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WCC Volleyball Weekly Notes

Nov. 13, 2007

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WCC Player of the Week
USD's Amy DeGroot Earns Weekly Honor

Amy DeGroot, the sophomore outside hitter and native of Frenchtown, Mont., helped lead the Toreros to back-to-back 3-2 wins over Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine this past week. For the week, the sophomore recorded a team-best 41 kills, 25 digs and five blocks. In the match against Loyola Marymount, DeGroot recorded a double-double with 16 kills and 17 digs. In Saturday's win over Pepperdine, she recorded a team-leading 25 kills, had eight digs and hit for a .339 clip. On the season, DeGroot leads the team with 409 kills and is second in digs with 217.

Upcoming Schedule

Nov. 15

*Saint Mary's at Pepperdine - 7:00 PM

*San Diego at Gonzaga - 7:00 PM

*San Francisco at Portland - 7:00 PM

*Santa Clara at Loyola Marymount - 7:00 PM

Nov. 17

*Saint Mary's at Loyola Marymount - 1:00 PM

*San Diego at Portland - 1:00 PM

*San Francisco at Gonzaga - 1:00 PM

*Santa Clara at Pepperdine - 1:00 PM

*Conference Match

Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (17-11 / 5-7 WCC)

-Gonzaga posted a 3-0 sweep of the Pilots in its only match of the week.

-Junior Elaina Renius posted a match-high 16 kills and a .517 hitting clip to lead the Zags.

-Senior Briawna Mueller added 11 kills and had a .500 attack percentage for the match, while sophomore Michelle Boevers added 10 kills and a .417 hitting clip.

-Senior setter Heather Dunn passed out 43 assists as Gonzaga closed out the match with 58 team kills and a .349 hitting percentage; its highest WCC hitting percentage of the season.

-Senior Alecia Douglas and junior Paige Dillingham both had double-figure digs in the GU victory. Douglas collected a match-high 16 digs, while Dillingham added 11.

-The Zags will host San Diego (11/15) and San Francisco (11/17) to close out their season.

Loyola Marymount (14-11 / 6-6 WCC)

-The Lions went 1-1 last weekend with a loss to then #19 San Diego and a 3-1 win at San Francisco.

-Emily Day recorded her team-leading 15th double-double with a match-high 27 kills and 16 digs while hitting .400 in the Lions' 3-1 victory over the Dons.

-Senior Heather Hughes tallied 11 kills, six assists, a season-high four aces, eight digs and two blocks on the night in San Francisco.

-Freshman Becky Stehling established a career-high eight block assists in the loss to San Diego.

-LMU will conclude WCC play next week when it hosts Santa Clara and Saint Mary's on Thursday and Saturday.

Pepperdine Waves (17-8 / 8-4 WCC)

-Pepperdine posted a 1-1 weekend with a 3-2 victory over San Francisco and a heartbreaking loss to then #19 San Diego.

-Kiah Fiers tallied a career-high 72 assists along with 12 digs for her ninth double-double of the year.

-Kayla Walker registered 13 kills and 10 digs for her first double-double of the year against the Toreros.

-After setting a career high in kills against San Francisco, Julie Rubenstein eclipsed her own record just two days later in San Diego, as her 29 kills established a new career best. She also notched 11 digs to record her team-leading 16th double-double of the season.

-The Waves end WCC play at home and welcome Saint Mary's (11/15) and Santa Clara (11/17) to Firestone Fieldhouse.

Portland Pilots (7-19 / 0-12 WCC)

-The Pilots fell 0-3 to Gonzaga in a hard fought match last weekend.

-Junior Jennifer Sheedy led Portland's effort against the Zags with a team-high 13 kills and a .545 hitting percentage.

-Junior Ashley Grayson posted 12 kills, while freshman Jessica Clemens earned a double-double with 11 kills and 12 digs.

-Senior Kara Pein tallied 21 assists and sophomore Kaylyn Jones chipped in with 14.

-Freshman Alexis Robins added 13 digs to the Pilots' defensive efforts against Gonzaga.

-Portland wraps up the regular season with a pair of conference matches at home next weekend, hosting San Francisco (11/15) and San Diego (11/17).

Saint Mary's Gaels (14-10 / 6-6 WCC)

-Saint Mary's posted a big win last weekend with a thrilling 3-2 defeat of conference leader, Santa Clara.

-Junior Taylor Groess posted a team-high 15 kills against the Broncos.

-The Gaels out blocked the Broncos 21-8 in the match, as Brittany Barker recorded a double-double with 10 blocks and 10 kills, and Lauren Jaeckel recorded nine blocks and 14 kills.

-Freshman setter Kapua Kamana'o dished out 55 assists on the night, while the Gaels hit for .251 hitting efficiency.

-The Gaels close out their season with a trip to Southern California to face Pepperdine (11/15) and Loyola Marymount (11/17).

San Diego Toreros (19-7 / 9-3 WCC)

-The Toreros moved up to #19 in the polls after posting wins over Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine.

-Five Toreros posted double-digit kills against LMU, led by Amy DeGroot with 16 kills to go along with 17 digs to post a double-double. Erin Wiskar was the second USD player to record a double-double with 10 kills and a career-high 20 digs. Laurel Abrahamson was the third Torero in double digit kills with 11, Torey Ellick added in 10 kills and freshman right side Ali Troost was the final USD player in double digit kills with 12.

-Andrea Csaszi racked up a match-best 24 digs and Jessica Nyrop recorded 57 assists in helping direct the USD offense to a .326 attack percentage against the Waves.

-The Toreros travel to the Northwest and will face Gonzaga (11/15) and Portland (11/17) to close out their conference season.

San Francisco Dons (15-13/ 4-8 WCC)

-The Dons dropped two hard-fought matches to Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount.

-Junior Carly Babin collected 15 kills on an impressive .481 hitting percentage. Kristin Hasselberg and freshman Sarah Mandala each posted 13 kills against Pepperdine.

-Junior outside hitter Addie Webster collected 19 kills and 13 digs while sophomore libero Haley Carroll tallied a match-high 30 digs in the Dons' loss to the Waves.

-Sarah Mandala led the Dons effort against the Lions with 18 kills and four blocks while Alix Gombos added 14 kills and six blocks.

-San Francisco finishes the 2007 regular season next Thursday (11/15) and Saturday (11/17) with matches at Portland and Gonzaga.

Santa Clara Broncos (18-10 / 10-2 WCC)

-The Broncos snapped their seven-match winning streak after posting a 2-3 loss to Bay Area WCC rival, Saint Mary's.

-Junior Brittany Lowe and senior Crystal Matich each compiled double-doubles in the Broncos' loss. Lowe led the match with 24 kills and 17 digs, while Matich dished out a match-high 63 assists and registered 13 digs.

-Freshman Krista Kelley and sophomore Lindsy Evans posted double-digit kills against the Gaels with 16 and 12, respectively.

-Libero Caroline Walters recorded 16 digs to make her current career total 1,885.

-Santa Clara concludes the 2007 regular season on the road next weekend against Loyola Marymount (11/15) and Pepperdine(11/17).