Nov. 27, 2007
Three West Coast Conference volleyball teams were selected to compete in the NCAA Tournament, announced the NCAA selection committee on Sunday. The WCC will be represented by Pepperdine, San Diego, and Santa Clara.
The Pepperdine women's volleyball team received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and will play host USC in the first round on Friday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Trojan's Galen Center in Los Angeles. The Toreros also earned an at-large bid and will square off against Iowa State in Madison, Wisconsin in the first round on Friday at 5 p.m. Santa Clara, the WCC's automatic qualifier, will take on Bay Area rival Stanford in the first round on Friday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m.
San Diego vs. Iowa State - 5:00 p.m.
Pepperdine at USC - 7:00 p.m.
Santa Clara at Stanford - 7:30 p.m.
San Diego/Iowa State vs. Wisconsin/Northern Iowa
Pepperdine/USC vs. UNLV/Long Beach State
Santa Clara/Stanford vs. Sacramento State/Minnesota
Gonzaga Bulldogs (17-13 / 5-9 WCC)
-The Zags posted their first winning season since the 1994 campaign and the best finish in the WCC in seven years.
-Seniors Heather Dunn, Becky Jones and Briawna Mueller were all named to the 2007 WCC All-Conference honorable mention team.
-Dunn led the team with 14 double-doubles on the season and racked up a total of 3,767 career assists to rank fourth on Gonzaga's all-time records.
-Jones finished the season with a team-high 333 kills and closed out her career with 1,429 kills, fourth in the Bulldog career record book.
-Mueller closed the season with a team-leading 143 total blocks and became the Gonzaga career leader with 420 block assists, to break a 17-year record.
Loyola Marymount (16-13 / 8-6 WCC)
-The Lions finished their season posting an 0-2 record against the #11 Hawaii Rainbow Wahine.
-Heather Hughes earned her third All-WCC First Team selection after leading the conference in kills and points per game with 5.11 and 5.68 per game, respectively. Hughes also led the conference with 18 double-doubles and is the only player in the WCC to record a triple-double, accomplishing the feat twice. Hughes led the nation in kills for eight consecutive weeks.
-Emily Day also took home an All-WCC first-team selection after collecting 16 double-doubles on the season and placing sixth in the WCC with 4.01 kills per game. Day is team leader in service aces (35), block solos (19) and total blocks (83)
-Renee Horton and Whitney Leonard earned spots on the All-WCC freshmen team. Horton also earned an honorable mention All-Conference selection.
Pepperdine Waves (18-10 / 9-5 WCC)
-Pepperdine received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and will play host USC in the first round (11/30). The Waves fell 0-3 to the Trojans earlier this season.
-The Waves tied Santa Clara for the most players on the All-WCC first team, with three. Kiah Fiers, Lecca Roberts and Julie Rubenstein took home the honors.
-Cassi Chamberlain and Kayla Walker were both named to the All-WCC honorable mention team.
-Fiers, the 2006 Freshman of the Year, is currently second in the WCC in assists (12.82) and has directed the Waves to the highest hitting percentage in the conference (.276).
-This marks the third consecutive year Rubenstein has garnered All-WCC honors, while it is the second time for Roberts and Chamberlain, who were recognized in 2005.
Portland Pilots (7-21 / 0-14 WCC)
-The Pilots closed the season posting a record of 7-21 and 0-14 in conference play.
-Jessica Clemens closed out the season with a team high 16 double-doubles, fifth in the WCC.
-Ashley Grayson and Jennifer Sheedy led the Pilots in hitting percentage, hitting for .284 and .269, respectively.
-Kara Pein led UP and ranked seventh in the WCC for assists, averaging 9.83 per game.
-Head Coach Doug Sparks resigned from his postion after serving for eight years as head coach, following a four-year stint as an assistant on staff. "We are grateful for the many contributions Doug has made to the University and most especially his commitment to the academic and social development of our student-athletes," Portland Athletic Director Larry Williams said.
Saint Mary's Gaels (15-13 / 6-8 WCC)
-The Gaels posted a 1-1 record at the Pacific Tournament, falling to Cincinnati and defeating Fresno State.
-Megan York was named to the All-WCC first team and All-WCC freshman team, and became the first Gael to ever be named Co-Freshman of the Year. York recorded 18 double-doubles on the year, tying for first in the WCC. York also registered a team-high 442 kills, over a hundred more kills than any other Gael.
-Shannon Lowell and Kapua Kamana'o were each named to the WCC All-Freshman team. Lowell averaged 1.57 blocks per game, placing second in the WCC while Kamana'o finished the WCC season ranked sixth in assists per game with an 11.16 average
-Sophomore libero, Alita Fisher, tallied 39 digs (13 dpg), in the Gaels' win over Fresno State. Fisher's performance ranks her third in NCAA record books for digs in a three game match.
San Diego Toreros (21-7 / 11-3 WCC)
-The #16 Toreros will travel to Madison, Wisconsin for the first round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament and face Iowa State Friday, Nov. 30th at 5 p.m.
-Laurel Abrahamson and Amy DeGroot were named to the All-WCC first team after leading the Toreros to the WCC title. DeGroot leads the team in kills with 423 (3.99 kpg) and is second on the team in digs with 286 (2.70 dpg). Abrahamson was second on the team in kills with 394 and led the team in hitting percentage at .379.
-Andrea Csaszi and Torey Ellick were named All-WCC honorable mention. Csaszi recorded a team-leading 510 digs, tying her for second at USD in single-season digs. Ellick recorded 203 kills, while hitting for a .335 clip and was also second on the team in blocks with 89.
-Ali Troost was named to the All-WCC freshman team as she recorded the third highest kill total on the team with 248, while hitting at a .244 clip.
San Francisco Dons (17-13/ 6-8 WCC)
-The Dons finished the season tied for fifth in the WCC with a record of 6-8.
-Haley Carroll was named WCC Defensive Player of the Year and is the first USF volleyball player to ever earn a major WCC award. Carroll finished the season with a WCC- high 522 digs, while her 1,044 career digs set a new USF underclassmen record.
-Sarah Mandala and Alix Gombos were both named to the All-WCC honorable mention squad.
-Mandala shattered the USF freshman kills record with a team-high 350 on the season and ranked second on the team at 3.40 kills per game.
-Gombos garnered honorable mention honors for the second straight season with 2.09 kills per game on a .309 hitting percentage and registered 1.22 blocks per game.
Santa Clara Broncos (19-11 / 11-3 WCC)
-The Broncos finished the season at 11-3 and shared the WCC title with USD.
-Santa Clara earned the WCC automatic NCAA Tournament bid because they went 2-0 against USD in regular season play. The Broncos will face the #1 seed, Stanford, in the first round (11/30).
-Crystal Matich was named WCC Player of the Year after leading the Broncos and the WCC in assists, averaging 13.24 per game.
-Krista Kelley earned WCC Co-Freshman of the Year honors and head coach Jon Wallace was voted Coach of the Year by his peers.
-Brittany Lowe, along with Matich and Kelley, was named to the All-WCC first team while Lindsy Evans and Caroline Walters garnered honorable mention accolades.