Oct. 24, 2006
WCC Co-Players of the Week
Haley Carroll, San Francisco & Heather Hughes, Loyola Marymount
USF freshman libero Haley Carroll and LMU junior opposite Heather Hughes share the WCC Player of the Week award after leading their respective teams to key wins to close out the first half of conference play last week. Carroll had a record breaking weekend in two Dons wins over Gonzaga and Portland, setting a new USF record for digs in a three-game match with 29 against the Pilots. Carroll also moved into fifth place on the Dons' single-season digs chart with 449 on the year, averaging 8.33 digs per game last week. Hughes led the Lions in their only match last week, a 3-0 sweep of Pepperdine with her league-leading 15th double-double of the season. The junior's 23 kills and 11 digs helped LMU earn its first sweep of the Waves since 1995 and just its second victory over Pepperdine in the teams' past 10 meetings. The Lions also recorded their 200th WCC win in program history with the sweep.
*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
*Pepperdine at Gonzaga - 1:00 PM
*San Francisco at San Diego - 1:00 PM
*LMU at Portland - 1:00 PM
*Saint Mary's at Santa Clara - 1:00 PM
*Santa Clara at Pepperdine$ - 7:00 PM
* Denotes Conference Match
$ Televised on CSTV
Around the WCC
Last week was a marquee week for a few WCC players and teams that made their way into the record books. San Francisco and LMU both recorded milestone victories, with USF posting its 300th win in program history and the Lions earning their 200th WCC victory last week. USF continued to roll with senior outside hitter Brynn Maurer setting a new school record for digs. Maurer passed Melanie Kaiser during the Dons' 3-0 sweep of Gonzaga last Thursday, breaking Kaiser's 15 year old record of 1,236 career digs. Along with Maurer, freshman libero Haley Carroll set a new USF single-match record with 29 digs in a three game sweep of Portland. Carroll is currently fifth on the Dons' single-season digs list at 449. Maurer holds the top mark of 554 digs in a season, set last year. Portland libero Murphy McClenahan inched closer to a record of her own, posting 28 digs to move within 65 digs of the No. 2 spot all-time at UP and third all-time in the WCC.
West Coast Conference teams wrapped up the first half of conference play last week and now head into the home stretch of the WCC season. No. 18 San Diego extended its winning streak to seven matches and remains in first place with a 7-0 WCC record after an upset win over then-No. 15 Santa Clara in three games. The battle for second place looks to be heating up after losses by Santa Clara and Pepperdine and wins from Loyola Marymount and Saint Mary's put the four teams in a tie for second, sharing a 4-3 record in league play. San Francisco continues to rise in the standings after an 0-4 start to the WCC season, improving to 3-4 with wins over Gonzaga and Portland. The Bulldogs marked a milestone of their own, earning their first conference win of the season over Saint Mary's in five games. The win was Gonzaga's eighth five-game match of the season and first road win in WCC play since 2002.
Switching It Up
With a big win over then-No. 15 Santa Clara last week, first-place San Diego made a move up in the national rankings, leapfrogging the Broncos to the No. 18 spot in the CSTV/AVCA National Top 25. The Broncos, however, fell six spots to No. 21 with the three-game loss to the Toreros. No. 1 Nebraska and No. 2 Penn State continued their stronghold on the top of the rankings, marking the two teams' ninth straight week in the top two positions in the poll. With conference play well under way across the country, the Cornhuskers and Nittany Lions are the only remaining undefeated teams in the top 25.
WCC Team Notes
Gonzaga Bulldogs (6-16 / 1-6 WCC)
- After losing 3-0 to San Francisco, the Zags bounced back to earn their first WCC win of the season with a 3-2 victory over Saint Mary's.
- The Bulldogs have played the most five-game matches of any team in the WCC this season. After Saturday's win, Gonzaga is 3-5 in matches that go the distance in 2006.
- Becky Jones led the way for the Zags last week, posting 33 kills and 28 digs and four blocks over eight games. Jones recorded her 10th double-double of the season against SMC with 21 kills and 20 digs.
- Gonzaga's win over the Gaels was its first conference road win since a 3-2 victory over Saint Mary's in Moraga in 2002.
- The Bulldogs look to continue their success, hosting LMU (10/26) and Pepperdine (10/28).
Loyola Marymount Lions (16-6 / 4-3 WCC)
- The Lions swept Pepperdine 3-0 at Gersten Pavillion in their only match last week.
- Heather Hughes posted her league-leading 15th double-double of the season in the win with 23 kills and 11 digs. The WCC leader in aces with a 0.62 per game average, Hughes added one more to her season total in the match.
- With the win, LMU secured its 200th WCC victory in program history. Only Pepperdine has accumulated more WCC wins.
- The Lions' sweep marked their first 3-0 win over the Waves since 1995 and just their second win in the teams' last 10 meetings.
- LMU kicks off the second half of WCC play at Portland (10/26) and Gonzaga (10/28).
Pepperdine Waves (8-10 / 4-3 WCC)
- Pepperdine was swept by LMU for the first time since 1995 in its only match last week. The loss moved the Waves into a four-way tie for second place in the WCC.
- Julie Rubenstein led the attack for the Waves, posting a team-high 13 kills, while Kekai Crabbe recorded a match-high 18 digs. Crabbe is second in the WCC in digs this season.
- The loss was the Waves' seventh on the road this season and third straight road sweep. Pepperdine has yet to win an away match this year.
- In the losing effort, freshman Kiah Fiers set Pepperdine to a .209 hitting percentage. Fiers is third in the WCC, averaging 12.05 assists per game.
- Pepperdine looks to turn things around in the second half of league play as they travel to the Northwest to face Portland on Thursday and Gonzaga on Saturday.
Portland Pilots (8-12 / 1-6 WCC)
- The Pilots endured back-to-back sweeps at the hands of Saint Mary's and San Francisco last week.
- Murphy McClenahan recorded 28 digs over two matches last week, moving within 65 digs of the No. 2 spot on the Pilots' career digs chart. McClenahan is chasing Laura Coyle's 1,630 digs mark which is currently second on Portland's list and third all-time in the conference.
- The Pilots rank second in the WCC in services aces, posting two aces per game so far this season. Nicole Thometz leads the team and is second in the conference with 0.51 aces per game.
- Portland was outblocked 19.5-6 last week, with Saint Mary's posting 11.5 blocks on Thursday.
- UP begins the second half of the season at home, hosting Pepperdine (10/26) and LMU (10/28).
Saint Mary's Gaels (9-9 / 4-3 WCC)
- Saint Mary's split two matches in the Northwest last week, sweeping Portland before dropping a 3-2 decision to Gonzaga.
- Missie Stidham was the only Gael to reach double digits in kills against Portland, recording a match-high 16 kills to go along with 13 digs for her fourth double-double of the year.
- Brittany Barker manned the net against the Pilots. Barker posted eight total blocks, including two solo, to help the Gaels outblock Portland 11.5-4. Barker leads the conference with a 1.49 blocks per game average.
- With 39 assists and six kills on no errors, Mandy Bible helped the Gaels hit .320 against the Pilots.
- SMC hits the road this week, visiting No. 18 San Diego (10/26) and No. 21 Santa Clara (10/28).
San Diego Toreros (17-4 / 7-0 WCC)
- The Toreros finished out the first half of the WCC season with a perfect 7-0 record after upsetting then-No. 15 Santa Clara in a three game sweep.
- Kristen Carlson led San Diego in the win, recording match-highs of 16 kills and 13 digs for her team-leading 14th double-double of the season. Carlson ranks second in the WCC in double-doubles this season.
- With the win, San Diego moved up two spots in the CSTV/AVCA poll into the No. 18 spot.
- Carlson, Laurel Abrahamson and Christie Dawson have teamed up to lead the Toreros in WCC play. The trio has compiled 324 combined kills in conference play and all three have recorded double digits in kills in each of USD's seven WCC matches in 2006.
- USD looks to continue its winning streak against Saint Mary's (10/26) and USF (10/28).
San Francisco Dons (18-5 / 3-4 WCC)
- USF won both its matches last week by way of a sweep, earning 3-0 wins over both Portland and Gonzaga in the Northwest.
- With the win over Portland, the Dons secured their 300th victory in program history.
- Brynn Maurer's second dig of her 19 last week gave the senior libero the new USF career digs record. Maurer broke Melanie Kaiser's 15-year-old record of 1,236 and now holds the top spot with 1,254. Maurer holds the USF single-season digs (546) and career digs average (4.94 dpg) records as well.
- Haley Carroll shared WCC Player of the Week honors after setting a new USF single-match record for digs with 29 against Portland and averaging 8.33 digs per game last week.
- The Dons head to No. 21 Santa Clara on Thursday and No. 18 San Diego on Saturday.
Santa Clara Broncos (14-5 / 4-3 WCC)
- Santa Clara was swept by then-No. 20 San Diego on Saturday.
- The Broncos have lost four of their last five matches with the Toreros.
- With the USD upset, Santa Clara dropped six spots in the CSTV/AVCA Top 25 poll to No. 21. This is the first time in 2006 the Broncos have been out of the top-15.
- Anna Cmaylo was the only Bronco to reach double digits in kills, recording 11 on five errors while hitting at a .316 clip.
- Although it out-blocked USD 9-5, Santa Clara could not get the offense going. SCU hit just .207 as a team, nearly 100 percentage points below the Toreros.
- Santa Clara looks to bounce back, hosting USF (10/26) and Saint Mary's (10/28) this week.