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Nov 1- Saint Mary's upset 13 ranked LMU in five games in Moraga behind a 34 kill performance from Jill Parmele

lt;bgt;Pictured:lt;/bgt;lt;igt;Jill Parmele set a conference season high with 34 kills in Saint Mary's five game win over LMUlt;/igt; lt;pgt; Nov 1- Saint Mary's upset 13 ranked LMU in five games behind a 34 kill performance from Jill Parmele in Moraga. San Francisco nearly pulled off an upset of their own, as it took ranked Pepperdine five games to put away the Dons at USF. 1 ranked Santa Clara defeated visiting Gonzaga 3-1 and 18 ranked San Diego improved to 9-0 at home with a 3-1 win over Portland. lt;pgt; lt;bgt;Saint Mary's 3, LMU lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; Saint Mary's senior outside hitter Jill Parmele racked up 34 kills to pace the Saint Mary's women's volleyball team to a 3-, five-game West Coast Conference victory over the No. 13-ranked Loyola Marymount Lions on Saturday night from McKeon Pavilion. Individual game results were 7-30, 30-1, 0-30, 30- and 1-11. The win for the Gaels avenged a -3 loss to LMU from October 10 in Los Angeles. With the win Saint Mary's improves to 17-10 overall and 3-6 in the West Coast Conference. lt;pgt; For the Gaels, four players tallied double digits in kills with Parmele leading all players in the match. Parmele's 34 kills set a West Coast Conference and Saint Mary's season record by topping fellow teammate Lindsey Bogason's five-game record when she tallied 3 kills against UC Irvine. Kaui Salzman posted her ninth straight double-double in WCC play as she tallied 1 kills and a match-high digs. Stacey O'Connor and Cassandra Kolkka added 11 kills each. lt;pgt; As a team, Saint Mary's set a 003 WCC single game record by scorching the Lions for 8 kills in the match. Saint Mary's hit .01 for the game while the Lions hit . overall with 61 total kills in the match. lt;pgt; In game one of the match, Saint Mary's opened a 17-10 lead before Loyola Marymount rallied to even the game at 19-19. SMC regained its lead at 7-4 before LMU scored the final six points of the game for a 30-7 game-one win. Dina DeBernardi hit .00 with four kills in the opening game to help LMU to the early lead in the match. Jill Parmele paced the Gaels with eight kills in the opening stanza. lt;pgt; Parmele scorched the Lions for 1 kills in the second game alone, to pace SMC to a 30-1 victory in game two. The Gaels opened a commanding 14-4 advantage and did not let up. SMC posted a .37 hitting percentage in game two to even the match at 1-1. lt;pgt; In game three the Lions were firing on all cylinders. LMU regrouped in the intermission and posted a dominating 30-0 victory in the third game. With the score tied at 9-9, Loyola Marymount 1-4 run to put the game out of reach. Tiana Newsome tallied four kills to help LMU post a .363 hitting percentage in the third game. lt;pgt; Saint Mary's evened the match at two games a piece with a 30- win in game four. The Gaels posted a .63 hitting percentage in game four and limited the Lions to just .116. With the score tied at 1-1, Saint Mary's ran off four straight points to take a 1-1 lead, before eventually winning the game by five points. lt;pgt; In the fifth game Saint Mary's jumped out to an 8-4 advantage when the teams traded sides. The Lions cut the deficit to 11-9, but the Gaels rallied to take a four-point victory in game five and a 3- win in the match. lt;pgt; lt;bgt;Pepperdine 3, San Francisco lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; USF came tantalizingly close to pulling off a major upset in West Coast Conference volleyball action, dropping a hard-fought 3- decision to Pepperdine Saturday at War Memorial Gym. For the second straight night, the Dons (19-6, 3-6 WCC) extended another elite team to five games, but could not come up with the match against the talented Waves (19-, 9-0 WCC). lt;pgt; In a battle of two of the league's most electrifying outside hitters, USF senior Brittanie Budinger pounded a match-high 9 kills on .386 hitting, while Pepperdine's two-time All-American Katie Wilkins slammed 8 on .480 hitting on a night with plenty of offense. Budinger added a team-high 18 digs and a pair of blocks, while Wilkins added nine digs and seven blocks. lt;pgt; Pepperdine took control early, cruising to the win in game one. San Francisco responded with a strong effort in the second. After trailing -0, senior middle blocker Teresa Russell pounded consecutive kills to tie the contest at . Then San Francisco capitalized on three attack errors and a service ace from senior outside hitter Caroline Skacel for a 6-4 edge. Then Budinger took over, hammering four kills to even the contest at one game apiece. lt;pgt; San Francisco rallied back after trailing early in the contest. After tying the score at 1-1, the Waves went on a 6-1 run to take control. The Dons closed to three, 6-3, but could get no closer. lt;pgt; Trailing -1, USF jumped out to a 13 -6 advantage and led game four wire-to-wire behind great offensive efforts from Budinger and solid defense, keyed by sophomore middle blocker KeLicia Shorts to set up the decisive fifth game. lt;pgt; San Francisco opened with a 4-3 lead, but the Waves took the lead for good at 7-6 and pulled away to remain unbeaten in league action at 9-0. lt;pgt; Russell finished the contest with 18 kills on .389 hitting and added four blocks, while Skacel added eight kills and 1 digs. Shorts enjoyed her finest match of the season with five kills and eight blocks (two solo), while sophomore Jencie Lejeune added four kills and four blocks for the Dons. lt;pgt; Sophomore outside hitter Katy Daly tallied 19 kills for the Waves. Junior libero Christine Hinds dug a match-high 6 balls for Pepperdine. For the match USF held a .3 - .197 hitting percentage edge, but San Francisco committed 16 service errors. lt;pgt; lt;bgt;Santa Clara 3, Gonzaga 1lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; The 1th-ranked Santa Clara University women's volleyball team defeated Gonzaga University for the 19th-straight time Saturday night as they registered a 3-1 victory in front of 1 fans in the Leavey Center. The win moves the Broncos' record to 16-8 overall and 7- in West Coast Conference action while dropping the Bulldogs to 3- overall and 0-9 in league play. lt;pgt; Santa Clara had four players reach double-digit kills on the night and another four players in double-digit digs in the win. Becky Potter and Toni Muratore led the SCU offense with their 14 kills apiece while Becky Biniek and Cassie Perret each chipped in 10. Potter and Perret dominated the defensive end for the Broncos with their 17 digs each, with Kristen Luxton and Lexie Bothman each recording 10 in the match. lt;pgt; Setter Kelli Sousa had an all-around good night with her 3 assists, nine digs, four kills and two total blocks. Muratore, Perret and Potter each also added four total blocks while Becky Biniek and Kim McGiven chipped in three as well, leading to the 13 total team blocks for the Broncos. lt;pgt; Freshman Megan Pura posted six kills on 1 attempts with only one error for a .333 percentage in the two games she played in. McGiven added eight kills an two block solos in the match for the Broncos. lt;pgt; Natasha Kozen had a match-high 18 kills for Gonzaga and was followed closely by teammate Abby Cullen who had 14 on the evening. However, the two combined for hitting errors on the night leading to a sub .100 hitting percentage for the Bulldogs in three of the four games. The only game the Zags managed to hit above .100 was in their game three victory when they posted a .304 percentage in their 30-6 win. lt;pgt; Santa Clara's .71 team hitting percentage on the night was marred only by their .1 mark in game three. They hit .368 in their 30-14 win in game one, .43 in their 30-18 win in game two, and .00 in the match-ending 30-3 victory in game four. SCU posted a .30 average in their three wins Saturday night. lt;pgt; The win marked the 19th-straight time that the Broncos have defeated Gonzaga, dating back to their first meeting during the 1994 season. Santa Clara also posted a 3-1 victory over the Bulldogs earlier this year in Spokane, Wash. lt;pgt; lt;bgt;San Diego 3, Portland 1lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; No. 18 San Diego has not lost to West Coast Conference member Portland since 1991 and a match-up that has recently yielded a routine three-game sweep in San Diego's favor allowed the host Toreros their 17th win of the season. In front of a sparse crowd at USD's Jenny Craig Pavilion on Saturday night, San Diego came away with a 3-1 victory with game scores going (30-18, 30-, 3-34, 30-). lt;pgt; San Diego (17-6; 6-3 WCC) took game one without much resistance, serving up seven aces and leading by as many as 14 points. In game two the Toreros played without All-WCC attacker Devon Forster (Boulder, CO), but again rolled to an easy victory. Freshmen standouts Ryan Maspero (San Antonio, TX), Cassie Wolpern (Belle Plaine, MN) and Christie Dawson (Apple Valley, CA) led the way as USD took a two-game advantage. lt;pgt; With Forster and Dawson sitting out game three, Portland (11-13; 1-8 WCC) raced out to a 10- lead thanks to outstanding play from senior Heather Denison (Gladstone, OR) who finished the night with a match-best 7 kills. With a heavily contested game three even at 30, USD was charged with a substitution infraction and the Pilots rallied for a 34-3 win. lt;pgt; Forster, Dawson and the rest of USD's starting line-up returned in the fourth game to dash any hopes of a Portland upset. Forster totaled nine kills in her limited time. Junior Kristen Hurst (Bakersfield, CA), Haas and Wolpern all put down 14 kills. USD Sophomore Lindsey Sherburne (Saratoga, CA) passed out a match-high 60 assists. With the win San Diego improves to 9-0 at home. lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;