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WCC Women's Volleyball Weekly Notes

Oct. 27, 2009

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STANDINGS
TEAM WCC Record
Overall Record
Saint Mary's 6-1
14-4
#19 San Diego 6-1
14-4
Pepperdine 4-3
11-9
San Francisco 4-3
10-10
Santa Clara 3-4
13-9
Gonzaga 3-4
7-13
Loyola Marymount 1-6
10-11
Portland 1-6
5-17

CONFERENCE PLAY CONTINUES THIS WEEKEND
This weekend marks the start of the second half of conference play with Saint Mary's and San Diego tied for the top spot in the standings after going undefeated last week along with Santa Clara. The Toreros have moved up to No. 19 in the national rankings, while Pepperdine and Saint Mary's continue to receive votes.

This week, the WCC will be on national television as the Toreros host the Waves on ESPNU on October 28th at 7:00 pm. This will be a crucial game as Pepperdine is just two games behind San Diego and Saint Mary's for first place and faces both teams this week.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME

Gonzaga at Idaho Moscow, ID
7:00 PM
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME

Pepperdine at San Diego San Diego, CA
7:00 PM
ESPNU
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME

Loyola Marymount at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
7:00 PM
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME

San Francisco at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA
5:00 PM
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME

Loyola Marymount at San Diego San Diego, CA
1:00 PM
Pepperdine at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
1:00 PM
Gonzaga at Portland Portland, OR
7:00 PM

AROUND THE WCC

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
Lindsy Davigeadono, SCU:
Davigeadono had 20 kills in four games at LMU and then 18 kills at Pepperdine. She averaged better than .500 -- .516 -- on the weekend hitting. Overall - she leads the team with 215 kills this season, averaging 2.83 kpg and hitting .301. She is tied with the team lead at .89 bpg. In WCC play she also leads the team in kills with 103 and blocks with .90 bpg. Overall in conference play, she is ranked fourth in the league in hitting percentage (.394) and sixth in kills (3.43) continued a tremendous month of play in which she has posted 98 kills, while hitting .414 in her last six matches.

Also Nominated: Shannon Lowell, SMC; Ali Troost, USD

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).


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 7-13
WCC Record: 3-4
  • The Zags suffered a pair of setbacks last week, falling to San Diego and Saint Mary's.

  • SR Layne Brosky and JR Caitlin Cozad led the offense against San Diego as the team hit for a .345 percentage. Brosky had 12 kills on .476 hitting, while Cozad finished with 10 kills on .318 hitting to go along with a match-high six block assists.

  • Against Saint Mary's, SO Denise Van de Mortel was the only player in the match with a double-double, finishing with 25 assists and a season-high 17 digs.

  • In WCC play, Cozad ranks sixth in the league in hitting percentage (.368) and third in total blocks (33.0). Teammate SO Kaprina Goodwin leads the league in WCC play in blocks with 37.0.

  • The Zags travel to Idaho (10/27), before playing at Portland (10/31).
  • Overall Record: 10-11
    WCC Record: 1-6
  • Loyola Marymount split its matches last week, falling to Santa Clara, before defeating San Francisco.

  • FR Alaina Bergsma continued her impressive season against Santa Clara, finishing with 17 kills on .300 hitting. SO Arian Covington and Alesha Young both had double-doubles. Covington had 11 kills and 14 digs, while Young had 37 assists and 10 digs.

  • Against the Dons, Bergsma finished with a double-double of a match-high 24 kills and 15 digs, while Young had her own with 48 assists and 11 digs. They are both tied for the league lead with eight double-doubles on the year.

  • In WCC play, Bergsma leads the league with 125 kills and is tied for the lead with 11 aces.

  • The Lions are on the road this week, at Saint Mary's (10/29) and San Diego (10/31).
  • Overall Record: 11-9
    WCC Record: 4-3
  • The Waves suffered a pair of setbacks last week, falling to San Francisco and Santa Clara, losing both matches in five.

  • Three Waves had double-doubles against the Dons. SO Lilla Frederick had a season-high 17 kills and 12 digs, SR Rachel Grochmal had 12 kills and 15 digs, and SR Kiah Fiers had 57 assists and 16 digs. SO Stevi Robinson had a match-high 27 digs.

  • Against Santa Clara, Grochmal tied the match-high with 18 kills, while Hill finished with 16 kills on .560 hitting and Fiers had a season-high 60 assists.

  • Hill has been on a tear lately, totaling 77 kills in her last six matches while hitting at a .515 clip and has an overall hitting percentage of .393, ranking 14th in the country.

  • Pepperdine travels to play at San Diego (10/28) in a nationally televised match on ESPNU, before playing at Saint Mary's (10/31).
  • Overall Record: 5-17
    WCC Record: 1-6
  • The Pilots suffered a pair of losses last week, falling to Saint Mary's and San Diego.

  • SR Maria Clemens and FR Ariel Usher led the offense against the Gaels. Clemens finished with 12 kills, while Usher posted 11. JR Jessica Clemens had a season-high 17 digs, while SR Kaylyn Jones had 17 of her own to go along with 27 assists.

  • Against San Diego, Maria Clemens was the only Pilot with double-figure kills with 13 to go along with eight digs. JR Danielle Dupar led the defense with 10 digs.

  • Jessica Clemens ranks fourth in the league with 222 total kills, while Dupar is sixth in the league with 233 total digs.

  • The Pilots have just one match this week, hosting Gonzaga (10/31).
  • Overall Record: 14-4
    WCC Record: 6-1
  • The Gaels went undefeated last week, beating Portland and Gonzaga on their trip to the Northwest.

  • JR Shannon Lowell had a big week helping Saint Mary's win both matches. She totaled 29 kills on .510 hitting, including a season-high 18 kills on a career-high .667 hitting percentage against the Zags.

  • SR Alita Fisher had a season-high 27 digs against the Pilots, for her fourth straight game with 20 or more digs. FR Lauren Corp had her third straight double-double with 14 kills on .444 hitting and 14 digs, while JR Megan York had her sixth double-double with 11 kills and 12 digs.

  • Lowell leads the league in blocks (1.27 bps), while Corp is fourth in kills (3.29 kps) and Fisher is second in digs (4.88 dps).

  • Saint Mary's hosts Loyola Marymount (10/29) and Pepperdine (10/31) this week.
  • Overall Record: 14-4
    WCC Record: 6-1
  • The Toreros went undefeated last week, defeating Gonzaga and Porltand in their trip Northwest.

  • JR Ali Troost played a key role keeping the Toreros in a tie for first place. She finished with 38 kills on .437 hitting along with 10 digs and four blocks in the two matches.

  • JR Kelsi Myers paced the offense to a .375 hitting percentage for both matches collecting 105 assists along with 19 digs. She has now had five straight matches with 50+ assists and ranks second in the country with 12.19 aps.

  • As a team, the Toreros rank ninth in the country in hitting percentage (.278) and 10th in assists (13.55 aps) and have hit over .300 in five of their last six matches.

  • San Diego hosts Pepperdine (10/28) in a nationally televised game on ESPNU before taking on Loyola Marymount (10/31) this week .
  • Overall Record: 10-10
    WCC Record: 4-3
  • San Francisco split its two matches last week, defeating Pepperdine and falling to Loyola Marymount on its trip down South.

  • JR Sarah Mandala collected 40 kills in the two matches, including a double-double of 18 kills and 17 digs in the win over the Waves. She ranks eighth in the country with 4.62 kps.

  • SR Haley Carroll led the defense over the weekend, posting a total of 40 digs. She currently leads the league with 5.04 dps.

  • The victory over Pepperdine marked the first time that the Dons have earned a victory over the Waves on the road and just the third victory over Pepperdine in program history, including the second win in the past two seasons.

  • San Francisco has just one match this week at cross-town rival Santa Clara (10/30).
  • Overall Record: 13-9
    WCC Record: 3-4
  • Santa Clara went undefeated last week, defeating Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine in its trip down South.

  • SR Lindsy Davigeadono played a key role in both wins en route to earning WCC Player of the Week honors. She totaled 38 kills on an impressive .516 hitting and continued a tremendous month of play in which she has posted 98 kills, while hitting .414 in her last six matches.

  • FR Katherine Douglas matched her season-high with 16 kills on .467 hitting in the win over the Lions to go with 12 digs.

  • FR Bridget O'Hara collected 39 digs over the weekend and has totaled 76 over her last four matches. She ranks third in the league in digs (112) during conference play, while classmate Samantha Selsky ranks third in assists (9.10 aps).

  • The Broncos have just one match this week, hosting cross-town rival San Francisco (10/30).