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WCC Weekly Volleyball Notes

Oct. 12, 2010

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As competition heats up in conference play, San Diego and Pepperdine continue to be the teams to look out for as both are undefeated after two weeks of WCC competition. In addition to all eight teams competing this week in WCC action, Pepperdine and San Francisco will be hosting their "Dig Pink" matches to help benefit the Side-Out Foundation during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pepperdine will host its "Dig Pink" match on Thursday at 7:00 PM during its match against Gonzaga, while San Francisco will be hosting an Art & Wine Festival at 5:00 PM before its conference match against Bay Area rival Saint Mary's at 7:00 PM.


Overall Record: 2-18
WCC Record: 0-4
  • Gonzaga dropped both conference matches at home, losing to SanFrancisco and Santa Clara.

  • Junior Laura Day collected her first career double-double with a career-high 12 kills and 14digs, but it was not enough as the Bulldogs dropped a 3-0 decision to USF.

  • In the 3-1 loss to Santa Clara, Gonzaga finished the match with 46 team kills, its highest killtotal in conference play this season, and had 26 hitting errors on 145 total attempts for a .138attacking percentage. Sophomore Jessie Genger and senior Kelsey Bashaw had break outmatches with Genger tallying a team-high 12 kills and had a career-high 12 digs for her firstcareer double-double. Bashaw tied a career-high 10 kills and a match-high .381 hitting clip.

  • The Bulldogs will travel to Southern California to take on Pepperdine and Loyola Marymounton Thursday and Saturday.
  • Overall Record: 10-8
    WCC Record: 2-1
  • Loyola Marymount split its matches over the week, securing a 3-2 roadvictory over UC Irvine and dropping a 3-0 conference match to Pepperdine.

  • The Lions had four players with double-digit kills against UC Irvine, including junior JasmineRankins with 16, freshman Alyse Hensley and sophomore Felicia Arriola with 12 apiece, andsenior Becky Stehling notching 11 on 24 attacks for a .375 percentage.

  • LMU's three-match win streak was snapped by cross-town rival Pepperdine. The Lionsstruggled in the third set, hitting -.071 over the course of the period. Rankins connected for fiveof her 10 kills in the third set, but LMU as a team managed just six overall.

  • With the week, Rankins still leads the conference in service aces with 37.

  • Loyola Marymount looks to turn things around against Portland and Gonzaga at home.
  • Overall Record: 12-5
    WCC Record: 3-0
  • Pepperdine extended its win streak to five, defeating non-conferenceopponent UC Santa Barbara, 3-1, at home and sweeping Loyola Marymount on the road.

  • Sophomore Brittney Clark tallied 12 total blocks against UCSB, shattering her previous careerbestand tying for second in the Pepperdine single-match record books. Freshman Emily Cookcontinued her attack spree with a career-high 17 kills on an impressive .364 attack percentage.

  • Junior Kim Hill sparked the offense against LMU with a season-high 17 kills on a .500 hittingpercentage. Freshman Kellie Woolever managed the offense with 33 assists, while recording acareer-high 17 digs to her capture second-straight double double. The win earned Pepperdine1.5 points in the PCH Challenge, a season-long battle between LMU and Pepperdine.

  • The Waves will host its Dig Pink match to benefit the Side-Out Foundation on Thursday duringits match against Gonzaga at 7 PM. The team will then host Portland on Saturday afternoon.
  • Overall Record: 8-12
    WCC Record: 1-3
  • Portland split its matches over the week, losing to Santa Clara, 3-0, anddefeating San Francisco in a close 3-2 match.

  • Sophomore Madison Smith continued to lead the Pilots in assists, posting 32 assists andthree kills, while junior outside hitter Kati Hronek recorded 13 kills against the visiting Broncos.Smith still ranks fifth in the WCC with 695 assists this season.

  • Sophomore Rachel Femling tied a school record with 10 block assists while junior middleblocker Marissa Plummer posted a career-high 22 kills on a .500 attacking percentage againstUSF. Hronek added a career-high eight blocks as the Pilots recorded 30 block assists, the secondhighest mark in school history.

  • The Pilots will continue conference play on the road as the team travels to Southern Californiato compete against LMU on Thursday and Pepperdine on Saturday.
  • Overall Record: 10-6
    WCC Record: 2-1
  • Saint Mary's hosted its Dig Pink match last Saturday during its matchagainst #23 San Diego. The Gaels lost 3-0 in the lone match of the week.

  • As a team, the Gaels struggled on offense, only hitting .144 on the day. Leading the team waslast week's WCC Co-Player of the Week Gabby Jolly, who recorded eight kills on 21 swings fora .143 hitting percentage. Freshman outside hitter Jordan Shaw followed with seven kills on 15swings for a .333 hitting percentage.

  • Senior middle blocker Shannon Lowell, who currently leads the league in blocks duringconference play (18) only had three total blocks against the Toreros. She did, however, chip insix kills on 20 swings for a .300 hitting percentage.

  • Saint Mary's will face off against Bay Area rivals Santa Clara on Thursday and San Franciscoon Saturday during USF's Dig Pink art & wine festival to benefit the Side-Out Foundation.
  • Overall Record: 13-4
    WCC Record: 3-0
  • San Diego is currently on a five-match win streak after picking up a 3-1victory over Utah and a 3-0 defeat over then-ranked Saint Mary's.

  • WCC Player of the Week Ali Troost led the Toreros all week, recording a season-high 28kills over visiting Utah and then putting together a 15-kill and 13-dig performance to help theToreros cruise over Saint Mary's in Moraga.

  • Just two weeks into conference play, San Diego currently leads the conference in hittingpercentage (.361), kills (153), assists (136), and digs (161). Freshman Chloe Ferrari is leadingthe Toreros with a .397 hitting percentage on the season, topping the WCC charts, while Troostleads the conference in kills with 44 total in conference matches for a 4.89 avg/s.

  • San Diego will head back to the Bay Area, taking on San Francisco on Thursday and SantaClara on Saturday.
  • Overall Record: 3-13
    WCC Record: 1-3
  • San Francisco picked up its first conference victory with a 3-0 win overGonzaga on the road. The Dons then lost to Portland in a 3-2 heartbreaker.

  • Freshman Malina Terrell tied her career-high with 13 kills against Gonzaga, committing justone error to finish the game with a .600 hitting percentage to lead USF to its first win at Gonzagain three years.

  • In the match against Portland, the Dons set new season highs in kills (65), total attacks (185),assists (58) and service aces (8). Freshman Joan Caloiaro posted her second career triple-doubleafter totaling 34 assists, 11 kills and 10 digs on .360 hitting. Classmate Whitney Swain tied hercareer-high in digs with 26 and is ranked second in the WCC for digs in conference matches.

  • San Francisco will host #23 San Diego on Thursday and Saint Mary's on Saturday during itsDig Pink match, which will feature an art, food and wine exhibit beginning at 5 PM to raise money.
  • Overall Record: 11-7
    WCC Record: 2-2
  • Santa Clara picked up two conference wins in the Northwest last weekwith a sweep over Portland and a 3-1 victory over Gonzaga.

  • Santa Clara was led by Kaleigh Durket's 15 kills as she hit .500 on the night. The Broncoshit .311 as a team with 52 kills.

  • The Broncos recorded 62 kills for a .238 hitting percentage. Four players finished the matchwith double-figure kills, including sophomore Kayla Lommori who tallied a match-high 16 andadded 13 digs. Sophomore Dana Knudsen and junior Tanya Schmidt both added 12, whilesophomore Kaleigh Durket chipped in 11. Knudsen, Schmidt, and Durket all currently rank inthe WCC's Top 10 for hitting percentage.

  • Santa Clara will be home for the next three matches, two of which take place this weekagainst Saint Mary's on Thursday and #23 San Diego on Saturday.

    The NCAA released its latest RPI (Rating Percentage Index), which included games as ofOctober 10, 2010, measuring the of strength of schedule of all the Division I teams across the nation. Below is where the WCC schools fall in this month's report.San Diego - 36
    Pepperdine - 49
    Saint Mary's - 80
    Loyola Marymount - 109
    Portland - 137
    Santa Clara - 140
    San Francisco - 194
    Gonzaga - 265

    Through October ("Breast Cancer Awareness Month"), all eight WCC volleyball teams willbe hosting a Dig Pink match to help promote breast cancer awareness and raise fundsto benefit the Side-Out Foundation , a national 501(c)(3) located in the Washington DCMetropolitan Area that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Breast Cancerresearch nationally through volleyball tournaments, clinics, and rallies.Make sure to check each school's website to see what each team is doing on its campusto promote this nationwide effort.

    2010 WCC Dig Pink Dates (first school name = host)
    October 9 - SMC vs. USD @ 1 PM
    October 14 - PEP vs. GON @ 7 PM
    October 16 - USF vs. SMC @ 7 PM
    October 22 - SCU vs. USF @ 6 PM
    October 23 - POR vs. GON @ 1 PM
    October 23 - USD vs. PEP @ 1 PM
    October 30 - LMU vs. SCU @ 1 PM
    October 30 - GON vs. USD @ 12 PM

    The University of San Diego women's volleyball team held steady at No. 23 in the latestAVCA top-25 poll after posting a 2-0 record this past week. The Toreros stretched theirwinning streak to five in a row and 11 of their past 12 matches. The Toreros beat Utah3-1 at home this past Thursday and then swept No. 25 Saint Mary's in Moraga this pastSaturday to knock the Gaels out of this week's rankings.


    Ali Troost, San Diego, SR, RS
    Senior right side Ali Troost of the 23rd-ranked USD volleyball team was named the WCCPlayer of the Week for the second consecutive week. This is also the third time this seasonshe has captured this award.Troost, a 6-2 senior from Hemet, Calif., helped lead USD to a pair of wins over Utahand No. 25 Saint Mary's this past week. With the win over SMC, the Toreros remainedunblemished in WCC action at 3-0. Troost paced the Toreros offense as she recorded 43kills (6.14 kps), hit for a .474 clip and racked up 21 digs, while also recording three totalblocks. In Saturday's win over SMC, Troost recorded a match-high 15 kills to go alongwith 12 digs to post a double-double, and she hit for a .414 clip. In Thursday's win overUtah, Troost recorded a season-high 28 kills, while only committing three errors to post a.511 attack percentage, while also recording eight digs.Troost and the Toreros will return to action on Thursday as they travel to the Bay Area totake on the University of San Francisco in a 7 p.m. WCC match.

    Also Nominated: Jasmine Rankins, LMU; Kim Hill, PEP; Marissa Plummer, POR; MalinaTerrell, USF; Kayla Lommori, SCU

    After finishing in second place last season, the San Diego Toreros have been selected to regain the top spot in the 2010 West Coast Conference Coaches Preseason Poll and earn their fourth WCC title in six years. The Toreros received six first place votes and a total of 48 points from the conference coaches, as they return 2009 WCC Player of the Year and All-American Ali Troost, who was named to the preseason all-conference team along with 2008 WCC Player of the Year and All-American Amy DeGroot and 2009 all-conference honorable mention selection Kelsi Myers.

    Reigning WCC Champion Saint Mary's took the second place spot with one first place vote and a total of 43 points. Rob Browning, the 2009 WCC Coach of the Year, returns four starters from a team that fell at fourth-seeded Stanford in five sets in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Gaels return 2009 All-WCC First Team member Shannon Lowell, 2009 All-Freshman Team member Lauren Corp, and all-conference honorable mention pick Kapua Kamana'o.

    Pepperdine, which received the remaining first place vote, tallied 36 points to earn the third place spot. The Waves return five starters, three of which appeared on last year's all-conference team, including preseason all-conference selection Kim Hill, who garnered First Team honors last season after leading the WCC in hitting percentage. Rounding out the top half of the poll for the second year in a row was Santa Clara with 33 points. Bronco middle blocker Dana Knudsen was selected to this year's preseason all-conference team after earning all-WCC honorable mention honors last season.

    San Francisco landed in the fifth spot with 23 points. The Dons return four starters, highlighted by preseason all-conference member Sarah Mandala, a 2009 All-WCC First Team member who led the conference in kills per set last season, while adding 10 newcomers to this year's roster. Gonzaga tallied 18 points for a sixth place finish and return five of its seven starters from last season in Kaprina Goodwin, Caitlin Cozad, Denise Van de Mortel, Laura Day and Allyson Powell.

    Portland edged Loyola Marymount for the seventh place spot with 12 points. The team returns preseason all-conference member Ariel Usher, who led the team in points in 2009 and finished in the WCC's Top 10 in hitting percentage. Loyola Marymount rounded out the preseason poll with 11 points and is led this season by first year head coach Tom Black.

    2010 WCC Preseason Coaches Poll
    1. USD - 48 points (6)
    2. SMC - 43 (1)
    3. PEP - 36 (1)
    4. SCU - 33
    5. USF - 23
    6. GON - 18
    7. POR - 12
    7. LMU - 11
    (First place votes)


    2010 Preseason All-Conference Team
    Lauren Corp, SMC, SO, OH
    Amy DeGroot, USD, RSR, OH
    Kim Hill, PEP, JR, MB
    Kapua Kamana'o, SMC, SR, S
    Dana Knudsen, SCU, SO, MB
    Shannon Lowell, SMC, SR, MB
    Sarah Mandala, USF, SR, OH
    Kelsi Myers, USD, SR, S
    Ali Troost, USD, SR, RS
    Ariel Usher, POR, SO, MB

    Over the last eight seasons, the WCC has established itself as one of the premier women's volleyball conferences in the country. Over the past five seasons, the WCC has appeared in the top five RPI three times. In 2008, the WCC had one of its best seasons, tying for a conference high with the fourth best NCAA RPI ranking in the country. Since then, the WCC has remained in the top 10 in Division I RPI out of the 32 total conferences.

    WCC RPI Rankings
    2009 8th
    2008 4th
    2007 6th
    2006 5th
    2005 4th
    2004 6th
    2003 4th
    2002 7th

    The Saint Mary's volleyball team clinched the 2009 WCC title by outdueling 2008 WCC Champion San Diego in a five set battle (25-18, 25-19, 20-25, 17-25, and 15-10) that featured 30 ties and 10 lead changes. The win was the Gaels' first ever WCC Championship in program history.

    After taking home the championship title, Saint Mary's then finished off the regular season with a sweep over BYU to remain undefeated at home and record the team's third straight sweep. The Gaels' 13-1 record is the best conference finish in school history.

    SMC Results in 2009 NCAA Tournament
    SAINT MARY'S def. UC Santa Barbara, 3-2
    (24-26, 22-25, 25-20, 25-14, 15-13)

    No. 4 Stanford def. SAINT MARY'S, 3-2
    (21-25, 25-21, 25-22, 24-26, 15-13)