Nov. 6, 2012
SAN BRUNO, Calif. --- Two weeks remain in West Coast Conference action with BYU at the top spot in the conference standings. Competition continues to heat up as San Diego, Saint Mary's and Santa Clara remain between 1-2.5 games behind the Cougars. Three teams are still ranked in the AVCA Coaches Poll in No. 14 BYU, No. 19 San Diego, and No. 24 Pepperdine.
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No. 14 BYU remains in sole possession of first place after defeating San Diego and Loyola Marymount at home. The Cougars have won eight of their last nine matches and have just three matches remaining in conference play, which will be against second place San Diego, third place Santa Clara, and Pepperdine.
No. 19 San Diego improved to 10-3 in WCC play to secure second place in the conference standings, just one match behind BYU, after snapping its three-match losing streak with a thrilling 3-2 come-from-behind victory over No. 23 Pepperdine.
Santa Clara and Saint Mary's are tied for third place in conference play with 8-4 records. The Broncos are currently riding a three-match win streak after back-to-back 3-2 wins over San Diego and San Francisco and a 3-1 victory over Portland. Junior Megan Anders has been instrumental in the Broncos' campaign this past October, averaging 3.29 kpg on a .396 clip.
Pepperdine junior Jazmine Orozco was named the WCC Player of the Month after leading the Waves to a 7-1 record in October. Orozco paced the Waves with 4.28 kps, tallying 124 kills total and just 31 errors for a .324 clip.
San Francisco had four players post double-digit kill and dig performances to help sweep Gonzaga at home to improve to 5-7 in conference play and 14-11 overall.
Six West Coast Conference teams are ranked in the top 55 in the latest NCAA Division I women's volleyball RPI report.
BYU continues to lead the nation in hitting percentage with a .315 clip. BYU is also tied with Penn State for the top win-loss percentage in the country (23-2). Saint Mary's and Pepperdine rank ninth and 10th in kills per set with 14.52 and 14.50, respectively.
As part of a four-year partnership with Walk 4 Pancreatic Cancer, the Santa Clara volleyball team will be participating in National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month on Thursday as the team hosts San Francisco at 6 pm at the Leavey Center. Anyone who wears purple will be admitted to the game free. Prior to the match, the Bronco volleyball team, along with the Santa Clara women's golf, men's basketball, women's basketball teams, will present Dr. Margaret Tempero with a check for $90,000.