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WCC Women's Volleyball Weekly Notes

Oct. 21, 2008

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Santa Clara at San Jose State San Jose, CA
7:00 PM
Seattle at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
7:00 PM
Pepperdine at San Diego San Diego, CA
7:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at San Francisco San Francisco, CA
7:00 PM
Santa Clara at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
7:00 PM
Gonzaga at Portland Portland, OR
1:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at San Diego San Diego, CA
1:00 PM
Pepperdine at San Francisco San Francisco, CA
1:00 PM


WCC Player of the Week
Jessica Nyrop guided the Toreros to a 2-0 record this past week, over No. 18 Santa Clara University and Saint Mary's College. In Thursday's win over SCU, Nyrop recorded a season-high 55 assists, while helping direct the USD offense to a .356 attack percentage. In Saturday's win over Saint Mary's, Nyrop recorded a double-double as she had a match-best 44 assists to go along with a team-high 17 digs. On the season, Nyrop has a team-leading 589 assists (11.33 aps) and is helping direct USD to a .268 team attack percentage..

Three WCC Teams Ranked Among The Nation's Best
Three West Coast Conference women's volleyball teams are ranked in national polls. Moving up in the polls were Pepperdine, to No. 15, after going 2-0 over the weekend, and San Diego, to No. 16, after beating then No. 18 Santa Clara and Saint Mary's. With its loss to San Diego, Santa Clara moved down to the No. 23 spot. Also, after starting conference play 5-0, San Francisco is getting national attention as it received its first national votes in the latest poll.

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 10th and 13th in assists per game, while Emily Day (LMU) and Julie Rubenstein (PEP) are 12th and 20th 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 12th and 18th in the country. As a team, San Diego ranks seventh in assists per game and eighth 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.

Emily Day, LMU:         1,344           1,058Brittany Lowe, SCU:     1,320           1,064Julie Rubenstein, PEP:  1,562           877



Overall Record: 6-16
WCC Record: 0-6
  • Gonzaga went 0-2 over the weekend losing to Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount on the road.

  • 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 892 assists on the season.

  • Paige Dillingham leads the Bulldogs in total digs with 308 and is currently ranked second in the conference.

  • Elaina Renius continues to lead the conference with 98.0 total blocks and is second in total kills with 295. She had a career-high 22 kills against Washington State.

  • This week, the Zags will host Seattle University (10/22), before continuing conference play, where they will travel to face Portland (10/25).
  • Oct. 22
    vs. Seattle - 7:00 PM

    Oct. 25
    at Portland - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 12-7
    WCC Record: 2-3
  • The Lions went 2-0 over the weekend at home, beating Gonzaga and Portland.

  • Emily Day leads the conference in double-doubles (12), kills (302), and points (349.0).

  • 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 1,058 digs and 1,344 kills.

  • Day currently ranks fourth in total attacks (3,660), tied for sixth in kill average at 3.54, fifth in kills (1,344), and sixth in digs (1,058) in LMU history. Renee Horton has totaled 1,925 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 for a season (427).

  • This week, the Lions travel to face San Francisco (10/23) and San Diego (10/25).
  • Oct. 23
    at San Francisco - 7:00 PM

    Oct. 25
    at San Diego - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 16-1
    WCC Record: 4-1
  • Pepperdine went undefeated over the weekend, beating Portland and Gonzaga.

  • The Waves lead the league in three categories: hitting percentage (.285), opponent hitting percentage (.154), and digs average (15.03).

  • Julie Rubenstein is second in the conference in kills average (4.27 kpg) and in points per game (5.05 ppg), while Stevi Robinson leads in digs per game (4.60 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 travels to face San Diego (10/23) and San Francisco (10/25).
  • Oct. 23
    at San Diego - 7:00 PM

    Oct. 25
    at San Francisco - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 5-16
    WCC Record: 0-6
  • Portland went 0-2 over the weekend, losing to Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine.

  • Ashley Grayson leads the team in kills with 240 and is third in blocks with 37.0. She is also eighth in the conference in total kills.

  • Jessica Clemens currently is second in the conference in service aces with 23 of the team's 85 and also has the conference match-high with 10 against South Florida.

  • Clemens is among the team leaders in three categories: kills (third at 169), aces (first at 23), and digs (first at 192).

  • Portland plays just one match this week, where they will stay home and host Gonzaga (10/25).
  • Oct. 25
    vs. Gonzaga - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 13-6
    WCC Record: 3-3
  • The Gaels went 0-2 at home this weekend losing to San Diego and San Francisco.

  • Megan York is third in the conference in total kills with 273 and fourth in total digs with 240.

  • Kapua Kamana'o continues to hold the top spot on the league's assists leader board as she is averaging 11.59 assists per game and is tenth in the nation.

  • Megan Burton leads the team in hitting percentage, hitting .364 for the season, and ranks fifth in the league.

  • This week, in their lone match of the week, the Gaels will stay home to face Santa Clara (10/24).
  • Oct. 24
    vs. Santa Clara - 7:00 PM

    Overall Record: 14-3
    WCC Record: 4-1
  • The Toreros went undefeated over the weekend, beating Santa Clara on ESPNU, before defeating Saint Mary's.

  • Amy DeGroot leads the team in kills with 229 and ranks third in the conference in kills per game averaging 4.09.

  • Jessica Nyrop leads the team with 589 assists and is second in the league in assists average with 11.33 apg.

  • In the win over Santa Clara, Ashton Basch had a career-high 17 kills and followed that up with 15 kills over Saint Mary's.

  • San Diego stays home this week, taking on Pepperdine (10/23), before facing Loyola Marymount (10/25).
  • Oct. 23
    vs. Pepperdine - 7:00 PM

    Oct. 25
    vs. Loyola Marymount - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 15-4
    WCC Record: 5-0
  • The Dons continue to stay unbeaten in conference play as they defeated Saint Mary's and Santa Clara.

  • The Dons have gone 5-0 to start conference play, which matches their best conference start in school history when they started 5-0 in 1987. San Francisco is also 10-1 at home. The Dons are now receiving national votes in the latest AVCA poll.

  • Haley Carroll leads the conference in two categories: service aces with 35 and total digs with 333 and ranks second all-time on the USF career list with 1,367 digs.

  • Carly Babin (.421) and Alix Gombos (.405) continue to be one-two in the conference in hitting percentage.

  • The Dons will take on Loyola Marymount (10/23), before facing Pepperdine (10/25).
  • Oct. 23
    vs. Loyola Marymount - 7:00 PM

    Oct. 25
    vs. Pepperdine - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 12-5
    WCC Record: 4-2
  • The Broncos received their first losses in conference play as they lost to San Diego and San Francisco.

  • Anna Cmaylo is third in the conference in blocks per game (1.08 bpg) and is now No. 1 on SCU's all-time career block assists list, with 363.0.

  • 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 1,320 kills and 1,064 digs in her career.

  • With 24 aces on the season, Lowe has moved to the No. 5 spot on SCU's career service aces list and is five away from the No. 3 spot.

  • This week, the Broncos travel to play San Jose State (10/21), before facing Saint Mary's (10/24).
  • Oct. 21
    at San Jose State - 7:00 PM

    Oct. 24
    at Saint Mary's - 7:00 PM