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WCC Women's Volleyball Weekly Notes

Oct. 10, 2006

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WCC Player of the Week
Kristen Carlson, San Diego
Carlson earned the Player of the Week award for the second straight week and third time this season after leading the Toreros to two important wins last week. San Diego downed then-No. 23 Pepperdine 3-1 with Carlson contributing a 26 kill-19 dig performance. Then, the Toreros defeated first-place competition Loyola Marymount 3-1 Saturday thanks, in part, to Carlson's second double-double of the week. The senior outside hitter posted 19 kills and 10 digs in the win that gave USD sole posession of first place in the WCC. Carlson's 5.09 kills per game rank 13th in the nation and first in the conference.


Upcoming Games

Oct. 10
Pepperdine at UCSB - 7:00 PM

Oct. 12
*Santa Clara at Gonzaga - 7:00 PM
*Saint Mary's at LMU - 7:00 PM
*San Francisco at Pepperdine - 7:00 PM
*San Diego at Portland - 7:00 PM

Oct. 14
*San Diego at Gonzaga - 1:00 PM
*San Francisco at LMU - 1:00 PM
*Saint Mary's at Pepperdine - 1:00 PM
*Santa Clara at Portland - 1:00 PM

* Denotes Conference Match


Around the WCC

Carlson Named CVU National Player of the Week
San Diego senior outside hitter Kristen Carlson earned the Collegiate Volleyball Update National Player of the Week award this week. Carlson led the Toreros to back-to-back wins over then-No. 23 Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount with 5.62 kills and 3.62 digs per game. With its 3-1 win over LMU, San Diego took sole possession of first place in the WCC and is the only team that has yet to drop a conference match. Her two double-doubles last week give her 11 this season. Carlson currently leads the conference in kills average at 5.09 kills per game which is also good for 13th in the nation. The Purcellville, VA native adds these honors to her three WCC Player of the Week awards in 2006, including consecutive awards over the past two weeks.

Round Two
The second week of WCC play saw just six matches and cleared up the top of the standings, with the three first-place teams from last week meeting in head-to-head matchups. San Diego pushed Pepperdine out of first place with a 3-1 win on Thursday and Santa Clara continued the trend with a sweep over the Waves on Saturday. LMU posted its first win of the season over a ranked team, downing the then-No. 12 ranked Broncos before handing San Diego sole possession of first place with a 3-1 loss at the Jenny Craig Pavillion on Saturday. Portland earned its first win in league play, with a sweep of Northwest rival Gonzaga, while Saint Mary's defeated San Francisco.

Shaking It Up
With a 2-2 record in the WCC and losses to unranked LMU and Saint Mary's, Santa Clara dropped five spots in the CSTV/AVCA National Poll to No. 17. Although San Diego is in first place in the conference with a 4-0 record, its poll position remained static at No. 22 for the second-straight week. After losing two matches last week to LMU and Santa Clara, Pepperdine fell out of the Top 25 for the first time this season, but the Waves did receive 27 votes. After both earning wins over the Broncos, LMU and Saint Mary's also earned votes in the poll.


WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (5-13 / 0-3 WCC)
- The Zags closed out their nonconference schedule with a win over Idaho in five games before dropping their third straight WCC match to Portland.

- Gonzaga broke out of a 10-match losing streak to Idaho, coming back from a two-game deficit to win the match. The victory was the Bulldogs' sixth five-game contest of the season.

- Becky Jones led four players in double-digits in kills for Gonzaga against Idaho with 22 kills and 14 digs. The double-double was Jones' eighth of the season, tying her for fourth in the conference this season.

- Briawna Mueller joined Jones in double digits against the Vandals, recording 15 kills on .542 hitting and posting nine blocks.

- The Zags will look for their first WCC win, hosting Santa Clara (10/12) and San Diego (10/14).


Loyola Marymount Lions (15-4 / 3-1 WCC)
- The Lions defeated then-No. 12 Santa Clara before dropping a 3-1 decision to No. 22 San Diego, knocking them out of first place.

- Heather Hughes earned WCC Player of the Month honors for September after averaging 4.45 kills, 3.35 digs, 1.14 assists and .78 aces per game last month. Hughes leads the conference in double-doubles with 13 after last week.

- The Lions had three players record double-doubles in the loss to San Diego. Hughes led the three with 17 kills and 12 digs, while Christianna Reneau posted a .324 hitting percentage along with her double-double.

- Hughes and Reneau also led the way in LMU's win over the Broncos, combining for 27 kills.

- LMU returns home this week, playing host to Saint Mary's on Thursday and USF on Saturday.


Pepperdine Waves (6-8 / 2-2 WCC)
- The Waves suffered two tough losses at San Diego and at Santa Clara last week.

- Kayla Walker had another stellar outing for Pepperdine, recording the first double-double of her career in a 3-1 loss to San Diego. The freshman posted a career-high with 14 kills and added 15 digs, an ace and seven blocks.

- The Waves were held under a .100 hitting percentage in two out of the four games against USD.

- Pepperdine has yet to beat a ranked opponent this season after last weekend's losses to No. 22 USD and then-No. 12 Santa Clara. The Waves have struggled on the road as well, as they are winless in five non-neutral games away from Malibu.

- Pepperdine travels to UC Santa Barbara (10/10) before hosting USF (10/12) and SMC (10/14).


Portland Pilots (8-8 / 1-2 WCC)
- With a 3-0 sweep of Gonzaga, Portland earned its first win of the WCC season in its only match last week.

- Nicole Thometz led the Pilots against the Zags, posting 17 kills, five service aces and six digs while hitting at a .378 clip.

- Portland held the Bulldogs to just six kills in game one and an .000 hitting percentage thanks to three kills and three aces from Thometz and six errors by Gonzaga's hitters.

- Ashley Grayson joined Thometz in double-digits in kills recording 13 to go along with a .320 hitting percentage and two block assists.

- The Pilots continue their homestand hosting No. 22 San Diego on Thursday and No. 17 Santa Clara on Saturday.


Saint Mary's Gaels (7-7 / 2-1 WCC)
- Saint Mary's knocked off San Francisco 3-0 in their only match last week.

- Christina Kirk was the only Gael who reached double-digits in kills, posting 13 to go along with seven digs and a .323 hitting percentage.

- As a team, Saint Mary's hit .324 for the match while holding the Dons to a .100 hitting percentage with 10 team blocks including five each from Brittany Barker and Megan Burton.

- The Gaels returned to the top of the conference in blocks, averaging 2.91 per game. Barker leads the squad and the WCC with 1.91 blocks per game.

- Saint Mary's hits the road this week, traveling to Southern California for matches with LMU (10/12) and Pepperdine (10/14).


San Diego Toreros (14-4 / 4-0 WCC)
- San Diego continued to roll, improving to 4-0 in the WCC with 3-1 wins over Pepperdine and LMU last week.

- Kristen Carlson earned her second-straight WCC Player of the Week award after averaging 5.62 kills and 3.62 digs per game, while hitting at a .337 clip. Her successful week was capped with the Collegiate Volleyball Update National Player of the Week award. The senior has earned three WCC Player of the Week awards in the past month.

- San Diego held LMU to .192 hitting with 14 blocks and 17 digs from Andrea Csaszi.

- Christie Dawson helped out in the wins last week, posting 11 kills, five blocks and a .345 hitting percentage against the Lions and 12 kills and four blocks against the Waves.

- The Toreros travel to the Northwest this week, facing Portland (10/12) and Gonzaga (10/14).


San Francisco Dons (16-4 / 0-3 WCC)
- In their only match last week, the Dons dropped a 3-0 decision to Saint Mary's in Moraga.

- Kristen Hasselberg, Alix Gombos and Brynn Maurer all posted double-digits in kills against the Gaels. Hasselberg led the way with 13 kills but also committed 11 errors to post a .054 hitting percentage for the match.

- Along with 11 kills, Maurer posted 11 digs for her sixth double-double of the season. Maurer is inching closer to the USF career digs record. The senior needs just 29 to set a new record.

- After posting a 16-1 start to the season, the best in USF history, the Dons have lost three straight to begin the WCC season.

- USF looks for its first WCC win this week, traveling to Pepperdine (10/12) and LMU (10/14).


Santa Clara Broncos (12-4 / 2-2 WCC)
- The Broncos split their matches for the second straight week, dropping a 3-0 decision to LMU before coming back with their own sweep of Pepperdine.

- Without senior All-American setter Crystal Matich and playing against the best returning team in the WCC, the Broncos struggled against Loyola Marymount, hitting at a .157 clip for the match.

- Matich's replacement, Lindsy Evans, bounced back against Pepperdine, dishing out 44 assists and setting the team to a .339 hitting percentage.

- Junior middle blocker Annalisa Muratore has been forced to retire from volleyball after injury forced three surgeries in the last two years. Muratore leaves SCU volleyball as the career blocks leader, and ranked 10th on the career kills per game list and ninth all-time in block assists.

- Santa Clara makes its way to the Northwest, taking on Gonzaga (10/12) and Portland (10/14).