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WCC Sends the Highest Percentage of Teams to the NCAA Volleyball Tournament

Dec. 4, 2008

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FIVE TEAMS PREPARE FOR FIRST ROUND MATCHUPS FRIDAY
The WCC has placed five teams in this year's NCAA Tournament, which ties for the most since it sent a conference record six teams in 2003. The WCC also advanced five teams to the postseason in 2005. This year's total marks the highest percentage of teams from any conference in the country to make it to the tournament. This also marks the 12th year in a row that the WCC has sent at least three teams to the tournament. With five teams at or below an NCAA RPI of 50, the WCC has established itself as one of the strongest conferences in the country this year.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Santa Clara vs. Kansas State Seattle, WA
2:00 PM
Pepperdine vs. Long Beach State Palo Alto, CA
4:30 PM
San Francisco vs. Duke Los Angeles, CA (UCLA)
5:30 PM
Saint Mary's vs. New Mexico State Berkeley, CA
6:00 PM
San Diego at USC Los Angeles, CA (USC)
7:00 PM
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Santa Clara vs. Washington/Portland State Seattle, WA
2:00 PM
Pepperdine vs. Albany/Stanford Palo Alto, CA
7:00 PM
San Francisco vs. LSU/UCLA Los Angeles, CA (UCLA)
7:00 PM
San Diego vs. Hawaii/Belmont Los Angeles, CA (USC)
7:00 PM
Saint Mary's vs. Siena/California Berkeley, CA
8:00 PM

AROUND THE WCC

WCC Player of the Week
Amy DeGroot helped lead USD to a sweep over Yale in the regular-season finale this past week, as she had a double-double with 16 kills and 11 digs, while also hitting for a .361 clip. With the win, the Toreros finished the regular-season with a 23-4 overall record. This is her second consecutive weekly award and fourth this season. DeGroot was also named the 2008 WCC Player of the Year.

Three WCC Teams Ranked Among The Nation's Best
Three West Coast Conference women's volleyball teams are ranked in American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) poll. Moving up a spot in the poll this week is San Diego to No. 15. Pepperdine remained at No. 23, while San Francisco fell, but remained on the list at No. 25. Saint Mary's and Santa Clara are in contention of being ranked as the Gaels received 41 votes, while the Broncos tabbed 22.

WCC Among the Elite Volleyball Conferences in the Country
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 five seasons, the WCC has owned a national top five ranking in the RPI three times. Currently the WCC has five schools with RPI's under 50, trailing only the Pac-10 (7) and Big 10 (7).

1,000 Kill and Dig Club
The WCC had two players eclipse the 1,000 kill and dig mark this season.


NAMECAREER KILLSCAREER DIGS
Emily Day, LMU:         1,461           1,139Brittany Lowe, SCU:     1,435           1,148

2008 WCC All-Conference Teams

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Amy DeGroot, USD

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Kim Hill, PEP

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Stevi Robinson, PEP

COACH OF THE YEAR
Jennifer Petrie, USD

ALL-WCC FIRST TEAM
Carly Babin, USF
Megan Burton, SMC
Anna Cmaylo, SCU
Emily Day, LMU
Amy DeGroot, USD
Alix Gombos, USF
Kapua Kamana'o, SMC
Shannon Lowell, SMC
Sarah Mandala, USF
Jessica Nyrop, USD
Julie Rubenstein, PEP
Ali Troost, USD

WCC ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Ariana Covington, LMU
Lilla Frederick, PEP
Kim Hill, PEP
Marrisa Plummer, POR
Stevi Robinson, PEP
Chanteal Satele, SMC
Tanya Schmidt, SCU

ALL-WCC HONORABLE MENTION
Layne Brosky, GON
Darcy Carroll, USF
Haley Carroll, USF
Andrea Csaszi, USD
Lindsy Davigeadano, SCU
Kiah Fiers, PEP
Ashley Grayson, POR
Kim Hill, PEP
Brittany Lowe, SCU
Rachel Lumsden, PEP
Elaina Renius, GON
Stevi Robinson, PEP
Jennifer Sheedy, POR
Becky Stehling, LMU


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES
UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Overall Record: 10-21
WCC Record: 3-11
  • Gonzaga ended its season losing to Northwest rival Portland, in its lone match last week and finished the year in seventh place.

  • Elaina Renius collected 13 kills, one solo block and one block assist in the loss. The 13 kills bumped her over the 1,000 kill plateau for her career. Renius has 1,001 kills to her credit; just the 11th player to join the exclusive 1,000 kill club. Renius also finished the season with 39 solo blocks, one shy of tying the single-season Zag record of 40 set by Lisa Petticord in 1988. Renius is currently second in the conference in total kills at 392 and first in total blocks (114.0).

  • Paige Dillingham led the way defensively with a match-high 16 digs. She closed out the season with 417 digs, and had double-digit digs in 23 of the 31 Gonzaga matches. She is currently second in the conference in total digs with 417.

  • Denise Van de Mortel dished out 37 assists and had 11 digs for her ninth double-double of the year. She leads the conference in total assists with 1,206.


  • Overall Record: 13-17
    WCC Record: 3-11
  • The Lions suffered a pair of setbacks to close out their regular season, falling to Cal State Fullerton and Yale.

  • The Lions lost a pair of matches, falling to San Diego, and taking San Francisco to five sets, before losing, to close out WCC play. LMU ended up in sixth place in the conference.

  • Emily Day ended her WCC career in impressive fashion with match-highs of 29 kills and 24 digs, for her 18th double-double of the season.

  • Day was voted to the All-WCC first team for the second time in her career, as teammate Ariana Covington was named to the all-freshman team. Becky Stehling also received honors, making it as an honorable mention selection.

  • Day's season totals have put her in the Lions' record book as she ranks fifth in kills and seventh in digs for her career.
  • Overall Record: 20-7
    WCC Record: 8-6
  • The Waves closed out their regular season, losing at UCLA.

  • The Waves split their matches against the top two teams in the league, sweeping San Francisco, before losing to San Diego to end conference play. Pepperdine ended up in a tie for fourth place.

  • Julie Rubenstein was named to her third consecutive All-WCC first team, while teammates Lilla Frederick, Stevi Robinson, and Kim Hill made the all-freshman team. Robinson also won the Defensive Player of the Year, while Hill won Freshman of the Year.

  • Rubenstein ended the regular season leading the conference in kills per game (4.36) and points per game (5.11).

  • The Waves play in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against Long Beach State (12/5) at Maples Pavilion on Stanford's campus.
  • Dec. 5
    vs. Long Beach State - 4:30 PM

    Dec. 6
    vs. Albany/Stanford - 7:00 PM

    Overall Record: 8-24
    WCC Record: 1-13
  • The Pilots closed out the regular season at the Pacific Community Bankers Classic, where they lost to host Pacific, before ending the season with a win over Nevada.

  • The Pilots ended WCC play on a high note, earning their first conference victory of the season, as well as the first for Head Coach Joe Houck, against Northwest rival Gonzaga. Portland finished eighth in the conference.

  • Jennifer Sheedy is now over the 1,000 kill mark for her career. Sheedy joins Ashley Grayson as the second Portland player this season to reach the mark and is the ninth in school history. Grayson reached the milestone against Loyola Marymount on Nov. 15.

  • K.C. Fox had a match-high 14 kills on .458 hitting against the Wolfpack, with six digs en route to being named to the all-tournament team. Teammates Kaylyn Jones and Sheedy also had match highs, with 33 assists for Jones and five blocks for Sheedy.
  • Overall Record: 20-7
    WCC Record: 10-4
  • The Gaels swept Santa Clara on the road to close out their season and finished in third place in the WCC.

  • The Gaels placed three players on this year's All-WCC first team in Kapua Kamana'o, Shannon Lowell, and Megan Burton.

  • Lowell, Alita Fisher, and Kamana'o all had match-highs for the Gaels in the win. Lowell had 14 kills on .423 hitting, Fisher had 22 digs, and Kamana'o registered 38 assists. Kamana'o ended the season first in the conference in assists per game (11.59).

  • Megan Burton had the highest hitting percentage of the match at .615 on eight kills with no errors on 13 swings.

  • Saint Mary's will play in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against New Mexico State (12/5) at Haas Pavilion on the campus of UC Berkeley.
  • Dec. 5
    vs. New Mexico State - 6:00 PM

    Dec. 6
    vs. Siena/California - 8:00 PM

    Overall Record: 23-4
    WCC Record: 12-2
  • San Diego closed out its regular season with a sweep against Yale.

  • The Toreros took care of business, sweeping Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine to clinch the 2008 WCC championship. This is San Diego's third consecutive title and fourth in the past five years.

  • Amy DeGroot had a double-double with 16 kills and 11 digs, while also hitting for a .361 clip against Yale en route to her fourth WCC Player of the Week award, while also collecting the WCC Player of the Year honor. She was joined by Jessica Nyrop and Ali Troost on the all-conference first team. Also collecting an award was Head Coach Jennifer Petrie, who received her second WCC Coach of the Year award. This is the second time in three years that San Diego has swept Player and Coach of the Year awards.

  • San Diego will play in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against USC (12/5) at the Galen Center on the campus of USC.
  • Dec. 5
    at USC - 7:00 PM

    Dec. 6
    vs. Hawaii/Belmont - 7:00 PM

    Overall Record: 22-7
    WCC Record: 11-3
  • The Dons closed out the regular season with a home sweep over Bay Area rival San Jose State.

  • With the victory, the Dons (22-7) extended their program-best home record to a 15-1 mark.

  • The Dons split their matches to end conference play, falling to Pepperdine, before defeating Loyola Marymount in five sets. San Francisco ended the conference season in second place.

  • Sarah Mandala, Alix Gombos, and Carly Babin all made the all-conference first team, while sisters Darcy and Haley Carroll won honorable mention selections. Gombos (.426) and Mandala (.388) ended one-two in the conference in hitting percentage.

  • San Francisco will play in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against Duke (12/5) at Pauley Pavilion on the campus of UCLA.
  • Dec. 5
    vs. Duke - 5:30 PM

    Dec. 6
    vs. LSU/UCLA - 7:00 PM

    Overall Record: 17-9
    WCC Record: 8-6
  • The Broncos ended their regular season with a loss to Bay Area rival Saint Mary's and finished in a tie for fourth place in the WCC.

  • Prior to the match, SCU honored its five graduating seniors - Nichole Clark, Anna Cmaylo, Brittany Lowe, Michelle Luxton and Taylor O'Brien. The quintet represents the final class of the 2005 Final Four team.

  • Cmaylo was named to the All-WCC first team for the third time in her career, while teammate Tanya Schmidt was named to the all-freshman team.

  • With 33 aces, Lowe ends her career as No. 3 all-time in the Broncos' career record list (143).

  • Santa Clara will play in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against Kansas State (12/5) at the Bank of America Arena on the campus of the University of Washington.
  • Dec. 5
    vs. Kansas State - 2:00 PM

    Dec. 6
    vs. Washington/Portland State - 2:00 PM