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WCC Women's Volleyball Weekly Notes

Nov. 12, 2008

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With only one more week of conference play remaining after this week, first place is up for grabs, with three schools within a game and a half of the top spot. The top four teams in the conference in order are San Diego, San Francisco, Saint Mary's, and Santa Clara. This week is filled with several crucial matches as San Diego tries to hold onto first place when it hosts contenders Saint Mary's and Santa Clara. San Francisco also looks to move up and will face Santa Clara and Saint Mary's as well.

SAN DIEGO HOLDS THE TOP SPOT IN THE CONFERENCE

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Loyola Marymount at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
7:00 PM
Pepperdine at Portland Portland, OR
7:00 PM
Saint Mary's at San Diego Santa Clara, CA
7:00 PM
Santa Clara at San Francisco San Francisco, CA
7:00 PM
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Pepperdine at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
1:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at Portland Portland, OR
1:00 PM
Santa Clara at San Diego San Diego, CA
1:00 PM
Saint Mary's at San Francisco San Francisco, CA
1:00 PM

AROUND THE WCC

WCC Player of the Week
Amy DeGroot led USD to a 3-0 win over the Dons this past week, to move USD into sole possession of first place in the WCC. DeGroot recorded 17 kills on 43 swings to hit for a .256 clip and also added in 13 digs for a double-double. DeGroot also recorded a pair of service aces in the win. DeGroot currently leads the Toreros with 304 kills (4.16 kps) and is hitting at a .250 clip. DeGroot is also second on the team in digs with 186.

Three WCC Teams Ranked Among The Nation's Best
Three West Coast Conference women's volleyball teams are ranked in American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) poll. Moving up in the polls were San Diego, to No. 13, and Santa Clara, to No. 21. Pepperdine moved down to No. 24, while San Francisco just falls out, but received 53 votes. Saint Mary's continues to be in the conversation as well, receiving 22 votes.

National Leaders Among the WCC
Several players in the WCC rank among the nation's best in several categories. Notable leaders are Kapua Kamana'o (SMC) and Jessica Nyrop (USD), who are eighth and 15th in assists per game, while Julie Rubenstein (PEP) and Emily Day (LMU) are 16th and 19th in kills per game. USF's Alix Gombos and Carly Babin continue to be one and two in the conference in hitting percentage and are seventh and 15th in the country. As a team, San Diego ranks fifth in assists per game and ninth in kills per game.

WCC Among the Elite Volleyball Conferences in the Country
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 five seasons, the WCC has owned a national top five ranking in the RPI three times. Currently the WCC has five schools with RPI's under 60, trailing only the Pac-10 (8) and Big 10 (9).

1,000 Kill and Dig Club
The WCC welcomes back several players who are on pace to eclipse the 1,000 kill and dig mark.


NAMECAREER KILLSCAREER DIGS
Emily Day, LMU:         1,407           1,103Brittany Lowe, SCU:     1,404           1,122Julie Rubenstein, PEP:  1,645           925


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES
UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Overall Record: 9-19
WCC Record: 2-9
  • Gonzaga completed a Bay Area road trip falling to No. 19 Santa Clara, before losing to Saint Mary's.

  • In the match against Saint Mary's, Michelle Boevers led all players with a match-high 10 kills. Boevers led the Zags over the weekend with 17 kills total and is second on the team with 290 spikes on the season.

  • Against Saint Mary's, Emily Johnson led all players with a match-high 11 digs, the only player to reach double digits.

  • Elaina Renius leads the conference with 109.0 total blocks and is second in total kills with 356. She had a career-high 22 kills against Washington State.

  • This week, the Zags will stay home to host a pair of Southern California schools in Loyola Marymount (11/13) and Pepperdine (11/15).
  • Nov. 13
    vs. Loyola Marymount - 7:00 PM

    Nov. 15
    vs. Pepperdine - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 12-12
    WCC Record: 2-8
  • The Lions visited cross-town rival No. 19 Pepperdine for their only match of the week, losing 0-3.

  • Ariana Covington led the way for Loyola Marymount on offense, registering a team-high eight kills to go along with one service ace. Covington is second on the team in that category with 228 kills on the season.

  • Emily Day is also only the seventh player in LMU history to achieve the 1,000 kill and dig mark. For her career, Day has 1,407 kills and 1,103 digs.

  • Day has had a tremendous season leading the team in kills and digs. She currently ranks second in the conference at 4.24 kpg and eighth in digs at 2.88 dpg. Her season has put her in the Lions' record book as she ranks fifth in kills and seventh in digs for her career.

  • The Lions head up North to take on Portland (11/13) and Gonzaga (11/15) this week.
  • Nov. 13
    at Portland - 7:00 PM

    Nov. 15 at Gonzaga - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 17-5
    WCC Record: 5-5
  • No. 19 Pepperdine got back on the winning track sweeping cross-town rival Loyola Marymount at home.

  • The Waves are among league leaders in several categories including pacing the conference in opponent hitting percentage,(.168), and digs per game (15.23 dpg).

  • The Waves had two players with hitting percentages over .600 in the win over the Lions. Kim Hill had 11 kills on .647 hitting, while Julie Rubenstein had 16 kills on .640 hitting.

  • Kealohilani Kea did a great job filling in as setter, directing the Waves to their second-best hitting performance of the season at. 434. For the match, Kea had 43 assists, which were the most by a Wave in a three set match this year.

  • This week, Pepperdine heads up North to take on Portland (11/13) and Gonzaga (11/15).
  • Nov. 13
    at Portland - 7:00 PM

    Nov. 15 at Gonzaga - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 6-21
    WCC Record: 0-11
  • Portland suffered a pair of setbacks on their trip to the Bay Area, losing to Saint Mary's and Santa Clara.

  • Ashley Grayson and K.C. Fox led the Pilots offense over the weekend, with Grayson registering 19 kills and Fox with 15. Jessica Clemens led the way defensively, with 20 digs in the two matches.

  • Grayson leads the team with 306 kills and is ranked sixth in the conference.

  • Clemens is among the team leaders in three categories: kills (second at 215), aces (first at 28), and digs (first at 257).

  • Portland returns home to host Southern California schools No. 19 Pepperdine (11/13) and Loyola Marymount (11/15).
  • Nov. 13
    vs. Pepperdine - 7:00 PM

    Nov. 15
    vs. Loyola Marymount - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 18-6
    WCC Record: 8-3
  • The Gaels went undefeated during their homestand, sweeping Portland and Gonzaga.

  • In the win over Portland, Saint Mary's hit an impressive .456 as a team and had three players in double digit kills. Lauren Jaeckel had a season-high 14, hitting .650. Shannon Lowell had 14, while Chanteal Satele posted 10.

  • The Gaels turned up the defense in the match against Gonzaga, holding the Zags to a .056 hitting percentage for the match. Lowell and Alita Fisher added four service aces a piece to lead the Gaels.

  • Kapua Kamana'o continues to pace the conference with 11.68 assists per game.

  • The Gaels head out to take on No. 13 San Diego (11/13) and San Francisco (11/15).
  • Nov. 13
    at San Diego - 7:00 PM

    Nov. 8
    at San Francisco - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 19-3
    WCC Record: 9-1
  • The Toreros captured a key victory in a sweep over San Francisco, to give them sole possesion of first place in the conference and a seven game winning streak.

  • In the win over the Dons, Amy Degroot and Ali Troost had impressive hitting performances registering 17 kills apiece, with Degroot hitting .256, while Troost hit at .371.

  • Against San Francisco, three players led the way defensively, with each tallying double digit digs. DeGroot had 13, Kayleen Webster had 14, and Andrea Csaszi had a match-high 16.

  • The Toreros lead the conference in kills per game (14.62), assists per game (13.58), and hitting percentage (.277).

  • San Diego hosts Saint Mary's (11/13) and No. 19 Santa Clara (11/15), this week.
  • Nov. 13
    vs. Saint Mary's - 7:00 PM

    Nov. 15 vs. Santa Clara - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 18-6
    WCC Record: 8-2
  • The Dons lost a crucial match on the road to No. 13 San Diego, giving up possession of first place.

  • In the loss to San Diego, the Dons made each set a battle, losing all sets by an average of 3.67 points.

  • Three Dons recorded double digit-digs totals, with Haley Carroll leading the way with 14. Sister Darcey Carroll added 10 along with Addie Webster who also had 10. Darcey Carroll also posted 15 assists for a double-double.

  • Alix Gombos (.417) and Carly Babin (.401) continue to be one-two in the conference in hitting percentage, while Haley Carroll paces the conference with 416 digs.

  • The Dons return home to host No. 19 Santa Clara (11/13) and Saint Mary's (11/15).
  • Nov. 13
    vs. Santa Clara - 7:00 PM

    Nov. 15 vs. Saint Mary's - 1:00 PM

    Overall Record: 17-6
    WCC Record: 8-3
  • The Broncos had an undefeated weekend at home sweeping Gonzaga and Portland.

  • Over the weekend, Santa Clara was led by Brittany Lowe, who posted back-to-back double digit kills performances. Lowe tallied 13 kills in both matches, which were match-highs in both contests.

  • Lowe has passed the 1,000 career dig mark and is the only current Bronco with both 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs. Lowe has 1,404 kills and 1,122 digs in her career.

  • With 32 aces this year, Lowe moved to the No. 3 spot on SCU's career service aces list and is only two aces away from tying the No. 2 spot.

  • This week, the Broncos head out to face San Francisco (11/13) and San Diego (11/15).
  • Nov. 13
    at San Francisco - 7:00 PM

    Nov. 15
    at San Diego - 1:00 PM