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WCC Vollebyall Weekly Notes

Oct. 9, 2007

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WCC Player of the Week
USF's Sarah Mandala Earns Weekly Honor

Freshman opposite Sarah Mandala led San Francisco in a sweep of WCC rivals Saint Mary's and Santa Clara last weekend. The Dons haven't defeated the Broncos since November 9, 1989 when Mandala was just three months old. Mandala posted her first double-double of the season in the WCC home opener against Saint Mary's, tallying 14 kills and 12 digs. In the historic match against Santa Clara, Mandala had 11 kills, eight digs, four blocks and a pair of service aces. Mandala recorded a .340 hitting percentage and 4.17 kills per game on the week, to go along with 3.33 digs per game and 1.50 blocks per game.

Upcoming Schedule

Oct. 9
at Eastern Washington 7:00 PM

Portland at Portland State 7:00 PM

Santa Clara at Sacramento State 7:00 PM

Oct. 11
*San Diego
at Pepperdine 7:00 PM

*San Francisco at Loyola Marymount7:00 PM

Oct. 12
*Saint Mary's
at Santa Clara6:05 PM

Oct. 13
*San Diego
at Loyola Marymount 1:00 PM

*San Francisco at Pepperdine1:00 PM

*Portland at Gonzaga2:00 PM

Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (12-7 / 1-3 WCC)

-The Zags dropped a hard-fought match to the Pepperdine Waves but rebounded and nabbed their first WCC win of the season over Loyola Marymount.

-Senior Becky Jones posted her seventh double-double of the season with 11 digs and 11 kills against Pepperdine. Jones picked up another double-double against the Lions with a season-high 22 kills and ten digs.

-Elaina Renius and Michelle Boevers each tallied an impressive 13 kills in the Zags' attack against LMU.

-Gonzaga travels to Eastern Washington (10/9) for their final non-conference match of the season before hosting their Northwest WCC rival, the Portland Pilots (10/13).

Loyola Marymount (9-7 / 1-2 WCC)

-Loyola Marymount picked up their first conference win of the season after sweeping Portland, but then lost a tough match against Gonzaga.

-Heather Hughes, who still leads the nation in kills per game, posted an astonishing career-high 32 kills while hitting .380 on the afternoon against Gonzaga.

-Seniors Jania Motton and Christianna Reneau each tallied nine kills while Reneau posted a team-high 16 digs in the Lions defeat of the Pilots.

-The Lions welcome San Francisco (10/11) in the Dig For the Cure match to help in the fight against breast cancer (for more information please see page 4). The Lions then host San Diego (10/13) with a pre-match jersey retirement ceremony for Olympian Sarah Noriega, who led the 1996 Lions to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.

Pepperdine Waves (11-4 / 3-0 WCC)

-The Waves took their conference winning streak to three last weekend after posting wins over Portland and Gonzaga.

-Sophomore outside hitter Rachel Lumsden recorded her seventh double-double of the season as she notched team-highs with 21 kills and 12 digs against the Zags.

-Junior outside hitter Julie Rubenstein registered her team-leading ninth double-double of the season with 14 kills and 11 digs in the win over Gonzaga.

-Sophomore setter Kiah Fiers notched 38 assists and seven digs against the Pilots. Fiers leads the WCC in assists, averaging 12.96 per game.

-The Waves hope to continue in their winning ways, hosting #17 San Diego (10/11) and San Francisco (10/13) this week.

Portland Pilots (7-10 / 0-4 WCC)

-The Pilots fell to 0-4 in conference play after two tough losses at home against Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount.

-Junior Jennifer Sheedy tallied ten kills to lead Portland's effort against LMU while Maria Clemens chipped in nine kills and four blocks for the match.

-Freshman Jessica Clemens posted seven kills and a team-high 17 digs against the Lions.

-Junior Ashley Grayson led the Pilots with 12 kills and four blocks against the Waves.

-The Pilots look to get the ship back on track as they play cross town rival Portland State in a non-conference match at PSU (10/9). The Pilots defeated the Vikings earlier this season 3-2 at the Portland Nike Invitational.

Saint Mary's Gaels (10-6 / 2-2 WCC)

-Saint Mary's fell to #14 San Diego and San Francisco last weekend, ending their four game winning streak.

-Middle blockers Megan Burton and Shannon Lowell led the Gaels against the Dons withboth posting a team-high 11 kills.

-Freshman Shannon Lowell recorded 12 kills with a .323 hitting percentage, while also chipping in a game-high 10 block assists in the effort against the Toreros.

-Megan York tallied 19 kills and 16 digs in the match against San Diego, marking her 11th double-double of the year.

-The Gaels look to gain a win this weekend as they travel to Santa Clara to face the Broncos (10/12).

San Diego Toreros (12-5 / 3-1 WCC)

-San Diego fell to #17 in the polls this week after posting a 1-1 record this weekend including a home loss to Santa Clara.

-Jessica Nyrop recorded a match and season-best 57 assists while Andrea Csaszi posted a team-best 24 digs against the Gaels.

-Sophomore outside hitter Amy DeGroot led all players with 24 kills and 13 digs to post her team-leading ninth double-double of the season in San Diego's defeat over Saint Mary's.

-Laurel Abrahamson, Ali Troost and Torey Ellick also tallied double-digit kills against Saint Mary's with 15, 12, and 11, respectively.

-The Toreros look to move back up in the polls as they travel to Pepperdine (10/11) and Loyola Marymount (10/13).

San Francisco Dons (13-6 / 2-1 WCC)

-The Dons swept away the competition last weekend, going 3-0 against Saint Mary's and Santa Clara. The Dons had not defeated the Broncos since 1989.

-Junior middle blocker Alix Gombos posted seven blocks and recorded a match-high 13 kills on a .500 hitting percentage against Santa Clara.

-Junior setter Darcy Carroll dished out a match-high 46 assists. Carroll is fifth in the WCC for assists, with 11.07 per game.

-Kristin Hasselberg recorded a match-high 16 kills, while freshman opposite Sarah Mandala turned in the first double-double of her career with a 14-kill, 12-dig night against the Gaels.

-The Dons head south next weekend to play LMU (10/11) and Pepperdine (10/13).

Santa Clara Broncos (11-8 / 3-1 WCC)

-The Broncos upset the then #14 Toreros 3-1 in San Diego before being swept by the Dons in San Francisco.

-Junior Brittany Lowe and sophomore Lindsy Evans led the Broncos against the Toreros with 16 kills each, while Lowe collected a career-high 32 digs.

-Freshman Krista Kelley tallied 13 kills and 22 digs to record her third double-double, while senior libero Caroline Walters also posted 22 digs.

-Lauryn Dowd notched seven kills and tied the team-best four total blocks with junior Nichole Clark.

-The Broncos look to gain a win in their final non-conference match of the season at Sacramento State (10/9) and host Saint Mary's (10/12).