Oct. 2, 2012
SAN BRUNO, Calif. --- The 2012 West Coast Conference conference action heats up, entering the third week of WCC play. Saint Mary's and San Diego will face off on Wednesday, October 3 in a televised match on ESPNU for rights to first place in the WCC. For the full composite schedule and more information about WCC women's volleyball, please visit one of the above links.
Three West Coast Conference teams are currently ranked in the AVCA Coaches Poll in No. 15 San Diego, No. 16 BYU and No. 23 Pepperdine. Saint Mary's is receiving votes.
Saint Mary's had an impressive week, going 3-0 in conference play by defeating Portland, then-No. 18 Pepperdine and then-No. 11 BYU. The Gaels' 3-1 win over the BYU Cougars was BYU's first loss of the season, dropping them to 3-1 in conference play and 15-1 overall, while Saint Mary's improves to 3-1 in conference play and 8-7 overall.
San Diego had a strong week, picking up a 3-1 win over Loyola Marymount on the road and a 3-1 win over Portland at home. With the wins, the Toreros currently ride a nine-match win streak and remain the only undefeated team in conference action. Wednesday's match between San Diego and Saint Mary's, which will be televised on ESPNU, will determine first place standings in the WCC.
Saint Mary's Jordan Shaw was named WCC Player of the Week after averaging 3.92 kills per set, 3.83 digs per set, 0.50 aces per set and 0.42 blocks per set. Overall, she tallied 47 kills on a .327 clip, six aces, 46 digs and five blocks.
Junior middle blocker Megan Anders led Santa Clara to its first top 20 win since December 2008 with a 3-1 win over then-No. 18 Pepperdine. Anders hit .545 with 12 kills (22 attempts), while collecting seven block assists.
Loyola Marymount junior Kathleen Luft currently leads the West Coast Conference in kills with 54 total in conference play (4.50 per set).
October marks the beginning of "National Breast Cancer Awareness Month," and all nine WCC volleyball teams will host a DigPink match during October to help support cancer awareness. A full PINK schedule can be found on WCCsports.com.
The West Coast Conference launched its 2012-13 conference-wide REPRESENT campaign last week, which promotes positive sportsmanship through its student-athletes, coaches and administrators. Each school will host a REPRESENT match in each sport, and the next WCC REPRESENT volleyball match will be between Portland and San Francisco on Saturday, October 6.