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WCC Weekly Volleyball Notes

Oct. 26, 2010

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Three more weeks are left in conference play, and the No. 19 San Diego Toreros stillremain undefeated with a 7-0 WCC record for sole possession of first place. Saint Mary'sfollows closely behind with only one loss that came two weeks prior to San Diego. Thirdplace Pepperdine holds a 5-2 WCC record, while Loyola Marymount stands at fourth witha 4-3 conference record. All eight WCC teams will compete solely in conference play withmatches on Thursday and Saturday. Travel partners San Diego and Saint Mary's will betravelling to the Northwest to take on Gonzaga and Portland, while Bay Area teams SanFrancisco and Santa Clara will head down south to face Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine.


Overall Record: 2-21
WCC Record: 0-7
  • Gonzaga competed in just one match over the week, travelling to Portlandin search of its first win in conference play. The Bulldogs won the third andfourth sets but eventually dropped the fifth for a 3-2 loss to the Pilots. This was Gonzaga's sixthfive-set match of the season.

  • Gonzaga had three players finish in double-figure kills, including senior Kelsey Bashaw, whofinished with a career-high 17 kills and a team-best .412 hitting percentage. Bashaw also hadsix block assists in the match.

  • Senior middle blocker Schylur Edelman added 13 kills, while junior Laura Day finished withher second career double-double with 12 kills and 14 digs.

  • The Bulldogs will host this season's top conference teams Saint Mary's and San Diego onThursday and Saturday.
  • Overall Record: 12-10
    WCC Record: 4-3
  • Loyola Marymount dropped two 3-1 matches on the road, losing to SanDiego and Saint Mary's.

  • Junior Jasmine Rankins posted 17 kills on 46 attacks for a .239 attack percentage to leadthe Lions offensively against the Toreros, but the team collectively hit just .174 over the courseof the four sets. The Lions, a normally dominant team from the service area and ranked 23rdin the nation for aces per set (1.70), served-up just two aces that night. In addition, the Lionscommitted 11 service errors.

  • The Lions put together nine aces against the Gaels, but hit just .111 as a team, led again byRankins with 16 kills. Rankins, who entered the week as the leader in the WCC for aces, servedup three on Saturday afternoon to lead the Lions in that category.

  • LMU will look to turn things around as the team hosts San Francisco and Santa Clara this week.
  • Overall Record: 14-7
    WCC Record: 5-2
  • After going undefeated in conference play, the Waves lost two crucialmatches to drop to third place in the conference. The Waves dropped tough matches to SaintMary's and San Diego on the road.

  • Pepperdine took the third and fourth sets against Saint Mary's but could not pull out the fivesetvictory, losing 15-9 in the fifth.

  • The Waves currently rank 24th in the nation in kills per set (14.14) and assists per set (13.18).

  • Junior Stevi Robinson led Pepperdine with 14 digs. Robinson now boasts 1,216 digs in hercareer to rank fourth in the Pepperdine record books.

  • The Waves hope to return to their winning ways as they host conference opponents SantaClara and San Francisco this week.
  • Overall Record: 9-14
    WCC Record: 2-5
  • Portland had one match this week, hosting Gonzaga during the team'sDig Pink match. The Pilots defeated the Bulldogs in a thrilling five-set matchin front of 568 fans, the third highest mark in school history.

  • Junior outside hitter Kati Hronek posted a career-high 23 kills on a .553 hitting percentage.Sophomore outside hitter Kate Bostwick and sophomore setter Madison Smith both posteddouble-doubles with Bostwick putting together 14 kills and 10 digs, while Smith dished out 50assists and 11 digs.

  • With the win, the Pilots conclude the first half of WCC play with the same conference win totalas last year. Portland has seven matches to win three conference matches for the first time since2002 and they are just one win shy of winning 10 matches for the first time since 2004.

  • Portland continues the home stand this week by hosting San Diego and Saint Mary's.
  • Overall Record: 14-6
    WCC Record: 6-1
  • Saint Mary's defeated Pepperdine, 3-2, and Loyola Marymount, 3-1,to regain its second place spot in conference. The Gaels also continue toreceive votes in the AVCA national poll.

  • Against Pepperdine, WCC Co-Player of the Week Gabby Jolly tallied 16 kills on 26 swings fora .500 hitting percentage, while senior setter Kapua Kamana'o tallied her fourth double-doubleof the year, notching 29 assists and 11 digs.

  • In the win over LMU, senior middle blocker Shannon Lowell set the all-time record for blockswith 493 career blocks, while fellow middle blocker Jolly continued her impressive week, tallying10 kills on 17 swings for a .471 hitting percentage, with seven total blocks. Lowell continues tolead the conference in blocks with 104 total this season and 49 in conference matches.

  • Saint Mary's will be back on court at Gonzaga and Portland on Thursday and Saturday.
  • Overall Record: 17-4
    WCC Record: 7-0
  • San Diego is now on a nine-match win streak after defeating LoyolaMarymount, 3-1, and Pepperdine, 3-0, at home. The Toreros now have solepossession of first place in the WCC.

  • USD defeated LMU behind WCC Co-Player of the Week Ali Troost's 25 kills on 39 swings fora .615 hitting percentage. Redshirt senior Amy Mahinalani DeGroot recorded her third straightdouble-double, tallying 13 kills and 18 digs, while senior setter Kelsi Myers had 49 assists and12 digs for her second consecutive double-double. Three different Toreros recorded double-digitkills against Pepperdine: Troost (16), DeGroot (14) and freshman middle hitter Chloe Ferrari (12).

  • USD currently ranks fourth in the nation for kills per set (14.89) and leads the WCC in kills(15.03 avg/s). Troost leads the WCC in kills (4.91 avg/s, 108 kills total in conference matches).

  • The Toreros will travel to Portland on Thursday and Gonzaga on Saturday.
  • Overall Record: 3-17
    WCC Record: 1-6
  • San Francisco lost a heartbreaking five-set non-conference match to UCDavis and a 3-1 match to crossbay conference rival Santa Clara. The lossto UC Davis was the Dons' second five-set loss of the season.

  • Freshman Joan Caloiaro posted her ninth double-double and set a career-high in assists with58, smashing her previous high of 39, while adding a match-high 19 digs. Sophomore AlyciaCox posted a career-high and match-high 20 kills along with eight digs. Redshirt sophomoreErin Kilroy tied a carer-high in kills with 13 on .455 hitting, while freshman middle blocker CaitiWenger notched a career-high eight kills.

  • As a team, San Francisco set new team highs in assists (68) and kills (68).

  • The Dons will venture down south to take on Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine on Thursdayand Saturday.
  • Overall Record: 12-9
    WCC Record: 3-4
  • Santa Clara hosted San Francisco during its Dig Pink match and defeatedthe Dons in four sets for its third conference victory this season.

  • As a team, the Broncos hit .239 with 58 kills, 68 digs, 52 assists, eight service aces and 10team blocks. Individually, three Broncos posted double-digit kills: sophomore middle blockerDana Knudsen led all hitters with 16 kills for a .538 hitting percentage in the match, sophomoreright side Kaleigh Durket had 13, and junior middle blocker Tanya Schmidt added 11, hitting.478 with two block solos.

  • The Broncos currently lead the conference in digs (15.81 avg/s). Against the Dons, juniorlibero Bridget O'Hara scooped up 20 digs.

  • Santa Clara will travel to Southern California to face Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount onThursday and Saturday.

    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 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 24, 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.

    #37 (#44 last week) - San Diego (16-4)
    #57 (#54) - Pepperdine (14-7)
    #60 (#74) - Saint Mary's (14-6)
    #119 (#109) - Loyola Marymount (12-10)
    #139 (#142) - Santa Clara (12-9)
    #152 (#148) - Portland (8-14)
    #204 (#195) - San Francisco (3-17)
    #270 (#265) - Gonzaga (2-21)

    Gabby Jolly, Saint Mary's, SO, MB
    Jolly was a huge contributor for the Gaels going 2-0 last week and improving to 14/6 5-1 WCC with wins over Pepperdine and LoyolaMarymount. For the week, Jolly finished with a team-high 26 kills, averaging 2.89 kills per set, while hitting .488. She also recorded twodigs on the week and 12 total blocks, averaging 1.33 blocks per set. Against previously unbeaten Pepperdine, Jolly posted a team-high16 kills on 23 attempts for a .500 hitting percentage, with five total blocks. She wrapped up the week posting 10 kills on 17 attempts for a.471 hitting percentage, with six total blocks against LMU.Ali Troost, San Diego, SR, RS
    Troost helped lead USD to another 2-0 week, which lifted USD to a perfect 7-0 in WCC games, dropping only one set in the run. Troostpaced the USD offense with 41 kills (5.86 kps) and she hit for a .466 clip. She also racked up 14 digs, and had five total blocks. On Thursday,Troost had a match-high 25 kills, committing only one attack error to finish the night with a .615 hitting percentage, and on Friday Troostled all players with her 16 kills, while also recording nine digs to help pace the Torero offense. This is only the third time in program historythat USD has started 7-0 in WCC action, as both the 2006 and 2004 teams did it as well, with the 2004 team posting a perfect 14-0 record.

    Also Nominated: Kati Hronek, POR

    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)