her fifth double-double of the season with a match-high 18 kills and 11 digs in the sweep of SJSU.

-Sophomore Lindsy Evans tallied 15 kills and a match-best .481 hitting percentage against SJSU.

-Santa Clara opens conference play this weekend by hosting Portland (9/27) and Gonzaga (9/29). Since 1985, the Broncos are 34-6 and 36-6 against the Pilots and Bulldogs, respectively.