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WCC Women's Volleyball Season Wrap Up

Dec. 19, 2008

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Once again the WCC was recognized for its highly successful volleyball season, by placing three players on the American Volleyball Coaches Association's All-America teams. Santa Clara senior Anna Cmaylo, third team, earned her third annual honor, while Pepperdine senior Julie Rubenstein, third team, and San Diego junior Amy DeGroot, honorable mention, received their first award.

The WCC 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.

After another strong season, every school had at least four top 10 records broken into. It was a record-setting year in the WCC as 26 student-athletes broke into their school's career top 10 lists on 93 different occasions. In addition, five WCC top 10 records were broken into by four different players. Please refer to the full release for a list of all records by school.

New WCC Top 10 Records:

Record             Player                Place TotalCareer Kills      Julie Rubenstein, PEP (8) 1,743Career Digs      Haley Carroll, USF (6) 1,563Career Service Aces  Brittany Lowe, SCU (7) 147Career Block Assists Anna Cmaylo, SCU         (8) 399Season Digs      Haley Carroll, USF (10) 518


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.

Emily Day, LMU:         1,521           1,181Brittany Lowe, SCU:     1,458           1,171

2008 WCC All-Conference Teams

Amy DeGroot, USD

Kim Hill, PEP

Stevi Robinson, PEP

Jennifer Petrie, USD

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

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

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



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: 20-8
    WCC Record: 8-6
  • Pepperdine lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, 3-1, to Long Beach State.

  • Julie Rubenstein ended her career on a strong note, registering a match-high 23 kills on a .378 hitting percentage. Her 1,743 career kills is third on the Waves' all-time list.

  • Rachel Lumsden had 12 kills and 12 digs, Kiah Fiers had 52 assists and 12 digs and Stevi Robinson posted a match-high 21 digs.

  • Rubenstein was named to her third consecutive All-WCC first team, while teammates Lilla Frederick, 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.

  • Pepperdine was making its 20th NCAA Tournament appearance, including the fourth consecutive for seniors Rubenstein, Chamberlain and Caitlin Lawson.
  • 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: 20-8
    WCC Record: 10-4
  • Saint Mary's lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, 3-1, to New Mexico State.

  • The Gaels had three players with 10 kills in Taylor Groess, who hit for . 400, Shannon Lowell, who hit for .318, and Chanteal Satele. Lowell's season hitting percentage of .341 is third on the Gaels' all-time single season list.

  • Kapua Kamana'o had a match-high 32 assists, and ends her second year with a career assists average of 11.13, second all-time for the Gaels.

  • Alita Fisher had a match-high 14 digs, and ends her junior year with a career average of 3.75 digs per game, first on the Gaels' all-time career list.

  • The Gaels placed three players on this year's All-WCC first team in Kamana'o, Lowell, and Megan Burton.
  • Overall Record: 23-5
    WCC Record: 12-2
  • San Diego lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, 3-1, to host USC.

  • Four different Toreros recorded double-digit kills paced by Ali Troost's team-best 13. Both Amy DeGroot and Torey Ellick had 11 kills apiece and Ashton Basch added in 10 kills. Degroot added 11 digs for her 10th double-double of th year. Teammate Jessica Nyrop also had a double-double, with a match-high 45 assists and 13 digs. Nyrop ends her career at San Diego as third all-time on the career assists (3,592) list. She also holds the top spot on the single-season assists (1,546 in 2006) list.

  • San Diego placed three players on the All-WCC first team, highlighted by DeGroot, who also collected Player of the Year honors. She was joined by teammates Nyrop and Troost. 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.
  • Overall Record: 22-8
    WCC Record: 11-3
  • The Dons lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, in a heartbreaking 3-2 loss, to Duke.

  • Sarah Mandala finished with nine kills on .571 hitting in the opening set - a new USF postseason record for a single set. She ended up with a match-high 20 kills on .261 hitting. Teammate Haley Carroll had a match-high 22 digs. She currently ranks first on the Dons' career digs average (4.77) list and second on the career total digs (1,563) list.

  • Darcy Carroll had a team-high 36 assists in the match and ends her career as third on the Dons' all-time career assists (3,201) list.

  • Mandala, Alix Gombos, and Carly Babin all made the all-conference first team, while sisters Darcy and Haley Carroll won honorable mention selections. Gombos (.427) and Babin (.377) ended one-two in the conference in hitting percentage. The seniors also end their careers as one-two on the Dons' all-time single-season hitting percentage list.
  • Overall Record: 18-10
    WCC Record: 8-6
  • The Broncos defeated Kansas State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, before losing to host Washington in the second.

  • Brittany Lowe and Kim Courtney had double-doubles in the win. Lowe had 13 kills and 14 digs, while Courtney had 10 kills and 17 digs. Lowe added a match-high four service aces. Lowe ends her career fourth on the Broncos' all-time career kills (1,458) list and second on the all-time career service aces (147) list.

  • Anna Cmaylo paced the Broncos in the loss to Washington, with 13 kills on .360 hitting. Cmaylo ends her career second on the career all-time hitting percentage (.365) list and first on the career block assists (399) list. Her season .376 hitting percentage also ranks third all-time for a single season.

  • 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.