No. 23 Volleyball Opens WCC Play This Week

No. 23 Volleyball Opens WCC Play This Week

Oct. 1, 2008

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara volleyball team opens West Coast Conference play this weekend against Loyola Marymount and No. 15 Pepperdine. The Broncos face the Lions on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m., while SCU and the Waves battle on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 1 p.m. Both matches will be held at the Leavey Center.

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Last Time Out
Santa Clara split its weekend trip to SoCal as the Broncos went 1-1 against then-No. 22 Long Beach State. Anna Cmaylo led SCU's efforts in match two of the weekend with her first double-double of the year (12 K, 10 B). Krista Kelley and Brittany Lowe each chipped in with 11 kills, while Lowe tabbed a double-double with 11 digs.

Bronco Watch
Seniors Lowe and Cmaylo continue to lead the Broncos attack as both have registered over 100 kills thus far. Lowe averages 3.65 per set, while having 11 aces, 83 digs and 16 total blocks. Cmaylo averages 3.00 kills per set, 1.13 blocks per set and has nine aces. Junior Lindsy Davigeadono averages 10.97 assists per set and has posted nine aces and 39 total blocks. Senior Taylor O'Brien has collected a team-best 131 digs, while freshman Libby Morrison leads the Broncos serving efforts with 13 aces.

Scouting Loyola Marymount
The Lions enter Thursday's contest with a 10-4 overall record. LMU has won six of its last seven contests. LMU players to watch include: current WCC Player of the Week Emily Day (4.41 k/s, 17 SA, 2.94 d/s) and Becky Stehling (2.45 k/s, 35.4 pct, 0.65 b/s).

Last Time Out
In 2007, Santa Clara went 1-1 against Loyola Marymount. The Broncos swept the Lions in their first meeting and then fell 3-0 on the road in the final weekend of WCC action. In the first meeting on Oct. 20, Lowe led the match with 17 kills, while Kelley tallied 14 kills. In the second match, Lowe and Kelley tied for the team-high 14 kills, while Kelley also had 10 digs and four total blocks.

All-Time vs. LMU
Thursday's match marks the 55th meeting of the two programs with LMU holding a 29-25 all-time series record.

Scouting Pepperdine
The Waves enter the weekend with a No. 15 ranking and will face the Gaels of Saint Mary's prior to visiting the Mission Campus. Pepperdine is undefeated with a 12-0 record. Waves players to watch include: Julie Rubenstein (4.46 k/s, 16 SA, 0.72 b/s) and Kim Hill (32.9 pct, 1.15 b/s).

Last Time Out
In 2007, the Broncos went 2-0 against the Waves, winning the final battle, 3-2, to clinch their 5th WCC title and the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. In the first match of the year, then-freshman Kelley exploded for a double-double with 27 kills and 21 digs. In the second match of the season, Kelley posted a career-high 31 kills to help the Broncos to the win.

All-Time vs. Pepperdine
Saturday's contest marks the 56th meeting of the two teams in which Pepperdine holds a 34-21 all-time record.

On Deck
The Broncos continue WCC action with two contests on the road. Santa Clara battles Portland on Oct. 9 at 7 p.m., and then faces Gonzaga on Oct. 11 at 1 p.m.

Lowe Reaches 1,000 Digs
Outside hitter Lowe became the next member of the 2008 Bronco roster to reach 1,000. She did so with her 11 dig performance on Saturday, Sept. 20 against Long Beach State. Lowe is the only current Bronco to have surpassed 1,000 kills and digs. She is the first since Becky Potter '03 to reach the feat. She now has 1,007 career digs and 1,247 career kills.

Broncos Crack Top 25
SCU finally broke back into the AVCA/CBS College Sports Top-25 Coaches Poll this week. The Broncos are ranked 23rd. Santa Clara moved to one spot out of the top-25 after their split with then-No. 22 Long Beach State.

In the WCC
The Broncos head into WCC action this week ranked fourth in the league with an 8-3 record and appearing in the upper half of two team categories. Santa Clara continues to lead the league in service aces, while climbing to No. 2 this week in total blocks. Individually, Cmaylo is ranked in three categories (3-blocks, 6-hitting pct, 8-kills); Davigeadono is third in assists and seventh in total blocks and senior O'Brien jumped to No. 5 in digs this week. The full list is available on page 6 of this week's notes.

On the National Stage
In this week's national rankings, Santa Clara has two top-50 rankings and six top-100 rankings. The Broncos are No. 39 in assists per set and 45th in hitting percentage. SCU is also No. 53 in blocks per set, 55th in kills per set and 58th in aces per set. The Broncos win-loss percentage is 62nd overall.

Individually, setter Davigeadono ranks 21st in the nation in assists per set and Cmaylo's hitting percentage (.363) is 56th overall. Cmaylo is also 72nd in blocks per set and Lowe is 76th in kills per set.

Cmaylo Named WCC Player of the Week
Cmaylo was named the West Coast Conference's Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 15-21. Cmaylo led the Broncos to a 2-1 week in which they swept Sacramento State and No. 22 Long Beach State. The honor was her second career weekly accolade from the WCC.

The middle blocker compiled a 39.6 hitting percentage for the week and averaged 3.22 kills and 1.67 blocks per set. Against the Hornets, Cmaylo registered 12 kills and four total blocks. She then led the match against Long Beach State on Sept. 20 with her first double-double of the season - 12 kills and 10 blocks.

Weekly Honor No. 2 For Cmaylo
The Napa, Calif., redshirt senior earned her second weekly honor of the season as she was named one of the CVU's Top Performers of the Week; it was announced on Sept. 22. It is a new honor created by the Collegiate Volleyball Update and consists of players who were finalists for the Player of the Week honor and others who had exceptional individual matches.

Broncos and the Record Books
Broncos have already begun moving around the record books this year. Outside hitter Lowe is now eighth in kills (1,247), seventh in attempts, (3,229) and eighth in aces (121). She remains two aces away from tying the 2007 WCC Player of the Year Crystal Matich.

Cmaylo holds steady to her No. 2 all-time hitting percentage. She moved up to No. 3 on the all-time block assists list with her performance against Sac State. She now has 346 block assists and is 16 away from claiming the No. 1 spot. Cmaylo is also just four solo blocks away from entering the career top-10. Two more total blocks and she'll claim the No. 3 spot in that category as well.

Spectacular Schmidt
San Jose native Tanya Schmidt has become quite a force at the net for the Broncos thus far this season. She leads the team with a 36.4 hitting percentage and is third with 30 total blocks. Against Sacramento State (Sept. 16), she compiled a team-best and season-high .615 hitting percentage (10-2-13). Schmidt's hitting percentage places her fifth in the league.

Morrison's An Ace
Portland, Ore., native Libby Morrison has been a consistent force for the Broncos in serve with a team-best 13 aces. Her tally gives her a No. 4 ranking in the WCC. She is also third on the squad with 83 digs. In back-to-back outings at the Sheraton Four Points Wildcat Invitational in Tucson, Ariz., Morrison posted a season-high three aces against Texas Tech and host-Arizona.

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