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WCC Women's Volleyball Weekly Notes

Oct. 14, 2008

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SAN DIEGO AT SANTA CLARA ON ESPNU HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK'S ACTION

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

MONDAY, OCTOBER 13
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Eastern Washington at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
7:00 PM
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Portland at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
7:00 PM
San Diego at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA
7:00 PM (ESPNU)
San Francisco at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
7:00 PM
Gonzaga at Pepperdine Santa Clara, CA
7:00 PM
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
7:00 PM
Portland at Pepperdine Los Angeles, CA
7:00 PM
San Diego at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
7:00 PM
San Francisco at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA
7:00 PM

AROUND THE WCC

WCC Player of the Week
Carly Babin led the Dons to a victory over No. 15 San Diego to remain perfect in West Coast Conference play. Babin continued her stellar senior season, leading the Dons with a .826 hitting percentage. Babin's average marked the third best in USF single-match history, and the best average for a Don in four games. The native of Las Vegas, Nev. recorded 19 kills, a career-high seven digs and a match-high seven blocks in the contest. She is currently ranked fifth in the country in hitting percentage.

Three WCC Teams Ranked Among The Nation's Best
Three West Coast Conference women's volleyball teams are ranked in national polls. With its unbeaten record recently broken, Pepperdine moved up to No. 16 in the most recent AVCA Poll. San Diego fell to No. 20 after losing to San Francisco, and Santa Clara moved up to No. 18 with its undefeated weekend.

National Leaders Among the WCC
Several players in the WCC rank among the nation's best in several categories. Notable leaders are Kapua Kamana'o (SMC) and Jessica Nyrop (USD), who are sixth and 16th in assists per game, while Emily Day (LMU) and Julie Rubenstein (PEP) are ninth and 14th in kills per game. USF's Carly Babin and Alix Gombos continue to be one and two in the conference in hitting percentage and are fifth and 10th in the country. As a team, San Diego ranks eighth in assists per game and seventh in kills per game.

1,000 Kill and Dig Club
The WCC welcomes back several players who are on pace to eclipse the 1,000 kill and dig mark.


NAMECAREER KILLSCAREER DIGS
Emily Day, LMU:         1,312           1,035Brittany Lowe, SCU:     1,303           1,049Julie Rubenstein, PEP:  1,529           854


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES
UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Overall Record: 6-13
WCC Record: 0-4
  • In the the second week of conference play, the Zags went 0-2, losing to Saint Mary's and Santa Clara.

  • Denise Van de Mortel is third on the WCC double-doubles list with six for the season. Her most recent one came in the match against VCU, where she had 20 digs and 54 assists. Van de Mortel continues to pace the conference with 757 assists on the season.

  • Paige Dillingham leads the Bulldogs in total digs with 257 and is currently ranked second in the conference.

  • Elaina Renius continues to lead the conference with 91.0 total blocks and is second in total kills with 245. She had a career-high 22 kills against Washington State.

  • This week, the Zags continue conference play where they will travel to face Pepperdine (10/16), and Loyola Marymount (10/18).
  • Oct. 16
    at Pepperdine - 7:00 PM

    Oct. 18
    at Loyola Marymount - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 10-7
    WCC Record: 0-3
  • In their lone match of the week, the Lions lost a 3-1 decision at home to Pepperdine.

  • Emily Day leads the conference in double-doubles (11), kills (275), and points (316.5.)

  • Day has now surpassed the 1,000 career dig mark, making her one of only two active WCC players to have 1,000 digs and 1,000 kills. She is also only the seventh player in LMU history to achieve the feat. For her career, Day has 1,035 digs and 1,312 kills.

  • Day currently ranks fifth in total attacks (3,582), tied for sixth in kill average at 3.54, sixth in kills (1,312), and ninth in digs (1,035) in LMU history. Renee Horton has totaled 1,847 assists in her two year career, ranking seventh in the LMU record books in that category. Whitney Leonard is second in dig average (4.53) and sixth in total digs (427).

  • This week, the Lions stay home taking on Portland (10/16) and Gonzaga (10/18).
  • Oct. 16
    vs. Portland - 7:00 PM

    Oct. 18
    vs. Gonzaga - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 14-1
    WCC Record: 2-1
  • In their only game of the week, the Waves went on the road beating Loyola Marymount, 3-1.

  • The Waves lead the league in three categories: hitting percentage (.282), opponent hitting percentage (.138), and digs average (14.98).

  • Julie Rubenstein is second in the conference in kills average (4.38 kpg) and leads the conference in points per game (5.15 ppg), while Stevi Robinson leads in digs per game (4.54 dpg).

  • The Waves were able to match their best start in school history at 13-0 before they lost to Santa Clara. Before the loss, Pepperdine lost a total of three sets in the month of September.

  • This week, Pepperdine stays home, taking on Gonzaga (10/16), before taking on Portland (10/18).
  • Oct. 16
    vs. Gonzaga - 7:00 PM

    Oct. 18
    vs. Portland - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 5-14
    WCC Record: 0-4
  • Portland went 0-2 over the weekend at home, losing to Santa Clara and Saint Mary's.

  • Ashley Grayson leads the team in kills with 200 and is third in blocks with 34.0. She is also ninth in the conference in total kills.

  • Jessica Clemens currently is second in the conference in service aces with 22 of the team's 79 and also has the conference match-high with 10 against South Florida.

  • Clemens is among the team leaders in three categories: kills (third at 147), aces (first at 22), and digs (first at 170).

  • Portland goes on the road this week, taking on Loyola Marymount (10/16), before facing Pepperdine (10/18).
  • Oct. 16
    at Loyola Marymount - 7:00 PM

    Oct. 18
    at Pepperdine - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 13-4
    WCC Record: 3-1
  • The Gaels went undefeated over the weekend sweeping Gonzaga and Portland.

  • Megan York is third in the conference in total kills with 241 and fourth in total digs with 200.

  • Kapua Kamana'o continues to hold the top spot on the league's assists leader board as she is averaging 11.75 assists per game and is sixth in the nation.

  • Megan Burton leads the team in hitting percentage, hitting .410 for the season, and ranks third in the league.

  • This week, the Gaels stay home taking on San Francisco (10/16), before facing San Diego (10/18).
  • Oct. 16
    vs. San Francisco - 7:00 PM

    Oct. 18
    vs. San Diego - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 12-3
    WCC Record: 2-1
  • In their lone match of the week, the Toreros traveled to San Francisco, where they lost 3-1.

  • Amy DeGroot leads the team in kills with 199 and ranks third in the conference in kills per game averaging 4.15.

  • Jessica Nyrop leads the team with 490 assists and is third in the league in assists average with 11.20 apg and digs average with 4.04 dpg.

  • In the loss to San Francisco, Andrea Csaszi tallied 14 digs and placed herself on San Diego's top 10 career digs list at No. 10, with 1,009 digs in her career.

  • San Diego goes on the road this week, taking on Santa Clara (10/16) in a nationally televised match on ESPNU at 7:00 pm, before facing Saint Mary's (10/18).
  • Oct. 16
    at Santa Clara - 7:00 PM

    Oct. 18
    at Saint Mary's - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 13-4
    WCC Record: 3-0
  • The Dons continue to stay unbeaten in conference play as they defeated San Diego, 3-1, in their only game of the week.

  • In the win over the Toreros, Carly Babin had a .826 hitting percentage, third best in USF single-match history.

  • Haley Carroll leads the conference in two categories: service aces with 33 and total digs with 289 and ranks second all-time on the USF career list with 1,323 digs.

  • Babin (.445) and Alix Gombos (.426) continue to be one-two in the conference in hitting percentage.

  • The Dons head to the road this week, where they will take on Saint Mary's (10/16), before facing Santa Clara (10/18).
  • Oct. 16
    at Saint Mary's - 7:00 PM

    Oct. 18
    at Santa Clara - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 12-3
    WCC Record: 4-0
  • The Broncos also continue the conference season unbeaten as they went on the road to sweep Portland and Gonzaga.

  • Anna Cmaylo is fourth in the conference in blocks per game (1.10 bpg) and is also third on SCU's all-time career block assists list, with 359.0, four away from setting a new school record.

  • Brittany Lowe has now passed the 1,000 career dig mark and is the only current Bronco with both 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs. Lowe has 1,303 kills and 1,049 digs in her career.

  • With 16 aces on the season, Lowe has moved to the No. 6 spot on SCU's career service aces list and is five away from the No. 5 spot.

  • This week, the Broncos play a nationally televised home game against San Diego (10/16) on ESPNU at 7:00 pm, before facing San Francisco (10/18).
  • Oct. 16
    vs. San Diego - 7:00 PM

    Oct. 18
    vs. San Francisco - 1:00 PM