OCTOBER BRINGS WCC "DIG PINK" MATCHES TO RAISE BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
Through October ("Breast Cancer Awareness Month"), all eight WCC volleyball teams will
be hosting a Dig Pink match to help promote breast cancer awareness and raise funds
to benefit the Side-Out Foundation, a national 501(c)(3) located in the Washington DC
Metropolitan Area that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Breast Cancer
research nationally through volleyball tournaments, clinics, and rallies.
Make sure to check each school's website to see what each team is doing on its campus
to promote this nationwide effort.
Upcoming 2010 WCC Dig Pink Dates (first school name = host)
October 22 - SCU vs. USF @ 6 PM
October 23 - POR vs. GON @ 1 PM
October 23 - USD vs. PEP @ 1 PM
October 30 - LMU vs. SCU @ 1 PM
October 30 - GON vs. USD @ 12 PM
About the Side-Out Foundation
About the Side-Out Foundation
The Side-Out Foundation (Side-Out) was established in 2004 to unite volleyball players
and coaches and to have them work toward the common goal of furthering breast cancer
awareness, education and patient services. Side-Out supports teams nationwide in their
volleyball tournaments, clinics and other fundraising efforts. The foundation offers practical
support for fundraising in addition to educational material for participants in order to help
them become effective advocates for breast cancer. We contribute the funds to organizations
that serve breast cancer patients, whether it be in the form of research, medical
services or compassionate support.
The term "side-out" refers to a situation in volleyball when one team wins a point while its
opponent is serving, thereby regaining serve or control of play. It is hoped that this Side-
Out will do the same for breast cancer patients, providing them with the support, education
and best available treatments to regain control of their lives.
To donate directly, visit: http://side-out.org/news-events/our-events/dig-pink/fundraising/
NCAA RELEASES LATEST WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL RPI
The NCAA released its latest RPI (Rating Percentage Index), which included games as of
October 17, 2010, measuring the of strength of schedule of all 328 Division I teams across
the nation. Below is where the WCC schools fall in this month's report.
#44 (#36 last week) - San Diego (14-4)
#54 (#49) - Pepperdine (14-5)
#74 (#80) - Saint Mary's (12-6)
#109 (#109) - Loyola Marymount (12-8)
#142 (#140) - Santa Clara (11-9)
#148 (#137) - Portland (7-14)
#195 (#194) - San Francisco (3-15)
#265 (#265) - Gonzaga (2-20)
WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Lilla Frederick, Pepperdine, JR, OH
Junior outside hitter Lilla Frederick led Pepperdine in back-to-back 3-0 wins against Gonzaga and Portland this week. She tagged down a
career-best 17 kills (17 K, 3 E, 35 A, .400 pct.) versus the Bulldogs on Thursday, before collecting 15 put aways (15, 2, 23, .565) against
the Pilots on Saturday.
She also tallied a team-high 11 digs versus Portland to record her third double-double of the season, and 14th of her career. She averaged
a team-best 5.33 kills/set this week on a .466 (32-5-58) attack percentage.
Defensively, she concluded the week with a 3.17 digs/set average with a total of 19. In the second frame against Gonzaga, she recorded
a kill on four consecutive points and finished the set with nine. Versus Portland, she scored five of the last six points in the third set for
Pepperdine, including three-straight kills to set up match point.
Also Nominated: Jasmine Rankins, Loyola Marymount; Shannon Lowell, Saint Mary's; Kelsi Myers, San Diego
SEPTEMBER VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS OF THE MONTH
Pepperdine sophomore Victoria Adelhelm was named the WCC Co-Player of the Week on Sept. 6 and was named to all-tournaments
teams at both the UNLV Invitational and Pepperdine Asics Classic. She led the team with in hitting percentage (.343) and total blocks (42,
for a 1.14 average) during the month and also averaged 2.27 kills. She helped Pepperdine to an 8-3 record. Two of the losses were to
2009 NCAA Tournament teams, and six of the eight wins were 3-0 shutouts.
Saint Mary's sophomore middle blocker Gabby Jolly helped the Gaels go 7-4 in the month of September, with the Gaels only losses coming
against teams in the top-15 in the country. For the month, Jolly recorded 101 kills on 226 attempts, for a team-high .288 hitting percentage,
while averaging 2.59 kills per set. She also recorded 39 total blocks, averaging 1.00 blocks per set. She was named to two all-tournament
teams, including the San Jose State All-Tournament Team and the Verizon Wireless Volleyball Challenge All-Tournament Team.
Jolly recorded double-digit kills in six of the 11 matches. She recorded four or more blocks in six of 11 matches played and hit .300 or
better in seven of 11 matches. Against some of the top teams in the country she was at her best. Facing No. 14 UCLA, Jolly set a new
career-high with 17 kills, on 35 swings for a .314 hitting percentage, she also recorded four total blocks in the match. At No. 6 Hawaii she
recorded 12 kills on 20 swings for a .350 hitting percentage, with two block assists. Against No. 1 Stanford, Jolly recorded 11 kills on 32
swings, with four block assists. Jolly wrapped up the month posting 10 kills on 16 swings for a .500 hitting percentage, with five total blocks
in the straight-sets victory over Portland.
Senior Ali Troost helped lead USD to a 9-2 overall record and a 1-0 start to WCC action as she paced the Torero offense with 140
kills (4.12 kps), while hitting at a .329 clip. Troost also racked up 83 digs and had 19 blocks. She closed out the month with three consecutive
double-doubles as she had 18 kills and 15 digs in the win over No. 12 Minnesota, she had 13 kills and 10 digs against CS Fullerton
and she had 15 kills and 12 digs, while hitting at a .414 clip in the WCC opening win over Gonzaga. She was named WCC Player of the
Week once during this time, and she was named the MVP of the USD-SDSU Tournament.
Also Nominated: Jasmine Rankins, LMU; Danielle Dupar, POR
2010 WCC PRESEASON COACHES POLL AND ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
After finishing in second place last season, the San Diego Toreros have been selected to regain the top spot in the 2010 West Coast Conference Coaches Preseason Poll and earn their fourth WCC title in six years. The Toreros received six first place votes and a total of 48 points from the conference coaches, as they return 2009 WCC Player of the Year and All-American Ali Troost, who was named to the preseason all-conference team along with 2008 WCC Player of the Year and All-American Amy DeGroot and 2009 all-conference honorable mention selection Kelsi Myers.
Reigning WCC Champion Saint Mary's took the second place spot with one first place vote and a total of 43 points. Rob Browning, the 2009 WCC Coach of the Year, returns four starters from a team that fell at fourth-seeded Stanford in five sets in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Gaels return 2009 All-WCC First Team member Shannon Lowell, 2009 All-Freshman Team member Lauren Corp, and all-conference honorable mention pick Kapua Kamana'o.
Pepperdine, which received the remaining first place vote, tallied 36 points to earn the third place spot. The Waves return five starters, three of which appeared on last year's all-conference team, including preseason all-conference selection Kim Hill, who garnered First Team honors last season after leading the WCC in hitting percentage. Rounding out the top half of the poll for the second year in a row was Santa Clara with 33 points. Bronco middle blocker Dana Knudsen was selected to this year's preseason all-conference team after earning all-WCC honorable mention honors last season.
San Francisco landed in the fifth spot with 23 points. The Dons return four starters, highlighted by preseason all-conference member Sarah Mandala, a 2009 All-WCC First Team member who led the conference in kills per set last season, while adding 10 newcomers to this year's roster. Gonzaga tallied 18 points for a sixth place finish and return five of its seven starters from last season in Kaprina Goodwin, Caitlin Cozad, Denise Van de Mortel, Laura Day and Allyson Powell.
Portland edged Loyola Marymount for the seventh place spot with 12 points. The team returns preseason all-conference member Ariel Usher, who led the team in points in 2009 and finished in the WCC's Top 10 in hitting percentage. Loyola Marymount rounded out the preseason poll with 11 points and is led this season by first year head coach Tom Black.
2010 WCC Preseason Coaches Poll
1. USD - 48 points (6)
2. SMC - 43 (1)
3. PEP - 36 (1)
4. SCU - 33
5. USF - 23
6. GON - 18
7. POR - 12
7. LMU - 11
(First place votes)
2010 Preseason All-Conference Team
Lauren Corp, SMC, SO, OH
Amy DeGroot, USD, RSR, OH
Kim Hill, PEP, JR, MB
Kapua Kamana'o, SMC, SR, S
Dana Knudsen, SCU, SO, MB
Shannon Lowell, SMC, SR, MB
Sarah Mandala, USF, SR, OH
Kelsi Myers, USD, SR, S
Ali Troost, USD, SR, RS
Ariel Usher, POR, SO, MB
WCC AMONG ELITE VOLLEYBALL CONFERENCES IN THE COUNTRY
Over the last eight seasons, the WCC has established itself as one of the premier women's volleyball conferences in the country. Over the past five seasons, the WCC has appeared in the top five RPI three times. In 2008, the WCC had one of its best seasons, tying for a conference high with the fourth best NCAA RPI ranking in the country. Since then, the WCC has remained in the top 10 in Division I RPI out of the 32 total conferences.
WCC RPI Rankings
SAINT MARY'S MAKES HISTORY IN 2009 SEASON
The Saint Mary's volleyball team clinched the 2009 WCC title by outdueling 2008 WCC Champion San Diego in a five set battle (25-18, 25-19, 20-25, 17-25, and 15-10) that featured 30 ties and 10 lead changes. The win was the Gaels' first ever WCC Championship in program history.
After taking home the championship title, Saint Mary's then finished off the regular season with a sweep over BYU to remain undefeated at home and record the team's third straight sweep. The Gaels' 13-1 record is the best conference finish in school history.
SMC Results in 2009 NCAA Tournament
SAINT MARY'S def. UC Santa Barbara, 3-2
(24-26, 22-25, 25-20, 25-14, 15-13)
No. 4 Stanford def. SAINT MARY'S, 3-2
(21-25, 25-21, 25-22, 24-26, 15-13)