Oct. 16, 2007
WCC Player of the Week
USD's Laurel Abrahamson Earns Weekly Honor
Senior middle hitter Laurel Abrahamson is this week's WCC Player of the Week after helping lead the 17th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team to wins over Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount. Abrahamson, a native of Bloomington, Minn., averaged 4.71 kills per game on an outstanding .459 hitting percentage, while also tallying 11 blocks on the week. In Friday's sweep over Pepperdine, Abrahamson posted 12 kills on 23 attempts to post a .391 attack percentage and in Saturday's 3-1 win over Loyola Marymount, Abrahamson led all players with her 21 kills on 38 attempts while only committing two attack errors to post a resounding .500 attack percentage. On the season, Abrahamson has 272 kills (3.78 kpg) and is hitting a conference-leading .395 attack percentage.
*Gonzaga at San Francisco - 7:00 PM
%*Loyola Marymount at Saint Mary's - 7:00 PM
*Pepperdine at Santa Clara - 7:00 PM
*Portland at San Diego - 7:00 PM
*Gonzaga at San Diego - 1:00 PM
%*Loyola Marymount at Santa Clara - 1:00 PM
*Pepperdine at Saint Mary's - 1:00 PM
*Portland at San Francisco - 1:00 PM
%Dig For the Cure Match: Please see Page 4 for details
Gonzaga Bulldogs (14-7 / 2-3 WCC)
-The Zags are celebrating a winning weekend after a sweep of both Eastern Washington and Portland. Gonzaga had not defeated Eastern Wahington on its court since 1994.
-Elaina Reinus tallied a match-high 14 kills along with a match-high .478 attack percentage to lead the Zags against the Eagles.
-Briawna Mueller added 13 kills to the Zags offense and had a .455 hitting percentage in the fifth-ever sweep of Eastern Washington.
-Heather Dunn collected her 11th double-double of the season, and fourth in a row, with 45 assists and 12 digs in the sweep of the Pilots.
-The Zags will travel south this weekend to face San Francisco (10/18) and San Diego (10/20).
Loyola Marymount (10-8 / 2-3 WCC)
-Loyola Marymount posted a 1-1 recond on the weekend with a decisive 3-1 win over San Francisco and a hard-fought loss against then #17 San Diego.
-The Lions hosted Dig for the Cure against the Dons and finished with 66 digs, including a career-high 24 from freshman libero Whitney Leonard.
-The nation's leader in kills, Heather Hughes picked up a double-double with 18 kills and 13 digs in the Lion's victory over the Dons.
-Junior Emily Day (17 kills, 13 digs), Christianna Reneau (16 kills, 17 digs), and Renee Horton (49 assists, 11 digs) each posted double-doubles for the Lions in the 1-3 loss to San Diego.
-The Lions raised approximately $2,700 in their Dig for the Cure effort. Next up they will travel to the Bay Area to face Saint Mary's (10/18) and Santa Clara (10/20).
Pepperdine Waves (12-5 / 4-1 WCC)
-Pepperdine suffered a tough loss to seventeenth-ranked San Diego but bounced back to defeat San Francisco 3-2, posting a 1-1 record on the weekend.
-Junior outside hitter Julie Rubenstein racked up 17 kills and 13 digs to lead the Waves' effort in the 0-3 loss to the Toreros. Rubenstein notched team-best kills and digs against the Dons, with 24 and 20, respectively.
-Senior Lecca Roberts tallied 17 kills and five block assists while junior Cassi Chamberlain recorded a season-high 12 kills and five block assists against San Francisco.
-Kiah Fiers registered her seventh double-double of the season with 62 assists and 10 digs as the Waves rolled over the Dons.
-The Waves travel to Santa Clara (10/18) and Saint Mary's (10/20) this weekend.
Portland Pilots (7-12 / 0-5 WCC)
-The Pilots fell to 7-12 overall after posting a pair of losses to rivals Portland State and Gonzaga.
-Freshman Jessica Clemens posted 11 kills and ten digs against the Portland State Vikings.
-Sophomore Maria Clemens closed the night with a team-high 13 kills against the Bulldogs.
-Becky Jones tallied 12 kills and 12 digs in the 0-3 loss to Gonzaga.
-The Pilots head to California to take on #16 San Diego (10/18) before facing San Francisco (10/20).
Saint Mary's Gaels (10-7 / 2-3 WCC)
-Saint Mary's fell to Santa Clara in three games, taking the Gaels to 2-3 in WCC play.
-Megan York led the Gaels with 15 kills and 10 digs, recording her 12th double-double of the year.
-Freshman Shannon Lowell posted five kills in the first game, with no errors in eight attempts.
-Kapua Kamana'o and Christy Payne guided the Gaels at the setting position, leading Saint Mary's to a team hitting percentage of .350 in the loss.
-The Gaels look for a win this weekend when they host Loyola Marymount (10/18) and Pepperdine (10/20).
San Diego Toreros (14-5 / 4-1 WCC)
-San Diego moved up to #16 in the polls after posting a 2-0 record this weekend with wins over Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine.
-Amy DeGroot recorded 18 kills and 12 digs for her team-leading 10th double-double of the season against the Lions. DeGroot tallied 16 kills against the Waves.
-Laurel Abrahamson led all players with 21 kills on 38 attempts while only committing two attack errors to post an astonishing .500 attack percentage against LMU.
-Sophomore libero Andrea Csaszi racked up a match-best 23 digs against the Lions.
-The Toreros look to continue their winning streak and will host Portland (10/18) and Gonzaga (10/20) this weekend.
San Francisco Dons (13-8 / 2-3 WCC)
-The Dons suffered an 0-2 weekend with close losses to Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine.
-Senior outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg recorded a match-high 16 kills against the Lions.
-Both Sarah Mandala and Addie Webster tallied 17 kills against the Waves. The Dons posted an impressive .409 attack percentage during the fourth game.
-Junior setter Darcy Carroll dished out 59 assists to go along with 11 digs and five kills in the 2-3 loss to Loyola Marymount.
-The Dons welcome Gonzaga (10/18) and Portland (10/20) to War Memorial Gym this weekend.
Santa Clara Broncos (12-9 / 4-1 WCC)
-The Broncos lost to Sacramento State in the final non-conference match of the season before sweeping Bay Area WCC rival, Saint Mary's.
-Redshirt freshman Kim Courtney and junior Taylor O'Brien revealed career-high performances against the Hornets posting 14 and eight kills, respectively.
-Crystal Matich compiled a match-high .571 hitting percentage and dished out 39 assists, two service aces and two total blocks in the sweep of the Gaels.
-Britanny Lowe posted 11 kills against Sacramento State and 13 against Saint Mary's.
-The Broncos look to continue their winning streak and host Portland (10/18) and Gonzaga (10/20) this weekend.