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WCC Women's Volleyball Weekly Notes

Sept. 26, 2006

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WCC Player of the Week

Alix Gombos, San Francisco
Gombos led the Dons to a 4-0 record during an East Coast trip with her 2.5 kills and 1.25 blocks per game last week. The sophomore middle blocker hit at a .343 clip in the four wins. Gombos' best match came against defending Ivy League champ Cornell at the Long Island Invitational, where she contributed 16 kills. The West Linn, Ore. native earned her third all-tournament team selection in helping San Francisco extend its winning streak to 14 games. Gombos and the Dons have won four-straight tournament titles after sweeping the field in Brooklyn with wins over the host Blackbirds (3-2), Cornell (3-1) and St. Francis (3-0).

Upcoming Games

Sept. 26
LMU at UC Santa Barbara - 7:00 PM

Sept. 28
*Gonzaga at Pepperdine - 7:00 PM
*San Diego at San Francisco - 7:00 PM
*Portland at LMU - 7:00 PM
*Santa Clara at Saint Mary's - 7:00 PM

Sept. 30
*Gonzaga at LMU - 1:00 PM
*Portland at Pepperdine - 1:00 PM
*San Diego at Saint Mary's - 1:00 PM
*Santa Clara at San Francisco - 7:00 PM

Oct. 3
Idaho at Gonzaga - 7:00 PM

* Denotes Conference Match

Around the WCC

WCC Volleyball Live on WCCsports.com
The West Coast Conference, in conjunction with CSTV Online, will webcast select men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, women's basketball, and baseball for the 2006-07 season. The video streaming package, which can only be viewed on the WCC's official website, WCCsports.com, will be made available for free throughout the year. The WCC's fall video streaming package includes nine women's volleyball games. Volleyball video streaming kicks off this weekend with San Diego at Saint Mary's on Saturday.

WCCsports.com Women's Volleyball Video Streaming Schedule
09/30/06 San Diego at Saint Mary's - 1:00 PM
10/05/06 Loyola Marymount at Santa Clara - 7:00 PM
10/12/06 San Francisco at Pepperdine - 7:00 PM
10/19/06 Pepperdine at Loyola Marymount - 7:00 PM
10/21/06 Portland at San Francisco - 1:00 PM
11/04/06 Portland at Gonzaga - 1:00 PM
11/09/06 Pepperdine at Saint Mary's - 7:00 PM
11/11/06 Gonzaga at Santa Clara - 1:00 PM
11/18/06 San Diego at Santa Clara - 1:00 PM

WCC in the RKPI
Although the five WCC teams ranked in the latest RichKern.com/AVCA Division I Regional Computer Index Pacific Region top 15 have moved down in the regional rankings since last week, three of those teams have moved up in the national ranking. After being idle last week, San Diego is still the WCC's highest ranked team in the Pacific region at No. 7. Santa Clara moved up in the national ranking to No. 24 and took the No. 9 spot in the region. LMU and Pepperdine are ranked in order after the Broncos and have both moved up in the national poll. The Lions moved up three spots nationally and are ranked 10th in the region, whie the Waves made a leap from No. 48 in the national rankings to No. 39 this week. Despite dropping in the national ranking, San Francisco remains in the Pacific region top 15 at No. 14. Things remained relatively stable in the RKPI conference rankings, with the WCC again taking the No. 5 spot. 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.

RKPI Pacific Region Rankings (Top 15)
Team - Nat'l RKPI Rank
1. USC - 4
2. UCLA - 5
3. Arizona State - 9
4. Cal - 12
5. Stanford - 14
6. Washington - 15
7. San Diego - 16
8. Oregon - 20
9. Santa Clara - 24
10. Loyola Marymount - 34
11. Pepperdine - 39

12. Sacramento State - 40
13. Arizona - 56
14. San Francisco - 57
15. Washington State - 77

RKPI Conference Rankings (Top 15)
Conference - RKPI
1. Pac-10 - 0.6429
2. Big Ten - 0.6314
3. Big 12 - 0.6277
4. Southeastern - 0.6093
5. West Coast - 0.5857
6. Big West - 0.5661
7. Mountain West - 0.5461
8. Atlantic Coast - 0.5450
9. Western Athletic - 0.5405
10. Missouri Valley - 0.5278
11. Mid-American - 0.5060
12. Big Sky - 0.5046
13. Conference USA - 0.5046
14. Colonial - 0.5023
15. Big East - 0.4960

On the Horizon
Just a few days remain before the WCC season begins for women's volleyball. Last week was light on volleyball action, with just nine total games. San Francisco continued its tear, extending its winning streak to 14 games and taking its fourth-straight tournament title at the Long Island Invitational. The Dons are off to their best start in school history at 16-1 and will get tested immediately in WCC play, kicking off the conference season by hosting No. 25 San Diego and defending conference champion, No. 9 Santa Clara. Conference squads compiled a record of 7-2 in the final week of preseason play. With a win tonight in Santa Barbara, LMU could also enter WCC play with quite a winning streak, currently having won 10 straight. Pepperdine will look to prove itself in the opening week of conference play after posting a 4-6 record in the preseason.

Polling Place
Although both Santa Clara and Pepperdine retained last week's ranking in the CSTV/AVCA Top 25 Poll, San Diego returned to the rankings after a three week hiatus. The Toreros re-enter the national rankings at No. 25. The Broncos remain at No. 9 while the Waves held on to the No. 23 spot in the poll. Santa Clara also remained steady in the No. 9 spot in the Molten/Volleyball Magazine Top 20. No. 1 Nebraska, No. 2 Penn State and No. 3 UCLA all held on to their previous rankings at the top of both polls.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (4-10 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Zags dropped a 3-2 decision to Montana last week.

- Elaina Renius led the Zags with 19 kills on .371 hitting against Montana. Renius is now second on the team in kills with an average of 2.71 and has been connecting at a .327 clip this season.

- The Bulldogs hit at a .516 clip in game three, thanks in part to setter Heather Dunn who contributed 56 assists on the night.

- After the loss last week, Gonzaga has now played in six matches that went to five games, compiling a record of 1-5 in those matches.

- Gonzaga kicks off WCC play in Southern California, traveling to Pepperdine on Thursday and LMU on Saturday.

Loyola Marymount Lions (12-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- LMU played just one match in the final week of the preseason, beating UC Irvine for the second time this season 3-1 last Wednesday.

- Heather Hughes led the Lions statistically with a 13 kill-13 dig double-double, while three other players joined her in double-digits in kills.

- After dropping the second game of the match, LMU turned the momentum, holding the Anteaters under .075 hitting percentages in the final two sets and hitting .444 as a team in game four.

- The Lions have put together a 10 match winning streak and are 7-1 at home this season. With its recent successes, LMU earned seven votes in the CSTV/AVCA poll this week.

- LMU travels to UC Santa Barbara (9/26) before opening WCC play at home against Portland (9/28).

Pepperdine Waves (4-6 / 0-0 WCC)
- Pepperdine was idle this week, after playing five ranked teams in the first four weeks of the season.

- 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.

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

- Kekai Crabbe's 37 digs in week four 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 opens WCC play, hosting Gonzaga on Thursday and Portland on Saturday.

Portland Pilots (7-6 / 0-0 WCC)
- In its final nonconference match of the season, Portland knocked off Portland State 3-1.

- Nicole Thometz recorded a double-double against the Vikings, leading all players with 24 kills, while adding two blocks and hitting at a .347 clip.

- Murphy McClenahan led the back line for the Pilots, recording 19 digs. The senior moved into third on the Portland career digs list, having recorded 1,466 to date which also secures the No. 4 spot in the WCC record book.

- Setter Kara Pein set a new career-high with seven kills to go along with 49 assists and three blocks against the Vikings.

H Portland begins the conference season on the road at LMU (9/28) and Pepperdine(9/30).

Saint Mary's Gaels (5-5 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Gaels played just one game last week, dropping a 3-0 decision to 2005 Big Sky champion Sacramento State.

- Senior middle blocker Christina Kirk led Saint Mary's in the loss, recording 10 kills, five digs and two blocks on .347 hitting. Kirk is second on the squad, averaging 3.34 kills per game so far this season.

- With an average of 2.86 per game, the Gaels lead the WCC in blocks after recording 111.5 total blocks in the preseason.

- Brittany Barker is leading the way for Saint Mary's at the net, posting 1.37 blocks per game.

- The Gaels open the WCC season at home against Santa Clara (9/28) and San Diego (9/30).

San Diego Toreros (10-4 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Toreros were idle in week five after winning their own USD Invitational two weeks ago.

- Kristen Carlson earned WCC Player of the Week honors last Monday, after putting together 5.27 kills and 3.72 digs per game in week four. Carlson posted two double-doubles two weeks ago, 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.

- Although it did not play last week, San Diego made a return to the CSTV/AVCA Top 25 Poll, re-entering at No. 25. The Toreros last saw time in the polls in the Preseason Top 25.

- The Toreros begin WCC play at San Francisco on Thursday and at Saint Mary's on Saturday.

San Francisco Dons (16-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- On an East Coast trip, the Dons extended their winning streak to 14 games and took their fourth-straight tournament title.

- Long Island Invitational MVP Brynn Maurer has made a smooth transition from libero to outside hitter this year. Maurer had 31 kills and 51 digs in four matches during the East Coast swing and needs 64 digs to break the USF all-time record of 1,236 set in 1991.

- The Dons' 16-1 record marks the best start in program history. USF is just one win away from tying the longest winning streak in school history.

- Kristen Hasselberg needs just 19 kills to become a member of the 1,000 career digs club for USF. Hasselberg recorded 53 kills in four matches last week.

- The Dons open conference play at home, hosting San Diego (9/28) and Santa Clara (9/30).

Santa Clara Broncos (10-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Broncos saw their 11-game road trip come to an end as they downed Sacramento State 3-1 in their home opener at the Leavey Center.

- Kim McGiven's double-double against the Hornets paced Santa Clara. The senior outside hitter recorded a season-high 27 kills along with 15 digs and four blocks.

- Crystal Matich, Anna Cmaylo and Caroline Walters also had quality outings against Sacramento State. The three combined for 18 kills, 68 assists and 26 digs. Walters led all players with 24 digs on the night.

- As a team, the Broncos posted 11 blocks to help hold the Hornets under a .125 hitting percentage for three of the four games, including a -.023 percentage in game two.

- Santa Clara kicks off the WCC season at Saint Mary's (9/28) and San Francisco (9/30).