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WCC Weekly Volleyball Notes

Nov. 16, 2010

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WCC Volleyball Battles to Very End

As the season comes to a close, San Diego has secured at least a share of the WCC title.This week's matchups will determine the final conference champion. The Toreros will takeon second place Pepperdine this Thursday, while Saint Mary's will look to hang on for achance at the title with a matchup against Loyola Marymount. Santa Clara will end its 2010season at San Francisco, while Portland and Gonzaga will face off on Saturday afternoon.San Diego will then take on Loyola Marymount on Saturday, while Saint Mary's and Pepperdine(both tied for second in the WCC) will face off on Saturday in Malibu. The Torerosneed just one victory to lock-in sole possession of the 2010 WCC Volleyball Championship.


Overall Record: 3-26
WCC Record: 1-12
  • Gonzaga picked up its first conference win last week, defeating LoyolaMarymount in a very close four-set match (22-25, 25-23, 25-23, 28-26).Senior Alyson Powell had 25 digs to push her single-season total to 450 and break the mark of436 set by Linda Bushinski in 1986.

  • Junior setter Denise Van Mortel recorded 48 assists and led the team in hitting percentagewith a .385 clip.

  • After coming off their first victory in 24 matches, the Zags struggled to find any offensiverhythm as they finished with 18 kills and a -.040 hitting clip against Pepperdine. Senior SchylurEdelman and sophomore Terran Poindexter combined for 10 of Gonzaga's 18 kills.

  • Gonzaga will face off against its final non-conference opponent Eastern Washington onWednesday before hosting Portland on Saturday.
  • Overall Record: 15-13
    WCC Record: 6-6
  • Loyola Marymount dropped two games on the road this past week, bringingits conference win percentage to .500. The Lions served Gonzaga itsfirst WCC win of the season and dropped another match to Portland during its Northwest trip,making it five straight losses on the road.

  • Junior Jasmine Rankins posted a match-best 23 kills for the Lions, while sophomore setterOlivia Bailey dished out 48 assists and notched 18 digs for a double-double. The Lions hit just.164 over the four sets.

  • Against Portland, Rankins once again led all players with 12 kills, while freshman AlyseHensley stepped up to post 11 kills and hit .455. Rankins is now second in the WCC in killsduring conference play with 167 total, just two behind San Diego's Ali Troost.

  • The Lions will end the season at home, starting with a match against Saint Mary's on Thursday.
  • Overall Record: 19-7
    WCC Record: 10-2
  • The Waves improved to 19-7 overall and 10-2 in conference after winninga five-set thriller over Portland (25-13, 23-25, 25-21, 10-25, 15-11) and a convincing sweepover Gonzaga (25-18, 25-22, 25-4).

  • In the win over Portland, the Waves hit a .258 attack percentage with four individuals reachingdouble figures in the kills category. WCC Player of the Week Kim Hill logged her seconddouble-double of the season with 13 kills and a career-high 15 digs.

  • Hill led all players against Gonzaga with 14 kills and a .481 hitting percentage, while the Wavescombined for 44 kills. Freshman Kellie Woolever tallied her second-consecutive double-doublewith 11 digs and 32 assists.

  • Pepperdine wraps up the regular season at home with matches against No. 14-ranked SanDiego on Thursday and second place Saint Mary's on Saturday.
  • Overall Record: 11-18
    WCC Record: 4-9
  • Portland split its matches again this week with a five-set loss to Pepperdineand a sweep over Loyola Marymount. The sweep of the Lions marked thefirst since the 2005 season.

  • In the five-set heartbreaker against Pepperdine, sophomore Ariel Usher posted 17 kills, whilesophomore Madison Smith posted a double-double with 40 assists and 13 digs. Smith then postedanother double-double with 32 assists and 10 digs in the Pilot victory over LMU on Senior Day.

  • Senior libero Danielle Dupar, honored as the only Pilot senior in a pre-match ceremony, posted13 digs in her final career home match. Dupar has now recorded 544 digs on the season, just 15shy of the school record. She also continues to lead the Conference in digs in overall matchesand conference play.

  • The Pilots play their season finale against Gonzaga on Saturday.
  • Overall Record: 18-7
    WCC Record: 10-2
  • Saint Mary's defeated Bay Area rivals San Francisco and Santa Clarato improve to 10-2 in conference play and stay locked in second place withPepperdine.

  • In the three-set win over San Francisco, senior outside hitter Megan York and sophomoreoutside hitter Lauren Corp combined to throw down 25 kills, while the entire USF team recorded29 kills all together.

  • On Senior Night, seniors Kelly Huston, Kapua Kamana'o, Shannon Lowell, and Megan Yorkteamed up to defeat Santa Clara to bring their career record to 76-32, which breaks the markset by the 2006 senior class and making them the winningest class in program history.

  • Saint Mary's will return to action on Thursday as the Gaels take on Loyola Marymount onthe road.
  • Overall Record: 22-4
    WCC Record: 12-0
  • San Diego jumped up four spots to No. 14 in the latest AVCA top-25poll after posting another perfect 2-0 record to remain undefeated in WCCaction at 12-0 and clinching at least a share of the WCC Championship.

  • In the win over Santa Clara, senior Ali Troost recorded a match-high 15 kills on 26 swings,while only committing two attack errors to post a .500 hitting percentage. Senior Amy MahinalaniDeGroot recorded a double-double with 10 kills and 11 digs, while freshman Chloe Ferrari recorded10 kills and hit for a .714 clip, the sixth best single-match hitting percentage in USD history.

  • In Saturday's win over the Dons, senior Colleen Carlson led all players with 16 kills on 20swings to post a career-high .800 hitting percentage, tying for third in single-match attack percentageat USD. DeGroot posted another double-double with 13 kills and 19 digs.

  • The Toreros will look to lock-up sole possession of first place at Pepperdine on Thursday.
  • Overall Record: 4-22
    WCC Record: 2-11
  • San Francisco dropped two tough matches to Saint Mary's and SanDiego, bringing the team's conference record to 2-11.

  • Against Saint Mary's, the Dons hit just .088 for the match, compared to the Gaels' effort of.313. No Dons finished in double-digit kills with sophomore Erin Kilroy totalling eight kills injust two sets. Freshman Joan Caloiaro posted her 13th double-double of the season with 20assists and 10 kills. Caloiaro currently ranks sixth in the Conference in assists with 345 overconference matches.

  • In the loss to San Diego, the Toreros hit a fierce clip of .351 and totaled 53 kills to the Dons'25. It was the second straight match the Dons were without a player in double-digit kills.

  • The Dons look to end the season on a high note against Santa Clara on Senior Night thisFriday. USF will honor seniors Alaina Sully and Sarah Mandala before the match.
  • Overall Record: 14-13
    WCC Record: 5-8
  • Santa Clara dropped two matches over the week to top teams San Diegoand Saint Mary's. The Broncos played without starter Kayla Lommori whois second on the team with 3.16 kpg. Lommori suffered an ankle sprain and is expected to beout the rest of the season.

  • Santa Clara hit .004 with 24 kills, while the Toreros put together a .352 clip with 50 kills. Noindividual Broncos recorded double-digit kills that night.

  • Santa Clara improved its hitting percentage to .289 with 38 kills and 14 errors against SaintMary's, but it was not enough to pull out a Bronco victory. The team was led by sophomoreoutside hitter Lexi Williamson, who threw down 10 kills, while sophomore middle blocker DanaKnudsen and junior middle blocker Tanya Schmidt collected nine and six kills, respectively.

  • The Broncos will play their last match of the season at San Francisco on Friday.

    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!

    NCAA Releases Latest Women's Volleyball RPI
    The NCAA released its latest RPI (Rating Percentage Index), which included games as ofNovember 15, 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 week's report.
    #33 (#38 last week) - San Diego (22-4)
    #59 (#49) - Pepperdine (19-7)
    #67 (#72) - Saint Mary's (18-7)
    #140 (#112) - Loyola Marymount (15-13)
    #141 (#144) - Santa Clara (14-13)
    #152 (#167) - Portland (11-18)
    #210 (#223) - San Francisco (4-22)
    #271 (#276) - Gonzaga (3-26)

    WCC Player of the Week
    Kim Hill, Pepperdine, JR, OPP
    The Waves played two matches last week against Portland and Gonzaga. In those twocontests, junior opposite side hitter Kim Hill committed just two attack errors total to finishwith a .373 attack percentage and a team-high 27 kills. Other totals include 19 digs - themost of any hitter - and a tied-for-team-high nine blocks. Hill, a native of Portland, Ore.,tallied the second double-double of her career during Thursday's match against the Pilots.In addition to her 13 put aways on offense, she also had a solid night on defense with afive blocks and a career-high 15 digs. Hill followed that up with 14 kills on a .481 successrate versus Gonzaga on Saturday.

    Also Nominated: Madison Smith, POR; Megan York, SMC; Amy DeGroot, USD

    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

    WCC Raises Breast Cancer Awareness in Communities
    This past October, also known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month,seven of the eight WCC volleyball teams came together to raise over$11,400 for the Side-Out Foundation and local breast cancer researchgroups as part of the nationwide effort to increase breast cancerawareness and to fund current and future research and education.