No. 7 BYU Seeks Elite Eight Berth vs. No. 4 Kentucky Friday

Dec. 7, 2017

2017 WCC VOLLEYBALL STATS (.PDF)
2017 WEST COAST CONFERENCE VOLLEYBALL STATS

2017 WCC VOLLEYBALL ALMANAC

SAN BRUNO, Calif. –
No. 7 BYU extended its own West Coast Conference record by advancing to its sixth straight NCAA Sweet 16 and continues its postseason quest Friday against No. 4 Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. First serve for the Cougars against the Wildcats is set for 9:00 a.m. PT from Memorial Coliseum and will be broadcast live on ESPNU. 

WCC COLLECTS AVCA REGIONAL HONORS 
Three West Coast Conference volleyball programs earned individual All-Region honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). WCC Co-Champions BYU and San Diego earned four All-Region selections each while Pepperdine collected one. 

Among those receiving recognition were 2017 WCC Coach of the Year Jennifer Petrie of San Diego, who was named the Pacific South All-Region Coach of the Year for the second time in her career. Fellow Torero and WCC Player of the Year Kristen Gengenbacher earned honors as well.

AVCA PACIFIC SOUTH ALL-REGION TEAM

Name

School

Pos.

Year

First Team / HM

Kristen Gengenbacher

San Diego

S

Sr.

First

Jasmine Gross

Pepperdine

MB

So.

First

Veronica Jones-Perry

BYU

OH

Jr.

First

Jayden Kennedy

San Diego

OPP

Sr.

First

Mary Lake

BYU

LIB

So.

First

Addison Picha

San Diego

MB

Jr.

First

Cosy Burnett

BYU

MB

Sr.

HM

McKenna Miller

BYU

OH

So.

HM


AVCA Pacific South Region Coach of the Year:
Jennifer Petrie, San Diego

ALL-REGION NOTES

  • First time since 2004 three Toreros earned first team all-region honors
  • It is the second AVCA All-Region Coach of the Year honor for Petrie (2013)
  • A WCC coach has earned AVCA Region Coach of the Year honors five times since 2009, spanning three programs (BYU, Saint Mary’s & San Diego)
  • The WCC has had at least five all-region first team selections since 2012


CoSIDA DISTRICT 8 ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM

Name

School

Year

GPA

Major

Hannah Frohling

Pepperdine

So.

3.89

Sports Medicine

Kristen Gengenbacher

San Diego

Sr.

3.90

Communication / Theology & Religious Studies

Kirsten Mead

Santa Clara

Sr.

3.91

Business

ALL-REGION ACADEMIC NOTES

  • This is the first time since 2013 (3) that three WCC student-athletes have made the All-District 8 First Team
  • This is the fourth time since 2011 multiple WCC student-athletes have earned all-district honors
  • Last season BYU’s Amy Boswell became the first WCC student-athlete in history to secure Academic All-American honors. Boswell also collected the NCAA Elite 90 award in 2014.

RELEVANT WCC INDIVIDUALS AMONG NCAA SINGLE-MATCH LEADERS (as of 12/6/17)
Kills – 3-sets
2. Veronica Jones-Perry, BYU – 27 (vs. Oregon, 12/2/17)
Kills – 5-sets
2. Veronica Jones-Perry, BYU – 34 (vs. Loyola Marymount, 10/21/17)
Total Blocks – 3-sets
T-9. Cosy Burnett, BYU – 10.0 (vs. UTRGV, 8/25/17)

WCC TEAMS AMONG NCAA LEADERS (as of 12/6/17)
NCAA POSTSEASON TEAMS (Top-25 Only)
Assists: 3. San Diego (14.12)
Blocks: 11. BYU (2.92)
Kills: 5. San Diego (14.92)
Attack Percentage: 19. BYU (.274); 26. San Diego (.261)
Team Total Blocks: 13. BYU (329.5)

NCAA POSTSEASON INDIVIDUALS (Top-25 Only)
Assists/set: 11. Kristen Gengenbacher, San Diego (11.64)
Kills/set: 5. Veronica Jones-Perry, BYU (4.82)
Points/set: 4. Veronica Jones-Perry, BYU (5.58)
Hitting Percentage: 10. Addie Picha, San Diego (.413)
Total points: 5. Veronica Jones-Perry, BYU (631.0)
Total kills: 6. Veronica Jones-Perry, BYU (545)

WCC IN 2017 NCAA TOURNAMENT

  • BYU reached the Sweet-16 for the sixth straight year, sweeping American and No. 24 Oregon. The six straight regional quarterfinals is a conference record. Pepperdine held the previous record with three straight (2001-03) and five in seven years.
  • The Cougars earned a No. 13 national seed for the third consecutive year in 2017.
  • BYU marched to the 2014 NCAA Championship match as an unseeded team, becoming the second WCC team to accomplish the feat (Santa Clara, 2005)
  • No. 9 San Diego made its eighth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament (20th overall) and swept LSU before falling to host No. 13 USC (3-2)
  • The WCC has sent at least two teams into the NCAA Tournament every year since 2011, including a conference record six in 2012.

OVERALL NCAA TOURNAMENT SUCCESS
84 NCAA Tournament berths
69 NCAA Tournament victories
18 Sweet-16 appearances
Four Elite Eight showings (BYU, 2014; Pepperdine, 2002 & 2011; Santa Clara, 2005)
Two Final Fours (BYU, 2014 & Santa Clara, 2005)
One NCAA National Runner-up (BYU, 2014)

2017 VOLLEYBALL NON-CONFERENCE SLATE (As of 12/6/17)
BY THE NUMBERS…
41 – All-tournament team selections for WCC student-athletes
16 – National rank for BYU in national average attendance (2,253)
16 – Wins vs. “Power-Five” programs
15/20 – Final regular season RPI for WCC Co-Champions BYU & San Diego
8 – Tournament MVP honors for WCC student-athletes
9 – Team Tournament titles
6 – Top-25 Victories for the WCC
5 – WCC programs won at least one non-conference tournament
2 – WCC programs appearing in every 2017 AVCA Top-25 national polls (BYU, & San Diego)
3 – Number of tournament wins for BYU and Santa Clara
2 – Number of programs appearing in the AVCA Top-10 (BYU & San Diego)
.575 – Overall WCC non-conference winning percentage entering league play (69-51)
.410 – WCC non-conference winning percentage vs. Power-Five programs (16-23)

WEST COAST CONFERENCE GENERAL BULLETS
The West Coast Conference turned in perhaps the best fall in league history in 2017.
Consider the following details…
Men’s Cross Country
NCAA Runner-Up – Portland
NCAA Third Place – BYU (WCC Champion)
*Runner up is the highest finish in WCC history and the two podium finishes are also a first for the conference
Women’s Cross Country
NCAA Runner-Up – San Francisco
**Portland men swept team and individual titles at the NCAA West Regional meet; San Francisco women duplicated the feat

Men’s Soccer (NCAA Tournament: 2-2)
Pacific & San Francisco each advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament
Pacific bowed in the second round to defending NCAA Champion Stanford in PKs; USF lost 3-2 at Louisville.
Women’s Soccer (NCAA Tournament: 3-2)
Pepperdine (WCC Champions) & Santa Clara each advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament
Santa Clara fell at NCAA College Cup participant South Carolina 1-0 in the NCAA Quarterfinals; Pepperdine bowed in the second round to Virginia

Volleyball (NCAA Tournament: 3-1
No. 7 BYU (WCC Co-Champions) & No. 9 San Diego (WCC Co-Champions) each advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round; BYU marched to its sixth straight Sweet-16 appearance

WCC in the 2017-18 National Polls
Entering the 2017-18 season every WCC-sponsored fall sport had at least two teams ranked in the preseason top-25 (MSOC (2), WSOC (2), VB (2), Men’s Cross Country (2), Women’s Cross Country (3).

In the final fall regular season polls, the WCC had eight (8) teams ranked in the top-25
MXC – 2. BYU; 4. Portland
WXC – 4. San Francisco; 14. BYU
MSOC – RV. Pacific
WSOC – 16. Pepperdine; 20. Santa Clara
VB – 7. BYU; 9. San Diego
WCC NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP NOTABLES

  • Since April, 2017, the West Coast Conference has posted no fewer than four NCAA National Runner-Up showings in three sports courtesy of four institutions: Men’s Basketball (Gonzaga - 2017), Beach Volleyball (Pepperdine - 2017) and Men’s and Women’s Cross Country (BYU men, San Francisco women - 2017).
  • The WCC has posted a NCAA National Runner-Up in three of the last four academic years – Women’s Volleyball (BYU, 2014).
  • **BYU men’s volleyball was the NCAA Runner-Up in both 2016 and 2017. Men’s volleyball is not a WCC sponsored sport

 

 

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