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WCC Women's Volleyball Weekly Notes

Oct. 20, 2009

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Overall Record
Saint Mary's 4-1
#22 San Diego 4-1
Pepperdine 4-1
Gonzaga 3-2
San Francisco 3-2
Portland 1-4
Santa Clara 1-4
Loyola Marymount 0-5

The race for the WCC title is heating up as their is now a three-way tie for first place with Saint Mary's, San Diego, and Pepperdine all tied at 4-1. This week will also mark the end of the first half of conference play. Last week the Dons and the Toreros both came away with clean records.

This week will feature another WCC Dig Pink match as the Pilots host the Toreros on Saturday, October 24th. Last year, the WCC women's volleyball teams collectively raised more than $14,000 while the 228 volleyball programs around the nation together raised over $236,000 to be donated to the cause.



San Diego at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
7:00 PM
Santa Clara at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
7:00 PM
San Francisco at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
7:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Portland Portland, OR
7:00 PM

Saint Mary's at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
1:00 PM
San Francisco at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
1:00 PM
Santa Clara at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
1:00 PM
San Diego at Portland Portland, OR
1:00 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
Kelsi Myers, USD:
Myers helped lead the Toreros to a 3-1 win over Saint Mary's College this past week and into a tie for first place in the WCC. Myers recorded a double double with 53 assists and 14 digs in the win over Saint Mary's, breaking the Gaels' five-match win streak. On the season, Myers is averaging 12.07 assists per set, which is good for fourth best in the nation. Myers leads the WCC with 736 assists ands has helped direct the Toreros to a team attack percentage of .265, tied for the best in the WCC.

Also Nominated: Michelle Boevers, GON; Sarah Mandala, USF

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: 7-11
WCC Record: 3-2
  • The Zags had a split in their trip to the Bay Area going the distance in both matches, falling to San Francisco before defeating Santa Clara.

  • SR Michelle Boevers led the offensive attack over the weekend. She totaled 25 kills on .350 hitting, including 15 kills on .400 hitting against the Broncos, helping end a 28-match losing streak to Santa Clara.

  • Against Santa Clara, JR Caitlin Cozad and SO Kaprina Goodwin combined for 12 total blocks. Cozad is currently leading the league with 88.0 total blocks, 10 ahead of the next best total.

  • In the match against San Francisco, JR Kelsey Bashaw nearly had a triple-double after finishing with 10 kills, 22 assists, and eight digs.

  • The Zags are at home this week, taking on San Diego (10/22) and Saint Mary's (10/24).
  • Overall Record: 9-10
    WCC Record: 0-5
  • Loyola Marymount had just one match last week, falling on the road to Pepperdine.

  • FR Alaina Bergsma once again led the attack for the Lions, totaling seven kills, which marked only her second game finishing with single digit kills in a match.

  • Bergsma is currently second in the league with 277 total kills and 4.13 kps. She also leads the league with 30 service aces and has registered at least one in all but six matches this season.

  • SO Alesha Young paced the offense with 18 assists and currently ranks third in the league with 547 total assists. JR Becky Stehling has been consistent all season for the Lions as she ranks fourth in the WCC with a .339 hitting percentage.

  • The Lions are at home this week, taking on Santa Clara (10/22) and San Francisco (10/24).
  • Overall Record: 11-7
    WCC Record: 4-1
  • The Waves split their games last week, falling at UC Santa Barbara, before sweeping Loyola Marymount.

  • Against the Gauchos, SO Kim Hill registered a career-high 19 kills on an impressive .562 hitting, while SO Stevi Robinson had a season-high 28 digs, leading four Waves with double figure digs. Pepperdine was close throughout, losing the first two sets by just two points each.

  • Hill once again led the offense against the Lions, as the only player in the match to finish with double-figure kills with 10 on .471 hitting. Robinson added a match-high 16 digs to go along with four service aces.

  • Hill has been on a tear lately, totaling 50 kills in her last four matches while hitting at a .557 clip.

  • Pepperdine is at home this week, hosting San Francisco (10/22) and Santa Clara (10/24).
  • Overall Record: 5-15
    WCC Record: 1-4
  • The Pilots suffered a pair of setbacks in their trip to the Bay Area, falling to Santa Clara and San Francisco.

  • SR Shelley Sievers and FR Ariel Usher recorded career-highs in kills against Santa Clara. Sievers finished with 12 kills on .733 hitting, while Usher ended up with 11. Sievers also had a match-high five block assists.

  • Against San Francisco, JR Jessica Clemens and SR Maria Clemens led the attack with 14 and 11 kills respectively.

  • JR Danielle Dupar had a combined 34 digs in the two matches and has double-figures in four straight matches. She is currently ranked fifth in the league with 4.08 dps.

  • The Pilots are at home this week and host Saint Mary's (10/22) and San Diego (10/24).
  • Overall Record: 12-4
    WCC Record: 4-1
  • The Gaels had just one match last week, losing to San Diego on the road, to snap their five-match winning streak.

  • FR Lauren Corp posted her second straight double-double, finishing with10 kills and 14 digs and also added a match-high five block assists. JR Megan York added a team-high 11 kills.

  • SR Alita Fisher finished with 22 digs to mark her third straight game with 20 or more digs and her fourth in her last five. She is currently ranked third in the conference with 278 digs on the season.

  • JR Shannon Lowell finished with nine kills on .368 hitting and added four block assists. She currently leads the league with 1.34 bps.

  • Saint Mary's hits the road this week to take on Portland (10/22) and Gonzaga (10/24).
  • Overall Record: 12-4
    WCC Record: 4-1
  • The Toreros had just one match last week, defeating Saint Mary's, snapping the Gaels' five-match win streak.

  • JR Kelsi Myers contributed on both sides, registering 52 assists and 14 digs en route to winning WCC Player of the Week honors. She has now had over 50 assists in each of her last three matches and is ranked fourth in the country with 12.07 aps.

  • Three Toreros finished with double-figure kills, led by JR Ali Troost's match-high 21. SR Torey Ellick also hit well, finishing with with 12 kills, while hitting .375.

  • Four players had double-digit digs, led by SR Kayleen Webster's match-high 23. She is currently fourth in the league with 273 digs on the season.

  • San Diego is on the road this week at Gonzaga (10/22) and Portland (10/24).
  • Overall Record: 9-9
    WCC Record: 3-2
  • San Francisco went undefeated last week, taking down Gonzaga and Portland.

  • JR Sarah Mandala posted back-to-back double-doubles over the week. She had 20 kills and 10 digs against the Zags, before going for 16 kills and 13 digs against the Pilots. Mandala is ranked seventh in the country with 4.66 kps.

  • Against the Pilots, FR Alycia Cox added her own double-double with 10 kills and 11 digs. SO Erin Bragg also hit well with 14 kills on .321 hitting, while SR Haley Carroll finished with a match-high 25 digs.

  • Carroll has had 20+ digs in her last three matches and leads the WCC with 343 on the season.

  • San Francisco is on the road this week at Pepperdine (10/22) and Loyola Marymount (10/24).
  • Overall Record: 11-9
    WCC Record: 1-4
  • Santa Clara split its matches last week, defeating Portland before falling to Gonzaga.

  • SR Lindsy Davigeadono led the match with a season-high 19 kills on an impressive .500 hitting in the win over the Pilots. She has now finished with double-figures in her last four matches while hitting at a .361 clip.

  • SO Bridget O'Hara finished with 20 digs each in both matches and has had double-figures in four of her last five matches.

  • Against the Zags, FR Kayla Lommori had a career-high 17 kills to lead the team. In just her first start, FR Samantha Selsky had a double-double with a match-high 49 assists and 15 digs, to go along with five service aces.

  • The Broncos are on the road this week at Loyola Marymount (10/22) and Pepperdine (10/24).