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WCC Women's Volleyball Weekly Notes

Nov. 4, 2008

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With only three weeks remaining in the regular season, San Francisco and San Diego are tied for the top spot in the conference and will face off this week for control of first place. Looking to gain ground on the title race are Santa Clara and Saint Mary's, who are tied for third place, and will trade off hosting Gonzaga and Portland this week.



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


WCC Player of the Week
Shannon Lowell was key to the Gaels' success as Saint Mary's went 2-0 on the road against two tough opponents. She led the team in kills, blocks and hitting percentage, averaging 4.11 kills and 1.22 blocks per set, with a .471 hitting efficiency. Lowell totaled 37 kills, 11 blocks, nine digs, and one ace while playing the middle blocker position. Against Loyola Marymount, Lowell tagged a career-high and tied the match-high with 21 kills. Against No. 19 Pepperdine Lowell continued right where she left off, posting a team-high 16 kills on 29 swings for a .379 attack percentage.

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. 14, and Santa Clara, to No. 22. Pepperdine at No. 23 and San Francisco at No. 25 round out the final two WCC ranked teams. Also staying in the hunt to be ranked is Saint Mary's, who received 28 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 seventh and 15th in assists per game, while Emily Day (LMU) and Julie Rubenstein (PEP) are 16th and 19th 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 sixth and 16th in the country. As a team, San Diego ranks eighth in assists per game and ninth 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:         1,401           1,096Brittany Lowe, SCU:     1,378           1,113Julie Rubenstein, PEP:  1,629           918



Overall Record: 9-17
WCC Record: 2-7
  • Gonzaga completed an impressive upset over No. 24 San Francisco, winning in five, before being swept by No. 14 San Diego.

  • In the win over the Dons, the Zags were led by Layne Brosky, who led the team with 17 kills and had a match-high .519 hitting clip. Brosky is currently third on the team in kills with 214 for the season.

  • In the win, Gonzaga had four players finish in double-digit digs, including Paige Dillingham who tallied 16. Allyson Powell collected 15, Emily Johnson had 11, and Denise Van de Mortel had 10 along with 51 assists for her seventh double-double of the season.

  • Elaina Renius leads the conference with 105.0 total blocks and is second in total kills with 344. She had a career-high 22 kills against Washington State.

  • This week, the Zags travel to take on Santa Clara (11/6) and Saint Mary's (11/8).
  • Nov. 6
    at Santa Clara - 7:00 PM

    Nov. 8
    at Saint Mary's - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 12-11
    WCC Record: 2-7
  • The Lions went winless over the week, losing a heartbreaker to Saint Mary's in five, before falling to No. 22 Santa Clara.

  • Emily Day posted back-to-back double-doubles with 21 kills and 14 digs against Saint Mary's followed by an 18 kill, 13 dig performance against Santa Clara leading the conference (14).

  • Day is also only the seventh player in LMU history to achieve the 1,000 kill and dig mark. For her career, Day has 1,401 kills and 1,096 digs.

  • In the match against Saint Mary's, the Lions were led on offense by three players with 18 or more kills. Becky Stehling continued her impressive season with 21 kills and a hitting percentage of .571 for the match. Her 21 kills tied with Day for a team-high on the night. Finishing third on the team with 18 kills was freshman Ariana Covington.

  • The Lions play cross-town rival Pepperdine (11/6) in their only match of the week.
  • Nov. 6
    at Pepperdine - 7:00 PM

    Overall Record: 16-5
    WCC Record: 4-5
  • Pepperdine lost both its matches over the weekend, losing to No. 22 Santa Clara, before falling to Saint Mary's.

  • The Waves are among league leaders in several categories including pacing the conference in opponent hitting percentage,(.169), and digs per game (15.19 dpg).

  • Julie Rubenstein is second in the conference in kills average (4.26 kpg) and in points per game (4.97 ppg), while Stevi Robinson is first in digs per game (4.69 dpg).

  • The Waves' loss to Santa Clara was their first home loss of the season as well as their first sweep in a loss. All five of Pepperdine's losses this year have been to teams currently ranked in the AVCA top 25 or receiving votes.

  • This week, Pepperdine hosts Loyola Marymount (11/6) in its lone match of the week.
  • Nov. 6
    vs. Loyola Marymount - 7:00 PM

    Overall Record: 6-19
    WCC Record: 0-9
  • Portland went 1-2 over the week, defeating Cal State Bakersfield, before losing to No. 14 San Diego and No. 25 San Francisco.

  • In the win over Cal State Bakersfield, the Pilots overcame a first set loss, to reel off three straight for the victory. They were led by Jessica Clemens and Ashley Grayson, who had 15 kills each.

  • Grayson leads the team with 287 kills and is ranked fifth in the conference.

  • Clemens is among the team leaders in three categories: kills (third at 215), aces (first at 27), and digs (first at 237).

  • Portland heads to the Bay Area this week to take on Saint Mary's (11/6), before facing Santa Clara (11/8).
  • Nov. 6
    at Saint Mary's - 7:00 PM

    Nov. 8
    at Santa Clara - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 16-6
    WCC Record: 6-3
  • The Gaels went undefeated over the weekend, defeating Loyola Marymount in five, before beating No. 16 Pepperdine.

  • The Gaels' win over Pepperdine was their third victory over a ranked opponent this season after defeating No. 19 Cal Poly and No. 22 Santa Clara.

  • The Gaels were led by Shannon Lowell during their Southern California trip. Lowell led the team in kills, blocks and hitting percentage, averaging 4.11 kills and 1.22 blocks per set, with a .471 hitting efficiency, en route to WCC Player of the Week honors. She had a career-high 21 kills against Loyola Marymount.

  • Kapua Kamana'o continues to pace the conference with 11.64 assists per game.

  • This week, the Gaels stay home to face Gonzaga (11/6) and Portland (11/8).
  • Nov. 6
    vs. Gonzaga - 7:00 PM

    Nov. 8
    vs. Portland - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 18-3
    WCC Record: 8-1
  • The Toreros had a pair of sweeps over the weekend, defeating Portland, before earning a victory at Gonzaga, giving them a tie for first place with San Francisco.

  • In the win over Gonzaga, three Toreros had double digit kills, with Ali Troost tallying 12 and Amy Degroot and Colleen Carlson registering 10.

  • Also against the Zags, Jessica Nyrop recorded a double-double as she had 40 assists and had 12 digs, while helping direct USD to a season-best .494 attack percentage.

  • The Toreros lead the conference in kills per game (14.44), assists per game (13.41), and hitting percentage (.275).

  • San Diego hosts San Francisco (11/6) in a battle for first place in their lone match.
  • Nov. 6
    vs. San Francisco - 7:00 PM

    Overall Record: 18-5
    WCC Record: 8-1
  • The Dons split their games, losing to Gonzaga in five, before bouncing back and defeating Portland.

  • In the loss to Gonzaga, the Dons came back from a two set deficit to force a fifth set, before losing and had four players record double digit kills. Carly Babin led the way with a match-high 20, Sarah Mandala had 15, Alix Gombos had 14, and Addie Webster tallied 10.

  • USF's eight WCC victories this season marks the most league wins for the Dons since the 1987 season, when they had a 9-5 conference record.

  • Gombos (.426) and Babin (.403) continue to be one-two in the conference in hitting percentage, while Haley Carroll paces the conference with 402 digs.

  • The Dons will travel to play San Diego (11/6) in a battle for first place in their lone match.
  • Nov. 6
    at San Diego - 7:00 PM

    Overall Record: 15-6
    WCC Record: 6-3
  • The Broncos won both their matches last weekend, sweeping No. 16 Pepperdine, before defeating Loyola Marymount.

  • Over the weekend, Santa Clara was led by Brittany Lowe, who posted back-to-back double-doubles. Lowe had 14 kills and 15 digs against Pepperdine followed by a 16 kill, 14 dig performance against Loyola Marymount en route to being named CVU.com (Collegiate Volleyball Update) National Player of the Week.

  • Lowe has passed the 1,000 career dig mark and is the only current Bronco with both 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs. Lowe has 1,378 kills and 1,113 digs in her career.

  • With 30 aces this year, Lowe moved to the No. 3 spot on SCU's career service aces list.

  • This week, the Broncos host Gonzaga (11/6) and Portland (11/8).
  • Nov. 6
    vs. Gonzaga - 7:00 PM

    Nov. 8
    vs. Portland - 1:00 PM