Oct. 9, 2012
SAN BRUNO, Calif. --- WCC volleyball is in its fourth week of conference action, and San Diego, BYU and Santa Clara have emerged as the top three teams in the WCC. San Diego remains undefeated against conference opponents, while BYU and Santa Clara share 4-1 conference records. For the full composite schedule and more information about WCC women's volleyball, please visit one of the above links.
Three West Coast Conference teams are currently ranked in the AVCA Coaches Poll in No. 13 San Diego, No. 16 BYU and No. 24 Pepperdine. Saint Mary's is receiving votes.
San Diego is currently riding an 11-match win streak and remains undefeated in conference play after defeating Saint Mary's, 3-1, in a match featured live on ESPNU and taking down No. 24 Pepperdine by the same score. In the national rankings, the Toreros are ranked eighth in kills per set (14.69 kps) and fifth in assists per set (13.83 aps). Junior settter Rachel Alvey also was named WCC Player of the Week after tallying 110 total sets over two matches.
BYU and Loyola Marymount had a close match last Thursday with the Lions almost pulling an upset with a 2-0 lead. The Cougars came back for a 3-2 win to tie for second place in the WCC with Santa Clara. BYU is No. 2 in Division I volleyball for hitting percentage (.318) and No. 11 for blocks per set with 2.95, while senior Nicole Warner is No. 1 in NCAA Division I Volleyball for blocks per set with 1.73.
Santa Clara took home two road wins in the Northwest, defeating Portland and Gonzaga. Junior Megan Anders continued her impressive campaign with a .568 clip last week with 3.14 kpg.
San Francisco freshman Ester de Vries has climbed into the third spot in the kills category for WCC matches behind BYU's Jennifer Hamson (3.95) and LMU's Kathleen Luft (3.86) after a strong performance against Gonzaga last Thursday with 25 kills and eight digs. De Vries currently averages 3.76 kills per set in conference play.
October marks the beginning of "National Breast Cancer Awareness Month," and all nine WCC volleyball teams will host a DigPink match during October to help support cancer awareness. A full PINK schedule can be found here .
The West Coast Conference launched its 2012-13 conference-wide REPRESENT campaign, which promotes positive sportsmanship through its student-athletes, coaches and administrators. Each school will host a REPRESENT match in each sport, and the next two WCC REPRESENT volleyball matches will take place on Thursday, October 11.