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WCC Weekly Volleyball Notes

Nov. 9, 2010

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Two Weeks Left in WCC Conference Season

Two weeks remain in WCC action, and the No. 18 San Diego Toreros still stand strongin first place without losing a single conference match this season. Pepperdine and SaintMary's are tied for second with 8-2 records, while Loyola Marymount has remained steady infourth. Santa Clara, Portland, San Francisco and Santa Clara round out the WCC standings.The Northwest schools, Gonzaga and Portland, will host Southern California rivals LoyolaMarymount and Pepperdine this week, while Saint Mary's and San Diego will host SanFrancisco and Santa Clara. No non-conference matches are scheduled this week as alleight teams will be focused on moving up in these last weeks of conference play.


Overall Record: 2-25
WCC Record: 0-11
  • Gonzaga continued its drought, losing two matches over the week toSanta Clara and San Francisco.

  • Despite a lopsided 13-25 first set loss to Santa Clara, the Bulldogs came back with a lopsided25-14 second set win. The Bulldogs could not hold on, losing 25-21 and 25-17 in the last two sets.

  • Senior Caitlin Cozad finished with a career-high 10 digs, a season tying-high six blocks, andseven kills against San Francisco. Senior Kelsey Bashaw and sophomore Terran Poindexterfinished with 11 kills apiece. Senior libero Allyson Powell, who is fourth in the WCC in digs perset at 4.21, finished with a team-high 14 against the Dons. She needs 13 more digs to breakthe Bulldog single-season dig record of 436, set in the 1986 season.

  • The Bulldogs will be back at home to host Loyola Marymount on Thursday and Pepperdineon Saturday.
  • Overall Record: 15-11
    WCC Record: 6-4
  • Loyola Marymount tallied a five-set win in non-conference play againstCal State Bakersfield and a tough 3-0 loss to Pepperdine.

  • Junior Jasmine Rankins collected a double-double against Bakersfield, teaming a match-best18 kills with a team-high 14 digs. She followed up that performance by leading all players with13 kills against Pepperdine in the loss. She also had 31 kills at a rate of 3.88 per set over thetwo matches and posted a team-best three block solos and two block assists to average .62blocks per set and finished with 19 digs, just one shy of a team-best.

  • Loyola Marymount hit just .081 against the Waves on Saturday night to drop the PCH CupPoint. The Lions, who have led the WCC in service aces virtually all season, had only two acesthat night.

  • The Lions will travel up North to take on Gonzaga on Thursday and Portland on Saturday.
  • Overall Record: 17-7
    WCC Record: 8-2
  • Pepperdine won its lone match in dominating fashion with a 3-0 win overLoyola Marymount. This is Pepperdine's third consecutive shutout win.

  • As a team, the Waves hit a healthy .311 (44-11-106) attack percentage, while limiting theLions to a dismal .081 (28-20-99) success rate. Five players accounted for 41 of the Waves'44 kills: freshman Emily Cook, sophomores Brittney Clark and Victoria Adelhelm, and juniorsKim Hill and Lilla Frederick.

  • A huge part of the Waves' defense were junior Stevi Robinson and freshman Kellie Woolever,who prevented a combined 27 attacks from hitting the court. Woolever is 79 assists away fromreaching the 1,000 milestone.

  • The Waves will make its final road trip of the regular season to the Northwest to face Portlandon Thursday and Gonzaga on Saturday.
  • Overall Record: 10-17
    WCC Record: 3-8
  • Portland split over the week with a 3-2 win over San Francisco and a 3-1loss to Santa Clara. The win over San Francisco was the first time since 2004that the Pilots swept a conference opponent and also gives the Pilots threeconference victories and three road victories for the first time since 2002.

  • Sophomores Kate Bostwick (16 kills, 13 digs) and Madison Smith posted double-doubles againstSan Francisco. Smith tied a career-high in assists (63) while setting a new career-high in digs (15).

  • Junior Marissa Plummer posted 16 kills on a .469 hitting percentage in addition to her five digsand four blocks against Santa Clara. Smith posted another solid outing for the Pilots, notching 53assists with eight digs and two aces.

  • Portland will stay home to host Pepperdine on Thursday and Loyola Marymount on Saturday.The Pilots will end the season at Gonzaga the following week.
  • Overall Record: 16-7
    WCC Record: 8-2
  • Saint Mary's hoped to avenge its loss to San Diego in a match that wasfeatured on ESPNU, but the Gaels lost in four sets (25-22, 17-25, 13-25, 21-25). This was the first time the Gaels won the first set and resulted in a loss.

  • Sophomore middle blocker Gabby Jolly led the Gaels with 12 kills on 25 swings for a .346hitting percentage. Senior Shannon Lowell added eight kills on 26 swigs with 8 total blocks,with the eight block assists. Lowell now ties Stacey O'Connor for the all-time leader in careerblock assists.

  • Senior libero Kelly Huston and senior Kapua Kamana'o stepped it up for the Gaels that night.Huston tallied 18 digs, while Kamana'o tallied a team-high 21 assists.

  • Saint Mary's hopes to pick up two wins at home, hosting crossbay rival San Francisco onThursday and Santa Clara on Saturday.
  • Overall Record: 20-4
    WCC Record: 10-0
  • San Diego earned a comeback victory over Saint Mary's. The Toreroshave stretched their winning streak to 12 in a row and have won 18 of theirlast 19 matches. The Toreros have only dropped three sets in conferenceplay so far this season, one each to Gonzaga, Loyola Marymount, and Saint Mary's.

  • Senior right side Ali Troost was named WCC Player of the Week for the fifth time this seasonafter notching a match-high 21 kills to go along with 14 digs against the Gaels. As a team, theToreros hit .315.

  • Freshman middle hitter Chloe Ferrari leads the WCC with a .395 hitting percentage this seasonand ranks 14th in the NCAA. Troost leads the WCC in kills this season with 325 total and 4.22kps, while senior outside hitter Amy Mahinalani DeGroot is third with 293 total and 3.62 kps.

  • The Toreros will host Santa Clara on Thursday and San Francisco on Saturday.
  • Overall Record: 4-20
    WCC Record: 2-9
  • San Francisco dropped a 3-2 heartbreaker to Portland, but came backto blank Gonzaga in its Saturday afternoon matchup.

  • Freshman setter/hitter Joan Caloiaro put together her third triple-double of the season with38 assists, 16 kills and 10 digs. Her 16 kills tied a career high. Against Gonzaga, Caloiaronotched her 12th double-double after totaling 51 assists, 13 kills, seven digs and three blocks.It was just the ninth match in three seasons that a USF player has totaled 50 or more assists.

  • Against the Zags, the Dons set a season-high in attacking percentage with a .305 clip andalso set a new season-high 71 kills. USF also tied a season-high in service aces with eight.Freshman Malina Terrell led the Dons with a career-high 26 kills on .389 hitting with three blocks.

  • San Francisco will face the top two teams in the conference, Saint Mary's on Thursday andSan Diego on Saturday.
  • Overall Record: 14-11
    WCC Record: 5-6
  • Santa Clara picked up two 3-1 wins against its Northwest opponents,Gonzaga and Portland. This was the 11th time in Head Coach Jon Wallace'scareer that his team has swept the series versus both teams.

  • Junior Tanya Schmidt helped the Broncos to its series sweep, hitting .465, averaging 2.88kpg, 1.25 dpg and 1.12 bpg. She hit .391 with 11 kills in the win over Gonzaga and then hit.550 with 12 kills in the victory over Portland. She also leads the team in hitting at .335 and issecond on the team with .71 bpg.

  • In the win over Gonzaga, Santa Clara was led by Kaleigh Durket, as she tallied 19 kills, hitting.438. Durket ranks fourth in the conference in kills with 325 total this season.

  • Santa Clara will head to Southern California to take on top-ranked San Diego on Thursdaybefore facing local rival Saint Mary's on Saturday.

    NCAA Releases Latest Women's Volleyball RPI
    The NCAA released its latest RPI (Rating Percentage Index), which included games as ofNovember 7, 2010, measuring the of strength of schedule of all 328 Division I teams across the nation. Below is where the WCC schools fall in this month's report.
    #38 (#40 last week) - San Diego (20-4)
    #49 (#58) - Pepperdine (17-7)
    #72 (#67) - Saint Mary's (16-7)
    #112 (#113) - Loyola Marymount (15-11)
    #144 (#142) - Santa Clara (14-11)
    #167 (#154) - Portland (10-17)
    #223 (#211) - San Francisco (4-20)
    #276 (#272) - Gonzaga (2-25)

    WCC Player of the Week
    Ali Troost, San Diego, SR, RS
    Senior right side Ali Troost helped lead USD to a 3-1 win over Saint Mary's College tokeep the Toreros perfect in the WCC and into a two-game lead over the Gaels. USD alsoextended its winning streak to 12 with the win. Troost paced the Torero offense with 21kills, only committed one error to hit for a .488 clip and she racked up 14 digs to post adouble-double. She also chipped in with three blocks.

    Also Nominated: Jasmine Rankins, LMU; Marissa Plummer, POR; Joan Caloiaro, USF;Tanya Schmidt, SCU

    WCC October Volleyball Player of the Month
    Ali Troost, San Diego, SR, MB
    Senior right side Ali Troost helped lead USD to a perfect 9-0 record and a perfect 8-0 record to open up WCC play. This marks the fourth time in program history that the Toreros have opened the WCC season 8-0. Troost paced the Toreros offense with 137 kills, hit for a .377 clip, recorded 61 digs and 14 blocks. Troost also recorded two double-doubles this month, as she had 14 kills and 10 digs in a win over Portland (10/2), and 15 kills and 13 digs against Saint Mary's (10/9). She racked up a season-high 28 kills in a win against Utah and recorded 25 kills in a win against LMU.

    Also Nominated: Lilla Frederick, PEP; Kati Hronek, POR; Shannon Lowell, SMC

    NCAA Selection Show To Air on ESPNEWS on Sunday, November 28
    Make sure to tune in to ESPNEWS on Sunday, November 28th at 3:00 PM (PT) to findout which WCC will be competing in the NCAA Tournament!