#24 Santa Clara 3, New Orleans 0
#24 Santa Clara 3, UC Irvine 0
The 24th-ranked Santa Clara University volleyball team picked up its second straight win to open the season on Saturday, defeating the University of New Orleans by a score of 3-0 in the morning session of day two at the Marriott Sunset Showcase hosted by UC Irvine. The Broncos defeated the Privateers by scores of 30-19, 30-13 and 30-27 to improve their season mark to 2-0, led by junior Becky Potter and freshman Kim McGiven's 12 kills in the match. Junior Kelli Sousa posted 47 assists in the win, moving her career total to just 47 assists shy of 2,000.
The Broncos collected their third straight win to open the 2002 season, downing UC Irvine by a score of 3-0 to capture the Mariott Sunset Showcase in Irvine, Calif. Saturday evening. Santa Clara defeated the host institution by scores of 30-25, 31-29 and 30-28, making them a perfect 3-0 to open the season. Becky Potter led the way with 17 kills on the evening en route to tournament MVP honors. She finished the weekend with 40 kills.
Portland 3, Lousiana-Monroe 0
Portland State 3, Portland 2
The University of Portland women's volleyball team recorded a 3-0 (30-20, 30-16, 30-25) sweep of Louisiana-Monroe at the Nike Pilot Preview on Sat., Aug. 31 in the Chiles Center. Portland improves to 2-0 overall, 0-0 in the WCC. The Lady Indians drop to 0-2 on the season. Freshman Sara Vercruyssen racked up her second double-double of the season with 12 kills for a .444 hitting percentage and 10 digs. Teammate Lauren Karpstein tallied eight kills and hit .294, while Michelle Oakland added five kills for a .444 hitting percentage. Senior Carlie Price led the team with 13 digs in the match and freshman setter Sheena Surplus posted 36 assists. As a team Portland posted an impressive .300 hitting percentage, adding 5.0 total team blocks and 60.0 points in the match.
The Pilots took second-place at the Nike Pilot Preview Tournament after a five-game (31-29, 28-30, 31-29, 28-30, 15-7) loss to in-state rival Portland State on Sat., Aug. 31 in the Chiles Center. Portland moves to 2-1 overall, 0-0 in the WCC. The Vikings improve to a perfect 3-0 on the season. Portland freshman Sheena Surplus tallied a career-high seven kills for a .429 hitting percentage, along with 56 assists and 14 digs. Sara Vercruyssen posted her third-consecutive double-double of the season with 17 kills for a .261 hitting percentage, along with five total blocks and 10 digs. Teammate Lauren Karpstein tallied eight kills and 15 digs, and Carlie Price led the team tying a career-high 30 digs.
Washington State 3, Gonzaga 0
Nevada 3, Gonzaga 0
Gonzaga finished the Cougar Challenge with an 0-3 record after dropping Saturday matches to Washington State and Nevada by scores of 3-0. Washington State (2-0) opened with a 10-1 run and never looked back as the Cougars rolled over Gonzaga (0-2) during the second day of the Cougar Volleyball Challenge. WSU won the contest 30-17, 30-24, 30-24. Christine Davis led the Zags with nine kills while Vagstad had six blocks. WSU's Adrian Hankoff led all players with 13 kills to go with her five aces. Chelsie Schafer added 10 kills for WSU.
Gonzaga dropped to 0-3 on the season as the Bulldogs dropped the final match of the Les Schwab Cougar Challenge to Nevada (2-1). The Wolf Pack won the contest 30-21, 30-25, 30-25.
San Francisco 3, Kent State 0
San Francisco 3, North Carolina A&T 1
San Francisco posted an impressive sweep against Kent State Saturday in the Fremont Investment and Loan Invitational Saturday at the Matadome. USF (1-2) got another double-double-performance from junior outside hitter Brittanie Budinger who pounded a match-high 13 kills to go along with 14 digs to lead the Dons past Kent State (1-2). USF played well defensively with three players recording double-digit digs led by Budinger's 14, followed by 11 from junior libero Caroline Skacel and 10 from junior setter April Scoggin, who also dished out a match-high 31 assists.
The Dons received 16 kills from junior outside hitter Brittanie Budinger and 13 from junior middle blocker Liz MacAusland to roll past North Carolina A & T in their final match in the Fremont Investment and Loan Invitational hosted by Cal State Northridge. USF (2-2) hit .286 for the contest and their stingy defense held North Carolina A & T (0-4) to a .164 percentage and forced 29 Aggie attack errors.
UC Riverside 3, Saint Mary's 0
Saint Mary's 3, UNLV 0
The Saint Mary's (2-1) volleyball team rebounded from an opening loss to UC Riverside (2-1) to defeat the UNLV Rebels (2-1) in the final match of the Saint Mary's Tournament on Saturday, August 31. Individual scores for the match were 30-27, 30-24, and 30-27. All-Tournament Team MVP Brooke Lowry led both teams with a game-high 37 assists in the match.
Saint Mary's was defeated by UC Riverside (2-1) by a score of 3-0. Individual scores for the match were 32-30, 30-28, 30-28. Hartman posted a double-double for the Highlanders with her 16 kills and 19 digs. Hartman led the match for both teams with a .455 hitting percentage. Leading the Gaels offensively were senior Rachel Avilla and Bogoson. Avilla posted 11 kills with nine digs, while Bogoson added 12 kills and eight digs. Lowry led both teams with 33 assists. In the Gaels second game they held the Rebels to a .163 team hitting percentage as All-Tournament Team honoree Lindsey Bogoson lead the Gaels offensively with 14 kills. Jill Parmele added nine kills and six digs, while Stacey O'Connor added eight kills.
Loyola Marymount 3, Oklahoma 0
Duke 3, Loyola Marymount 0
Five Loyola Marymount attackers racked up seven or more kills as the Lions downed Oklahoma 3-0 (30-25, 30-20, 30-20) during the second session of the LMU Invitational in Gersten Pavilion, Saturday morning.Kristen Gallup once again led the Lions with nine kills. Tiana Newsome and Kea Kimball each posted eight kills, while Jody Carlson and Dina DeBernardi both had seven. LMU had a .349 attack percentage for the match, while Newsome posted an outstanding .727 mark (8-0-11). Libero Laura Gustorf led the defensive charge for LMU with 10 digs. The Lions had nine more digs than the Sooners (32-23) and 12 more kills (43-31).
LMU dropped its first match of the season in the championship tilt of the LMU Invitational at Gersten Pavilion, Saturday night. The Lions fell 30-27, 30-27 and 30-27 to the Duke Blue Devils. LMU fell to 2-1 on the season, while Duke moved 3-0, claiming the title. For the third straight game, senior Kristen Gallup led the Lions. The All-West Coast Conference performer posted a game-high 19 kills on 56 attempts. She also had a game-high 18 digs, while Kea Kimball added 13 digs.
San Diego 3, Texas 2
Torero senior Noel Frohman earned Tournament MVP honors in her home state, as USD defeated Texas in five games to win the 2002 University of Texas Invitational. San Diego fell behind, losing the first two matches (22-30, 28- 30), then rallied to win three straight (30-17, 30-26, 16-14). Frohman led the Torero comeback with 18 kills and 18 digs. Sophomore attacker??s Devon Forster and Kristen Hurst combined for 31 kills and joined Frohman on the all-tournament team. Freshman defensive specialist Monica Peterson turned in a game-high 20 digs in just her third collegiate game. Senior Debra Robertson blocked five and freshman setter Lindsey Sherburne tallied 56 assists for San Diego (3-0, 0-0 WCC).
Pepperdine 3, South Florida2
Pepperdine 3, Michigan 1
Using a balanced offensive attack that included five players finishing with double-digit kill totals, the Pepperdine women's volleyball team defeated Michigan in four games to capture the Howdy's Pepperdine Classic. The Waves, who improved to 3-2 on the season, defeated the Wolverines (2-1) by scores of 28-30, 35-33, 30-23, 30-21. It marked Pepperdine's second win of the day as the Waves posted a five-game (30-26, 24-30, 26-30, 30-25, 15-11) come-from-behind victory over South Florida in a morning match. The two victories on Saturday extended Pepperdine's homecourt winning streak to 16 matches, dating back to the opener of the 2001 season. The Waves' last home loss occurred in the second round of the 2000 NCAA Tournament when they were defeated by Kansas State.