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WCC Volleyball Season Recap

Dec. 7, 2010

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No. 18 San Diego Falls in 3-1 Thriller to No. 6 Seed USC in Second Round of NCAA Tournament

After clinching the conference's automatic bid to the 2010 NCAA Division I VolleyballTournament, San Diego went on to compete at University of Southern California's GalenCenter for the first two rounds of NCAA play. In the first round, the Toreros defeated LongBeach State in 3-0 sweep, making it the second consecutive defeat over the 49ers thisseason. The Toreros then took on the No. 6 seed tournament host USC, which ended ina heartbreaking 3-1 loss, making it the sixth time in program history that the Toreros havedropped a second round NCAA match. The Toreros are now 10-14 overall in 14 appearancesat the NCAA Tournament. The teams looks to come back next year with a new rosterto fill the shoes of five graduating seniors, including two-time WCC Player of the Year AliTroost and 2008 WCC Player of the Year Amy DeGroot.

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: 24-6
    WCC Record: 13-1
  • San Diego competed in the first round of the NCAA Tournament andswept Long Beach State at USC's Galen Center in Los Angeles, CA. USDthen lost in a 3-1 thriller to No. 6-seed USC.

  • This was the Toreros' 14th NCAA Tournament appearance and the 10th in the last 11 seasons.

  • Freshman middle hitter Chloe Ferrari ended the regular season as the most decorated WCCplayer, earning WCC Freshman of the Year honors, while being selected to the All-WCC FirstTeam and All-Freshman Team. She led the team's offense against USC with 16 kills on 32swings and hit for a .312 clip.

  • Seniors Amy DeGroot and Ali Troost recorded double-doubles against the Trojans with De-Groot recording 12 kills and 18 digs and Troost posting 13 kills and 20 digs. Freshman KatieHoekman also had an impressive double-digit kill performance with 13.
  • 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 Releases Latest Women's Volleyball RPI
    #35 - San Diego
    #49 - Pepperdine
    #59 - Saint Mary's
    #134 - Loyola Marymount
    #151 - Santa Clara
    #165 - Portland
    #206 - San Francisco
    #272 - Gonzaga

    WCC November Volleyball Player of the Month
    Ali Troost, San Diego, SR, MB
    2010 WCC Player of the Year helped lead USD to a 4-1 record and helped the Torerosclaim the 2010 WCC Championship. Troost led the team's offense with 80 kills (4.44 kps),hit for a .383 clip, while recording 47 digs and eight blocks. Troost recorded three doubledoublesthis month in wins over Saint Mary's (21 kills, 14 digs), Santa Clara (15 kills, 10digs), and in a loss to Pepperdine (21 kills 12 digs). She recorded double-digit kills in allbut one match, and twice had 21 kills. She was named the WCC Player of the Week onceon Nov. 8, as she recorded 21 kills, hit for a .480 clip and picked up 14 digs in the win overSaint Mary's on National TV.

    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 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. Check out the WCCTV feature here !