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WCC Women's Volleyball Weekly Recaps

Oct. 7, 2008

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


WCC Player of the Week
Cmaylo led the Broncos to a 2-0 opening weekend of conference play, including a huge win over previously unbeaten No. 17 Pepperdine, to win her second weekly award. With their two wins, the Broncos moved up to No. 20 in the country. Cmaylo led the team over the weekend with a .417 hitting percentage, four service aces and nine total blocks. Her two solo blocks against the Waves moved her into the all-time career record list, while her career hitting percentage of .363 is second all-time.

Three WCC Teams Ranked Among The Nation's Best
Three West Coast Conference women's volleyball teams are ranked in national polls. With its unbeaten record recently broken, Pepperdine fell to No. 17 in the most recent AVCA Poll. San Diego now takes the top ranked spot in the conference moving up to No. 15, while Santa Clara also moved up with its win over Pepperdine to No. 20.

National Leaders Among the WCC
Several players in the WCC rank among the nation's best in several categories. Notable leaders are Kapua Kamana'o (SMC) and Jessica Nyrop (USD), who are fifth and 16th in assists per game, while Emily Day (LMU) and Julie Rubenstein (PEP) are eighth and 13th in kills per game. As a team, San Diego ranks sixth in assists per game and fifth in kills per game.

1,000 Kill and Dig Club
The WCC welcomes back several players who are on pace to eclipse the 1,000 kill and dig mark.

Emily Day, LMU:         1,295           1,026Brittany Lowe, SCU:     1,276           1,036Julie Rubenstein, PEP:  1,512           842



Overall Record: 6-11
WCC Record: 0-2
  • In the opening week of conference play, the Zags went 0-2 losing at San Diego, 3-0, and at San Francisco, 3-1.

  • Denise Van de Mortel is third on the WCC double-doubles list with six for the season. Her most recent one came in the match against VCU, where she had 20 digs and 54 assists. Van de Mortel continues to pace the conference with 699 assists on the season.

  • Paige Dillingham leads the Bulldogs in total digs with 243 and is currently ranked second in the conference.

  • Elaina Renius continues to lead the conference with 82.0 total blocks and is second in total kills with 232. She had a career-high 22 kills against Washington State.

  • This week, the Zags continue conference play when they host Saint Mary's (10/9) followed by Santa Clara (10/11).
  • Oct. 9
    vs. Saint Mary's - 7:00 PM

    Oct. 11
    vs. Santa Clara - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 10-6
    WCC Record: 0-2
  • The Lions opened conference play on the road going 0-2, losing at Santa Clara, 3-1, and at Saint Mary's, 3-1.

  • Emily Day leads the conference in total kills with 258 on the season and is second in points with 296.5.

  • Day tallied 27 digs over the weekend and has now surpassed the 1,000 career dig mark, making her one of only two active WCC players to have 1,000 digs and 1,000 kills. She is also only the seventh player in LMU history to achieve the feat. For her career, Day has 1,026 digs and 1,295 kills.

  • Diana Hiromoto took over the top spot in the conference in aces average with .63 apg.

  • This week, the Lions continue conference play taking on Pepperdine at home (10/11) in its only match of the week.
  • Oct. 11
    vs. Pepperdine - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 13-1
    WCC Record: 1-1
  • The Waves' unbeaten streak came to an end Saturday when they lost at Santa Clara, 3-2, after beating Saint Mary's 3-2.

  • The Waves lead the league in three categories: hitting percentage (.277), opponent hitting percentage (.134), and digs average (14.94).

  • Julie Rubenstein is second in the conference in kills average (4.39 kpg) and leads the conference in points per game (5.22 ppg), while Stevi Robinson leads in digs per game (4.64 dpg).

  • The Waves were able to match their best start in school history at 13-0 before they lost to Santa Clara. Before the loss, Pepperdine lost a total of three sets in the month of September.

  • Pepperdine continues conference play when it travels to face Loyola Marymount (10/11) in its only match of the week. The Waves are ranked No. 17 in the weekly AVCA poll.
  • Oct. 11
    at Loyola Marymount - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 5-12
    WCC Record: 0-2
  • Portland lost its first two matches in conference play, losing at San Francisco, 3-0, before falling at San Diego, 3-1.

  • Ashley Grayson leads the team in kills with 176 and is second in blocks with 24.0. She is also seventh in the conference in total kills.

  • Jessica Clemens currently is second in the conference in service aces with 22 of the team's 74 and also has the conference match-high with 10 against South Florida.

  • Clemens is among the team leaders in three categories: kills (third at 129), aces (first at 22), and digs (first at 148).

  • Portland continues conference play this week where it will host Santa Clara (10/9) and Saint Mary's (10/11).
  • Oct. 9
    vs. Santa Clara - 7:00 PM

    Oct. 11
    vs. Saint Mary's - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 11-4
    WCC Record: 1-1
  • The Gaels split their first two conference matches, losing at home to Pepperdine, 3-2, before beating Loyola Marymount, 3-1.

  • Megan York is third in the conference in total kills with 224 and fourth in total digs with 187.

  • Kapua Kamana'o continues to hold the top spot on the league's assists leader board as she is averaging 11.74 assists per game.

  • Megan Burton leads the team in hitting percentage, hitting .401 for the season, and ranks third in the league.

  • This week, the Gaels continue conference play traveling to Gonzaga (10/9), before playing at Portland (10/11). Saint Mary's continues to receive votes in the AVCA poll with 12 votes.
  • Oct. 9
    at Gonzaga - 7:00 PM

    Oct. 11
    at Portland - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 12-2
    WCC Record: 2-0
  • San Diego opened conference play undefeated as the Toreros beat both Gonzaga, 3-0, and Portland, 3-1 at home.

  • Amy DeGroot leads the team in kills with 184 and ranks third in the conference in kills per game averaging 4.17. DeGroot also ranks third among league leaders in points per game, averaging 4.85.

  • Jessica Nyrop leads the team with 448 assists and is second in the league with 11.20 apg.

  • Andrea Csaszi leads the team with 178 digs and is third in the league with 4.05 dpg.

  • San Diego continues conference play this week, where it will travel to face San Francisco (10/11), in its sole match of the week. The Toreros moved up in the AVCA poll to No. 15.
  • Oct. 11
    at San Francisco - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 12-4
    WCC Record: 2-0
  • The Dons opened conference play undefeated, beating Portland, 3-0, and Gonzaga, 3-1, at home, giving them the conference's best winning streak at five.

  • The Dons' 20.0 blocks against Pennsylvania is now a match-high for the conference.

  • Haley Carroll leads the conference in two categories: service aces with 30 and total digs with 275.

  • Alix Gombos (.426) and Carly Babin (.418) are one-two in the conference in hitting percentage.

  • The Dons continue conference play this week at home, taking on San Diego (10/11) in their only match of ther week.
  • Oct. 11
    vs. San Diego - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 10-3
    WCC Record: 2-0
  • Santa Clara opened conference play undefeated, with a close win against previously unbeaten Pepperdine, 3-2, and beating Loyola Marymount, 3-1.

  • Anna Cmaylo leads the team in blocks with 53.0 and is fourth in the conference in blocks per game, averaging 1.10 bpg. She is also fifth in hitting percentage at .371.

  • Brittany Lowe has now passed the 1,000 career dig mark and is the only current Bronco with both 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs. Lowe has 1,276 kills and 1,036 digs in her career.

  • Santa Clara leads the conference in blocks per game with 2.34 bpg and service aces per game with 1.52.

  • The Broncos continue conference play this week, where they will travel to face Portland (10/9) and Gonzaga (10/11).
  • Oct. 9
    at Portland - 7:00 PM

    Oct. 11
    at Gonzaga - 1:00 PM