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WCC Weekly Volleyball Notes

Oct. 4, 2010

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Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine, Saint Mary's and San Diego all went undefeated to startconference play. Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine travelled to the Bay Area to take onSan Francisco and Santa Clara, while Saint Mary's and San Diego hosted Gonzaga andPortland. Six of the eight matches were won in 3-0 sweeps, while the remaining two were won in four-set contests.


Overall Record: 2-16
WCC Record: 0-2
  • Gonzaga lost both its conference matches this past week on the roadagainst nationally-ranked San Diego and Saint Mary's. This is the 14thstraight loss for the Bulldogs this season.

  • In the first set against San Diego, junior Kaprina Goodwin went down with an injury and didnot re-enter the contest. No Zag player finished with more than five kills in the loss. Junior setterDenise Van de Mortel dished out 24 assists as the Zags finished the match with 28 total teamkills and a .071 attacking percentage.

  • Against the Gaels, Gonzaga was held to just 23 kills, five less than it had against San Diegoon Thursday.

  • The Bulldogs return to Spokane to continue WCC play at home. The Bulldogs will host SanFrancisco at the Martin Centre on Thursday and Santa Clara on Saturday.
  • Overall Record: 9-7
    WCC Record: 2-0
  • Loyola Marymount picked up two wins to start off WCC play, defeatingSanta Clara and San Francisco on the road. The victory over Santa Claramarks the first time the Lions have started conference play with a win since 2006.

  • The Lions posted a .279 team hitting percentage against the Broncos. Junior Jasmine Rankinsposted 11 kills with a service ace and a team-best 12 digs for a double-double. The Lions sealedthe match sweep in a close third set that featured 13 tie scores and six lead changes, but theLions managed to earn the 25-23 victory.

  • In the match against San Francisco, freshman Alyse Hensley posted a career-best 17 killswith just three errors on 35 attacks for a .400 hitting percentage.

  • Loyola Marymount will compete in a non-conference match on Friday at UC Irvine and willthen host conference rival Pepperdine on Saturday.
  • Overall Record: 10-5
    WCC Record: 2-0
  • Pepperdine started off conference play with two wins against SanFrancisco and Santa Clara. The Waves are now 24-2 in league openers dating back to 1985.

  • In the sweep over San Francisco, freshman Emily Cook recorded her first double-double with14 kills and 11 digs. As a team, the Waves tallied 51 kills for a .316 attack percentage, whilelimiting the Dons to a .189 clip.

  • Four Waves reached double-digit kill totals to give Pepperdine the offensive advantage overthe Broncos in junior Kim Hill (15), Cook (14), sophomore Victoria Adelhelm (11) and junior LillaFrederick (10). Hill continues her tally of double-digit kill totals in the 25 of the last 27 matchesdating back to last season.

  • The Waves will take on non-conference opponent UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday beforeheading to Loyola Marymount on Saturday to continue WCC play.
  • Overall Record: 7-11
    WCC Record: 0-2
  • Portland faced tough competition this past week, taking on Saint Mary'sand nationally-ranked San Diego to set off conference play. The Pilots wereunable to secure a win, dropping both matches by a score of 3-0.

  • Sophomore Madison Smith continued to lead the Pilots in assists, posting 20 against theGaels, while sophomore middle blocker Ariel Usher recorded eight kills.

  • In the match against San Diego, Portland hit .217 as a team, led by junior outside hitter KatiHronek's .474 attacking percentage. Hronek and junior Marissa Plummer both recorded 10 killsin that match, while senior Danielle Dupar recorded 19 digs. Dupar leads the conference in digsthis season with 31 in conference contests and 319 overall.

  • The Pilots will continue conference play at home as the team hosts Santa Clara on Thursdayand San Francisco on Saturday.
  • Overall Record: 10-5
    WCC Record: 2-0
  • Saint Mary's blanked both conference opponents Portland and Gonzagaat home to start conference play.

  • The Gaels played tough defense against the Pilots, putting up 15 blocks to keep Portland ata 0.010 hitting percentage. Senior middle blocker Shannon Lowell recorded a match-high ninetotal blocks, tying the season-high mark she set against Long Beach State on August 28. Onoffense, sophomore outside hitter Lauren Corp notched a match-high 13 kills on 29 attemptsfor a .345 hitting percentage.

  • In the win over the Zags, last week's WCC Player of the Week Natalie Loos recorded a match-high10 kills on 17 swings for a .353 hitting percentage, with two digs and five block assists.Lowell recorded eight kills on 16 swings for a .500 hitting percentage and added six total blocks.

  • The Gaels stay home to host its Dig Pink match against San Diego on Saturday.
  • Overall Record: 11-4
    WCC Record: 2-0
  • San Diego picked up three wins this past week, blanking UC Riversideand conference opponents Gonzaga and Portland at home.

  • Three Toreros recorded double-digit kills paced by sophomore Carrie Baird's 13 to help propelSan Diego to its 3-0 win over UC Riverside in the final non-conference match before WCC play.

  • Senior Ali Troost and freshman Chloe Ferrari led the Toreros in their wins over Gonzaga andPortland. Troost led all players against the Zags with 15 kills and a .414 attack percentage, whileFerrari tallied 10 kills for a .588 clip. Troost followed that performance with her fourth consecutivedouble-double as she recorded a match-best 14 kills and 10 digs against the Pilots, andFerrari recorded 12 kills on 20 swings for a .500 hitting percentage.

  • San Diego will host Utah at home for another non-conference match on Thursday and willthen travel to Saint Mary's for a conference matchup on Saturday.
  • Overall Record: 2-12
    WCC Record: 0-2
  • San Francisco dropped both its conference matches at home, losing toPepperdine and Loyola Marymount.

  • Sophomore outside hitter Alycia Cox powered the Dons against Pepperdine with her seconddouble-double of the season, turning in 10 kills and 10 digs. However, Pepperdine totaled 13blocks to just seven from USF, while also outhitting the Dons .316 to .189 for a straight-set victory.

  • In the four-set loss to LMU, senior Sarah Mandala led the Don offense with 12 kills, whilesophomore Hadley Simmons and Cox both managed 10. Freshman Joan Caloiaro was justtwo kills away from a triple-double, amassing a career-high 39 assists along with 18 digs andeight kills.

  • San Francisco will travel to the Northwest in search of its first conference win this season asthe Dons take on Gonzaga and Portland on Thursday and Saturday.
  • Overall Record: 9-7
    WCC Record: 0-2
  • Santa Clara opened conference play with two tough losses on its homecourt against Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine.

  • In the 3-0 loss to Loyola Marymount, senior setter Emily Burke was the lone Bronco with adouble-double, teaming 33 assists with 13 digs. Sophomore Kayla Lommori led all players onthe court with 15 kills on 38 attacks, while sophomore teammate Kaleigh Durket managed 10kills on 23 swings.

  • The Broncos won the second set against Pepperdine (25-20) behind the play of junior TanyaSchmidt, sophomore Dana Knudsen, and Durket, who combined for 16 kills. Schmidt hit .423overall in the match and had 13 kills to pace the Broncos.

  • Santa Clara will travel up North to take on Portland on Thursday and Gonzaga on Saturday.All three teams have yet to pick up a win in conference contests.

    Through October ("Breast Cancer Awareness Month"), all eight WCC volleyball teams willbe hosting a Dig Pink match to help promote breast cancer awareness and raise fundsto benefit the Side-Out Foundation , a national 501(c)(3) located in the Washington DCMetropolitan Area that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Breast Cancerresearch nationally through volleyball tournaments, clinics, and rallies.Make sure to check each school's website to see what each team is doing on its campusto promote this nationwide effort.

    2010 WCC Dig Pink Dates (first school name = host)
    October 9 - SMC vs. USD @ 1 PM
    October 14 - PEP vs. GON @ 7 PM
    October 16 - USF vs. SMC @ 7 PM
    October 22 - SCU vs. USF @ 6 PM
    October 23 - POR vs. GON @ 1 PM
    October 23 - USD vs. PEP @ 1 PM
    October 30 - LMU vs. SCU @ 1 PM
    October 30 - GON vs. USD @ 12 PM

    After receiving votes in the last five polls, Saint Mary's finally emerged in the Top 25 withat No. 25 in the AVCA poll. The Gaels currently are undefeated in conference play and10-5 overall. The Toreros moved up a spot to No. 23 after also going undefeated in WCCcontests and putting together an 11-4 overall record. Saint Mary's and San Diego willcompete against one another in a conference showdown on Saturday, October 9 at 1:00PM in Moraga, CA.

    Gabby Jolly, Saint Mary's, SO, MB
    Jolly helped the Gaels improve to 10-5 on the year and open WCC play 2-0 with back-tobackstraight-sets wins over Portland and Gonzaga. For the week, Jolly recorded 19 kills,on 32 attempts, for a .469 hitting percentage, while averaging 3.17 kills per set. She alsopicked up three digs and eight total blocks averaging .133 blocks per set.Against Portland, she recorded 10 kills on 16 swings for a match-high .500 hitting percentage,with two digs and five block assists. In the first two sets, she notched eight kills on 11swings, with three total blocks, before wrapping up the match with two kills on five swingsand two block assists. In the weekend finale against Gonzaga, she recorded nine kills on16 swings for a .438 hitting percentage, with one dig and three block assists.

    Ali Troost, San Diego, SR, RS
    Senior right side Ali Troost helped Lead USD to a perfect 2-0 start to WCC matches, asshe paced the team's offense with 29 kills (4.83 kps), while hitting at a .421 clip. Shealso racked up 22 digs during her two matches this past week. She posted back-to-backdouble-doubles with a 15-kill and 12-dig performance against Gonzaga and she followedthat up with a 14-kill and 10 dig performance against Portland.

    Also Nominated: Jasmine Rankins (LMU), Emily Cook (PEP), Marissa Plummer (POR)

    After finishing in second place last season, the San Diego Toreros have been selected to regain the top spot in the 2010 West Coast Conference Coaches Preseason Poll and earn their fourth WCC title in six years. The Toreros received six first place votes and a total of 48 points from the conference coaches, as they return 2009 WCC Player of the Year and All-American Ali Troost, who was named to the preseason all-conference team along with 2008 WCC Player of the Year and All-American Amy DeGroot and 2009 all-conference honorable mention selection Kelsi Myers.

    Reigning WCC Champion Saint Mary's took the second place spot with one first place vote and a total of 43 points. Rob Browning, the 2009 WCC Coach of the Year, returns four starters from a team that fell at fourth-seeded Stanford in five sets in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Gaels return 2009 All-WCC First Team member Shannon Lowell, 2009 All-Freshman Team member Lauren Corp, and all-conference honorable mention pick Kapua Kamana'o.

    Pepperdine, which received the remaining first place vote, tallied 36 points to earn the third place spot. The Waves return five starters, three of which appeared on last year's all-conference team, including preseason all-conference selection Kim Hill, who garnered First Team honors last season after leading the WCC in hitting percentage. Rounding out the top half of the poll for the second year in a row was Santa Clara with 33 points. Bronco middle blocker Dana Knudsen was selected to this year's preseason all-conference team after earning all-WCC honorable mention honors last season.

    San Francisco landed in the fifth spot with 23 points. The Dons return four starters, highlighted by preseason all-conference member Sarah Mandala, a 2009 All-WCC First Team member who led the conference in kills per set last season, while adding 10 newcomers to this year's roster. Gonzaga tallied 18 points for a sixth place finish and return five of its seven starters from last season in Kaprina Goodwin, Caitlin Cozad, Denise Van de Mortel, Laura Day and Allyson Powell.

    Portland edged Loyola Marymount for the seventh place spot with 12 points. The team returns preseason all-conference member Ariel Usher, who led the team in points in 2009 and finished in the WCC's Top 10 in hitting percentage. Loyola Marymount rounded out the preseason poll with 11 points and is led this season by first year head coach Tom Black.

    2010 WCC Preseason Coaches Poll
    1. USD - 48 points (6)
    2. SMC - 43 (1)
    3. PEP - 36 (1)
    4. SCU - 33
    5. USF - 23
    6. GON - 18
    7. POR - 12
    7. LMU - 11
    (First place votes)


    2010 Preseason All-Conference Team
    Lauren Corp, SMC, SO, OH
    Amy DeGroot, USD, RSR, OH
    Kim Hill, PEP, JR, MB
    Kapua Kamana'o, SMC, SR, S
    Dana Knudsen, SCU, SO, MB
    Shannon Lowell, SMC, SR, MB
    Sarah Mandala, USF, SR, OH
    Kelsi Myers, USD, SR, S
    Ali Troost, USD, SR, RS
    Ariel Usher, POR, SO, MB

    Over the last eight seasons, the WCC has established itself as one of the premier women's volleyball conferences in the country. Over the past five seasons, the WCC has appeared in the top five RPI three times. In 2008, the WCC had one of its best seasons, tying for a conference high with the fourth best NCAA RPI ranking in the country. Since then, the WCC has remained in the top 10 in Division I RPI out of the 32 total conferences.

    WCC RPI Rankings
    2009 8th
    2008 4th
    2007 6th
    2006 5th
    2005 4th
    2004 6th
    2003 4th
    2002 7th

    The Saint Mary's volleyball team clinched the 2009 WCC title by outdueling 2008 WCC Champion San Diego in a five set battle (25-18, 25-19, 20-25, 17-25, and 15-10) that featured 30 ties and 10 lead changes. The win was the Gaels' first ever WCC Championship in program history.

    After taking home the championship title, Saint Mary's then finished off the regular season with a sweep over BYU to remain undefeated at home and record the team's third straight sweep. The Gaels' 13-1 record is the best conference finish in school history.

    SMC Results in 2009 NCAA Tournament
    SAINT MARY'S def. UC Santa Barbara, 3-2
    (24-26, 22-25, 25-20, 25-14, 15-13)

    No. 4 Stanford def. SAINT MARY'S, 3-2
    (21-25, 25-21, 25-22, 24-26, 15-13)