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WCC Weekly Volleyball Notes

Oct. 19, 2010

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This week's matches will wrap up the first half of WCC play. Wednesday night's matchupbetween Pepperdine and Saint Mary's will be featured on ESPNU's Women's CollegeVolleyball coverage. Saturday afternoon's meeting between Pepperdine and San Diegocould potentially pit the final two undefeated teams in the conference against one another.Both the Waves and the Toreros are 5-0, and have one league match this week beforeSaturday's showdown. Pepperdine must get past Saint Mary's on Wednesday evening,while San Diego takes on Loyola Marymount on their home court this Thursday.


Overall Record: 2-20
WCC Record: 0-4
  • Gonzaga dropped both its road matches this week, losing to Pepperdineand Loyola Marymount, making it 18 straight losses this season.

  • The Bulldogs did not have a single player break double-digits against Pepperdine and wereled by senior Kelsey Bashaw with seven kills on 20 attempts. Sophomores Jessie Genger andKylie Edinger both added six each.

  • Junior setter Denise Van de Mortel dished out 21 assists as the Zags connected for a .108hitting percentage against Loyola Marymount. The Bulldogs were held to 27 kills in the matchand were led by sophomore outside hitters Terran Poindexter and Genger with eight and sixkills, respectively.

  • The Bulldogs will have one match this week, taking on Portland on the road on Saturday at1:00 PM.
  • Overall Record: 12-8
    WCC Record: 4-1
  • Loyola Marymount picked up two wins during its homestay, sweepingPortland and Gonzaga. The win over Portland was the team's first homevictory this season, and the 4-1 start in WCC play is the best for the Lions since 2004.

  • The Lions racked up eight service aces against Portland, including four from junior JasmineRankins and three from sophomore Felicia Arriola. Sophomore Olivia Bailey was the lone playerto post a double-double, teaming a match-best 33 assists with a team-high 10 digs. As a team,the Lions hit .358.

  • Rankins was unstoppable against Gonzaga, posting a match-high 13 kills with just two errorson 24 attacks for a .458 hitting percentage. She still continues to lead the conference in serviceaces with a total of 12 over her five conference matches.

  • The Lions compete next at San Diego on Thursday before heading to Saint Mary's on Saturday
  • Overall Record: 14-5
    WCC Record: 5-0
  • Pepperdine continued its seven-match win streak with two conferencewins at home, blanking Gonzaga during its "Dig Pink" night and Pepperdine. The two 3-0 winsmake it 10 shutouts for the Waves this season.

  • Pepperdine currently ranks 21st in the nation in hitting percentage (.273) and 16th in thecountry in assists/set (13.34). In conference matches alone, Pepperdine leads the West CoastConference in hitting percentage (.333) and assists (15.31/set).

  • WCC Player of the Week Lilla Frederick tagged down a career-best 17 kills on a .400 attackpercentage against Gonzaga and followed that up with 15 put aways on 23 attempts for a careerhigh.565 clip versus Portland. With the 33 total kills, she averaged a scorching 5.33 kills per set.

  • The Waves open a two-match road swing against Saint Mary's on Wednesday at 7:00 PM tobe broadcast live on ESPNU. The team will conclude the week at #19 San Diego on Saturday.
  • Overall Record: 8-14
    WCC Record: 1-5
  • Portland lost both its matches on the road against Southern Californiaschools Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine.

  • Sophomore Rachel Femling led the Pilots with another strong performance, notching six killson a .714 hitting percentage for Portland and adding two blocks.

  • Against Pepperdine, junior outside hitter Kati Hronek recorded nine kills and three blocks whilejunior middle blocker Marissa Plummer added six kills and three blocks. Senior libero DanielleDupar, fifth in the nation in digs per set, posted 14 digs while sophomore setter Madison Smithhad 14 assists.

  • Portland returns home to begin the longest home stand of the season, starting with Gonzaga onSaturday at 1:00 PM. Saturday's match will also be Portland's "Dig Pink" match, where fans areencouraged to join players and coaches in wearing pink in support of breast cancer awareness.
  • Overall Record: 12-6
    WCC Record: 4-1
  • Saint Mary's bounced back from its 3-0 loss to San Diego with wins overBay Area rivals Santa Clara and San Francisco.

  • Leading the defensive effort against the Broncos was sophomore outside hitter Lauren Corp,who tallied a match-high 24 digs and recorded her team-high seventh double-double of theyear, throwing down 11 kills on 20 swings for a .550 hitting percentage. In the match againstthe Dons, senior Megan York recorded her sixth double-double, throwing down a team-high 10kills on 19 attempts for a .474 hitting percentage with four assists and 14 digs.

  • Senior Shannon Lowell continued to lead the WCC in blocks with a 1.34 avg/s this seasonand 2.00 avg/s in conference play.

  • Saint Mary's will return to action on a rare Wednesday night match, hosting Pepperdine in a7:00 PM match that will be televised by ESPNU.
  • Overall Record: 15-4
    WCC Record: 5-0
  • #19 San Diego improved its five-match win streak to seven with 3-0 wins overSan Francisco and Santa Clara. The Toreros share the top spot with Pepperdinethis season with an undefeated conference record.

  • San Diego currently ranks third in the nation in assists per set (14.00) and fourth in kills perset (14.83). In conference matches alone, the Toreros top the conference's charts in kills (247)and digs (264).

  • Senior outside hitter Amy Mahinalani DeGroot posted back-to-back double-doubles with amatch-best 12 kills and 17 digs against the Dons and 10 kills and 12 digs against the Broncos.Senior Ali Troost paced the Toreros with 13 kills, eight digs, and three blocks in the Santa Claramatch, while senior Kelsi Myers recorded a double-double of her own with 37 assists and 16 digs.

  • San Diego will host Loyola Marymount on Thursday and Pepperdine on Saturday.
  • Overall Record: 3-15
    WCC Record: 1-5
  • San Francisco lost both home matches in straight sets to San Diegoand Saint Mary's.

  • The Dons struggled to find momentum against the Toreros, only hitting .092 for the matchcompared to San Diego's clip of .248. Freshman Malina Terrell led the Dons with eight kills, whileclassmates Joan Caloiaro and Whitney Swain finished with 16 assists and 12 digs, respectively.

  • Before the match against the Gaels, San Francisco also hosted its "Dig Pink" match, whichfeatured a special Art & Wine Show as part of the school's rally to raise awareness and fundsfor breast cancer prevention.

  • Caloiaro posted a double-double against Saint Mary's with 24 assists and a match-high 11 kills.

  • USF will host non-conference rival UC Davis on Tuesday before heading to SCU on Friday.
  • Overall Record: 11-9
    WCC Record: 2-4
  • Santa Clara lost both conference matches at home against two of thetop teams in the league, then-ranked No. 23 San Diego and crossbay rivalSaint Mary's.

  • Santa Clara hit .153 with 52 kills against Saint Mary's and added 62 digs, 46 assists, threeservice aces and seven team blocks. Bronco sophomores Kaleigh Durket and Dana Knudsenboth collected 14 kills, with Durket hitting .429.

  • Against San Diego, junior Tanya Schmidt tallied 10 kills, hitting .261, while Knudsen strungtogether eight kills for a .389 hitting percentage. As a team, the Broncos were kept to just a .087clip with 27 kills, while senior setter Emily Burke recorded a season-low 15 assists.

  • Santa Clara will continue its home stand with a conference match against San Francisco onFriday at 6:00 PM.

    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.

    Upcoming 2010 WCC Dig Pink Dates (first school name = host)
    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

    About the Side-Out Foundation
    About the Side-Out FoundationThe Side-Out Foundation (Side-Out) was established in 2004 to unite volleyball playersand coaches and to have them work toward the common goal of furthering breast cancerawareness, education and patient services. Side-Out supports teams nationwide in theirvolleyball tournaments, clinics and other fundraising efforts. The foundation offers practicalsupport for fundraising in addition to educational material for participants in order to helpthem become effective advocates for breast cancer. We contribute the funds to organizationsthat serve breast cancer patients, whether it be in the form of research, medicalservices or compassionate support.The term "side-out" refers to a situation in volleyball when one team wins a point while itsopponent is serving, thereby regaining serve or control of play. It is hoped that this Side-Out will do the same for breast cancer patients, providing them with the support, educationand best available treatments to regain control of their lives.

    To donate directly, visit: http://side-out.org/news-events/our-events/dig-pink/fundraising/

    The NCAA released its latest RPI (Rating Percentage Index), which included games as ofOctober 17, 2010, measuring the of strength of schedule of all 328 Division I teams acrossthe nation. Below is where the WCC schools fall in this month's report.

    #44 (#36 last week) - San Diego (14-4)
    #54 (#49) - Pepperdine (14-5)
    #74 (#80) - Saint Mary's (12-6)
    #109 (#109) - Loyola Marymount (12-8)
    #142 (#140) - Santa Clara (11-9)
    #148 (#137) - Portland (7-14)
    #195 (#194) - San Francisco (3-15)
    #265 (#265) - Gonzaga (2-20)

    Lilla Frederick, Pepperdine, JR, OH
    Junior outside hitter Lilla Frederick led Pepperdine in back-to-back 3-0 wins against Gonzaga and Portland this week. She tagged down acareer-best 17 kills (17 K, 3 E, 35 A, .400 pct.) versus the Bulldogs on Thursday, before collecting 15 put aways (15, 2, 23, .565) againstthe Pilots on Saturday.She also tallied a team-high 11 digs versus Portland to record her third double-double of the season, and 14th of her career. She averageda team-best 5.33 kills/set this week on a .466 (32-5-58) attack percentage.Defensively, she concluded the week with a 3.17 digs/set average with a total of 19. In the second frame against Gonzaga, she recordeda kill on four consecutive points and finished the set with nine. Versus Portland, she scored five of the last six points in the third set forPepperdine, including three-straight kills to set up match point.

    Also Nominated: Jasmine Rankins, Loyola Marymount; Shannon Lowell, Saint Mary's; Kelsi Myers, San Diego

    Pepperdine sophomore Victoria Adelhelm was named the WCC Co-Player of the Week on Sept. 6 and was named to all-tournamentsteams at both the UNLV Invitational and Pepperdine Asics Classic. She led the team with in hitting percentage (.343) and total blocks (42,for a 1.14 average) during the month and also averaged 2.27 kills. She helped Pepperdine to an 8-3 record. Two of the losses were to2009 NCAA Tournament teams, and six of the eight wins were 3-0 shutouts.

    Saint Mary's sophomore middle blocker Gabby Jolly helped the Gaels go 7-4 in the month of September, with the Gaels only losses comingagainst teams in the top-15 in the country. For the month, Jolly recorded 101 kills on 226 attempts, for a team-high .288 hitting percentage,while averaging 2.59 kills per set. She also recorded 39 total blocks, averaging 1.00 blocks per set. She was named to two all-tournamentteams, including the San Jose State All-Tournament Team and the Verizon Wireless Volleyball Challenge All-Tournament Team.

    Jolly recorded double-digit kills in six of the 11 matches. She recorded four or more blocks in six of 11 matches played and hit .300 orbetter in seven of 11 matches. Against some of the top teams in the country she was at her best. Facing No. 14 UCLA, Jolly set a newcareer-high with 17 kills, on 35 swings for a .314 hitting percentage, she also recorded four total blocks in the match. At No. 6 Hawaii sherecorded 12 kills on 20 swings for a .350 hitting percentage, with two block assists. Against No. 1 Stanford, Jolly recorded 11 kills on 32swings, with four block assists. Jolly wrapped up the month posting 10 kills on 16 swings for a .500 hitting percentage, with five total blocksin the straight-sets victory over Portland.

    Senior Ali Troost helped lead USD to a 9-2 overall record and a 1-0 start to WCC action as she paced the Torero offense with 140kills (4.12 kps), while hitting at a .329 clip. Troost also racked up 83 digs and had 19 blocks. She closed out the month with three consecutivedouble-doubles as she had 18 kills and 15 digs in the win over No. 12 Minnesota, she had 13 kills and 10 digs against CS Fullertonand she had 15 kills and 12 digs, while hitting at a .414 clip in the WCC opening win over Gonzaga. She was named WCC Player of theWeek once during this time, and she was named the MVP of the USD-SDSU Tournament.

    Also Nominated: Jasmine Rankins, LMU; Danielle Dupar, POR

    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)