Oct. 17, 2006
WCC Player of the Week
Cassi Chamberlain, Pepperdine
Cassi Chamberlain took home WCC Player of the Week honors after recording 19 kills and nine blocks over the weekend, helping the Waves pick up two WCC wins. Chamberlain, a sophomore middle blocker, posted nine kills on .471 hitting in a 3-0 sweep of San Francisco on Thursday before recording 10 kills and five blocks against Saint Mary's on Saturday. The Lakewood, CA native finished the week with 2.78 kills and 1.33 blocks per game, after Pepperdine dropped a nonconference match to UC Santa Barbara. Chamberlain now leads the WCC in hitting percentage in conference matches at .380.
*Gonzaga at San Francisco - 7:00 PM
*Portland at Saint Mary's - 7:00 PM
*Pepperdine at LMU - 7:00 PM
*Santa Clara at San Diego - 1:00 PM
*Portland at San Francisco - 1:00 PM
*Gonzaga at Saint Mary's - 1:00 PM
*Pepperdine at Portland - 7:00 PM
*San Francisco at Santa Clara - 7:00 PM
*Saint Mary's at San Diego - 7:00 PM
*LMU at Gonzaga - 7:00 PM
* Denotes Conference Match
Around the WCC
Three Is A Magic Number
In the third week of the conference season, three of the five teams who entered the week in the top five in the standings went undefeated, while the three teams at the bottom of the standings went a combined 1-5 on the weekend. San Diego continued to roll, improving to 6-0 during a trip to the Northwest. Santa Clara and Pepperdine followed suit, putting together 2-0 weeks of their own, while San Francisco posted a split while earning its first win in WCC play. Portland and Gonzaga struggled against the two ranked teams in the WCC, while LMU had trouble against Saint Mary's and USF. The Toreros are currently riding a season-best six game winning streak, while the Dons snapped a six-match conference losing streak that dated back to last season.
Movin' On Up
After Santa Clara and San Diego went 2-0 last week, both teams moved up in the CSTV/AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll. The Broncos improved two spots on last week's No. 17 ranking to the No. 15 spot, while the Toreros matched their highest ranking of the season, also moving up two spots to No. 20. Three other WCC schools earned votes in the poll, with Pepperdine receiving 13, San Francisco seven and Saint Mary's six.
Several WCC players are moving close to breaking records and moving up in the WCC all-time top ten record books. Murphy McClenahan has recorded 1,538 digs in her career which puts her just 93 digs away from second all-time at Portland and third all-time in the conference. After recording 29 digs last weekend, Brynn Maurer is just two digs away from setting a new USF career digs record. Maurer and McClenahan would not be the first to break records in 2006. Pepperdine middle blocker Sophia Milo set the top mark for career total blocks at Pepperdine on September 9 and Saint Mary's setter Mandy Bible was the first to etch her name in the history books in the 2006 season, snagging the top spot on the Gaels' career assists list.
WCC Team Notes
Gonzaga Bulldogs (5-15 / 0-5 WCC)
- The Zags dropped consecutive matches to Santa Clara and San Diego at home, extending their losing streak to three games.
- Gonzaga was the third team to push Santa Clara to five games this season. The Bulldogs are now 2-4 in five-game matches in 2006.
- Four Zags reached double digits in kills against the Broncos, with Becky Jones leading the team with a 19 kill-16 dig double-double, her ninth of the season.
- Gonzaga posted 20 team blocks in the loss to Santa Clara, outblocking the Broncos and getting a combined seven solo blocks from Jones and Heather Dunn. Dunn dished out 55 assists to go along with eight total blocks and 15 digs.
- The Zags continue to search for their first WCC win at USF (10/19) and Saint Mary's (10/21).
Loyola Marymount Lions (15-6 / 3-3 WCC)
- The Lions dropped back-to-back matches at home last weekend to San Francisco and Saint Mary's.
- Heather Hughes recorded her 1,000th career kill in the 3-1 loss to the Dons on Saturday. The junior is just the ninth player in Loyola Marymount history to reach the milestone.
- In the five-game loss to Saint Mary's on Thursday, Hughes recorded 24 kills and 19 digs for her league-leading 14th double-double of the season.
- The Lions were outblocked by a combined total of 30-15 in the two losses. The Gaels accounted for 21 of the 30 blocks posted against LMU.
- This week the Lions finish up the first half of the WCC season, hosting Southern California rival Pepperdine on Thursday.
Pepperdine Waves (8-9 / 4-2 WCC)
- Pepperdine dropped a 3-0 nonconference decision to UC Santa Barbara before sweeping both USF and Saint Mary's to improve to 4-2 in the WCC.
- Cassi Chamberlain took home WCC Player of the Week honors after recording 19 kills and nine blocks over the weekend, hitting at a .486 clip and averaging 1.5 blocks per game. Chamberlain also posted six kills and three blocks in the loss to UCSB.
- Kiah Fiers set the Waves to better than .300 hitting percentages in the first two games against Saint Mary's and finished the match with 49 assists and eight digs.
- Pepperdine bested the conference's top blocking team, Saint Mary's, posting a 12-8 advantage at the net thanks to a match-high six blocks from Sophia Milo.
- The Waves play just one match this week, traveling to rival LMU on Thursday.
Portland Pilots (8-10 / 1-4 WCC)
- The Pilots were swept by then-No. 17 Santa Clara and then-No. 22 San Diego in their only matches last week.
- Murphy McClenahan recorded 24 digs against San Diego, the second highest dig total in a three-game match in the WCC in 2006. McClenahan's 294 digs this season rank second in the WCC and put her just 93 digs away from second all-time at Portland and third all-time in the conference.
- Portland managed to hit above .200 as a team in just two games last week.
- Ashley Whitehouse was the only Pilot to reach double digits in kills in either match last week, leading the team with 10 kills on .241 hitting against San Diego.
- UP looks to pick up its second win of the WCC season at USF (10/19) and Saint Mary's (10/21).
Saint Mary's Gaels (8-8 / 3-2 WCC)
- Saint Mary's snagged a 3-2 win over LMU before being swept by Pepperdine on the road last week.
- Missie Stidham averaged 4.12 kills and 3.25 digs per game last week, leading the Gaels in the win over LMU with 21 kills and 15 digs. Stidham also led SMC against the Waves with her second double-double of the week.
- The Gaels posted a team total of 29 blocks over the weekend, including 21 against Loyola Marymount, the second highest match total in the WCC this season.
- Mandy Bible led the way in the win against LMU, setting Saint Mary's to a .303 attack percentage over the final three games and dishing out 54 assists.
- Saint Mary's returns home to face Portland on Thursday and Gonzaga on Saturday.
San Diego Toreros (16-4 / 6-0 WCC)
- San Diego extended its winning streak to six games, posting sweeps of Portland and Gonzaga in the Pacific Northwest.
- Christie Dawson helped the Toreros remain perfect in WCC play last week, averaging 4.67 kills per game on .531 hitting in the two wins. Dawson recorded the highest single-match hitting percentage in the WCC this year, attacking at a .727 clip against Gonzaga.
- San Diego worked its way up two spots in the latest CSTV/AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll, earning the No. 20 spot after two weeks at No. 22.
- After attacking at a .543 clip last week, Laurel Abrahamson is the third most accurate hitter in conference play, attacking at a .349 clip and recording double-digit kills in each of the six wins.
- San Diego plays host to No. 15 Santa Clara (10/21) in its only match this week.
San Francisco Dons (16-5 / 1-4 WCC)
- USF split its matches last week, posting its first conference win with a 3-1 decision over LMU after losing to Pepperdine in straight sets.
- Jamie Kartchner became just the third setter in USF history to reach the 3,000 assist plateau in the loss to Pepperdine. Kartchner needs just 168 assists to secure sole possession of second place on the Dons' all-time list.
- After recording 29 digs last weekend, Brynn Maurer is just two digs away from setting a new USF career digs record. Maurer currently stands at 1,235 career digs and is looking to break the record of 1,236 set by Melanie Kaiser between 1988-1991.
- Kristin Hasselberg recorded a season-high 27 kills to lead the Dons in the win over LMU.
- The Dons look to continue their success, hosting Gonzaga (10/19) and Portland (10/21).
Santa Clara Broncos (14-4 / 4-2 WCC)
- The Broncos bounced back from a split last week to earn back-to-back wins over Gonzaga and Portland.
- Anna Cmaylo led SCU against Portland, recording 13 kills on 24 attempts with just three errors to hit .417 for the match. Cmyalo is first in the WCC in hitting percentage, attacking at a .431 clip.
H Four players reached double-digit kill totals in squeezing past Gonzaga in five games. Kim McGiven led all players with her sixth double-double of the season.
- After hitting at a .308 clip as a team in the preseason, Santa Clara has struggled without setter Crystal Matich, dropping nearly 100 percentage points to a .218 team hitting percentage since Matich has been out of the lineup due to injury.
- The Broncos look to hand No. 20 San Diego its first loss of the WCC season on Saturday.