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WCC Women's Volleyball Comes to a Close this Weekend

Nov. 17, 2009

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Overall Record
#22 Saint Mary's 11-1
San Diego 8-4
Pepperdine 8-4
San Francisco 6-6
Santa Clara 5-7
Gonzaga 5-7
Loyola Marymount 3-9
Portland 2-10

With the regular season coming to a close this weekend, the Saint Mary's Gaels have already clinched the 2009 WCC Championship with a thrilling five-set win over visiting San Diego last week. The Toreros are now tied with the Waves for second place heading into the last weekend of play, with San Francisco threatening as the Dons are just two games back of them.



Gonzaga at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
7:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at San Francisco San Francisco, CA
7:00 PM
Pepperdine at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA
7:00 PM
Portland at San Diego San Diego, CA
7:00 PM

Gonzaga at San Diego San Diego, CA
1:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA
1:00 PM
Pepperdine at San Francisco San Francisco, CA
1:00 PM
Portland at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
1:00 PM


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
Shannon Lowell, SMC:
Lowell set a career-high with 23 kills in the match against, San Diego, helping the Gaels clinch its first-ever WCC regular season title. In the match, she hit .381 with four digs and three blocks. Her most important kills came in the fifth set, where she posted four, including her last, which sealed the Gaels' victory. This is her second weekly award of the season and the fourth for Saint Mary's.

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).



Overall Record: 10-16
WCC Record: 5-7
  • The Zags split their matches last week, falling to Santa Clara, before bouncing back to defeat San Francisco.

  • In the win over the Dons, SR Michelle Boevers and SR Layne Brosky paced the Zags with 16 kills a piece, while combining for 17 blocks. As a team the Zags had 45 blocks to the Dons' 17.

  • SO Denise Van de Mortel had a season-high 58 assists against San Francisco. JR Caitlin Cozad had her first match with double-digit blocks (12) since the second match of the season, while SO Kaprina Goodwin matched her season-high with 10.

  • JR Allyson Powell collected 31 digs over the weekend and ranks fourth in the conference with 408 on the season.

  • The Zags close out the season at Saint Mary's (11/19) and San Diego (11/21).
  • Overall Record: 12-14
    WCC Record: 3-9
  • Loyola Marymount had just one match last week, losing to cross-town rival Pepperdine.

  • FR Alaina Bergsma collected her league-leading 11th double-double of the season against the Waves. She finished with team-highs of 12 kills and 16 digs.

  • SO Ariana Covington had a double-double of her own, ending up with 11 kills and 10 digs for her seventh of the season.

  • Bergsma is putting together a strong season as she ranks 14th in the country in kills (4.47), while leading all freshman in the NCAA and also leads the league in aces with 37.

  • The Lions close out the conference season at San Francisco (11/19) and Santa Clara (11/21), before playing at Long Beach State (11/28) in their season finale.
  • Overall Record: 15-10
    WCC Record: 8-4
  • The Waves had just one match last week, defeating cross-town rival Loyola Marymount.

  • The Waves were led by SO Kim Hill, who had a match-high 14 kills on .464 hitting. She is putting together a great season, ranking fifth in the country in hitting (.415).

  • SR Rachel Grochmal and FR Caitlin Racich both posted double-doubles as Grochmal went for 12 kills and 14 digs, while Racich had 10 kills and 12 digs. FR Victoria Adelhelm has come on strong as of late totaling 38 kills in her last three matches, while hitting .538.

  • SO Lilla Frederick had a career-high 22 digs, while SO Stevi Robinson collected 21. Robinson ranks second in the conference with 418 total digs on the season.

  • Pepperdine closes out the season at Santa Clara (11/19) and San Francisco (11/21).
  • Overall Record: 6-21
    WCC Record: 2-10
  • The Pilots split their matches last week, falling to San Francisco in five, before sweeping Santa Clara.

  • FR Kate Bostwick led the offense against the Broncos with a team-high 12 kills on .500 hitting, and also added three service aces. SR Maria Clemens posted a double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs.

  • JR Danielle Dupar tallied 37 digs in the two matches, and now has 977 for her career which ranks 10th on the program's all-time career list. She also ranks fifth in the WCC with 4.17 dps.

  • Against the Dons, Bostwick set a career-high with 13 kills, while FR Ariel Usher totaled 15 kills and a career-high seven blocks.

  • The Pilots close out the season at San Diego (11/19) and Saint Mary's (11/21).
  • Overall Record: 19-4
    WCC Record: 11-1
  • The Gaels won their most important match of the season, against San Diego in five, to clinch the program's first-ever conference championship.

  • JR Shannon Lowell had a big game to help lead the Gaels to victory en route to earning WCC Player of the Week honors. She finished with 23 kills on .381 hitting, including four kills in the pivotal fifth set, one of which was the match-winner.

  • SR Megan Burton was effective on both sides of the net, finishing with a season-high 14 kills on .600 hitting as well as eight total blocks.

  • SR Alita Fisher collected a match-high 16 digs to pace the defense. She currently ranks second in the league with 4.80 dps.

  • Saint Mary's closes out the season at home against Gonzaga (11/19) and Portland (11/21).
  • Overall Record: 16-7
    WCC Record: 8-4
  • The Toreros lost their pivotal match against Saint Mary's last week in a five set thriller.

  • SR Torey Ellick and JR Ali Troost paced the offense with 17 kills a piece. Ellick hit .464, while Troost added nine digs. Ellick ranks 20th nationally with a .376 hitting percentage, while Troost is third in the conference with 333 kills on the season.

  • JR Kelsi Myers posted a double-double with 54 assists and 10 digs. It was her 10th match of the season with 50+ assists and she ranks sixth in the country with 12.00 aps.

  • SR Kayleen Webster led the defense with 15 digs and is ranked fourth in the conference with 4.27 dps.

  • San Diego closes out the season at home against Portland (11/19) and Gonzaga (11/21).
  • Overall Record: 12-14
    WCC Record: 6-6
  • San Francisco split its matches last week, defeating Portland, before falling to Gonzaga.

  • In the win over Portland, JR Sarah Mandala recorded a match-high 27 kills on .327 hitting, and added seven digs. SR Haley Caroll collected 22 digs to pace the defense.

  • Also in the win, FR Hadley Simmons registered double-digit kills for the first time all season with 12 on .647 hitting. JR Alaina Sully had a career-high seven kills to go with 31 assists.

  • Mandala and Carroll turned in another strong performance against the Zags, finishing with match-highs of 27 kills and 25 digs respectively. FR Erin Kilroy also added a career-high 13 kills on .458 hitting.

  • The Dons close out the season hosting Loyola Marymount (11/19) and Pepperdine (11/21).
  • Overall Record: 15-12
    WCC Record: 5-7
  • Santa Clara split its matches last week, defeating Gonzaga, before falling to Portland.

  • Four players registered double-digit kills in the win over the Zags, led by FR Katherine Douglas, who collected a season and match-high 17, while also adding 10 digs. SO Tanya Schmidt had her own season-high, adding 12 kills on .545 hitting.

  • Against the Zags, FR Samantha Selsky posted her seventh straight match with 40+ assists, totaling a match-high 47. She is third in the league during WCC play with 9.76 aps.

  • SR Lindsy Davigeadono has been the most consistent Bronco during conference play ranking sixth in the league in hitting (.333) and kills (3.28 kps).

  • The Broncos close out the season hosting Pepperdine (11/19) and Loyola Marymount (11/21).