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WCC Volleyball Weekly Notes 10/2/07

Oct. 2, 2007

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

For the second week in a row, Abrahamson takes home the weekly honor. Abrahamson helped lead the Toreros to a 2-0 record this past week with wins over the University of New Mexico and the University of San Francisco. In Monday's match against New Mexico, Abrahamson recorded 13 kills on 20 attempts, while only committing one attack error to post a .600 attack percentage. In Saturday's WCC opener, the 6-4 Bloomington, Minn. native led all players with 12 kills on 16 attempts, while only committing one attack error to post a match-best .688 attack percentage. For the week, Abrahamson posted 25 kills, had 10 blocks and hit for an impressive .639 clip.

Upcoming Schedule

Oct. 4
*Pepperdine at Gonzaga 7:00 PM

*Loyola Marymount at Portland 7:00 PM

*Saint Mary's at San Francisco 7:00 PM

*Santa Clara at San Diego 7:00 PM

Oct. 6
*Loyola Marymount at Gonzaga 1:00 PM

*Pepperdine at Portland 1:00 PM

*Saint Mary's at San Diego 1:00 PM

*Santa Clara at San Francisco 1:00 PM

*Conference Match

Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (11-6 / 0-2 WCC)

-Gonzaga suffered a disappointing weekend after falling to Saint Mary's and Santa Clara, starting off at 0-2 in the WCC.

-Senior Becky Jones tallied 11 kills and nine digs in the 1-3 loss to Saint Mary's. Michelle Boevers also chipped in nine kills against the Gaels.

-Briawna Mueller and Elaina Renius slammed down eight kills apiece for Gonzaga in the match against Saint Mary's.

-Senior Heather Dunn passed out 21 assists in three games against the Broncos.

-The Zags are gearing up for their season home opener against the Pepperdine Waves this weekend (10/4).

Loyola Marymount (8-6 / 0-1 WCC)

-Loyola Marymount went 1-1 last week after taking ten days off from competition. The Lions swept CS Fullerton on the road to close non-conference action and fell 1-3 to Pepperdine in their first 2007 WCC appearance.

-Heather Hughes posted her 10th double-double of the season with 16 kills and 11 digs on a .343 hitting percentage against Fullerton.

-Senior Jania Motton added 10 kills and three blocks while hitting .526. Erin Downey tallied nine kills, hitting .727, both in the sweep of Fullerton.

-The Lions are looking for their first WCC win of the season as they travel to Portland to take on the Pilots (10/4). Since 1985 the Lions are 35-7 against the Pilots.

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

-After a week off, the Waves opened conference play with a 3-1 win over cross-town WCC rival Loyola Marymount.

-Sophomore setter Kiah Fiers recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 51 assists and 13 digs.

-Sophomore outside hitter Rachel Lumsden also notched her sixth double-double of the season with a team-high 19 kills and 10 digs.

-Junior outside hitter Julie Rubenstein registered 17 kills and six digs in the Waves victory over the Lions.

-Continuing conference play, the Waves travel to Spokane to take on the Gonzaga Bulldogs (10/4).

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

-The Pilots opened WCC play by falling to both Santa Clara and Saint Mary's, 3-1, last weekend.

-Freshman Jessica Clemens posted a double-double with 10 kills and 15 digs against Santa Clara. Clemens ranks third in the WCC with eight double-doubles.

-Senior Ashley Grayson and junior Jennifer Sheedy finished with 13 kills each in their effort against the Broncos.

-The Pilots welcome Loyola Marymount to the Chiles Center for their first home conference match (10/4).

Saint Mary's Gaels (10-4 / 2-0 WCC)

-The Gaels opened conference play this weekend posting wins over Portland and Gonzaga, taking them to 10-4 overall and 2-0 in the WCC.

-Freshman Shannon Lowell tallied a career-high 10 blocks and seven kills to lead the Gaels in the sweep of Gonzaga. Lowell ranks second in the WCC with 1.46 blocks per game.

-Junior outside hitter Taylor Groess notched 19 kills, posting an impressive .326 hitting efficiency against the Pilots.

-Junior middle blocker Brittany Barker, posted eight kills on 15 swings for a .400 attack percentage in the 3-1 win over Portland.

-The Gaels look to continue their conference winning streak this weekend at San Francisco and #14 San Diego.

San Diego Toreros (11-4 / 2-0 WCC)

-The #14 Toreros took their winning streak to four after sweeping San Francisco in their conference home opener.

-Senior Laurel Abrahamson led all players with 12 kills on 16 attempts, to post a match-best .688 attack percentage against the Dons.

-Freshman right side Ali Troost looked impressive in her WCC debut as she recorded nine kills and posted an attack percentage of .294.

-Andrea Csaszi had a match-best 12 digs and Kelsi Myers had 21 assists, while Jessica Nyrop added in 23 more to help direct USD to a .299 team attack percentage against USF.

-The Toreros will return to action on Thursday on a ESPNU televised WCC match against Santa Clara at 8 p.m. at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

San Francisco Dons (11-6 / 0-1 WCC)

-The Dons fell to #14 San Diego in their season opener, taking them to 11-6 overall, 0-1 in the WCC.

-Junior middle blocker Alix Gombos led the Dons against San Diego, recording a team-high nine kills and posting a .643 hitting percentage.

-Junior outside hitter Addie Webster added eight kills, five digs and two blocks to the Dons' effort against the Toreros.

-Freshman opposite hitter Sarah Mandala and senior outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg recorded six kills apiece.

-USF looks for a win next weekend and welcomes WCC Bay Area rivals, Saint Mary's (10/4) and Santa Clara (10/6) to War Memorial Gym.

Santa Clara Broncos (10-7 / 2-0 WCC)

-Santa Clara went 2-0 this weekend with a 3-1 win over Portland and a sweep of Gonzaga, taking them to 10-7 overall.

-Opposite hitter Lindsy Evans led the Broncos with 16 kills and four service aces in the win against the Pilots.

-Outside hitter Krista Kelley had 19 kills and 14 digs against UP. Kelley is sixth in the WCC averaging 3.88 kills per game.

-Junior Brittany Lowe posted her seventh double-double with 19 kills and 11 digs, while hitting .469 in the Broncos' sweep of thte Bulldogs.

-The Broncos travel to San Diego to play in an ESPNU televised match (10/4) and return to the Bay Area to play at USF (10/6).