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WCC Women's Volleyball Weekly Notes

Oct. 28, 2008

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The West Coast Conference has been strong all season and it now shows with four of the eight teams ranked nationally and one receiving votes. San Francisco remains the team to beat as it has remains unbeaten in conference play and is ranked for the first time all season at No. 22. Also ranked are Pepperdine (17), San Diego (15), and Santa Clara (24). Receiving votes is Saint Mary's.



Cal State Bakersfield at Portland Portland, OR
7:00 PM
San Francisco at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
7:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
7:00 PM
Santa Clara at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
7:00 PM
San Diego at Portland Portland, OR
7:00 PM
San Diego at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
1:00 PM
Santa Clara at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
1:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
1:00 PM
San Francisco at Portland Portland, OR
1:00 PM


WCC Player of the Week
Sarah Mandala led the Dons to a 2-0 weekend as San Francisco continued its strong run through WCC action with a perfect 7-0 record. Mandala opened the weekend with a match-high 12 kills on .591 hitting as well as three assists, three digs and three blocks as the Dons swept Loyola Marymount. Against No. 15 Pepperdine, Mandala recorded 17 kills on .407 hitting with one assist, two service aces, five digs and five blocks. For the week, Mandala recorded a team-high 32 kills, four assists, two service aces, eight digs, and eight blocks.

Four WCC Teams Ranked Among The Nation's Best
Four West Coast Conference women's volleyball teams are now ranked in national polls. Moving up in the polls were San Diego, to No. 15, and San Francisco, to No. 22, after receiving votes for the first time last week. Pepperdine at No. 19 and Santa Clara at No. 24 round out the final two WCC ranked teams. Also staying in the hunt to be ranked is Saint Mary's, who received five votes this week.

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 sixth and 18th in assists per game, while Emily Day (LMU) and Julie Rubenstein (PEP) are 15th and 24th in kills per game. USF's Alix Gombos and Carly Babin continue to be one and two in the conference in hitting percentage and are seventh and ninth in the country. As a team, San Diego ranks eighth in assists per game and 10th 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:         1,362           1,069Brittany Lowe, SCU:     1,348           1,084Julie Rubenstein, PEP:  1,594           900



Overall Record: 8-16
WCC Record: 1-6
  • Gonzaga broke its winless streak by going undefeated over the week, beating Seattle University, before earning its first conference win over Portland.

  • Over the week, Elaina Renius posted back-to-back .500 plus hitting percentages, with an impressive .714 against Seattle and a .591 against Portland.

  • Paige Dillingham leads the Bulldogs in total digs with 337 and is currently ranked second in the conference.

  • Renius leads the conference with 100.0 total blocks and now in total kills with 322. She had a career-high 22 kills against Washington State.

  • This week, the Zags continue conference play when they host San Francisco (10/30) and San Diego (11/1).
  • Oct. 30
    vs. San Francisco - 7:00 PM

    Nov. 1
    vs. San Diego - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 12-9
    WCC Record: 2-5
  • The Lions went winless over the week, losing to two of the top teams in the conference in San Francisco and San Diego.

  • Emily Day leads the conference in double-doubles (12), kills per game (4.32), and points (369.0).

  • Day is also only the seventh player in LMU history to achieve the 1,000 kill and dig mark. For her career, Day has 1,069 digs and 1,362 kills.

  • Day currently ranks fourth in total attacks (3,727), fifth in kills (1,362), and sixth in digs (1,069) in LMU history. Renee Horton has totaled 1,971 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 host Saint Mary's (10/30) and Santa Clara (11/1).
  • Oct. 30
    vs. Saint Mary's - 7:00 PM

    Nov. 1
    vs. Santa Clara - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 16-3
    WCC Record: 4-3
  • Pepperdine had its first winless week of the season losing to San Diego and San Francisco.

  • The Waves lead the league in four categories: hitting percentage (.277), opponent hitting percentage (.166), service aces per game (1.52), and digs average (15.01).

  • Julie Rubenstein is second in the conference in kills average (4.18 kpg) and in points per game (4.93 ppg), while Stevi Robinson is second in digs per game (4.62 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 only three sets in the month of September and is ranked No. 13 according to Volleyball Magazine.

  • This week, Pepperdine hosts Santa Clara (10/30) and Saint Mary's (11/1).
  • Oct. 30
    vs. Santa Clara - 7:00 PM

    Nov. 1
    vs. Saint Mary's - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 5-17
    WCC Record: 0-7
  • Portland lost its only match of the week, losing to Northwest rival Gonzaga, 3-0.

  • Ashley Grayson leads the team in kills with 251 and is third in blocks with 38.0. She is also eighth in the conference in total kills.

  • Jessica Clemens currently is third in the conference in service aces with 24 of the team's 87 and also has the conference match-high with 10 against South Florida.

  • Clemens is among the team leaders in three categories: kills (third at 189), aces (first at 24), and digs (first at 221).

  • Portland hosts Cal State Bakersfield (10/27), before continuing conference play, when they host San Diego (10/30) and San Francisco (11/1).
  • Oct. 27
    vs. Cal State Bakersfield - 7:00 PM

    Oct. 30
    vs. San Diego - 7:00 PM

    Nov. 1
    vs. San Francisco - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 14-6
    WCC Record: 4-3
  • The Gaels won their only match of the week, defeating Santa Clara, 3-0, for their second win over a ranked opponent this season.

  • Megan York is fifth in the conference in total kills with 281 and in total digs with 250.

  • The Gaels had three players hit over .300 in the win over Santa Clara.

  • Kapua Kamana'o continues to hold the top spot on the league's assists leader board as she is averaging 11.64 assists per game and is sixth in the nation.

  • Megan Burton leads the team in hitting percentage, hitting .352 for the season, and ranks fifth in the league.

  • This week, the Gaels travel to face Loyola Marymount (10/30) and Pepperdine (11/1).
  • Oct. 30
    at Loyola Marymount - 7:00 PM

    Nov. 1
    at Pepperdine - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 16-3
    WCC Record: 6-1
  • The Toreros went undefeated over the week, defeating Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount.

  • Amy DeGroot had 20 kills in the win over Pepperdine and 17 against Loyola Marymount and ranks third in the conference in kills per game (4.16).

  • Jessica Nyrop leads the team with 667 assists and is second in the league in assists average with 11.12 apg.

  • The Toreros lead the conference in two categories: kills per game (14.41) and assists per game (13.38).

  • San Diego heads on the road this week to take on Portland (10/30), before facing Gonzaga (11/1).
  • Oct. 30
    at Portland - 7:00 PM

    Nov. 1
    at Gonzaga - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 17-4
    WCC Record: 7-0
  • The Dons continue to stay unbeaten in conference play as they defeated Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount.

  • With the win over Pepperdine, San Francisco snapped a 29 match losing streak against the Waves dating back to 1993 and also beat three nationally ranked opponents in a season for the first time in school history and have now won 10 straight matches.

  • Haley Carroll leads the conference in two categories: service aces with 37 and total digs with 375 and ranks second all-time on the USF career list with 1,409 digs.

  • Alix Gombos (.421) and Carly Babin (.413) continue to be one-two in the conference in hitting percentage.

  • The Dons will travel to take on Gonzaga (10/30) and Portland (11/1).
  • Oct. 30
    at Gonzaga - 7:00 PM

    Nov. 1
    at Portland - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 13-6
    WCC Record: 4-3
  • The Broncos split their games over the week defeating San Jose State, before losing to Saint Mary's.

  • Anna Cmaylo moved up to second in the conference in blocks per game (1.10 bpg) and is now No. 1 on SCU's all-time career block assists list, with 371.0.

  • 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 1,348 kills and 1,084 digs in her career.

  • With 27 aces on the season, Lowe has moved to the No. 5 spot on SCU's career service aces list and is two away from the No. 3 spot.

  • This week, the Broncos travel to play Pepperdine (10/30), before facing Loyola Marymount (11/1).
  • Oct. 30
    at Pepperdine - 7:00 PM

    Nov. 1
    at Loyola Marymount - 1:00 PM