Oct. 23, 2012
SAN BRUNO, Calif. --- Just four weeks remain in conference play and San Diego still sits atop the conference standings with a 9-1 record in WCC action. Four teams are ranked in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll, making it the first time since 2008 that four WCC teams were ranked at one time. On November 3, 2008, San Diego was ranked No. 14, Santa Clara No. 22, Pepperdine No. 23 and San Francisco No. 25.
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Four West Coast Conference teams are currently ranked in the AVCA Coaches Poll in No. 14 San Diego, No. 18 BYU, No. 23 Pepperdine and No. 25 Saint Mary's. This is the first time since November 3, 2008 that four WCC teams are ranked in the AVCA Coaches Poll.
Saint Mary's served San Diego its first conference loss of the season with a 3-1 defeat in Moraga. With the win, the Gaels improved to 6-3 in WCC play and 11-9 overall, good for third place in the WCC. The Gaels also earned an AVCA ranking (No. 25) after receiving votes the last three weeks.
San Diego still remains in the top spot in the WCC standings after splitting its matches on the road. Junior middle hitter Chloe Ferrari tied a career-high with 21 kills to help propel the Toreros to a 3-2 come-from-behind over San Francisco. The final score was 25-21, 21-25, 11-25, 25-20, 15-11.
Santa Clara moved up to fourth in the WCC standings after a 3-2 win over then-ranked No. 16 BYU. The Broncos were led by WCC Player of the Week Megan Anders, a junior middle blocker who collected a career-best 25 kills, hitting .432 on 44 attempts with one block assist. Anders is currently hitting a team-leading .395 this season, including a .431 hitting percentage in WCC play with 3.22 kills per game.
Pepperdine has tallied four straight conference wins to bring itself half a game behind fourth place Santa Clara. The Waves improve to 5-4 in WCC play after picking up two sweeps in their trip to the Northwest, averaging 15.83 kills/set while limiting opponents to 8.17 kills/set.
Now in the fifth week of conference play, San Diego and BYU, the first and second place teams in the WCC, respectively, top the statistics charts. As a team, San Diego ranks first in assists, kills and digs in conference play, while BYU tops the list in hitting percentage and blocks.
First place San Diego will take on second place BYU in an ESPNU showdown on Wednesday, October 31 in Provo, Utah. This will be the second WCC women's volleyball match to be aired on ESPNU as part of ESPNU Wednesday Night Women's Volleyball. Both teams have yet to play each other this season, so this will be their first meeting in 2012.
Seven WCC teams are in the top 55 in the latest NCAA DI women's volleyball RPI report .
October marks "National Breast Cancer Awareness Month," and all nine WCC volleyball teams are hosting a DigPink match during the month to help support cancer awareness. The last WCC PINK match will be Loyola Marymount at Pepperdine on Thursday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m.