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WCC Women's Volleyball Weekly Notes

Nov. 10, 2009

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STANDINGS
TEAM WCC Record
Overall Record
#23 Saint Mary's 10-1
18-4
#25 San Diego 8-3
16-6
Pepperdine 7-4
14-10
San Francisco 5-5
11-12
Santa Clara 4-6
14-11
Gonzaga 4-6
9-15
Loyola Marymount 3-8
12-13
Portland 1-9
5-20

CONFERENCE PLAY CONTINUES THIS WEEKEND
With just two weeks left in conference play, Saint Mary's holds sole possession of first place in the standings and has a chance to clinch the regular season title this week as it takes on San Diego on Saturday, November 14th, who is two games back with three games remaining for both teams. Also in the hunt for the regular season title is Pepperdine, who is three games back of Saint Mary's with three games remaining as well. The WCC once again has two teams in the national rankings with Saint Mary's moving up to No. 23 and San Diego ranked at No. 25, while Pepperdine continues to receive votes.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME

Santa Clara at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
7:00 PM
San Francisco at Portland Portland, OR
7:00 PM
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME

Pepperdine at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
7:00 PM
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME

San Francisco at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
1:00 PM
Santa Clara at Portland Portland, OR
1:00 PM
San Diego at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
1:00 PM

AROUND THE WCC

WCC October Player of the Month

Shannon Lowell, SMC:
Lowell was huge for the Gaels in October, and was the driving force behind their 8-1 month. She was named the WCC Player of the Week on for her efforts against LMU and Pepperdine on 10/28 and 10/31. For the month she hit an astounding .397, notching 95 kills, on 199 attempts. She hit over .350 in six of the nine matches the Gaels played. She also notched nine aces, 18 digs, and led the team with 45 total blocks. Lowell averaged 2.79 kills per game, and 1.41 blocks per game. She recorded her first double-double of the season against Santa Clara on 10/8, recording 14 kills and 11 total blocks. In the match against Gonzaga she notched a season-high 18 kills on 24 attempts for a career-high .667 hitting percentage. In the five set match against Pepperdine, Lowell notched 17 kills on 34 attempts with no errors for a .500 hitting percentage. She also notched five total blocks. She was at her best when the Gaels needed her most in that match, notching the final two kills and a block for the Gaels in the fifth set to seal the win.

WCC Player of the Week
Alaina Bergsma, LMU:
Bergsma collected 60 kills over the two matches played, averaging 7.50 kills per set and hitting .368 with only 17 errors in 117 attacks. Not only a threat on the attack, she also served-up three aces, posted one block solo, a block assist, 29 digs and five assists. The 6'3 outside hitter collected a double-double in both matches last week, running her total to 10 double-doubles on the season to match teammate Alesha Young for most in the West Coast Conference. She also totaled 64.5 points (8.06 per set) over the eight sets played, while averaging .38 aces per set and 3.62 digs per set.

Haley Carroll, USF:
Carroll helped lead the Dons to a 1-1 weekend, including a three-set sweep of No. 22 Toreros. Carroll recorded 33 digs on the weekend. Saturday, with her 16th dig, Carroll recorded her 2,000th career dig. With the feat, Carroll became the first player in WCC history and the 45th player in NCAA Division I history to accomplish the feat. Carroll also recorded a service ace and two assists on the weekend.

Also Nominated: Ali Troost, USD; Lauren Corp, SMC; Kim Hill, PEP

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).


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 9-15
WCC Record: 4-6
  • The Zags went winless last week, falling to Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine, both in five sets on the road.

  • Against the Lions, JR Allyson Powell collected a match-high 27 digs for her third straight game with 20+ digs and fourth of the season. SR Michelle Boevers led the offense with 16 kills on .351 hitting.

  • Against the Waves, SR Layne Brosky paced the team with 14 kills to go along with six block assists, while Powell had her fourth straight 20+ dig contest with a match-high 25.

  • JR Caitlin Cozad registered 11 total blocks over the weekend, including a match-high eight against Pepperdine. She leads the league with 121 total blocks on the season.

  • The Zags stay home to host Santa Clara (11/12) and San Francisco (11/14) this week.
  • Overall Record: 12-13
    WCC Record: 3-8
  • Loyola Marymount went undefeated last week, taking down Gonzaga and Portland.

  • FR Alaina Bergsma was impressive on both ends of the court, helping the Lions go 2-0 en route to earning WCC Co-Player of the Week honors. She totaled 60 kills while hitting .368, including a career-high 32 against the Zags and collected 29 digs.

  • SO Ariana Covington also had a strong week, totaling 25 kills and 23 digs in the two matches. She also had three service aces in each match.

  • Bergsma is putting together a strong season as she ranks 12th in the country in kills (4.54), while leading all freshman in the NCAA.

  • The Lions have just one match this week, hosting cross-town rival Pepperdine (11/13).
  • Overall Record: 14-10
    WCC Record: 7-4
  • The Waves went undefeated last week, defeating Portland and Gonzaga at home.

  • The Waves hit a season-high .383 against the Pilots, led by SO Kim Hill and FR Victoria Adelhelm. Hill had a match-high 17 kills on .560 hitting, while Adelhelm had career-highs of 16 kills and .562 hitting

  • Hill went on to get her own career-high with 22 kills on .562 hitting against the Zags. SR Kiah Fiers paced the offense with 60 assists for her third match this season with at least 60 assists.

  • Hill, who ranks ninth in the country in hitting percentage (.413), is putting together a strong conference season, totaling 126 kills on .471 hitting.

  • Pepperdine has just one match this week, at cross-town rival Loyola Marymount (11/13).
  • Overall Record: 5-20
    WCC Record: 1-9
  • The Pilots had a couple of setbacks on their road trip last week, falling to Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount.

  • FR Ariel Usher continued her hot play against the Waves, leading the team with 11 kills, while JR Danille Dupar had a match-high 20 digs. Dupar is leading the team on defense and ranks fifth in the league in digs (4.12 dps).

  • Usher once again led the Pilots' offense against the Lions with 10 kills on .360 hitting. Usher has now totaled three straight matches with double-figure kills, while hitting .379.

  • SR Kaylyn Jones collected 20 assists against the Lions, enough to break into the UP all-time top-10 assists list. She sits in the ninth spot with 1673.

  • The Pilots are at home this week, hosting San Francisco (11/12) and Santa Clara (11/14).
  • Overall Record: 18-4
    WCC Record: 10-1
  • The Gaels went undefeated last week, beating Bay Area rivals San Francisco and Santa Clara.

  • FR Lauren Corp led the Gaels over the weekend, totaling 24 kills with 19 digs, an ace, and six blocks, including a double-double of 14 kills and 11 digs against the Broncos.

  • In the win over Santa Clara SR Megan Burton and JR Shannon Lowell were near unstoppable at the net. The two combined for 20 total blocks. During conference play Lowell leads the league in blocks (61.0), while Burton is ranked second (57.0), combining for the most amongst any duo in the conference.

  • Lowell also leads the team on offense, ranking third in the league in hitting percentage (.388)

  • Saint Mary's has just one match this week against San Diego (11/14) and has a chance to clinch the regular season title with a win.
  • Overall Record: 16-6
    WCC Record: 8-3
  • The Toreros split their matches last week, defeating Santa Clara, before falling to San Francisco.

  • JR Ali Troost paced the offense against the Broncos with a career-high 34 kills on an impressive .540 hitting, which tied for fourth on the program's all-time single-match list. She also added three service aces.

  • SR Torey Ellick collected 21 kills over the two matches, including 13 on .423 hitting against Santa Clara. During WCC play, she has hit at a .405 clip, good for second in the conference.

  • JR Kelsi Myers ran the offense over the weekend, posting 90 combined assists in the two matches. She is currently ranked third in the nation with 12.07 aps.

  • San Diego's only match this week is a pivotal one against Saint Mary's (11/14), that could potentailly decide the regular season champion.
  • Overall Record: 11-12
    WCC Record: 5-5
  • San Francisco split its matches last week, falling to Saint Mary's, before bouncing back to sweep San Diego.

  • SR Haley Carroll finished a historic week en route to earning WCC Co-Player of the Week honors. In the win over San Diego, she collected her 2,000th career dig, becoming the first player in WCC history and just the 45th in NCAA history to reach that mark.

  • In the win over the Toreros, JR Sarah Mandala led the offense with 15 kills and finished with 41 total kills over the weekend. She is currently ranked eighth in the country with 4.70 kps.

  • Against the Gaels, SR Anna Berger finished with a season-high 16 kills as the only other Don with double-figure kills.

  • San Francisco hits the road to take on Portland (11/12) and Gonzaga (11/14) this week.
  • Overall Record: 14-11
    WCC Record: 4-6
  • Santa Clara had a couple setbacks last week, falling to San Diego and Saint Mary's.

  • Three players had double-figure kills against San Diego, led by SR Lindsy Davigeadono, who finished with 13 kills. Davigeadono has now had nine straight matches with double-figure kills, while hitting .357 in WCC play.

  • FR Samantha Selsky totaled 43 assists each in both matches and has had 40+ assists in each of her last six matches and currently ranks third in the conference (9.61 aps) during WCC play.

  • FR Dana Knudsen totaled 19 kills over the two matches and is hitting .333 overall on the season to lead all freshmen in the conference.

  • The Broncos hit the road to face Gonzaga (11/12) and Portland (11/14) this week.