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WCC Women's Volleyball Opens Conference Play this Weekend

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Sept. 29, 2009

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

The WCC women's volleyball conference season will get underway this weekend as all eight teams begin their race to the conference title. With two non-conference matches remaining, WCC teams finished with a 54-47 record against non-conference opponents. San Diego moved up to No. 20 in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll, while Pepperdine and Saint Mary's continue to receive votes.

This week also marks the start of the WCC's Dig Pink campaign, which is a nationwide program aimed at raising money and awareness for breast cancer research. The first WCC Dig Pink match will occur as the Dons host the Broncos on October 2nd.



Montana at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
7:00 PM

Seattle at Portland Portland, OR
7:00 PM

San Diego at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
7:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
7:00 PM

Santa Clara at San Francisco San Francisco, CA
7:00 PM

Portland at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
1:00 PM
San Diego at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
1:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
1:00 PM


WCC Player of the Week
Dana Knudsen, SCU:Knudsen was named to her second straight All-Tournament team en route to earning WCC Player of the Week honors. She averaged 11 kills per match, while hitting .431, including a career-high 15 against Albany. She is currently ranked second in the league with a .367 hitting percentage.She also leads all freshmen in the league with 49.0 total blocks.

Also Nominated: Ali Troost, USD

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: 3-8
WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Zags lost their sole match last week, falling to North Dakota in four sets.

  • SR Michelle Boevers led the offensive attack, tying a match-high with 13 kills on the night. She is currently second on the team in kills with 110 on the season.

  • JR Allyson Powell led the team defensively, also tying the match-high with 20 digs. With 164 digs on the season, she ranks fifth in the league.

  • SO Kaprina Goodwin tallied seven block assists to lead the team and now has 38 total blocks on the season to tie for eighth in the conference.

  • The Zags have one match, hosting Montana (9/29), before beginning conference play, where they will host Portland (10/3).
  • Overall Record: 9-5
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Lions lost a tough match on the road at UC Santa Barbara in their only match of the week.

  • FR Alaina Bergsma was the sole Lion to register double-digit kills, collecting 10 on the night, to go along with seven digs. She has been the leader on offense this year as her 193 kills ranks second in the conference. She also leads the league with 21 service aces.

  • SO Alesha Young had an off night with 19 assists, but still ranks second in the league with 469 assists on the season.

  • JR Becky Stehling was also out of form, hitting for a .091 clip. She currently leads the league and is ranked 36th in the country with a .379 hitting percentage on the season.

  • The Lions open conference play this week by hosting San Diego (10/1) and Saint Mary's (10/3).
  • Overall Record: 7-5
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Waves were off last week after a tough slate of matches against No. 7 UCLA and 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, ranking 14th in the country.

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

  • Pepperdine opens conference play this week and will host Saint Mary's (10/1) and San Diego (10/3).
  • Overall Record: 3-11
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Pilots were off last week after taking on No. 15 USC, Fresno State, and 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 have one match before beginning conference play, when they host Seattle (9/30), before playing at Gonzaga (10/3).
  • Overall Record: 8-3
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Gaels had just one match last week, completing a sweep of Cal State Bakersfield.

  • FR Lauren Corp led the offense with a match-high 17 kills on .300 hitting.She has been a nice addition to the squad as she has had double-digit kills in five straight matches and has only failed to reach double-digits in one match this season. She also added 13 digs for her second double-double.

  • SO Chanteal Satele was also impressive, registering 15 kills on .344 hitting.

  • JR Kapua Kamana'o also had a double-double with 22 assists and 11 digs. She was joined by SR Alita Fisher who also had double-digit digs with 12. Kamana'o is fourth in the league, averaging 9.10 assists per set, while Fisher ranks fourth in digs with a 4.38 digs average.

  • Saint Mary's opens league play on the road at Pepperdine (10/1) and Loyola Marymount (10/3).
  • Overall Record: 8-3
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Toreros had just one match last week, taking down San Diego State in three to give Head Coach Jennifer Petrie her 200th career win.

  • JR Ali Troost was a force offensively, registering 11 kills on .579 hitting, while committing zero errors. SR Torey Ellick also collected 11 kills, while hitting for a .429 clip. Ellick is hitting .339 for the season, ranking third in the league.

  • JR Kelsi Myers ran the offense with a match-high 36 assists. She is one of the better setters in the country as her 11.88 assists per set ranks fifth in the country.

  • SR Kayleen Webster led the defense with 11 digs on the night and ranks third in the league with 192 digs on the season.

  • San Diego begins league play on the road at Loyola Marymount (10/1) and Pepperdine (10/3).
  • Overall Record: 6-7
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Dons had just one match last week, defeating Cal State Bakersfield in four.

  • JR Sarah Mandala entered the Dons' record book by recording her 1,000th kill on her final attempt. She became just the ninth Don to achieve the milestone and is the fastest player in school history to reach 1,000 kills. Overall, she had an impressive 24 kills and 15 digs on the night.

  • SR Haley Carroll led the way defensively, collecting a match-high 20 digs. She leads the league with 240 total digs and her 5.00 dps ranks 22nd in the country.

  • Mandala already rates as one of the best hitters in the country and her performance moved her to second nationally with a 4.94 kills average.

  • USF opens conference play with just one match against Santa Clara (10/2).
  • Overall Record: 10-5
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Santa Clara went 2-1 at the UPenn Invitational, falling to Albany (NY), before defeating UPenn and Saint Francis (PA).

  • FR Dan Knudsen was named to her second straight All-Tournament team en route to earning WCC Player of the Week honors. She averaged 11 kills per match, while hitting .431, including a career-high 15 against Albany. She is currently ranked second in the league with a .367 hitting percentage.

  • SR Lindsy Davigeadono and SO Tanya Schmidt have proven to be a force up front as they have the most blocks of any duo in the league with a combined 97.0 on the year. Schmidt tallied 11 blocks over the week, including seven against Penn, while Davigeadono collected eight. Schmidt also ranks fourth in the league with a .333 hitting percentage.

  • The Broncos open conference play with just one match at San Francisco (10/2).