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WCC Women's Volleyball Weekly Notes

Oct. 13, 2009

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Overall Record
Saint Mary's 4-0
#23 San Diego 3-1
Pepperdine 3-1
Gonzaga 2-1
San Francisco 1-2
Portland 1-2
Santa Clara 0-3
Loyola Marymount 0-4

The WCC women's volleyball conference season continued last week with Pepperdine, Saint Mary's, and San Diego coming away with clean weeks. The Gaels remain as the only unbeaten team in conference play at 4-0, but will put that record to the test as they travel to play San Diego.

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Pepperdine at UCSB Santa Barbara, CA
7:00 PM

Gonzaga at San Francisco San Francisco, CA
7:00 PM
Portland at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA
7:00 PM

Gonzaga at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA
1:00 PM


Portland at San Francisco San Francisco, CA
1:00 PM
Saint Mary's at San Diego San Diego, CA
1:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at Pepperdine Moraga, CA
7:00 PM


WCC Players of the Month

Sarah Mandala, USF:
Mandala led USF during September with 10 double-figure kill outings (hitting 10+ in each match of the month), including four with 20+ kills. Mandala recorded 26 kills twice - 26 against San Diego State and against against then-No. 13 Stanford, while also adding 25 against Alabama and 24 versus Cal State Bakersfield. During September, the native of San Dimas posted three double doubles and fell just a dig short on two other occasions. To close out the month, Mandala reached a milestone against Cal State Bakersfield. In the final point of the match, Mandala recorded her 1,000th career kill. With the point, she became the ninth player in USF history to reach the benchmark, and just the third to do so as a junior. In addition, she reached 1,000 in 265 matches, making her the fastest Don to accomplish the feat. Currently, Mandala leads the Dons and the WCC with 237 kills, averaging 4.94 per set. The average propelled her to second place in the Division I this week.

Ali Troost, USD:
Troost has been a huge reason USD has posted a 7-2 record. She has led the team with 115 kills, is hitting at a .361 clip, is second on the team with 58 digs, has posted a career-high 23 kills, along with 13 digs to post her first double-double of the season in a win over No. 12 UC Irvine. She has helped catapult USD to a season-high seven match win streak, and she was named the MVP of the Denver/Colorado Invitational, not to mention earned one WCC POW award. For the month she is ranked fourth in both kills per set (3.29) and hitting percentage.

WCC Player of the Week
Torey Ellick, USD:
Ellick paced the Toreros to a pair of WCC wins over San Francisco and Santa Clara this past week, as she recorded 33 kills, hit for a .482 clip and had 7 blocks. She also recorded a career-high 20 kills, while hitting at a 0.515 clip in the win over USF. She then followed that up with 13 kills in the win over SCU, including hitting for a .435 clip in that match. On the season, Ellick has 170 kills, is hitting at a .363 clip and leads the team with 40 blocks.

Lauren Jaeckel, SMC:
Jaeckel was instrumental in the Gaels two wins over Bay Area rivals Santa Clara and San Francisco last week. For the week, Jaeckel notched 28 kills, on 57 attempts, for an astounding .421 attack percentage. She averaged 3.50 kills per game, while notching 11 total blocks, six digs, and an assist. It is the first time in her career that she has been named the WCC Player of the Week.Also Nominated: Rachel Gromal, PEP

Two WCC Teams Ranked Among The Nation's Best
Two West Coast Conference women's volleyball teams open the season ranked in national preseason polls, with three more receiving votes. All five teams are returning from an appearance in last year's NCAA Tournament. The University of San Diego came in at No. 15 in the AVCA poll and 16 in the Volleyball Magazine poll, while Santa Clara University ranked 20th in Volleyball Magazine and 25th in the AVCA poll. Pepperdine receiveed voes in both polls, while Saint Mary's and San Francisco gathered votes on the AVCA poll.

WCC Preseason Poll and All-Conference Team

1. USD - 49 points (7)
2. PEP - 38
3. SMC - 37 (1)
4. SCU - 35
5. USF - 24
6. LMU - 21
7. GON - 10
7. POR - 10
(first place votes)

All-Conference Team

Megan Burton, SMC
Haley Carroll, USF
Lindsy Davigeadono, SCU
Amy DeGroot, USD
Kiah Fiers, PEP
Kim Hill, PEP
Kapua Kamana'o, SMC
Shannon Lowell, SMC
Sarah Mandala, USF
Ali Troost, USD

WCC Among the Nation's Best
Over the last six seasons, the West Coast Conference has established itself as one of the premier women's volleyball conferences in the country. Over the past six seasons, the WCC has owned a national top five ranking in the RPI four times. In 2008, the WCC had one of its best seasons ever tying for a conference high with the fourth best NCAA RPI ranking in the country.

WCC In The NCAA Tournament
WCC volleyball teams are no strangers to the NCAA Tournament. In fact, since 1997, the WCC has sent at least three teams each year into the postseason, totaling 45 teams. Last year was no different as Pepperdine, Saint Mary's San Diego, San Francisco, and Santa Clara all made the tournament. In the past five seasons alone, the WCC has sent 20 teams into the NCAA Tournament with a conference record six teams advancing to the postseason in 2003.

Five Teams in 2008 NCAA Tournament
The WCC has placed five teams in last year's NCAA Tournament, which marked the highest percentage of teams from any conference in the country to make it to the tournament. It tied the highest number of WCC team since the conference sent a record six teams in 2003. It also marked the 13th year in a row that the WCC has sent at least three teams to the tournament.

Welcome Back
All eight WCC teams return several key players in 2009. In all, the WCC returns six All-WCC first team members and nine of the 14 players who earned All-WCC honorable mention. The returning first team All-WCC members include: Megan Burton (SMC), Amy DeGroot (USD), Kapua Kamana'o (SMC), Shannon Lowell (SMC), Sarah Mandala (USF), and Ali Troost (USD).



Overall Record: 6-10
WCC Record: 2-1
  • The Zags went 1-2 last week, defeating Loyola Marymount and falling to Eastern Washington and Pepperdine.

  • SR Michelle Boevers led the offensive attack against the Lions with a match-high tying 12 kills on .500 hitting. Fellow classmate Emily Johnson added a double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs. Boevers also had a match-high six block assists.

  • Against Eastern Washington, SR Layne Brosky finished with a team-high 13 kills, while Boevers added 10.

  • JR Caitlin Cozad collected 18 total blocks over the week and currently leads the league with 77 total blocks on the season.

  • The Zags are on the road this week, at San Francisco (10/15) and Santa Clara (10/17).
  • Overall Record: 9-9
    WCC Record: 0-4
  • The Lions went winless last week, losing a five-set match to Portland, before falling to Gonzaga.

  • Four Lions had double-figure kills against the Pilots, led by FR Alaina Bergsma's 21. She is second in the league in kills (270), just six behind the leader and is second amongst all freshmen in the country with 4.22 kps.

  • As a team, the Lions lead the league in service aces (96) behind Bergsma's league-leading 30.

  • Against the Zags, JR Becky Stehling hit for .389 with 10 kills and is currently fourth in the conference with a .345 clip. Bergsma collected a double-double with 12 kills and 11 digs. She is currently tied for the league-lead with seven on the season.

  • The Lions have just one match this week, at Pepperdine (10/17).
  • Overall Record: 10-6
    WCC Record: 3-1
  • The Waves went undefeated last week, sweeping both Gonzaga and Portland. The Waves have now swept their last three opponents.

  • SR Rachel Grochmal led the way over the week for the Waves, registering 29 kills on an impressive .350 hitting. Her 19 kills against the Zags were the most by a Wave this season. She is currently fifth in the league with 3.16 kps.

  • SO Lilla Frederick and Stevi Robinson had three aces each against Gonzaga. Robinson added 14 digs, while SR Kiah Fiers had a season-high 16.

  • Robinson currently ranks second in the conference with 4.81 dps, while Fiers ranks second in assists at 10.29 aps.

  • Pepperdine plays at UCSB (10/13) before hosting Loyola Marymount (10/17) this week.
  • Overall Record: 5-13
    WCC Record: 0-1
  • The Pilots had a split last week, defeating Loyola Marymount, before falling to Pepperdine.

  • Both Clemens sisters registered double-doubles against the Lions. JR Jessica Clemens tied the league-high with her seventh of the season with 16 kills and 10 digs, while SR Maria Clemens had 17 kills and 11 digs for her first of the season.

  • In the win, SR Kaylyn Jones shattered her previous season-high of 26, collecting 52 assists.

  • JR Danielle Dupar had back-to-back games with double-figure digs, nabbing 11 against the Lions, before getting a match-high 15 against the Waves. She is currently ranked fifth in the conference with 4.04 dps.

  • The Pilots are on the road this week at Santa Clara (10/15) and San Francisco (10/17).
  • Overall Record: 12-3
    WCC Record: 4-0
  • The Gaels went undefeated last week, defeating Santa Clara and San Francisco. They have won five straight, sweeping four of those matches.

  • SR Lauren Jaeckel had a huge week en route to earning WCC Co- Player of the Week honors. Overall, she collected 28 kills on .421 hitting, including going for aseason-high 17 kills on .469 hitting against Santa Clara.

  • SR Alita Fisher had back-to-back games with 20 or more digs. She had 22 against the Broncos and 20 against the Dons. She has now had six matches with 20 or more digs and is ranked second in the conference with 256 total digs.

  • JR Shannon Lowell collected 17 total blocks over the week, including 11 block assists against the Dons. She currently leads the league with 1.37 bps.

  • Saint Mary's has just one match this week at San Diego (10/17).
  • Overall Record: 9-4
    WCC Record: 1-1
  • The Toreros went undefeated last week, defeating San Francisco and Santa Clara.

  • SR Torey Ellick led the Toreros to their two wins en route to earning WCC Co-Player of the Week honors. In the two matches, she recorded 33 kills on an impressive .482 hitting, including a career-high 20 kills on .515 hitting against San Francisco.

  • In the win over San Francisco, the Toreros hit for .380 as a team and were paced by JR Kelsi Myers' 53 assists. The hitting percentage marked a season-high for San Diego.

  • Myers has had five matches this season with 50+ assists and is currently ranked fourth in the country with 12.0 aps.

  • San Diego has just one match this week, hosting Saint Mary's (10/17).
  • Overall Record: 7-9
    WCC Record: 1-2
  • The Dons went winless last week on the road, falling to San Diego and Saint Mary's.

  • Three players had double-figure kills against the Toreros, led by JR Sarah Mandala's 13. SO Erin Bragg had 11, while SR Anna Berger added 10. Defensive leader SR Haley Carroll had 17 digs, while adding three service aces.

  • Mandala was the only Don with double-digit kills against the Gaels, finishing with 11. She has only failed to reach double-figures in kills once this season.

  • Mandala already rates as one of the best hitters in the country as she currently ranks fourth in the country with 4.76 kills per set.

  • San Francisco is at home this week, hosting Gonzaga (10/15) and Portland (10/17).
  • Overall Record: 10-8
    WCC Record: 0-3
  • Santa Clara went winless on the road last week, losing to Saint Mary's in five and San Diego.

  • Four players registered double-figure kills against the Gaels, led by FR Dana Knudsen's 16 on an impressive .462 hitting. SR Lindsy Davigeadono added 12 on . 393 hitting. Knudsen currently ranks second in the league with a .356 hitting percentage.

  • FR Katherine Douglas registered her fifth double-double of the season against Saint Mary's, with a career-high 22 digs and 15 kills. She ranks third in the league in double-doubles.

  • Against San Diego, SO Tanya Schmidt collected six block assists, matching the Toreros' total as a team. On the season, she ranks third in the conference with 62 total blocks.

  • The Broncos are at home this week, hosting Portland (10/15) and Gonzaga (10/17). The match against the Zags marks a Dig Pink match for the WCC.