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WCC Women's Volleyball Weekly Notes

Oct. 3, 2006

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WCC Player of the Week

Kristen Carlson, San Diego
Carlson guided the Toreros to a 2-0 opening weekend in WCC play with six kills and 4.5 digs per game last week. The senior outside hitter recorded 23 kills and 24 digs in a 3-1 win over San Francisco and posted another double-double in Saturday's 3-1 victory at Saint Mary's with 25 kills and 12 digs. With just 16 errors in 103 attempts on the weekend, the southpaw hit at a .311 clip and averaged one kill and one dig above her season standards. Carlson leads first place and No. 22-ranked San Diego in kills per game at 5.13, which also ranks her among the top 30 in the nation in the category.

Upcoming Games

Oct. 3
Idaho at Gonzaga - 7:00 PM

Oct. 5
*Pepperdine at San Diego - 7:00 PM
*LMU at Santa Clara - 7:00 PM

Oct. 7
*LMU at San Diego$ - 1:00 PM
*Pepperdine at Santa Clara - 1:00 PM
*Gonzaga at Portland - 7:00 PM
*San Francisco at Saint Mary's - 7:00 PM

Oct. 10
Pepperdine at UCSB - 7:00 PM

$ Televised on Fox Sports Net West
* Denotes Conference Match

Around the WCC

Lights, Camera, Action
For the second time in three weeks, WCC women's volleyball will be featured live on TV. This Saturday's matchup between Loyola Marymount and San Diego is set to air at 1:00 PM on Fox Sports Net West. Although the Lions lead the all-time series 36-15, the 22nd-ranked Toreros have won six of the teams' last 10 meetings, including three of the past four. Heading into the second week of WCC play, both teams are 2-0 with LMU traveling to No. 12 Santa Clara and San Diego hosting No. 23 Pepperdine this Thursday, before clashing on Saturday. Olympic volleyball silver medalist Mike Dodd and former Lakers' radio announcer Paul Sunderland will be on the call for Saturday's match.

On With The Show
The WCC women's volleyball season kicked off last week, with all eight teams in action in the first weekend of conference play. With three ranked teams in the conference, the competition got tougher, as San Diego snapped San Francisco's 14-game winning streak on Thursday and followed that with a 3-1 win over Saint Mary's on Saturday. LMU and Pepperdine also recorded 2-0 records last week against Portland and Gonzaga. Santa Clara and Saint Mary's both split their matches, with the Gaels scoring the 3-2 upset over the No. 9 Broncos on Thursday. The Dons, Pilots and Bulldogs got off to slow starts; all three teams dropped both their matches over the weekend.

WCC Volleyball Live on WCCsports.com
The West Coast Conference, in conjunction with CSTV Online, will webcast select men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, women's basketball, and baseball for the 2006-07 season. The video streaming package, which can only be viewed on the WCC's official website, WCCsports.com, will be made available for free throughout the year. The WCC's fall video streaming package includes nine women's volleyball games. Volleyball video streaming continues this week with LMU at Santa Clara on Thursday.

WCCsports.com Women's Volleyball Video Streaming Schedule

10/05/06 Loyola Marymount at Santa Clara - 7:00 PM
10/12/06 San Francisco at Pepperdine - 7:00 PM
10/19/06 Pepperdine at Loyola Marymount - 7:00 PM
10/21/06 Portland at San Francisco - 1:00 PM
11/04/06 Portland at Gonzaga - 1:00 PM
11/09/06 Pepperdine at Saint Mary's - 7:00 PM
11/11/06 Gonzaga at Santa Clara - 1:00 PM
11/18/06 San Diego at Santa Clara - 1:00 PM

Poll Position
After losing their first WCC matchup to Saint Mary's before bouncing back with a win over USF, Santa Clara dropped to No. 12 in the CSTV/AVCA Poll, down three spots from last week. Meanwhile in the bottom half of the poll, San Diego leapfrogged over Pepperdine to No. 22 after re-entering at No. 25 last week. The Waves retained their No. 23 ranking for the third straight week after going 2-0 to open conference play. San Francisco, Saint Mary's and Loyola Marymount also recieved votes in the poll. The Broncos also dropped six spots in the Molten/Volleyball Magazine Poll to No. 15.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (4-12 / 0-2 WCC)
- The Zags kicked off conference play on a low note, dropping consecutive matches to Pepperdine and LMU, extending their losing streak to four.

- The No. 23-ranked Waves held Gonzaga to an .056 hitting percentage for the match, only Elaina Renius and Becky Jones topped five kills.

- Although Jones, Renius and Briawna Mueller combined for 23 kills against LMU, the Bulldogs could not stop the .341-hitting Lions.

- Heather Dunn's 42 assists last weekend and 680 on the season give her sole posession of fifth place on Gonzaga's all-time list with 1,885 in her career.

- Gonzaga looks to bounce back with a nonconference match against Idaho (10/3) before facing Northwest rival Portland this Saturday at the Chiles Center.

Loyola Marymount Lions (14-2 / 2-0 WCC)
- After dropping a five-game match to UC Santa Barbara last Tuesday, LMU began WCC play on the right foot, going 2-0 with wins over Gonzaga and Portland last week.

- Heather Hughes led the Lions, averaging 4.82 kills and 3.64 digs per game last week. The senior currently leads the WCC in double-doubles, recording one in each match last week to give her 11 on the season.

- Although LMU snapped its 10 match winning streak against UCSB last week, it still holds the best overall winning percentage in the conference and is currently in a tie for first place.

- LMU has posted the most double-doubles as a team in the WCC with 32 this season.

- The Lions face a test this week against No. 12 Santa Clara (10/5) and No. 22 San Diego (10/7).

Pepperdine Waves (6-6 / 2-0 WCC)
- After a tough preseason schedule, the Waves picked up two wins in the first weekend of conference play.

- Behind Julie Rubenstein's .435 hitting percentage and nine team blocks, Pepperdine held Portland under 21 points in the first two games. The Pilots could only manage an .085 hitting percentage against the Pepperdine defense.

- Kayla Walker had a breakout weekend for the Waves, notching 20 kills and 15 digs while hitting at a .302 clip through six games.

- Kiah Fiers set the Waves to .280 or better hitting in both matches, thanks to her 12 assists per game last week.

- Pepperdine battles for first place this week at San Diego (10/5) and Santa Clara (10/7).

Portland Pilots (7-8 / 0-2 WCC)
- The Pilots dropped their first two matches of WCC play last week at LMU and Pepperdine, both in 3-0 sweeps.

- Maria Clemens leads the Pilots with five double-doubles this season. Clemens recorded 13 kills and 14 digs over two matches last week.

- Portland was held to under a .100 hitting percentage in four of their six games last week, tallying 65 total kills on 46 errors in two matches.

- Ashley Grayson led the way for the Pilots, recording a team-high nine kills against LMU and hitting .250 with eight kills in the loss to Pepperdine.

- Portland looks to bounce back this week, hosting Northwest rival Gonzaga on Saturday. The Pilots have won six of the teams' last 10 meetings.

Saint Mary's Gaels (6-6 / 1-1 WCC)
- The Gaels upset then-No. 9 ranked Santa Clara 3-2 before dropping a 3-1 decision to then-No. 25 ranked San Diego last week.

- Mandy Bible led Saint Mary's against the Broncos, tallying a triple-double with 13 digs, 55 assists and 10 blocks. Bible chipped in eight kills as well. The senior also recorded her team-leading third double-double with 36 assists and 11 digs against San Diego.

- Saint Mary's held Santa Clara to a -.053 hitting percentage to seal the win in game five.

- Christina Kirk led SMC in the losing effort against the Toreros with 15 kills and seven digs, while hitting at a .304 clip.

- The Gaels continue the conference season this week, hosting Bay Area rival San Francisco on Saturday.

San Diego Toreros (12-4 / 2-0 WCC)
- San Diego downed both San Francisco and Saint Mary's to open WCC play 2-0.

- Kristen Carlson earned WCC Player of the Week honors thanks to her six kills and 4.5 digs per game and .311 hitting percentage last week.

- San Diego climbed in the CSTV/AVCA Top 25 Poll this week, snagging the No. 22 spot after re-entering the rankings last week at No. 25.

- Setting the team to a .352 hitting percentage against Saint Mary's, Jessica Nyrop dished out 64 assists and averaged 15.5 assists per game last week.

- The Toreros continue WCC play against No. 23 Pepperdine (10/5) before hosting a televised match against LMU on Saturday.

San Francisco Dons (16-3 / 0-2 WCC)
- The Dons had their 14-game winning streak snapped last week, dropping matches to San Diego and Santa Clara at home.

- Kristen Hasselberg recorded 26 kills to etch her name in the history books for USF. Hasselberg is just the second junior in program history to reach 1,000 career kills and is now five kills away from sole posession of seventh place on the Dons' all-time list.

- With 24 kills last week, Brynn Maurer is now second all-time on the San Francisco career digs list. At 1,197 digs in her career, Maurer needs just 40 to set a new record for USF.

- The Dons' duo of middle blockers, Carly Babin and Alix Gombos, have set the pace at the net for USF. Babin leads the WCC in blocks, while Gombos is third in both blocks and hitting percentage.

- USF looks to rebound this weekend, traveling across the bay to Saint Mary's on Saturday.

Santa Clara Broncos (11-3 / 1-1 WCC)
- The Broncos split two WCC matches last week, dropping a 3-2 decision to Saint Mary's before bouncing back for the 3-1 win over USF.

- Anna Cmaylo's career-high 29 kills led the Broncos against the Gaels. Cmaylo added six blocks and six digs while hitting at a .510 clip.

- Against Saint Mary's, the Broncos hit -.053 in the deciding game five, recording just six kills on seven errors in 19 attempts.

- Saturday, Santa Clara outblocked the Dons 26-11 with Lindsy Evans and Cmaylo leading the way. The two combined for 27 total blocks, with Evans also contributing 42 assists and 11 digs on the way to the 3-1 win.

- The Broncos face two first place teams this week, hosting LMU (10/5) and Pepperdine (10/7).