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WCC Weekly Volleyball Notes

Sept. 28, 2010

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Thursday, September 30 will be the first day of 2010 West Coast Conference volleyball matchups. All eight teams will be in action as the Bay Area schools, Saint Mary's, Santa Clara and San Francisco, along with Southern California institution San Diego will host the first round of conference play. All four matches are scheduled for 7:00 PM.


Overall Record: 2-14
WCC Record: 0-0
  • Gonzaga was unable to pick up a win this past week, losing 3-1 (25-21,19-25, 22-25, 24-26) to Montana. The Bulldogs are now 2-14 on the seasonand have lost 12 straight matches.

  • Gonzaga had two players finish in double-figure kills in junior outside hitter Kaprina Goodwinand sophomore outside hitter Jessie Genger with 12 and 11, respectively.

  • Junior setter Denise Van de Mortel finished with her sixth double-double on the season andsecond-straight with 46 assists and 11 digs, while redshirt freshman Meredith Crenshaw hadnine kills and a match-tying high seven block assists to bring her season blocks total to 43 onthe season. Crenshaw is currently sixth in the conference for blocks this year.

  • The Bulldogs will look to turn things around as the team starts WCC action on Thursday,September 30 at San Diego. The match is set to begin at 7:00 PM.
  • Overall Record: 7-7
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Loyola Marymount split against Big West opponents as the Lions pickedup its first road victory with a 3-1 win over Cal State Northridge and lost3-0 to No. 21-ranked Long Beach State.

  • The Lions hit .333 as a team in the victory over Cal State Northridge, led by sophomore FeliciaArriola and junior Jasmine Rankins. Arriola posted 15 kills and three errors on 38 swings for a.316 percentage, while Rankins added 14 kills on 35 attacks.

  • Freshman Alyse Hensley was consistent across both matches as she hit an efficient .368in the win over Cal State Northridge and collected eight kills on 19 swings. In the loss to LongBeach State, Hensley had a team-high nine kills.

  • Loyola Marymount will travel up North to take on Santa Clara on the road on Thursday toopen WCC play.
  • Overall Record: 8-5
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Pepperdine took a break from competition this past week and will be backin action during conference play. The Waves remain at 8-5 entering the 2010 conference season.H Before their week-long break, the Waves went 2-1 at the Arizona Invitational, defeating NewMexico State (3-1), losing to host Arizona (3-0), and bouncing back to beat Texas State (3-1).

  • Pepperdine currently leads the conference in hitting percentage (.250) and blocks (2.50 avg/set). Sophomore Victoria Adelhelm still holds the highest hitting percentage in the conference(.360), putting together 102 kills in 211 total attempts.

  • The Waves are ranked 38th in the nation for blocks per set (2.50) and 45th in the country inhitting percentage (.251).

  • Pepperdine will set off its conference schedule against San Francisco on Thursday at 7:00 PM.
  • Overall Record: 6-9
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Portland struggled to find its first win since its victory over Nevada as thePilots lost its lone game of the week to Seattle (3-2), despite having fourplayers post double-digit kills.

  • Sophomore Madison Smith set a career-high in assists with 63; senior libero Danielle Duparset a career-high in digs with 40; and sophomore Kate Bostwick set a new career-highs in kills(14), while junior Marissa Plummer tied her career best (15).

  • Dupar, who entered the season ninth on the Pilots' all-time career digs list, has now leapt allthe way up to fifth with a total of 285 digs this season. The lone senior on the Pilots roster is alsoaveraging a program-best 5.85 digs per set, which ranks ninth in the nation.

  • The Pilots will host its home opener on Tuesday, September 28 against Trinity Western. Theywill then travel south to Moraga to take on Saint Mary's on Thursday, September 30.
  • Overall Record: 8-5
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Saint Mary's picked up a straight-set win over Cal State Bakersfield bylimiting the Roadrunners to a .122 hitting percentage.

  • The Gaels had five players hit .300 or better with senior outside hitter Megan York recordinga match-high 10 kills on 21 attempts for a .429 hitting percentage.

  • The Gaels recorded 10 total blocks with senior middle blocker Shannon Lowell leading theteam with four. Lowell also leads the WCC in the blocks category with 55 total and a 1.12 avg/set.

  • With the week, Saint Mary's ranks second in the conference in five of the seven categories(hitting percentage, kills, blocks, service aces and digs).

  • The Gaels return to action on Thursday, September 30 as they welcome Portland in the firstmatch of WCC play. The match is scheduled for a 7:00 PM start at McKeon Pavilion.
  • Overall Record: 8-4
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Diego's six-match win streak was abruptly broken by a 3-0 road lossto Cal State Fullerton.

  • Senior right side Ali Troost led the Torero offense with 13 kills on 26 swings for a .308 attackpercentage and notched 10 digs for her second double-double of the season. Troost now has152 kills on the year for a team that currently leads the WCC in kills (613 total and a per setaverage of 14.26).

  • Senior setter Kelsi Myers contributed 37 assists against Cal State Fullerton to move intoeighth place on San Diego's all-time assists leaderboard, while redshirt sophomore KandissAnderson and redshirt senior Amy Mahinalani DeGroot each collected 12 digs.

  • The Toreros will host a three-game home stand, starting with UC Riverside on Tuesday at7:00 PM and then opening WCC play against Gonzaga and Portland over the weekend.
  • Overall Record: 2-10
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Francisco picked up a 3-0 win at home against Seattle during theRedhawks' visit to the Bay Area. The Dons hit a season-high .296 and tieda season high in service aces with seven to tally seven-year head coachGilad Doron's 100th career win.

  • Senior outside hitter Sarah Mandala, who returned to the lineup after a seven-game absencecaused by injury, made her presence known by notching a team-high 12 kills for a .348 hittingpercentage. Mandala also recorded six assists and four digs.

  • Freshman libero Whitney Swain led the team in digs with 15, while freshman setter JoanCaloiaro totaled 26 assists, eight kills and seven digs.

  • San Francisco will host Pepperdine on Thursday and Loyola Marymount on Saturday for thefirst week of conference play. Both matches are scheduled for 7:00 PM.
  • Overall Record: 9-5
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Santa Clara closed out its non-conference slate with a 3-0 win over Seattle.

  • The Broncos hit .235 with 42 kills and tallied 46 digs, 41 assists, and seven service aces totop the Redhawks in straight sets.

  • Sophomore outside hitter Kayla Lommori posted a match-high 12 kils, hitting .250 with twoservice aces.

  • Sophomore middle blocker Dana Knudsen had six kills on the night to add to her seasontotal. Knudsen is currently ranked second in the WCC for hitting percentage (.347) and ninthin kills with 167.

  • Santa Clara will host travel partners Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine on Thursday andSaturday to jumpstart conference matches. Both are scheduled for 7:00 PM at the Leavey Center.

    The University of San Diego women's volleyball team jumped up two spots to No. 21 in the latest AVCA Top 25 poll. The Toreros are currently on a six-match win streak after posting another perfect weekend at the USD-SDSU Tournament and securing the championship title. The Toreros are currently 8-3 overall and have recently defeated Virginia, No. 23 Long Beach State, UC Irvine, San Diego State, UC Santa Barbara and No. 14 Minnesota.


    Natalie Loos, Saint Mary's , FR, MB

    Freshman middle blocker Natalie Loos set a Saint Mary's single match record for hitting percentage in the straight-sets win over CS Bakersfield. Loos notched eight kills on nine swings for an .889 hitting percentage, breaking a seven-year-old mark set by Stacey O'Connor in 2003. Loos notched three kills on four swings in the second set and closed the match out going a perfect five-for-five in attempts in the third set. She also recorded a match-high five total blocks.

    Also Nominated: Danielle Dupar (Portland), Sarah Mandala (San Francisco), Kayla Lommori  (Santa Clara)

    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

    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

    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
    SAINT MARY'S def. UC Santa Barbara, 3-2
    (24-26, 22-25, 25-20, 25-14, 15-13)

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