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WCC Women's Volleyball Weekly Notes

Nov. 4, 2009

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Overall Record
#25 Saint Mary's 8-1
#22 San Diego 7-2
Pepperdine 5-4
Santa Clara 4-4
San Francisco 4-4
Gonzaga 9-4
Portland 1-7
Loyola Marymount 1-8

After a crucial set of games last week, Saint Mary's sits atop the standings after going undefeated, as did Gonzaga and Santa Clara. Saint Mary's now moves into the national rankings at No. 25 along with San Diego, who is ranked 22nd. The Gaels were tied with the Toreros heading into last week, with the Waves just one game back of both and facing both teams. San Diego and Pepperdine both split their matches giving Saint Mary's sole possession of first place.



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

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


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
Shannon Lowell, SMC:
Lowell had a big week, helping the Gaels go 2-0 and improving to 16-4 and 8-1 in conference play. For the week Lowell notched 25 kills, on 56 attempts for an impressive .411 hitting percentage. She averaged 3.12 kills per set,while also recording two aces, three digs, and 12 total blocks. In the five set win over Pepperdine on Saturday, Lowell notched 17 kills on 34 attempts for a .500 hitting percentage, she also recorded six total blocks and helped the Gaels sweep the season series against the Waves for only the second time in program history.

Also Nominated: Emily Johnson, GON; Rachel Grochmal, PEP; 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).



Overall Record: 9-13
WCC Record: 4-4
  • The Zags went undefeated last week, taking down Idaho and Portland on the road.

  • SR Emily Johnson had a big week to help the Zags to their two wins. She collected career-highs of 18 kills and 16 digs against Idaho, followed by 12 kills against Portland.

  • JR Allyson Powell led the defense over the week, registering back-to-back matches with 20+ digs. She had 29 against Idaho, followed by 21 against Portland. She has now had double-figure digs in six straight matches.

  • Against Portland, SR Michelle Boevers had a season-high 19 kills along with two aces, while SO Denise Van de Mortel had a double-double of 38 assists and 13 digs.

  • The Zags head down South to take on Loyola Marymount (11/5) and Pepperdine (11/7).
  • Overall Record: 10-13
    WCC Record: 1-8
  • Loyola Marymount suffered a pair of losses, falling to Saint Mary's and San Diego on the road.

  • SO Alesha Young collected her league-leading ninth double-double of the season against the Gaels with 29 assists and 10 digs. SO Ariana Covington had a double-double of her own witha match-high 11 kills and 12 digs, while FR Alaina Bergsma tied the match-high with 11 kills.

  • Bergsma led all offensive players against the Toreros with 15 kills. She leads the league in conference play with 151 kills and is the overall leader in aces with 81.

  • JR Becky Stehling is sixth in the league in hitting percentage at .337 and has hit over .300 in her last three games, including a .500 clip last week at San Diego.

  • The Lions stay home to host Gonzaga (11/5) and Portland (11/7) this week.
  • Overall Record: 12-10
    WCC Record: 5-4
  • The Waves split their matches last week, sweeping San Diego on the road in front of a national TV audience (ESPNU), before falling to Saint Mary's.

  • The Waves hit .316 against the Toreros and were led by SO Kim Hill, who had 14 kills on .480 hitting, while SR Rachel Grochmal had 11 on .345 hitting along with 10 digs.

  • In the win, SO Stevi Robinson totaled 21 digs, marking her season-high for a three set match. She is currently ranked third in the conference with 4.87 dps.

  • The Waves came within two points of defeating Saint Mary's, losing 15-13 in the fifth set. Grochmal contributed a career-high 25 kills on .400 hitting, while SR Kiah Fiers had a season-high 63 assists.

  • Pepperdine hosts Portland (11/5) and Gonzaga (11/7) this week.
  • Overall Record: 5-18
    WCC Record: 1-7
  • The Pilots had just one match last week, falling to Northwest rival Gonzaga in five sets.

  • FR Ariel Usher doubled her previous career-high with 22 kills, while hitting .475 to lead four players with double figures. JR Jessica Clemens tallied 18 kills to go along with 11 digs.

  • JR Danielle Dupar led all defensive players with a career-high 34 digs and is currently ranked fifth in the league with 4.05 dps. Her total from the match is a conference match-high for a five-game set.

  • SO Marissa Plummer had a career-high of her own with 15 kills to go along with a match-high eight blocks, while SR Maria Clemens had a double-double of 10 kills and 16 digs.

  • The Pilots head down South to take on Pepperdine (11/5) and Loyola Marymount (11/7).
  • Overall Record: 16-4
    WCC Record: 8-1
  • The Gaels went undefeated last week, defeating Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine to claim sole possession of first place.

  • JR Shannon Lowell had a big week helping Saint Mary's win both matches en route to winning the WCC Player of the Week award. She totaled 25 kills on .411 hitting along with 12 blocks, including going for 17 kills on .500 hitting against Pepperdine.

  • Lowell has hit over .350 in four of her last five matches and is ranked third in the conference during league play at .397, while leading the league in blocks with 48.

  • SR Alita Fisher led the defense over the week, registering a total of 53 digs over the two matches, including a season-high 32 against Pepperdine. In WCC play, she leads the league with 200 total digs.

  • Saint Mary's hits the road to play Bay Area rivals San Francisco (11/5) and Santa Clara (11/7).
  • Overall Record: 15-5
    WCC Record: 7-2
  • The Toreros split their matches last week falling to Pepperdine, before bouncing back to sweep Loyola Marymount.

  • JR Ali Troost paced all players against the Waves with a match-high 21 kills along with nine digs and two service aces. JR Kayleen Webster had her own match-high, finishing with 22 digs.

  • JR Kelsi Myers broke her streak of five straight matches with 50+ assists, totaling 42 against the Waves. She is still ranked second in the country in assists with a 12.16 assists average.

  • The Toreros bounced back to hit .358 as a team against the Lions and have gone over .300 in six of their last eight matches. Troost led the way with 12 kills on .455 hitting, while Webster had a match-high 12 digs.

  • San Diego travels to the Bay Area to face Santa Clara (11/5) and San Francisco (11/7).
  • Overall Record: 10-11
    WCC Record: 4-4
  • San Francisco had just one match last week, falling to cross-town rival Santa Clara.

  • JR Sarah Mandala led the offense, tying the match-high with 17 kills along with seven digs. She is currently ranked 10th in the country with 4.60 kps.

  • SR Haley Carroll paced all defenders with a match-high 21 digs. She has now totaled 20+ digs in five of her last six matches and leads the league overall with 404 total digs on the season. Carroll is currently only 39 digs away from reaching the 2,000 mark, which would place her on top of the WCC's all-time career digs list.

  • FR Alycia Cox had her career-high with 15 digs to go along with seven kills in the match.

  • San Francisco hosts Saint Mary's (11/5) and San Diego (11/7) this week.
  • Overall Record: 14-9
    WCC Record: 4-4
  • Santa Clara had just one match last week, defeating cross-town rival San Francisco.

  • FR Kayla Lommori tied her career-high with 17 kills, which also tied the match-high. After not reaching double-figures in kills all season, she has had double-figures in four of her last five matches.

  • SR Lindsy Davigeadono added 16 kills on .333 hitting along with five blocks. She has now hit at least .300 in each of her last five matches.

  • FR Bridget O'Hara continued her strong play at libero, collecting 18 digs to lead the team once again. She has now averaged 18.8 digs per match in her last five contests.

  • The Broncos host San Diego (11/5) and Saint Mary's (11/7) this week.