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WCC Women's Volleyball Weekly Notes

Oct. 6, 2009

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STANDINGS
TEAM WCC Record
Overall Record
Saint Mary's 2-0
10-3
San Francisco 1-0
7-7
Gonzaga 1-0
5-8
#24 San Diego 1-1
9-4
Pepperdine 1-1
8-6
Santa Clara 0-1
10-6
Portland 0-1
4-12
Loyola Marymount 0-2
9-7

CONFERENCE PLAY CONTINUES THIS WEEKEND
The WCC women's volleyball conference season is in full swing with Saint Mary's, San Francisco, and Gonzaga enjoying perfect records in WCC play. The Gaels, with two wins are in first place and have swept their last three opponents, while the Dons and Zags share a tie for second. The WCC's second DIG Pink match takes place this weekend as Saint Mary's hosts San Francisco on Oct. 10th at 7:00 pm.

Don't forget to tune into WCC Live this Wednesday as we will sit down with Head Coach Gilad Doron and WCC Co-Player of the Month Sarah Mandala of San Francisco as well as Head Coach Jon Wallace and Dana Knudsen of Santa Clara.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME

Gonzaga at Eastern Washington Cheney, WA
7:00 PM
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME

Pepperdine at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
7:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at Portland Portland, OR
7:00 PM
Santa Clara at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
7:00 PM
San Francisco at San Diego San Diego, CA
7:00 PM
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME

Loyola Marymount at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
1:00 PM
Pepperdine at Portland Portland, OR
1:00 PM
Santa Clara at San Diego San Diego, CA
1:00 PM
San Francisco at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
7:00 PM

DIG PINK MATCH

AROUND THE WCC

WCC Players of the Month

Sarah Mandala, USF:
Mandala led USF during September with 10 double-figure kill outings (hitting 10+ in each match of the month), including four with 20+ kills. Mandala recorded 26 kills twice - 26 against San Diego State and against against then-No. 13 Stanford, while also adding 25 against Alabama and 24 versus Cal State Bakersfield. During September, the native of San Dimas posted three double doubles and fell just a dig short on two other occasions. To close out the month, Mandala reached a milestone against Cal State Bakersfield. In the final point of the match, Mandala recorded her 1,000th career kill. With the point, she became the ninth player in USF history to reach the benchmark, and just the third to do so as a junior. In addition, she reached 1,000 in 265 matches, making her the fastest Don to accomplish the feat. Currently, Mandala leads the Dons and the WCC with 237 kills, averaging 4.94 per set. The average propelled her to second place in the Division I this week.

Ali Troost, USD:
Troost has been a huge reason USD has posted a 7-2 record. She has led the team with 115 kills, is hitting at a .361 clip, is second on the team with 58 digs, has posted a career-high 23 kills, along with 13 digs to post her first double-double of the season in a win over No. 12 UC Irvine. She has helped catapult USD to a season-high seven match win streak, and she was named the MVP of the Denver/Colorado Invitational, not to mention earned one WCC POW award. For the month she is ranked fourth in both kills per set (3.29) and hitting percentage.

WCC Player of the Week
Chanteal Satele, SMC:Satele was a key part of the Gaels perfect weekend in which they went 2-0 winning both matches over Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount in straight sets. Satele's line for the weekend was a team-high 22 kills, four errors on 45 total attempts for a .400 attack percentage, she averaged 3.67 kills per game, she also notched two total blocks, and one dig.

Also Nominated: Layne Brosky, GON; Rachel Gromal, PEP; Carrie Baird, USD; Sarah Mandala, USF

Two WCC Teams Ranked Among The Nation's Best
Two West Coast Conference women's volleyball teams open the season ranked in national preseason polls, with three more receiving votes. All five teams are returning from an appearance in last year's NCAA Tournament. The University of San Diego came in at No. 15 in the AVCA poll and 16 in the Volleyball Magazine poll, while Santa Clara University ranked 20th in Volleyball Magazine and 25th in the AVCA poll. Pepperdine receiveed voes in both polls, while Saint Mary's and San Francisco gathered votes on the AVCA poll.

WCC Preseason Poll and All-Conference Team

1. USD - 49 points (7)
2. PEP - 38
3. SMC - 37 (1)
4. SCU - 35
5. USF - 24
6. LMU - 21
7. GON - 10
7. POR - 10
(first place votes)

All-Conference Team

Megan Burton, SMC
Haley Carroll, USF
Lindsy Davigeadono, SCU
Amy DeGroot, USD
Kiah Fiers, PEP
Kim Hill, PEP
Kapua Kamana'o, SMC
Shannon Lowell, SMC
Sarah Mandala, USF
Ali Troost, USD

WCC Among the Nation's Best
Over the last six seasons, the West Coast Conference has established itself as one of the premier women's volleyball conferences in the country. Over the past six seasons, the WCC has owned a national top five ranking in the RPI four times. In 2008, the WCC had one of its best seasons ever tying for a conference high with the fourth best NCAA RPI ranking in the country.

WCC In The NCAA Tournament
WCC volleyball teams are no strangers to the NCAA Tournament. In fact, since 1997, the WCC has sent at least three teams each year into the postseason, totaling 45 teams. Last year was no different as Pepperdine, Saint Mary's San Diego, San Francisco, and Santa Clara all made the tournament. In the past five seasons alone, the WCC has sent 20 teams into the NCAA Tournament with a conference record six teams advancing to the postseason in 2003.

Five Teams in 2008 NCAA Tournament
The WCC has placed five teams in last year's NCAA Tournament, which marked the highest percentage of teams from any conference in the country to make it to the tournament. It tied the highest number of WCC team since the conference sent a record six teams in 2003. It also marked the 13th year in a row that the WCC has sent at least three teams to the tournament.

Welcome Back
All eight WCC teams return several key players in 2009. In all, the WCC returns six All-WCC first team members and nine of the 14 players who earned All-WCC honorable mention. The returning first team All-WCC members include: Megan Burton (SMC), Amy DeGroot (USD), Kapua Kamana'o (SMC), Shannon Lowell (SMC), Sarah Mandala (USF), and Ali Troost (USD).


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 5-8
WCC Record: 1-0
  • The Zags went undefeated last week, defeating Montana before beating Portland to open conference play.

  • SR Layne Brosky was impressive for the Zags as she went for 10 kills on .476 hitting against Montana and a match-high 14 kills on .650 hitting against Portland to hit .561 over the week.

  • JR Allyson Powell had back-to-back games with double-digit digs with 14 against Montana and 10 against Portland. She is currently fifth in the league with 188 digs on the season.

  • SO Kaprina Goodwin and JR Caitlin Cozad combined for 16 blocks over the week and have combined for the most blocks of any duo in the league with 105 on the season.

  • The Zags travel to Eastern Washington (10/6), before resuming conference play, hosting Pepperdine (10/8) and Loyola Marymount (10/10).
  • Overall Record: 9-7
    WCC Record: 0-2
  • The Lions went winless last week, losing a five-set match to San Diego, before falling to Saint Mary's.

  • FR Alaina Bergsma had match-highs in four categories against San Diego going for 28 kills, 13 digs, five service aces, and three block solos. She leads the league in aces (26), while ranking second in total kills (237). She also leads all freshman in the country with 4.23 kps.

  • FR Olivia Bailey, in just her first start at setter, had 45 assists against San Diego and followed that up with a match-high 24 against Saint Mary's to go along with 11 digs for a double-double.

  • Bergsma once again had the match-high with 16 kills against Saint Mary's as well as three block solos.

  • The Lions are on the road this week at Portland (10/8) and Gonzaga (10/10).
  • Overall Record: 8-6
    WCC Record: 1-1
  • The Waves had a split to open conference play, falling to Saint Mary's before defeating San Diego.

  • SR Rachel Grochmal led the way over the week for the Waves, registering match-highs in both contests. She had 11 kills against Saint Mary's, before collecting 14 on .407 hitting against San Diego.

  • SR Kiah Fiers had 20 assists and a team-high 11 digs against Saint Mary's for a double-double and was joined by SO Stevi Robinson, who also had double-digit digs with 10.

  • Robinson has had double-digit digs in all but one match this season and ranks second in the league with 227 digs on the season.

  • Pepperdine is on the road this week at Gonzaga (10/8) and Portland (10/10).
  • Overall Record: 4-12
    WCC Record: 0-1
  • The Pilots had a split last week, defeating Seattle, before falling to Gonzaga.

  • JR Jessica Clemens tied for the league-lead with her sixth double-double of the season against Seattle with a match-high 14 kills to go along with 11 digs. Sister, SR Maria Clemens added 12 kills. A Clemens sister has now had the team-high in kills in 15 of the 16 matches.

  • SO Marissa Plummer rounded out the Pilots in double-digit kills with 10 on .348 hitting against Seattle. The team also tied its season-high with 49 assists on the night.

  • JR Jessica Baty led the defense against Seattle, nabbing a match and season-high 22 digs. SR Shelley Sievers' eight block assists ranked second among league-highs for a four-set match.

  • The Pilots are at home this week and will host Loyola Marymount (10/8) and Pepperdine (10/10).
  • Overall Record: 10-3
    WCC Record: 2-0
  • The Gaels went undefeated last week, sweeping both Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount on the road. They have now swept their last threeopponents.

  • SO Chanteal Satele led the way for the Gaels over the week on her way to earning WCC Player of the Week honors. For the week she had 22 kills on .400 hitting helping Saint Mary's get a sweep at Pepperdine for just the second time in school history.

  • JR Shannon Lowell and SR Megan Burton combined for 15 kills and 6.5 blocks against the Waves. Lowell leads the league with 1.24 bps.

  • SR Alita Fisher had an impressive week defensively, nabbing 20 digs against Pepperdine and 19 against Loyola Marymount. So far she has had double-digit digs in every match this year.

  • Saint Mary's is at home this week, hosting Santa Clara (10/8) and San Francisco (10/10).
  • Overall Record: 9-4
    WCC Record: 1-1
  • The Toreros had a split last week, defeating Loyola Marymount, before falling to Pepperdine.

  • JR Ali Troost was named a WCC Co-Player of the Month for September after leading the team to a 7-2 record. For the month she had a team-high 115 kills, while hitting at a .361 clip, and was second on the team with 58 digs.

  • Four players had double-digit kills against the Lions led by Troost and FR Carrie Baird's 13 each. SR Torrey Ellick and JR Ashton Basch had 12 and 10 respectively.

  • Against Pepperdine, the Toreros hit for an impressive .316 clip paced by JR Kelsi Myer's 45 assists. Baird added 10 kills to hit .396 for the week to go along with 17 digs.

  • San Diego is at home this week, hosting San Francisco (10/8) and Santa Clara (10/10).
  • Overall Record: 7-7
    WCC Record: 1-0
  • The Dons had just one match last week, sweeping Santa Clara in the WCC's first Dig Pink match of the season.

  • JR Sarah Mandala was named WCC Co-Player of the Month after leading the team with 10 double-digit kill outings as well as four with 20+ kills. She also became the fastest Don in school history to reach 1,000 kills to close out the month.

  • Mandala was the only player on either team against the Broncos to get double-digit kills, posting 15 on an impressive .444 hitting. SR Haley Carroll added a match-high 16 digs.

  • Mandala already rates as one of the best hitters in the country as she currently ranks third in the country with 4.94 kills per set.

  • San Francisco is on the road this week at San Diego (10/8) and Saint Mary's (10/10).
  • Overall Record: 10-6
    WCC Record: 0-1
  • Santa Clara had just one match last week to open conference play, falling to San Francisco on the road.

  • FR Dan Knudsen led the way for the Broncos, registering nine kills on .412 hitting. Over the last three matches she has hit for a .442 clip and currently leads the league, hitting .369 for the season, which also ranks third amongst all freshmen in the country.

  • JR Krista Kelley played in her first match since the Sep.16th contest at UCSB and registered six kills. She has only failed to post double-figure kills in two matches this season and ranks fourth in the league with a 3.42 kps average.

  • SO Bridget O'Hara led the way defensively posting 10 digs.

  • The Broncos are on the road at Saint Mary's (10/8) and San Diego (10/10).