Nov. 7, 2006
WCC Player of the Week
Rachel Lumsden, Pepperdine
Pepperdine's Rachel Lumsden was selected as the WCC Player of the Week after helping the Waves post a 2-0 record last week which included handing then-No. 15 San Diego its first loss of the WCC season. The freshman outside hitter contributed 12 kills and 13 digs against the Toreros to record her team-leading ninth double-double of the season. In a 3-0 sweep of then-No. 20 Santa Clara, Lumsden led Pepperdine with 15 kills on .333 hitting and added 13 digs. The Brea, Calif. native averaged 3.85 kills and 3.71 digs per game last week. The Waves are now 8-3 in WCC play and are riding a four-match winning streak heading into the final two weeks of the conference season. This is Lumsden's first weekly award and Pepperdine's second of the season.
Santa Clara at UC Davis - 6:00 PM
*Portland at Santa Clara - 6:30 PM
*Gonzaga at San Diego - 7:00 PM
*LMU at San Francisco - 7:00 PM
*Pepperdine at Saint Mary's - 7:00 PM
*Pepperdine at San Francisco - 1:00 PM
*Portland at San Diego - 1:00 PM
*Gonzaga at Santa Clara - 1:00 PM
*LMU at Saint Mary's - 1:00 PM
* Denotes Conference Match
Around the WCC
Pepperdine's 3-1 win over then-No. 15 San Diego marked the Toreros' first league loss this season. The Waves ended USD's 10-match winning streak and extended their own streak to four matches. WCC Player of the Week Rachel Lumsden led Pepperdine with her team-leading ninth double-double of the season posting 12 kills and 13 digs in the win. The victory was the Waves' second in the last five meetings with USD and moved Pepperdine within two games of first place.
Eyes on the Prize
Needing just two wins to clinch the West Coast Conference championship outright, San Diego looks to be on the verge of its second title in three years. With the title on the line this week, all eyes will be on the Toreros, who host Gonzaga and Portland, and second-place Pepperdine, who travels to Saint Mary's and USF. A San Diego win, coupled with a Pepperdine loss would give the Toreros their fourth WCC title in school history. Gonzaga will look to play spoiler, having won three of its last four matches, including 3-2 wins over Saint Mary's and LMU.
With just two weeks of WCC play remaining, conference squads are entering the final stretch of league play chasing No. 18 San Diego, whose 10-1 WCC record puts it in first place. Pepperdine did its part to try to catch the Toreros last week, putting the first blemish on their previously perfect conference record and moving to just two games back of first place. The Waves have won four straight conference matches, but have Santa Clara (7-4) nipping at their heels. A weekend sweep of Portland and Gonzaga would give San Diego the outright WCC title and the automatic NCAA Tournament bid. Four conference teams (USD, Pepperdine, and SCU) look to be in good shape for bids into the postseason with winning records both in WCC play and overall. Meanwhile, Loyola Marymount and San Francisco sit on the NCAA Tournament bubble with winning overall records but respective 5-6 and 4-6 marks in conference play.
WCC in the RKPI
Even with a loss to Pepperdine, its first in WCC play in 2006, San Diego remains the top conference team in the RKPI Pacific Region Top 15 at No. 5. The Waves' win gave them a boost, bumping them from No. 10 in the region to No. 7 and up to No. 21 in the nation. Santa Clara checked in at No. 9, while San Francisco, Saint Mary's and LMU held onto the 12, 13 and 14 spots, respectively. The Big 10 regained the top spot in the RKPI Conference Rankings but the WCC remained at No. 5. The RKPI takes into consideration the Rich Kern Percentage Index (RKPI) of all NCAA Division I teams, then computes each region based on the overall ranking. The RKPI mimics the NCAA RPI published at the end of the season.
RKPI Pacific Region Top 15 (National Rank)
1. UCLA (3)
2. Stanford (5)
3. USC (8)
4. Washington (10)
5. San Diego (13)
6. Cal (15)
7. Pepperdine (21)
8. Oregon (22)
9. Santa Clara (29)
10. Arizona State (37)
11. Sacramento State (44)
12. San Francisco (51)
13. Saint Mary's (59)
14. Loyola Marymount (68)
15. Portland State (72)
WCC Team Notes
Gonzaga Bulldogs (8-17 / 3-7 WCC)
- The Zags posted their third win in the past four matches with a 3-0 sweep of Portland at home.
- Leading the Bulldogs was Becky Jones, who posted 11 kills and 14 digs for her 12th double-double of the season.
- A combination of 11 Gonzaga blocks and 31 Portland hitting errors helped the Zags hold the Pilots to an .090 team hitting percentage for the match.
- Freshman outside hitter Emily Johnson had a breakout match for the Bulldogs, posting 13 kills and just three errors while chipping in three block assists.
- Gonzaga looks to play spoiler this week, traveling to first-place San Diego on Thursday and third-place Santa Clara on Saturday.
Loyola Marymount Lions (17-9 / 5-6 WCC)
- The Lions dropped back-to-back five game matches to then-No. 15 San Diego and then-No. 20 Santa Clara.
- Loyola Marymount was the first WCC team to take the Toreros to five games this season. Christianna Reneau led four Lions in double digits in kills with 26.
- The Lions combined to hit .361 as a team in the two games they won against San Diego, while matching the Toreros' blocking game at eight team blocks apiece.
- Sandy Krone and Heather Hughes paced LMU against Santa Clara. Krone put away 15 kills, while adding 15 digs and seven blocks. With 15 kills and 17 digs, Hughes posted her league-leading 19th double-double of the season.
- The Lions travel to USF (11/9) and Saint Mary's (11/11) this week.
Pepperdine Waves (12-10 / 8-3 WCC)
- The Waves continued their recent success, extending their winning streak to four matches with wins over then-No. 20 Santa Clara and then-No. 15 San Diego.
- Pepperdine's 3-1 victory over San Diego was the Toreros' first WCC loss of the season and broke up their 10 match winning streak. The win was the Waves' second in the teams' past five meetings.
- Freshman Rachel Lumsden earned the first WCC Player of the Week honors of her career this week thanks to her 15 kills and 13 digs against Santa Clara, and a 12 kill-13 dig showing in the win over USD.
- Sophia Milo is third in the WCC in blocks after posting 11 block assists Saturday.
- The Waves look to extend their winning streak at Saint Mary's (11/9) and at USF (11/11).
Portland Pilots (8-15 / 1-9 WCC)
- Portland extended its losing streak to seven matches after being swept by rival Gonzaga last week in Spokane.
- Murphy McClenahan now sits just 13 digs away from possession of second place all-time at Portland and the No. 3 spot on the WCC career digs list. McClenahan has three regular season games remaining to continue her rise in the record books.
- With 10 kills against Gonzaga, Ashley Grayson was the lone Pilot to reach double digits in kills for the match. Grayson hit at a .389 clip with just three attack errors.
- The Pilots still lead the league in service aces, averaging 1.94 per game.
- UP looks for the upset this week facing No. 22 Santa Clara (11/9) and No. 18 San Diego (11/11).
Saint Mary's Gaels (9-12 / 4-6 WCC)
- Saint Mary's dropped a 3-0 decision to longtime rival San Francisco last week.
- Christina Kirk led the Gaels as the only player to reach double-digit kills. Kirk posted 13 putaways on two errors to hit at a .423 clip, while adding four blocks.
- Saint Mary's outblocked USF 12.5-8.0 but still allowed three Dons to hit double digits in kills. The Gaels are the best blocking team in the WCC, posting 3.24 blocks per game.
- Setter Mandy Bible led the defense, recording 10 digs and five blocks, while chipping in four kills and 32 assists.
- Saint Mary's returns home this week, hosting second-place Pepperdine on Thursday and Loyola Marymount on Saturday.
San Diego Toreros (20-5 / 10-1 WCC)
- San Diego defeated LMU 3-2 before dropping its first WCC match of the year to Pepperdine 3-1.
- The trio of Laurel Abrahamson, Kristen Carlson and Christie Dawson each recorded double-digit kills in both matches last week, extending their streak to 11 matches.
- Carlson recorded a season-high 34 kills against LMU which ranks third in USD history in single-match kills. Carlson had a rough time of it in the loss Saturday, posting more errors than kills. Last week, Carlson earned her second consecutive WCC Player of the Month honors.
- San Diego can clinch the outright WCC title and the automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament with two wins this weekend, or a combination of one win and a Pepperdine loss.
- USD looks to clinch the WCC title, hosting Gonzaga (11/9) and Portland (11/11).
San Francisco Dons (19-7 / 4-6 WCC)
- San Francisco earned a win over Saint Mary's with a 3-0 sweep last week.
- Sophomore middle blocker Carly Babin posted a career-high 14 kills while hitting .522 with just two attack errors in the win. Babin also added five blocks and closed out the match with 14 kills in her last 20 swings.
- With the win, the Dons earned their first season sweep of Saint Mary's since 2003.
- Haley Carroll and Jamie Kartchner combined to record 52 assists in the win and set San Francisco to a .309 attack percentage as a team. With 1,345 career assists, Kartchner needs just 55 more to secure second place on the Dons' all-time list.
- USF plays host to LMU on Thursday and Pepperdine on Saturday.
Santa Clara Broncos (17-6 / 7-4 WCC)
- After dropping last Thursday's match to Pepperdine 3-0, Santa Clara bounced back with a come-from-behind 3-2 win over LMU.
- One San Diego win this week will knock the defending WCC champion Broncos out of contention for the 2006 title.
- Santa Clara saw a familiar face back on the floor last week as senior setter Crystal Matich returned after missing the first nine matches of the WCC season. Matich dished out 72 assists and recorded 12 digs last week.
- Anna Cmaylo, Kim McGiven and Brittany Lowe led the SCU hitters in the win over LMU. The three combined for 58 kills while hitting at a .265 clip.
- SCU travels to UC Davis tonight before hosting Portland (11/9) and Gonzaga (11/11).