Dec. 13, 2006
WCC November Co-Players of the Month
Pepperdine's Kiah Fiers and San Diego's Christie Dawson were named WCC November Co-Players of the Month last week. Fiers helped Pepperdine become the only WCC team with an unblemished league record during the month of November. The freshman setter averaged 11.86 assists and 2.55 digs per game in helping the Waves defeat two nationally ranked teams during the month in then-No. 15 San Diego and then-No. 20 Santa Clara. Pepperdine posted its biggest win against then-No. 15 San Diego, with Fiers dishing out 48 assists, while recording 17 digs and eight kills. The Rolling Hills, CA native had her best match against San Francisco, posting 56 assists and setting the Waves to a .372 hitting percentage. As a direct result of her efforts, Pepperdine ranked second in the WCC in hitting percentage for the month.
Dawson helped the Toreros take home the 2006 West Coast Conference crown in November, leading the team to a 5-1 record for the month. Dawson averaged 4.45 kills per game, while hitting at a conference leading.486 clip in November, helping San Diego earn wins over then-No. 22 Santa Clara, Loyola Marymount, Gonzaga, Portland and Cal State Fullerton. Against the Broncos, Dawson posted 17 kills on just one error, hitting .571 for the match. The senior middle blocker topped that performance with 22 kills and just one error in the win over Gonzaga, posting a .606 attack percentage. In the Toreros' only loss in November, the Apple Valley, CA native led San Diego with 17 kills and three blocks, while hitting at a .324 clip.
WCC NCAA Sweet 16 Results
Gainesville, FL Regional
Third Round - Dec. 8
No. 1 Nebraska def. No. 16 San Diego - 3-0
Around the WCC
Three WCC Players Make AVCA All-Region Teams
San Diego senior outside hitter Kristen Carlson and Santa Clara junior middle blocker Anna Cmaylo were named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Pacific region team last week. Carlson led the conference in kills per game (5.12) and double-doubles (21) during the regular season, earning her the WCC Player of the Year award. Cmaylo took home her third consecutive AVCA All-Region award after leading the WCC in hitting percentage, finishing the season ranked 11th in the nation in the category. Along with Carlson and Cmaylo, Pepperdine senior middle blocker Sophia Milo earned an AVCA All-Pacific region honorable mention nod.
Not So Sweet 16
No. 16 seed San Diego ended its NCAA Tournament run last week, dropping a Sweet 16 matchup 3-0 to No. 1 Nebraska. The Toreros hit just .071 as a team in the match, while the Cornhuskers recorded 11 teams blocks while hitting at a .385 clip. USD finishes the season with a 26-6 overall record and will lose three seniors to graduation in middle blocker Christie Dawson, WCC Player of the Year Kristen Carlson and outside hitter Laura Murphy. After taking the WCC title and automatic tournament bid, San Diego kicked off the NCAA playoffs with a bang, posting back-to-back wins in the first and second rounds to advance to the Sweet 16. The Toreros downed first round opponent Jacksonville State 3-0 in Knoxville, TN before topping Atlantic Coast Conference champion Duke 3-2 in the second round.
WCC NCAA Tournament Team Notes
San Diego Toreros (26-6 / 13-1 WCC)
- The Toreros were bounced from the NCAA Tournament in the Sweet 16 by No. 1 seed Nebraska 3-0 in Gainesville, FL.
- Kristen Carlson was the only San Diego player who reached double-digit kills, recording 10 putaways, but hitting just .097 for the match. Amy DeGroot led the Toreros with a career-high .368 hitting percentage.
- Dishing out 30 assists in the match, Jessica Nyrop moved into first place on the San Diego single-season assists chart with 1,546 this season.
- Nebraska used a .385 team attack percentage and an 11-2 blocks advantage to overpower the Torero offense that hit just .071 for the match.
- USD will lose three seniors, including Carlson and Christie Dawson, to graduation.