Oct. 30, 2012
SAN BRUNO, Calif. --- With three weeks left in conference play, BYU and San Diego currently share the top spot in the conference standings with a 9-2 record. Both teams have yet to play one another, but will battle for first place in a showdown televised on ESPNU this Wednesday. Four teams are still ranked in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll, making it the second 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 still ranked in the AVCA Coaches Poll in No. 17 BYU, No. 18 San Diego, No. 24 Pepperdine and No. 25 Saint Mary's. This is just the second time since November 3, 2008 that four WCC teams have been ranked in the AVCA Coaches Poll.
San Diego and BYU, which are tied for first place in the WCC, will face one another for the first time this season 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 only have two losses in conference play, and both teams' losses have come at the hands of Saint Mary's and Santa Clara.
Pepperdine defeated Loyola Marymount at home in five sets to move into fourth place in the WCC standings. WCC Player of the Week Jazmine Orozco set a new career high with 27 kills to lead the Waves' offense. With the win, the Waves now lead the Lions by an overall score of 3.0-1.5 in the Wells Fargo PCH Cup, a year-long contest between the two Southern California schools.
Santa Clara defeated then-No. 14 San Diego in five sets on Saturday, making it the Broncos' third victory over a top-20 team in the past month. It proved to be a tough match with set scores at 20-25, 28-26, 19-25, 25-22 and 15-13. With the win, Santa Clara is now 7-3 this season in five-set matches and tied for fourth with Pepperdine in the WCC standings.
Six West Coast Conference teams are ranked in the top 60 in the latest NCAA Division I women's volleyball RPI report.
BYU leads the nation in hitting percentage with a .320 clip. BYU also has the second highest win-loss percentage in the country with a 21-2 overall record this season. The national leader is currently Oregon, which is 20-1 overall.
Gonzaga freshman Savannah Blinn is ranked fifth in the nation in aces per set with 0.51, while San Francisco senior Jocelyn Levig ranks 13th with 0.46.
Saint Mary's has won three straight conference matches to secure third place in the WCC standings. After a 3-2 upset over San Diego at home, the Gaels have swept Bay Area rivals Santa Clara and San Francisco to improve to 8-3 in conference play.