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San Diego Women's Volleyball Clinches 2010 WCC Championship

Nov. 24, 2010

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WCC Volleyball Officially Ends Conference Season

Going into the last week of conference play, three teams had the potential of sharing theconference crown---San Diego, Saint Mary's and Pepperdine. However, with the top threeteams exchanging wins and losses over the weekend, San Diego was able to secure thetitle outright after a sweep over Loyola Marymount on Saturday. Saint Mary's clinchedsecond place with a win over Pepperdine, putting the Waves in third place in the final WCCstandings. Loyola Marymount stayed put for fourth, while Portland and Santa Clara tied forfifth. San Francisco and Gonzaga rounded out the conference placeholders.

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 4-27
WCC Record: 1-13
  • Gonzaga ended its season with a 3-0 non-conference sweep of EasternWashington and a 3-1 loss to visiting Portland. The Zags end the seasonwith a 4-27 overall record and 1-13 conference mark.

  • Senior Caitlin Cozad led the Gonzaga offense against conference opponent Portland withnine kills while classmate Kelsey Bashaw added eight. Cozad, Bashaw, and senior SchylurEdelman combined for 23 of the Bulldogs' 45 kills.

  • 2010 All-WCC Honorable Mention Allyson Powell had a team-high 13 digs against the Pilots.She ended the season with a total 479 digs for a 4.17 dig per set average.

  • Sophomore outside hitter Terran Poindexter led the Zags in the win over Eastern Washingtonwith 11 kills and a .269 hitting clip. As a team, the Bulldogs out hit (.176/-.024), out blocked(13-6) and out dug (60-41) the Eagles.
  • Overall Record: 15-15
    WCC Record: 6-8
  • Loyola Marymount dropped two more matches, ending the conferenceseason on a five match losing streak. The Lions finished in fourth place inthe WCC standings with a final 6-8 conference mark and 15-15 overall record.

  • Junior Jasmine Rankins led all players in the five-set match against Saint Mary's with amatch-best 27 kills and team-best 16 digs. Freshman Alyse Hensley also finished with doubledigitkills, posting 14 on 27 swings for a .333 hitting percentage. Rankins was named to theAll-WCC First Team, while Hensley was named to the All-Freshman Team and was an All-WCCHonorable Mention.

  • Loyola Marymount lost to San Diego in three sets to give the Toreros sole possesstion of theWCC Championship. The Lions hit just .155 and were led again by Rankins and Hensley. Rankinsended the season leading the conference in service aces with 50 total and also ranked secondin the conference in kills behind San Diego's Ali Troost with 425 for a 3.79 kills per set average.
  • Overall Record: 20-8
    WCC Record: 11-3
  • Pepperdine served San Diego its first and only loss of the season with a3-2 win on Thursday. The Waves then lost to Saint Mary's in a 3-0 match that secured a secondplace finish for the Gaels and a third place finish for the Waves in the WCC standings.

  • In the upset over San Diego, All-WCC Honorable Mention Brittney Clark nailed down a careerbest13 kills on 27 swings for a match-best .407 attack percentage. All-WCC Freshman Teammember Kellie Woolever added 51 assists, 16 digs, five blocks and three kills.

  • Pepperdine failed to bring the momentum to its match against Saint Mary's, only hitting .122on the day. Woolever continued her impressive weekend by concluding the regular season withfive consecutive assist-dig double-doubles.

  • Stevi Robinson was named the WCC Co-Defensive Player of the Year. The Waves also had twonamed to the All-WCC First Team, two to the All-Freshman Team and four Honorable Mentions.
  • Overall Record: 12-18
    WCC Record: 5-9
  • Portland won its last match of the season at Gonzaga, making it four roadvictories this season, a first for the Pilots since 1997. The Pilots also compileda final 5-9 conference record for its first five-win conference season since1998 and a 12-18 overall record.

  • Sophomore Ariel Usher, junior Kati Hronek, and junior Marissa Plummer each finished withdouble-digit kills with 14, 12 and 10, respectively. Usher, Hronek and Plummer all were named tothe All-WCC Honorable Mention list.

  • 2010 WCC Co-Defensive Player of the Year Danille Dupar, also an All-WCC Honorable Mention,recorded 16 digs in her final game. She finishes the season with 560 digs, passing Carlie Price'sold record of 559 set in 2002 and smashing her previous career-high of 365 set last season. Her1,564 career digs rank fourth in school history.
  • Overall Record: 20-7
    WCC Record: 12-2
  • Saint Mary's ended the season with two wins on the road and a 12-2conference record to secure second place in the WCC standings and clinchthe second best WCC record in program history. The Gaels will play theirfinal regular season match on Saturday against the Pacific Tigers at home. The Gaels go into thematch with a 20-7 record, making it the Gaels' third straight year reaching the 20-win plateau.

  • Leading the Gaels against Pepperdine was middle blocker Gabby Jolly, who recorded amatch-high 11 kills on 16 swings for a .562 hitting percentage.

  • Senior middle blocker Shannon Lowell recorded 17 kills, averaging 2.12 kills per set, and12 total blocks over the week. Lowell led the conference in blocks with 139 this season andwas named to the All-WCC First Team, along with teammates Lauren Corp, Jolly, and KapuaKamana'o. Missy White and Megan York were Honorable Mention selections, while NatalieLoos was named to the All-Freshman Team.
  • Overall Record: 23-5
    WCC Record: 13-1
  • San Diego lost its only conference match of the season to Pepperdine,then came back to claim sole possession of the WCC Championship witha 3-0 win over Loyola Marymount. The Toreros earn the conference's automaticbid to the NCAA Tournament and wait for Sunday's selection show to find out opponents.

  • Freshman middle hitter Chloe Ferrari tallied 16 kills on 21 swings, while posting a .667 attackpercentage. Ferrari ended the regular season as the most decorated WCC player, earningWCC Freshman of the Year honors, while being selected to the All-WCC First Team andAll-Freshman Team.

  • Senior Ali Troost also tallied double-digit kills against LMU with 14. Troost was named theWCC Player of the Year for the second time in her career, while Head Coach Jennifer Petriewas selected as the WCC Coach of the Year. Seniors Amy DeGroot and Kelsi Myers join Trooston the All-WCC First Team, while C'era Oliviera was also named to the All-Freshman Team.
  • Overall Record: 5-22
    WCC Record: 3-11
  • San Francisco won its last match of the season against crossbay rivalSanta Clara to end with a 3-11 conference mark and 5-22 overall record.

  • Four Dons finished with double-digit kills against the Broncos. Sophomore Alycia Cox notcheda team-high 14 kills and added 13 digs for her fourth double-double match of the season.Sophomores Erin Kilroy and Hadley Simmons finished with 11 kills with freshman Malina Terrelladded 10 kills.

  • Senior Sarah Mandala finished with nine kills, while All-Freshman Team member Joan Caloiarowas one kill shy of a triple-double with 33 assists, 10 digs, and nine kills. Caloiaro ended herfreshman campaign with 694 assists, 276 total digs and 14 double-doubles.

  • Terrell and Caloiaro led the Dons all season in attack percentage with a 2.82 and 2.23 killsper set average, respectively.
  • Overall Record: 14-14
    WCC Record: 5-9
  • Santa Clara ended the season with a 3-1 loss to San Francisco, makingit three straight conference losses to bring the Broncos' conference recordto 5-9, good enough for a fifth place tie with Portland in the WCC standings.

  • As a team, the Broncos hit .274 and collected 10 blocks against the Dons.

  • Santa Clara was led by sophomores Kayla Lommori and All-WCC Honorable Mention KaleighDurket, who each recorded 16 kills apiece. All-WCC First Team member Taylor Schmidt addedeight kills against the Dons. Schmidt ended the season ranked third in the conference in hittingpercentage with 228 total kills and a .338 clip.

  • Durket was joined by sophomore middle blocker Dana Knudsen on the Honorable Mentionlist. Durket compiled the third most kills in the WCC with 341 this season. Knudsen compileda total 277 kills this season and led the Broncos in blocks with 97.
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    AROUND THE WCC

    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 22, 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.
    #37 (#33 last week) - San Diego (23-5)
    #51 (#59) - Pepperdine (20-8)
    #54 (#67) - Saint Mary's (20-7)
    #136 (#140) - Loyola Marymount (15-15)
    #149 (#141) - Santa Clara (14-14)
    #163 (#152) - Portland (11-18)
    #205 (#210) - San Francisco (5-22)
    #274 (#271) - Gonzaga (4-27)

    WCC Player of the Week
    Chloe Ferrari, San Diego, F, MH
    Freshman middle hitter Chloe Ferrari helped lead USD to its second best record in programhistory in WCC matches at 13-1, and helped lead USD to the WCC Championship outright,as she racked up 29 kills (3.62 kps), hit .511, and had 9 blocks. In the loss to Pepperdineon Thursday, Ferrari had 13 kills on 24 swings to post a .375 attack percentage, whilealso recording six blocks. Then in Saturday's sweep over LMU, Ferrari had 16 kills on 21swings, while only committing two errors to post a .667 attack percentage.

    Also Nominated: Shannon Lowell, SMC; Kim Hill, PEP

    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.