Oct. 31, 2007
WCC Player of the Week
USF's Sarah Mandala Earns Weekly Honor
Freshman opposite hitter Sarah Mandala turned in another strong performance powering USF to a 3-0 sweep of No. 12 San Diego - the highest ranked win in program history. Mandala continued to stake her claim as one of the most dynamic first year players on the West Coast, hammering a match-high 18 kills on .300 hitting to go along with five digs and four blocks against the Toreros. Mandala leads the Dons offensively during WCC action, averaging 3.52 kills, 1.76 digs and 1.03 blocks per game. With six matches remaining in the regular season, Mandala needs just 13 kills to set the USF freshman kills record currently held by Theresa Hart.
*Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount7:00 PM
*Portland at Pepperdine7:00 PM
*San Diego at Saint Mary's7:00 PM
*San Francisco at Santa Clara7:00 PM
*Gonzaga at Pepperdine1:00 PM
*Portland at Loyola Marymount1:00 PM
*San Diego at Santa Clara1:00 PM
*San Francisco at Saint Mary's7:00 PM
Gonzaga Bulldogs (16-9 / 4-5 WCC)
-The Zags posted a 1-1 record last weekened after being swept by Santa Clara and rallying to defeat Saint Mary's 3-1.
-Sophomore Michelle Boevers led the Bulldog squad with 17 kills against the Gaels.
-Senior Becky Jones collected her 42nd career double-double with a 14 kill, 15 dig performance in the Zag's win.
-Junior Elaina Renius posted 13 kills and a smoking .500 hitting percentage against Saint Mary's.
-Senior setter Heather Dunn dished out a match-high 59 assists and 11 digs for her team-leading 14th double-double of the season.
-This weekend, the Zags travel south to face Loyola Marymount (11/1) and Pepperdine (11/3).
Loyola Marymount (11-10 / 3-5 WCC)
-The Lions posted fell to cross-town WCC rival Pepperdine in their only match last weekend.
-Junior Emily Day collected her 12th double-double of the season with 11 kills and 17 digs.
-Senior Heather Hughes also notched a double-double against the Waves with a match-high 14 kills and 16 digs. Hughes is in a two-way tie to lead the WCC with 15 double-doubles on the season.
-The Lions lead the WCC with 17.53 digs per game and are third in the conference with 16.40 kills per game as a team.
-The Lions host Northwest WCC rivals Gonzaga (11/1) and Portland (11/3) this weekend.
Pepperdine Waves (14-7 / 6-3 WCC)
-Pepperdine broke their two-match skid with a 3-0 sweep of Loyola Marymount last weekend.
-Senior Lecca Roberts led the Waves with 13 kills and five block assists while hitting .417 on the match.
-Sophomore Kiah Fiers tallied 38 assists, five kills and four digs against the Lions.
-Pepperdine continues play without the team's second-leading hitter, Rachel Lumsden, who is out with a knee injury. The Waves are 3-3 without Lumsden.
-The Waves welcome UC Santa Barbara to Firestone Fieldhouse this weekend for a non-conference match-up. The Gauchos are 9-14 overall and 4-7 in the Big West Conference. The Waves continue their home stand this weekend with conference play and host Portland (11/1) and Gonzaga (11/3).
Portland Pilots (7-16 / 0-9 WCC)
-The Pilots fell to 7-16 overall this weekend, after posting two grueling losses to Saint Mary's and Santa Clara.
-Junior Ashley Grayson tallied a team-high 15 kills in Thursday's loss to Saint Mary's.
-Freshman Jessica Clemens recorded a double-double with 10 kills and 14 digs on the night against the Gaels.
-Senior Kara Pein had 27 assists and 16 digs for the Pilots in the Santa Clara match-up.
-Portland hit .253 and had 56 total digs as a team against the Broncos.
-The Pilots head south for the weekend for conference matches at Pepperdine (11/1) and Loyola Marymount (11/3).
Saint Mary's Gaels (13-8 / 4-5 WCC)
-Saint Mary's posted a 1-1 record on the road last weekend with a decisive win over Portland and hard-fought loss to Gonzaga.
-Junior Nikki Gonzales recorded a career and team-high seven service aces on the night in the Gael's victory over the Pilots.
-Taylor Groess notched 16 kills on 31 swings for a .452 hitting percentage in the win at Portland.
-Megan York led the Gael force with two double-doubles on the weekend, tallying a match-high 19 kills and 18 digs against the Pilots and 18 kills and 12 digs against the Bulldogs.
-The Gaels welcome San Diego (11/1) and Bay Area WCC foe San Francisco (11/3) to McKeon Pavilion this weekend.
San Diego Toreros (16-6 / 6-2 WCC)
-The Toreros fell to #15 in the polls after after posting a loss to San Francisco.
-Laurel Abrahamson led the team's offense as she tied for a match-best 18 kills on 34 attempts to post a .471 attack percentage against the Dons.
-Sophomore libero Andrea Csaszi recorded a team-best 19 digs and two service aces in the Torero's effort against San Francisco.
-San Diego will travel to Saint Mary's (11/1) and Santa Clara (11/3) this weekend. The Toreros lead the series against the Gaels, 34-6 since 1985, but it's a tighter match-up against the Broncos, who lead the series 26-18.
San Francisco Dons (16-9 / 4-4 WCC)
-The Dons are celebrating a big win against then 12th-ranked San Diego last weekend.
-Sarah Mandala continued to stake her claim as one of the most dynamic first year players on the West Coast, hammering a match-high 18 kills on .300 hitting to go along with five digs and four blocks.
-Carly Babin posted eight kills, two aces and six blocks, while Alix Gombos chipped in with six kills on .462 hitting and a match-high seven blocks.
-Darcy Carroll dished out 32 assists with three kills an ace and six digs in the win.
-The Dons travel to Bay Area WCC rivals Saint Mary's (11/1) and Santa Clara (11/3) this weekend.
Santa Clara Broncos (16-9 / 8-1 WCC)
-The Broncos are now on a five-match winning streak and have gained sole possesion of first place in the WCC after sweeping both Gonzaga and Portland last weekend.
-Krista Kelley tallied a match-high 26 kills against the Bulldogs, while Britanny Lowe posted a team-best .421 hitting percentage. Kelley and Lowe also posted double digit kills against the Pilots, with 16 and 13, respectively.
-Lindsy Evans chipped in 11 kills and four service aces in the Broncos' sweep of the Bulldogs.
-Santa Clara will host San Diego (11/1) and San Francisco (11/3) in two key match-ups this weekend, as conference play is beginning to wind down.