Nov. 29, 2006
WCC Player of the Week
Emily Day, Loyola Marymount
LMU's Emily Day closed out the season by helping the Lions post a 2-0 record in the final week of play. Day averaged 5.43 kills and 4.29 digs per game, while hitting at a .364 clip last week. The sophomore outside hitter posted 23 kills and 15 digs in a 3-1 win over Cal State Northridge and added another double-double in Saturday's sweep of Dayton with 15 kills and 15 digs. Day finished the season third on the team in kills and digs average. The Torrance, CA native was also sixth in the conference with 13 double-doubles in 2006.
NCAA Tournament - First and Second Rounds
Gainesville, FL Regional
Dec. 1 at TennesseeNo. 16 San Diego vs. Jacksonville State - 2:00 PM
Duke at Tennessee - 4:00 PM
Dec. 2 at Tennessee
San Diego/Jacksonville State vs. Duke/Tennessee - 2:00 PM
Honolulu, HI Regional
Dec. 1 at Long Beach State
Oregon vs. No. 12 Hawai'i - 5:00 PM
Pepperdine at Long Beach State - 7:00 PM
Dec. 2 at Long Beach State
Pepperdine/Long Beach State vs. Oregon/Hawai'i - 7:00 PM
Austin, TX Regional
Dec. 2 at Stanford
Santa Clara vs. Missouri - 4:30 PM
Sacramento State at No. 2 Stanford - 7:00 PM
Dec. 3 at Stanford
Santa Clara/Missouri vs. Sacramento State/Stanford - 7:00 PM
Around the WCC
Trio of Teams To Play in Postseason
With the regular season complete, the NCAA announced its postseason tournament bracket on Sunday. The bracket features three WCC teams in San Diego, Pepperdine and Santa Clara. The Toreros earned their sixth consecutive tournament berth and a No. 16 seeding in the bracket with a 24-5 overall record and the 2006 WCC title. USD begins the tournament Friday, facing Jacksonville State in Knoxville, TN at 2:00 PM (PST). The winner will take on the winner of Tennessee vs. Duke in the second round on Saturday. Pepperdine earned an at-large bid and its 18th trip to the NCAA Tournament and is set to take on SoCal rival Long Beach State at the Pyramid in Long Beach on Friday at 7:00 PM. The winner there will meet with the winner of Oregon vs. No. 12 seed Hawai'i on Saturday. Santa Clara is making its ninth straight trip to the postseason, traveling just north to Stanford where it will take on Missouri on Saturday at 4:30 PM. The Broncos defeated the Tigers earlier this season and the winner will meet with the winner of Sacramento State and the No. 2 seeded Cardinal on Sunday.
WCC in the NCAA Tournament
For ten straight seasons, the WCC has sent at least three teams to the NCAA Tournament. In 2005, the WCC experienced its most successful tournament yet, with Santa Clara making the conference's first trip to the Final Four. Three of the WCC's five participants in the tournament last year earned at least one win. 2005 marked the fifth consecutive year the WCC was represented in the Sweet 16. The conference now boasts 21 NCAA Tournament teams in the past five years.
Conference Squads Wrap Up Season
Just four WCC teams were in action last week, closing out the regular season. Pepperdine and San Diego finished the regular season with wins over Dayton and Cal State Fullerton, respectively. Loyola Marymount ended a five match losing streak with a 3-1 win over Cal State Northridge and a sweep of Dayton. The Lions finished with a 19-12 overall record. Meanwhile, San Francisco posted a 1-1 record at the Bankers Classic in Stockton, CA with a win over Houston and a loss in the title match to Portland State. The WCC wrapped up the season with a 75-40 record against nonconference opponents, good for a .652 winning percentage outside of conference play. The conference enjoyed a successful year against the Big West, Big Sky and Mountain West Conferences, combining for a 25-8 record against the three Western rivals.
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.
- 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.
- Jones and Heather Dunn earned All-WCC honorable mention honors last week after leading the Bulldogs to their most league wins in five years.
- The Bulldogs finish the season in seventh place with a 4-10 record in WCC play and will be looking to improve next year, losing no seniors to graduation.
Loyola Marymount Lions (19-12 / 5-9 WCC)
- LMU downed Cal State Northridge 3-1 on Tuesday before sweeping Dayton in its final match of the season.
- Sophomore Emily Day earned the final WCC Player of the Week honors of the season after averaging 5.43 kills and 4.29 digs per game and hitting at a .364 clip in last week's two wins.
- The Lions ended a five match losing streak that extended back to October 28 with the win over Cal State Northridge.
- Heather Hughes earned All-WCC first team honors and Christianna Reneau earned an All-WCC honorable mention for their performances in 2006.
- The Lions finish the season with a 19-12 record overall and lose just one senior in middle blocker Sandy Krone.
Pepperdine Waves (16-11 / 11-3 WCC)
- Pepperdine bounced back from a loss to No. 4 UCLA with a 3-2 win over Dayton to end the regular season.
- With their second place finish in the WCC and 16-11 overall record, the Waves earned their 18th berth in the NCAA Tournament. Pepperdine travels to Long Beach State for the first and second rounds this weekend.
- Senior libero Kekai Crabbe earned WCC Defensive Player of the Year honors and setter Kiah Fiers earned WCC Freshman of the Year honors for the Waves. Crabbe, Sophia Milo and Julie Rubenstein were all named to the All-WCC first team.
- The Waves are 14-17 all-time in the NCAA playoffs, going 9-4 in their last five postseason trips.
- Pepperdine kicks off the NCAA Tournament Friday at Long Beach State at 7:00 PM.
Portland Pilots (9-18 / 2-12 WCC)
- Portland finished its season with a split, 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.
- McClenahan was honored with an All-WCC honorable mention last week.
- 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 their final two matches, 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.
- Kirk and Mandy Bible both earned All-WCC first team honors last week. Joining them on the All-Conference teams were Stidham, who earned an honorable mention and Burton, who was named to the All-Freshman team.
- Saint Mary's finished the season 6-8 in the WCC, good for a tie for fourth-place with USF.
San Diego Toreros (24-5 / 13-1 WCC)
- San Diego finished off the regular season with a 3-0 sweep of Cal State Fullerton last week.
- With the automatic NCAA Tournament bid, the Toreros are set to kick off the postseason on Friday in Knoxville, TN as the No. 16 seed. USD will take on Jacksonville State in the first round.
- Kristen Carlson, Laurel Abrahamson and Christie Dawson earned All-WCC first team honors last week after leading the team to a 13-1 conference record and the 2006 title. Carlson also earned the WCC Player of the Year award, while interim Head Coach Brent Hilliard took home WCC Coach of the Year honors.
- USD is 7-10 in the NCAA postseason entering its 11th trip to the NCAA Tournament.
- San Diego opens the tournament against Jacksonville State on Friday at 2:00 PM (PST).
San Francisco Dons (22-10 / 6-8 WCC)
- USF closed out the regular season with a split at the Bankers Classic in Stockton, CA. The Dons swept Houston before falling to Portland State.
- Junior Kristin Hasselberg earned All-WCC first team honors, while sophomore Alix Gombos took home All-WCC honorable mention honors. Libero Haley Carroll was named to the WCC All-Freshman team.
- The Dons were shut out from the postseason despite going 16-2 in nonconference play.
- 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.
- USF closed out the season with a 22-10 overall record and will lose just one senior in setter Jamie Kartchner.
Santa Clara Broncos (20-7 / 9-5 WCC)
- Santa Clara closed out the regular season with a 3-0 loss to No. 17 San Diego.
- The Broncos earned their ninth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth with an at-large bid. SCU travels the short distance to Stanford for the first and second rounds on Saturday and Sunday, taking on Missouri in the first round.
- Santa Clara downed NCAA first round opponent Missouri 3-1 on September 8.
- The Broncos placed four players on the All-Conference teams last week. Anna Cmaylo and Kim McGiven earned first team honors, while Caroline Walters earned an honorable mention and Lindsy Evans was named to the All-Freshman team.
- SCU kicks off the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, facing Missouri at 4:30 PM at Maples Pavilion.