Oct. 2, 2008
SAN BRUNO, Calif., -- The NCAA released its first Division I Women's Volleyball RPI rankings of the season today and the West Coast Conference is one of four conferences in the country to have all of its member institutions in the top 200. The other conferences to accomplish this are the Big West, Big Ten, and Pac-10.
Leading the way for the WCC is Pepperdine, one of only four undefeated schools in the country, at No. 13. Coming in the top 50 are Santa Clara at No. 31 and San Diego at No. 43. Loyola Marymount (No. 57,) Saint Mary's (No. 58), and San Francisco (No. 87), are all ranked within the top 90. Rounding out the rest of the WCC are Portland at No. 164 and Gonzaga at No. 192.
The WCC also features several schools ranked nationally in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) poll. After starting the season unranked, Pepperdine has been on a tear sitting at 12-0 and is now ranked No. 15. San Diego started off the year ranked No. 22 and has a 10-2 record and now sits at the No. 16 spot. Also starting off the season unranked is Santa Clara, who just broke into the top 25 at No. 23.
As a conference, the WCC member schools have taken advantage of their matches at home going 27-8 in non-conference play. The WCC has also faired well against opposing conference as it boasts a 71-34 record against the rest of the conferences it has faced, including 4-1 records against the Big East and Big 12 and a 19-4 record against the Big West.