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Dec - Pepperdine advanced to the third round with a 3-1 win over Kansas in Malibu, while Loyola Marymount won their first round matchup with Cal State Northridge 3-0

lt;bgt;Pictured:lt;/bgt;lt;igt; Kealani Kimball and the Lions swept Cal State Northridge and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.lt;/igt; lt;pgt; Dec - Pepperdine advanced to the third round with a 3-1 win over Kansas in Malibu, while Loyola Marymount won their first round matchup with Cal State Northridge 3-0. Santa Clara won their first two games against Utah, but the Utes came back to defeat the Broncos 3-. Saint Mary's fell in their post-season debut to California 3-0 and UCLA swept San Diego in Los Angeles. lt;pgt; lt;bgt;Pepperdine 3, Kansas 1lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; The No. 4 Pepperdine University Waves rallied back and defeated the Kansas Jawhawks 3-30, 30-0, 30-14, and 30-3 in front of ,03 fans at the Firestone Fieldhouse on Friday, to advance to the regional semi-finals of the NCAA Tournament. The Waves will face the winner of the Northern Iowa or Wisconsin-Green Bay/Minnesota match that will be determined Saturday night. lt;pgt; With the win, Pepperdine improves to 7- overall including a 3-match winning streak. Meanwhile, Kansas completes its season with a -11 record. lt;pgt; Lyndsey Hache' displayed a show as she pounded 1 kills on 8 attacks for .464 percent and recorded a match-high seven blocks. lt;pgt; "I told our setter, Missy Mehlhorn, during a timeout to keep feeding Hache' with sets," said assistant coach, Tim Jensen. "Hache' was on fire tonight and she couldn't be stopped." lt;pgt; Katie Wilkins led all attackers on both teams with 19 kills (.93 percent), 13 digs, and 0 points. Katy Daly also threw in an all-around outstanding performance as she tallied 17 kills on 40 attempts for .3 percent, added 14 digs, and five blocks (-3). Breegan Mulligan rounded out the double-killers group with 11 total and she picked up 16 digs for the Waves. lt;pgt; Defensive specialist Christina Hinds registered 18 digs while Mehlhorn got set assists and five blocks. lt;pgt; While Pepperdine dropped the first match to Kansas, the Waves never panicked. lt;pgt; lt;bgt;Loyola Marymount 3, Cal State Northridge 0lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; No. 1 Loyola Marymount swept the Cal State Northridge Matadors 3-0 in NCAA tournament first round action Friday evening at the University of Southern California. The Lions (6-6, 10-4 WCC) hit .316 and out-blocked CSUN (16-13) 14. to 0.0 to advance to tomorrow's second round. Outside hitter Kealani Kimball led the Lions with 1 kills and 1 digs. lt;pgt; Kimball opened game one with a kill for the Lions. LMU took the -0 lead when Tiana Newsome and Dina DeBernardi teamed up for the first block of the night. Northridge rallied to tie the game at five, and the teams traded points through 17-17. The Lions then turned it on, beginning with two Newsome kills, and took a 1-18 lead. Feeding off of Newsome's lead, LMU went on a 8-0 run on two aces by Nicole Oehlman, and three straight blocks that featured Newsome. The Lions then took the final three points, including a game point kill by Kelli Nerison, to win the first game 30-1. LMU out-hit CSUN .39 to .081. lt;pgt; Head Coach Steve Stratos started Sandy Krone in the second game, and it paid off as the Lions got two quick kills from the freshman. A Newsome block extended LMU's early lead, as LMU won the first six points. The Lions continued to hit well, getting back-to-back kills from Kimball and Nerison. LMU's second 8-0 run of the night extended the Lions' lead to 11, and showcased two kills and a block by Nerison, two DeBernardi aces, and a block by Oehlman. The Lions closed the second game as they opened it, winning 30- on a Krone kill. LMU continued to hit above .300 as a team, while holding CSUN to a .194 hitting percentage. lt;pgt; Kimball led off for the Lions in game three, using two kills to help LMU take a 4-1 lead. Winning four straight points thanks in part to a DeBernardi block and a Nerison kill, the Lions extended their lead to five at 9-4. The Matadors rallied back to tie game three at 16, showing LMU their strongest effort of the night. Nerison put the Lions back up by two on a kill and a block in back-to-back plays, but CSUN hung on and took a 0- lead. LMU, who had never trailed by more than one point, responded to the lead of Newsome, who recorded two kills and a block to keep the Lions in the game. Hard-hitting sophomore Krista Houseman pounded two kills to give the Lions the 8-6 lead and followed up with a key block to earn match point. Nerison closed the NCAA first round for the Lions with one of her 11 kills for the 30-6 game three win. lt;pgt; Oehlman led LMU to a .316 hitting percentage while posting 38 assists and 11 digs in the three-game match. LMU also out-blocked the Matadors 14. to 0.0. Kimball hit .333 with 1 kills and 1 digs, while Nerison tallied seven blocks and 11 kills off a .40 hitting percentage. DeBernardi ended the night hitting .389 with eight kills and six blocks. lt;pgt; Cal State Northridge, who completes its season at 16-13, was led by Jennifer Fopma's 18 kills. lt;pgt; With the win, LMU advances to Saturday's second round and will face the winner of No. 1 USC/New Hampshire at 6:00 p.m. in USC's Lyon Center. The Lions' 6 victories tied the program's best win mark since 198, as LMU posted 6 wins in 1996. That LMU squad went undefeated in WCC action en route to advancing to the NCAA Pacific Regional Semifinal. lt;pgt; lt;bgt;Utah 3, Santa Clara lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; The 13th-ranked Santa Clara University women's volleyball team had its 003 season come to an end with a 3- loss to Utah in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday night in HEC Edmondson Pavilion on the campus of the University of Washington. lt;pgt; After jumping out to an early -0 lead the Broncos watched as the Utes battled back for victories in games three and four to force a fifth and deciding game. Both teams exchanged points for most of the fifth game before Utah finally took the lead 8-7 in the final game. From there they rattled off seven of the next 1 points to win the match and advance to the second round of the tournament. lt;pgt; With the loss, Santa Clara's season ends at 0-11 overall while Utah improved to -8 win the victory. lt;pgt; "It was a story of two different matches tonight," said SCU head coach Jon Wallace. "I think we came out and passed well in the first game and won fairly easily. In game two (Utah) settled down quite a bit but our girls made a push late in the game and won game two. From there I felt they just got into a grove and became real smooth. Their top two hitters had great hitting percentages and it made the difference." lt;pgt; As a team the Utes his .347 from the floor while limiting the Broncos to a .47 mark that included a .0 hitting percentage in game four. lt;pgt; Kim Turner led the way for Utah with her match-high 4 kills and .00 hitting percentage to go along with fellow middle blocker Lyndsey Henderson added 17 kills and a .347 hitting percentage. lt;pgt; "Obviously this is a big win for us," Utah head coach Beth Launiere said. "I felt confident against a quality Santa Clara team, mostly because we've played awfully good teams in the Mountain West Conference all season." lt;pgt; "We were a different team after the first two games," Launiere continued. "In the locker room between games two and three, I challenged the team to make a choice and they made the decision to go for it." lt;pgt; Becky Potter and Toni Muratore led the way for Santa Clara on the evening with 17 kills apiece. With her fifth kill in the match, Potter became the first Santa Clara player and fifth ever in WCC history to reach the 1,800 kill plateau. lt;pgt; Kim McGiven had an outstanding night in her first NCAA postseason match, posting 16 kills and a .406 hitting percentage. Cassie Perret added 1 kills on the night while Kelli Sousa directed the Bronco attack with her match-high 9 assists. lt;pgt; lt;bgt;California 3, Saint Mary's 0lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; The Saint Mary's women's volleyball team's inspiring season came to a conclusion in the opening round of the 003 NCAA Tournament at the hands of the California Golden Bear's by the final score of 3-0. Game scores of the Bear's defeat of the Gaels were 30-0, 30-1, and 30-3. With the loss Saint Mary's finished its extremely successful year with an overall record 0-13 while Cal improved to 4-6 on the season. lt;pgt; In front of a loud and hostile crowd, the Gaels were defeated in game one against the California Golden Bears by the score of 30-0. Despite participating in their first ever NCAA postseason game, the Gaels exhibited tremendous perseverance throughout the entire first game. Leading the way on offense for the Gaels in game one was 003 All-WCC First Team selection Jill Parmele. The Acampo, CA native recorded a team-high six kills in the opening game. Defensively, sophomore Kaui Salzman posted a team-high three digs. However, the Gaels could not overcome Cal's potent offensive attack. The Bears posted a team hitting percentage of .361 in the first game while Saint Mary's finished with a .139 hitting percentage. Cal's offense was led by All-American Mia Jerkov. The outside hitter scorched the Gaels with a total nine kills to help Cal take a 1-0 lead in the match. lt;pgt; In game two the Gaels again fell behind early by the score of 18-10. However, behind the play of junior Stacey O'Connor the Gaels were able to narrow the score to 18-1. A Irvine, CA native, O'Connor, helped the team by recording a total of two aces in game two. Unfortunately, Cal limited the play of Saint Mary's productive offense in the second game en route to a 30-1 victory and a -0 lead in the match. After the second game, the Bear's defense posted a total of 10 block assists to Saint Mary's total of . However, the Bear's defense was not able to keep the Gaels' 003 All-WCC Honorable Mention honoree, Kaui Salzman, under complete control. The San Diego, CA resident posted two powerful kills in game two to lead the Gaels' offense. Salzman also contributed on defense as the outside hitter finished with four digs in game two. lt;pgt; With their season on the line and down -0 before heading into the third game, the Gaels needed someone to elevate their play. Saint Mary's setter, Mandy Bible, answered that call. With the Gaels down 1-10, the true freshman's play in game three allowed Saint Mary's to finally showcase many of their talents. Bible helped the Gaels come back and take a 17-1 lead midway through game three after serving a total of seven times. Also contributing in Saint Mary's comeback was Lindsay Hardy. The libero's defense was instrumental in assisting the Gaels take a substantial lead. However, not to be outdone, the Bear's came back to take a 1-0 lead that they would never relinquish behind Jerkov. In game three the outside hitter recorded a total of 11 kills. Behind their All-American, Cal ultimately won the final and deciding game of the match by the final score of 30-3. lt;pgt; For the match, Saint Mary's was led offensively by senior Jill Parmele. The outside hitter posted a team-high 17 kills on the match. Her .31 hitting percentage was also second on the team. Coach Jon Stevenson commented on Parmele's performance when he expressed, "I'm proud of Jill for the effort she showed in her last match." Freshman Mandy Bible also showed experience beyond her years by finishing with a team-high 31 assists and a match-high three aces. Defensively, Saint Mary's was led by Cassandra Kolkka and Lindsay Hardy. Kolkka, a true freshman from Clovis, CA posted a total of eight digs and two block assists on the match. The outside hitter also finished with four kills and a team-high .0 hitting percentage. Hardy, a junior, led the team with a total of nine digs on the match. lt;pgt; lt;bgt;UCLA 3, SanDiego 0lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; The nation's No. 8 seed UCLA swept San Diego during first round play of the NCAA Volleyball Tournament Friday night in Los Angeles. The Bruins were one of 16 host institutions facilitating first and second round action this weekend, moving on to face UC Irvine, a team that claimed a five-game victory over Missouri in the night's opener. San Diego's season comes to an end after qualifying for the NCAA's field of 64 for the seventh time in eight seasons. USD finished the 003 season with a 17-13 overall record. lt;pgt; In game one the Bruins jumped out to a 7-1 lead on its home floor and would not allow San Diego to close the gap. The Toreros staged a brief rally and cut the lead to 13-7 on a kill by freshman middle hitter Emily Haas. With UCLA leading 4-16, USD sophomore Lindsey Sherburne put down one of her three kills to allow San Diego game one's longest rally. However the Toreros would yield the opening game to the Bruins by a score of 30-0 on a kill by UCLA junior Brynn Murphy. The Bruins hit .41 as a team in the first frame. lt;pgt; Just moments into game two, UCLA staked a 6-1 advantage. A pair of kills by Devon Forster, who finished with a USD team-high 14 on the night, and a block from Sherburne and freshman Christie Dawson put San Diego two points behind at 10-8. UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski took a timeout and the Bruins responded by scoring the game's next six points to jump ahead 16-8. UCLA's lone senior Cira Wright broke the game open, making it -1 after registering consecutive Bruin points. San Diego hit a lowly -.037 in game two and surrendered a 30-17 loss. lt;pgt; Game three began with both schools exchanging points. USD senior Lisa Gordon blocked a Bruin attempt to even the score at five. San Diego and UCLA were tied at eight before the Bruins went on a 1-6 run to lead -1. Torero head coach Jennifer Petrie called her final timeout and the Toreros scored three consecutive points. USD closed the gap to 6-1, but the deficit would prove to much to overcome and San Diego's season came to an end with a 30-4 UCLA victory in game three. lt;Pgt;