WCC Volleyball Well Into Second Half of Conference Season
Three more weeks are left in conference play, and the No. 18 San Diego Toreros still remain
undefeated with a 9-0 WCC record for sole possession of first place. Saint Mary's is in
second place with an 8-1 record and look to avenge its loss to San Diego in a showdown
on Wednesday night on San Diego's home floor. Pepperdine remains in third with a 7-2
record with its only two wins coming to the top two teams, while Loyola Marymount stands
still at fourth with a 6-3 record. Santa Clara and Portland are fifth and sixth in conference
play and will face one another on Saturday in Santa Clara. San Francisco and Gonzaga,
who have both struggled to compile wins this season, look to turn things around with
matches in the Bay Area this week, as the Northwest teams will travel to San Francisco
and Santa Clara to keep up conference action.
Overall Record: 2-23 WCC Record: 0-9
Gonzaga dropped two four-set matches over the week to Saint Mary's
and San Diego.
Senior outside hitter Kelsey Bashaw and junior setter Denise Van de Mortel led the Bulldogs
against the Gaels, as Bashaw tallied a team-high 11 kills to collect her third double-figure kill
performance of the season, while Van de Mortel finished with her eighth double-double of the
year as she passed out 39 assists and collected 11 digs.
Against San Diego, senior Schylur Edelman tied her Gonzaga career-high in kills with 13 and
also tied her Zag career high in blocks with a match-high eight.
With the losses, the team is still in search for its first conference win this season. The Bulldogs
look to turn things around on the road against Santa Clara on Thursday and San Francisco on
Overall Record: 14-10 WCC Record: 6-3
Loyola Marymount picked up two 3-1 matches at home, defeating San
Francisco and Santa Clara. The Lions are now 4-1 at home in WCC play.
Junior Jasmine Rankins and freshman Alyse Hensley led the Lion attack against the Dons,
collecting 16 and 15 kills, respectively. Rankins teamed her 16 kills with 13 digs for a doubledouble,
while sophomore Olivia Bailey also collected a double-double of a match-best 41 assists
and a team-high 14 digs.
The Lions hit .216 as a team, while holding Santa Clara to a .099 mark on the other side of
the net. Hensley continued her impressive week with a career-best 18 kills on 37 attacks for a
.432 hitting percentage to lead all players.
LMU will host non-conference opponent Cal State Bakersfield on Thursday before competing
at Pepperdine on Saturday.
Overall Record: 16-7 WCC Record: 7-2
After suffering its only two conference losses last week, Pepperdine came
back to blank Santa Clara and San Francisco to improve to 7-2 in conference play.
The Waves had a dominant performance against the Broncos, putting together a .360 attack
percentage (48-12-100), while junior libero Stevi Robinson took care of the defensive end, tallying
a match-high 17 digs.
Junior Kim Hill, junior Lilla Frederick and sophomore Brittney Clark led the Waves against the
Dons. Hill nailed down a floor-best 11 kills with just one miscue for a .476 attack percentage, while
Frederick and Clark's posted 10 kills each. Robinson added 12 digs to bring her career total to
1,245 - just two away from moving into third place in the Pepperdine career total record books.
The Waves are scheduled for only one match this week as the team hosts Loyola Marymount
on Saturday at the Firestone Fieldhouse.
Overall Record: 9-16 WCC Record: 2-7
Portland dropped two tough matches to San Diego and Saint Mary's at
home. The Pilots are now 2-7 in WCC contests.
Juniors Marissa Plummer and Kati Hronek each notched 10 kills but the No. 19 Toreros held
off the Pilots for a three-set victory (25-20, 25-16, 25-20). Plummer also led the way with a .450
attacking percentage on her kills, while sophomore Ariel Usher had eight kills on a .389 percentage.
Hronek continued her strong offensive week by posting a game-high 10 kills on a .316 attacking
percentage against the Gaels. Portland held Saint Mary's to a .156 attacking percentage for the
match with the help of 11 blocks, and sophomore outside hitter Rachel Femling led the Pilots with six.
Portland will head to the Bay Area to take on San Francisco on Thursday and Santa Clara
Overall Record: 16-6 WCC Record: 8-1
Saint Mary's defeated Gonzaga and Portland on its Northwest visit to improve
its conference record to 8-1. The Gaels are currently receiving 50 votes
in the AVCA Top-25 Coaches Poll, which puts them at 26th in the country.
Leading the way for Saint Mary's were sophomore Lauren Corp and senior Megan York,
who both recorded double-doubles. Corp tallied her team-leading ninth double-double, throwing
down 17 kills on 33 attempts for a .455 hitting percentage, with a match-high 19 digs. York
recorded her seventh double-double with 10 kills and 11 digs.
In the win over Portland, the Gaels set a record for aces in a three-set match, tallying 13 on
the day, tied for second most in program history.
Saint Mary's will play the second of their two nationally televised matches this week when
the Gaels travels to take on the No. 18-ranked San Diego Toreros.
Overall Record: 19-4 WCC Record: 9-0
San Diego is still undefeated in conference play, defeating Portland and
Gonzaga on the road. With the win, the Toreros improve to 19-4 overall and
run its season-high winning streak to 11.
Senior outside hitter Amy Mahinalani DeGroot put together 17 kills against Portland, hitting
.571 on the night and adding nine digs.
DeGroot then recorded 24 kills to pace the Torero offense in a 3-1 win over Gonzaga. Freshman
middle hitter Chloe Ferrari added a career-high 20 kills in that match, while hitting for a
.342 clip. Senior Kelsi Myers racked up a match-best 55 assists, while also recording 14 digs
to post a double-double, and freshman C'era Oliveira tied a career-high with 23 digs.
The Toreros' lone match will be aired live on ESPNU at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday from Jenny
Craig Pavilion as the Toreros host the Gaels.
Overall Record: 3-19 WCC Record: 1-8
San Francisco dropped two tough matches on the road to Loyola Marymount
The Dons struggled from the offensive end against the Lions, tallying 30 attacking errors
and .127 hitting percentage. Freshman Joan Caloiaro managed to string together her fourth
consecutive double-double after totaling 29 assists, 13 digs and seven kills.
San Francisco struggled to get things going against Pepperdine, only putting together a .057
hitting percentage. Caloiaro led the Dons with nine assists, eight digs and five kills. She also
currently is ranked seventh in the WCC for assists in conference matches and 10th in digs in
The Dons will look to regain momentum at home as the team hosts Portland on Thursday
and Gonzaga on Saturday.
Overall Record: 12-11 WCC Record: 3-6
Santa Clara lost both matches over the week, falling to Pepperdine and
In the match at Pepperdine, the Broncos hit .000 with 20 kills (20 e, 94 att.) and collected 30
digs, 18 assists, and five team blocks. Individually, no Broncos collected double-digits in kills.
The Bronco offense struggled against Loyola Marymount as well. As a team, Santa Clara
hit .099. Sophomore Kaleigh Durket had a .250 clip, while sophomore Kayla Lommori, junior
Tanya Schmidt, and sophomore Dana Knudsen had nine, eight, and seven kills, respectively.
Schmidt (.335) and Knudsen (.322) rank eighth and ninth in hitting percentage in WCC
Santa Clara will host Gonzaga on Thursday and Portland on Saturday
AROUND THE WCC
No. 18 San Diego, Saint Mary's To Face Off in Match Featured on ESPNU The San Diego Toreros and Saint Mary's Gaels will be facing off on Wednesday at 8:00 PM
at the Jenny Craig Pavilion in San Diego, CA. This will be the second nationally-televised
match for the Gaels. Back in October 20, the Gaels defeated Pepperdine in five sets in
their first match on ESPNU.
Wednesday night's matchup proves to be an exciting one as the Toreros defeated the
Gaels, 3-0, in their last meeting on the Saint Mary's campus on October 9. If Saint Mary's
defeats the conference-leading Toreros, both teams will share the top spot in the WCC
standings. If the Toreros come out with another victory, the Toreros will continue to hold
sole possession of first place in WCC volleyball.
San Diego Toreros Move Up One Spot in AVCA Poll to No. 18 The University of San Diego women's volleyball team (19-4, 9-0 WCC) jumped up one
spot in the most recent AVCA Top-25 Coaches Poll, taking over at No. 18. This marks the
11th week in a row this season that the Toreros have been ranked in the top-25 and the
highest ranking of the year after spending the previous two weeks at No. 19.
The bump in ranking comes on the heels of back-to-back West Coast Conference victories
over Portland and Gonzaga this past week. The Toreros are riding an 11-match win streak,
including a stretch of nine straight WCC victories.
NCAA Releases Latest Women's Volleyball RPI The NCAA released its latest RPI (Rating Percentage Index), which included games as of
October 24, 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.
#40 (#37 last week) - San Diego (19-4)
#58 (#57) - Pepperdine (16-7)
#67 (#60) - Saint Mary's (16-6)
#113 (#119) - Loyola Marymount (14-10)
#142 (#139) - Santa Clara (12-11)
#154 (#152) - Portland (9-16)
#211 (#204) - San Francisco (3-19)
#272 (#270) - Gonzaga (2-23)
WCC Player of the Week Shannon Lowell, Saint Mary's, SR, MB
Senior middle blocker Shannon Lowell had a big week for Saint Mary's, helping the Gaels
go 2-0 on the weekend and improve to 16-6/8-1 WCC. Her line for the weekend was 17
kills on 34 attempts for a .441 hitting percentage. Lowell averaged 2.43 kills per set, while
chipping in 11 total blocks, averaging 1.57 blocks per set. With the 11 blocks, Lowell now
has 451 career block assists, which is the new SMC all-time record. She already owns
the all-time record with total blocks, which is now 503.
Also Nominated: Jasmine Rankins, LMU; Madison Smith, POR; Stevi Robinson, PEP;
Amy DeGroot, USD
WCC October Volleyball Player of the Month Ali Troost, San Diego, SR, MB
Senior right side Ali Troost helped lead USD to a perfect 9-0 record and a perfect 8-0 record to open up WCC play. This marks the fourth time in program history that the Toreros have opened the WCC season 8-0. Troost paced the Toreros offense with 137 kills, hit for a .377 clip, recorded 61 digs and 14 blocks. Troost also recorded two double-doubles this month, as she had 14 kills and 10 digs in a win over Portland (10/2), and 15 kills and 13 digs against Saint Mary's (10/9). She racked up a season-high 28 kills in a win against Utah and recorded 25 kills in a win against LMU.
Also Nominated: Lilla Frederick, PEP; Kati Hronek, POR; Shannon Lowell, SMC
NCAA Selection Show To Air on ESPNEWS on Sunday, November 28 Make sure to tune in to ESPNEWS on Sunday, November 28th at 3:00 PM (PT) to find
out which WCC will be competing in the NCAA Tournament!