Nov. 21, 2006
WCC Co-Players of the Week
Sophia Milo, Pepperdine & Jessica Nyrop, San Diego
Sophia Milo and Jessica Nyrop helped their respective teams close out the WCC season with wins last week. Milo recorded a .519 attack percentage along with 16 kills and seven blocks in Pepperdine's 3-0 sweep of crosstown rival LMU last week. The senior middle blocker became one of just six players in the history of the WCC to reach the 500 total block plateau and sits in third on the WCC all-time block assists chart. The honor is Milo's first of the season and Pepperdine's third this year. Nyrop helped San Diego finish the WCC season 13-1 with a win over then-No. 22 Santa Clara on Saturday. Nyrop dished out 50 assists in the three-game sweep, while setting the Toreros to a .308 hitting percentage. Nyrop leads the WCC with a 13.82 assists per game average and a 14.82 average in WCC matches. Nyrop is the sixth San Diego player to earn Player of the Week honors this season.
Cal State Fullerton at San Diego - 7:00 PM
Cal State Northridge at LMU - 7:30 PM
Dayton at Pepperdine - 7:00 PM
#San Francisco vs. Houston - 5:00 PM
Dayton at LMU 8:00 PM
#San Francisco vs. Portland State/Pacific - TBA
# Pacific Bankers Classic Tournament
Around the WCC
WCC Season Comes to a Close
Conference squads wrapped up the 2006 West Coast Conference season last week, settling the final standings in the final weekend of play. Although San Diego clinched the WCC title on November 11, the other teams in the WCC were looking to improve their NCAA Tournament resumés last week. Pepperdine finished the season with a sweep of crosstown rival LMU and took second place with an 11-3 conference record, while Santa Clara closed out the season with a loss to San Diego to finish third at 9-5. San Francisco and Saint Mary's both split their trip to the Pacific Northwest last week to finish in a tie for fourth at 6-8 in league play. LMU finished the conference season on a five match losing streak, placing sixth at 5-9. Gonzaga earned four WCC wins for the first time since 2001, finishing seventh and closing out the season with a 3-0 sweep of USF. Portland recorded a 3-2 victory over Saint Mary's to snap a 11-match losing streak and finish the season 2-12 in WCC play.
With just five days of competition remaining in the 2006 regular season, four conference squads await the announcement of their NCAA fate this Sunday. San Diego earned the automatic NCAA Tournament bid with its second WCC championship in the past three years and will watch Sunday to find out who, when and where it will play. For Santa Clara and Pepperdine, an at-large berth into the tournament will be required to extend their seasons. The Waves played one of the toughest schedules in the conference, competing against six top 25 teams in nonconference play, along with Santa Clara and San Diego in WCC play. The Broncos also played a rigorous schedule outside of conference, posting wins against then-No. 25 Kansas State, then-No. 21 Notre Dame and then-No. 15 Missouri. Meanwhile, San Francisco sits on the bubble after posting a 6-8 WCC record and a 21-9 overall record, heading into this weekend's final tournament. The teams will have their questions answered this Sunday between 3:00 and 3:30 PM when the NCAA Tournament bracket is announced on ESPNews.
WCC in the RKPI
Only one match remains for San Diego, the WCC's top ranked team in the Pacific Region RKPI. The Toreros garnered a No. 5 ranking in the region and moved up to No. 11 in the nation. Joining USD in the regional top 10 are Pepperdine at No. 7 and Santa Clara at No. 8. A loss to Gonzaga dropped San Francisco in the national rankings, but it retains the No. 12 spot in the Pacific region, followed by Saint Mary's at No. 13. The RKPI conference rankings remained the same, with the Big 10 Conference taking the top spot and the WCC checking in at No. 5. The RKPI takes into consideration the Rich Kern Percentage Index (RKPI) of all NCAA Division I teams, then computes each region based on the overall ranking. The RKPI mimics the NCAA RPI published at the end of the season.
RKPI Pacific Region Top 15 (Nat'l RKPI Rank)
1. UCLA (2)
2. Stanford (5)
3. USC (6)
4. Washington (10)
5. San Diego (11)
6. Cal (18)
7. Pepperdine (20)
8. Santa Clara (31)
9. Sacramento State (35)
10. Arizona State (38)
11. Oregon (43)
12. San Francisco (53)
13. Saint Mary's (71)
14. Portland State (76)
15. Arizona (77)
WCC Team Notes
Gonzaga Bulldogs (9-20 / 4-10 WCC)
- Gonzaga split its final two matches of the season, losing 3-1 to Saint Mary's before sweeping USF 3-0 last week.
- Becky Jones recorded her 15th double-double of the season with 16 kills and 11 digs to lead the Bulldogs in the win over the Dons.
- The Zags' 15 team blocks helped hold San Francisco to a .146 hitting percentage for the match, including .080 in the final frame.
- Briawna Mueller and Layne Brosky joined Jones in double-digit kills against USF, posting 14 and 10, respectively. Neither player committed a hitting error and Brosky recorded a .769 hitting percentage for the match.
- The Bulldogs finish the season in seventh place with a 4-10 record in WCC play.
Loyola Marymount Lions (17-12 / 5-9 WCC)
- LMU dropped a 3-0 decision to No. 25 Pepperdine in its final conference match of the season.
- The Lions have lost five straight heading into their final match of the season against Cal State Northridge.
- For the second straight match, Christianna Reneau was the only LMU player to reach double digits in kills against the Waves, posting a 10-kill, 12-dig double-double.
- Loyola Marymount finished the WCC season in sixth place with a 5-9 record in conference play.
- The Lions will look to break their five-match losing streak and finish the season off on a high note tonight when they host Cal State Northridge in a nonconference matchup.
Pepperdine Waves (15-11 / 11-3 WCC)
- Pepperdine posted a 3-0 sweep over LMU in its final WCC match of the season, before dropping a 3-2 decision to No. 4 UCLA.
- Sophia Milo earned her first WCC Co-Player of the Week honors of the season this week after hitting .519 while recording 16 kills and seven blocks. Milo became just the sixth player in WCC history to record more than 500 total blocks in a career.
- Rachel Lumsden and Sophia Milo led the Waves in the loss to UCLA. Lumsden posted a match-high 19 kills, while Milo added 16 kills and four blocks.
- The Waves lost just one game en route to a 7-0 home record in WCC matches.
- Pepperdine closes out the regular season Wednesday, hosting Dayton in its final match before NCAA Tournament selection on Sunday.
Portland Pilots (9-18 / 2-12 WCC)
- Portland finished its season with a split last week, dropping a 3-0 decision to USF before beating Saint Mary's 3-2 to end a 10-match losing streak.
- Murphy McClenahan finished her four-year career with the Pilots on Saturday. McClenahan finishes her tenure second on the Portland all-time digs list and third on the WCC career digs chart with 1,684.
- Freshman Maria Clemens closed out the season with a 20-kill, 16-dig performance in the win over SMC. The 20 kills are a career high for the Burns, OR native.
- Five Pilots reached double digits in kills and three posted double-doubles in the win.
- The Pilots finish the season in eighth place earning two wins and 12 losses in WCC play.
Saint Mary's Gaels (11-14 / 6-8 WCC)
- The Gaels split last week's matches in the Northwest, downing Gonzaga 3-1 before dropping their final match of the season to Portland in five games.
- Missie Stidham posted a match-high 18 kills against Gonzaga, while Cassandra Kolkka recorded her third double-double of the season with 10 kills and 15 digs.
- The Gaels outblocked Loyola Marymount 13.5-4 thanks to nine blocks by Christina Kirk and six blocks from Megan Burton.
- Setter Mandy Bible nearly posted a triple-double in the win, recording 58 assists, 10 digs and nine total blocks in the victory over the Zags. Bible set SMC to a .361 hitting percentage in the decisive game four and .224 for the match.
- Saint Mary's finished the season 6-8 in the WCC, good for a tie for fourth-place with USF.
San Diego Toreros (23-5 / 13-1 WCC)
- San Diego posted its second win of the season against then-No. 22 Santa Clara to finish the conference season with just one loss.
- Sophomore setter Jessica Nyrop earned WCC Co-Player of the Week honors after setting San Diego to a .308 hitting percentage while recording 50 assists in just three games against Santa Clara.
- Kristen Carlson, Laurel Abrahamson and Christie Dawson recorded the 13th WCC match in which all three have recorded double-digit kills, combining for 42 of the Toreros' 56 kills in the match.
- USD posted its 12th season with 10 or more conference wins, going 13-1 in WCC play.
- San Diego closes out the regular season hosting Cal State Fullerton tonight.
San Francisco Dons (21-9 / 6-8 WCC)
- USF split its final two WCC matches, posting a 3-0 sweep of Portland before dropping a 3-0 decision to Gonzaga in the Northwest.
- The Dons posted their second finish in the top half of the WCC standings under Head Coach Jeff Nelson with their 6-8 conference record, good for a tie for fourth place.
- Thanks to a combined 1,425 kills this season from Kristin Hasselberg, Carly Babin, Alix Gombos, Brynn Maurer and Anna Berger, USF recorded its first season with five players over the 200-kill mark.
- With 31 assists last week, Jamie Kartchner moved into sole possession of second place on the Dons' career chart with 3,228.
- USF closes out the regular season at the Pacific Bankers Classic on Friday and Saturday.
Santa Clara Broncos (20-7 / 9-5 WCC)
- Santa Clara closed out the WCC season with a 3-0 loss to No. 17 San Diego.
- In her final regular season match as a Bronco, Kim McGiven led the team with 16 kills, while Caroline Walters paced the team with 15 assists.
- Sophomore outside hitter Nichole Clark recorded a match-high three service aces and led the Santa Clara hitters with a .500 attack percentage in the loss.
- The Broncos have now dropped five of their last six matches with the Toreros, including three straight.
- Santa Clara finished the season in third place with a 9-5 record in the WCC and now wait to see if they receive an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament.