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Aug 30-Another ranked opponent went down at the hands of a WCC squad as the San Francisco Dons defeated #19 Washington State, 3-2, in the second round of the Cougar Challenge

Northern Arizona 3, Gonzaga 0
Northern Arizona University hit .369 for the match Saturday afternoon in defeating Gonzaga University 30-23, 30-20, 30-27 in the Oregon State Volleyball Showcase at Gill Coliseum. The loss was the second in as many matches to open the season for the Bulldogs, who will complete play in the tournament this evening against Mississippi State University. Hitting efficiency was the difference in the match. NAU hit .323 in game one, .405 in game two and .372 in game three. Gonzaga, meanwhile, hit .138, .034 and .318, respectively, in the three games. The Bulldogs had a game-high 18 kills in game three.

Gonzaga 3, Mississippi State 2
Christina Davis had 24 kills and Melissa Schickler contributed 34 assists as Gonzaga University got into the win column Saturday evening with a 27-30, 30-25, 18-30, 30-26, 16-14 win over Mississippi State University in a battle of Bulldogs at the Oregon State Volleyball Showcase at Gill Coliseum. The match concluded tournament play for both sets of Bulldogs to open the season, Gonzaga going 1-2, MSU 0-3. Davis was named to the all-tournament team where she was joined by MVP Anne Watts-Roberts, Allison Lawrence and Karah Rhoades of host OSU, and Claire Robertson and Ellie Butterfield of Northern Arizona University. OSU won the tournament with a 3-0 record, NAU went 2-1, Gonzaga 1-2 and MSU 0-3. Davis fell three kills shy of her career high in pacing the Gonzaga attack that saw the Bulldogs hit .275 for the match. Davis had 24 kills in 53 attack attempts for a .377 hitting percentage. Abby Cullen, for the most part silenced in the first two matches, had 13 kills and a .323 attack percentage and Jamie VanMeetren had 11 kills. Schickler, a freshman setter from Manhattan Beach, Calif., who is filling in for the injured Emilee Giring, had 34 assists as she quarterbacked the Gonzaga offense.

San Francisco 3, #19 Washington State 2
San Francisco volleyball faced their toughest test of the young 2003 season when they squared off against the #19 Washington State Cougars in the second round of the Cougar Challenge. In 26 years of volleyball, USF had never toppled a ranked opponent, but that changed following an impressive 3-2 victory against the Cougars (30-25, 28-30, 30-28, 28-30, 15-5). Senior outside hitter Brittanie Budinger and senior middle blocker Teresa Russell each pounded a match-high 19 kills to lead the Dons to a 2-0 record in the Cougar Challenge. Budinger (19 kills, 14 digs), Russell (19, 11) and Hart (11, 11) finished with a double-double performances. Russell added six blocks (three solo) and Budinger added five (three solo). Scoggin finished with 61 assists and added 17 digs and three aces. MacAusland finished with eight kills and a career-high 20 digs for the Dons.

San Francisco 3, Oklahoma 0
USF volleyball dispatched Oklahoma 3-0 (30-23, 30-26, 30-22) to capture the 2003 Washington State Cougar Challenge title. San Francisco (3-0), who earned the program??s first-ever victory against a top-25 opponent when they defeated #19 Washington State 3-2 earlier today seized control early and would not surrender it against the Sooners (0-3). Freshman outside hitter Theresa Hart led the way for the Dons with 15 kills on .480 hitting to go along with 12 digs, while senior outside hitter Brittanie Budinger added 11 kills. Senior outsider hitter Caroline Skacel chipped in with a 10 kill, 10 dig effort, while Russell added 10 digs to go along with five blocks and seven kills. USF hit .246 against the Sooners and held Oklahoma to a paltry .071 hitting pace.

Bowling Green State 3, Portland 2
Despite Michelle Oakland??s career-best 19 kills and .720 hitting percentage, the University of Portland volleyball team dropped a heartbreaker to Bowling Green State, 3-2 (30-23, 17-30, 30-25, 15-13) at the Boise State Invitational on Sat. Aug. 30. Portland moves to 1-1 on the season, while Bowling Green State is now 1-1. Portland out-hit the Falcons, .500 to .222 in game one, but couldn??t push for points near the end and BGSU went ahead, 30-23. The Pilots came back convincingly in game two, for a 30-17 win. Portland lost game three 30-25, but held on in game four, 30-25, setting themselves up for the deciding game. Game five was a hard fought battle, but the Pilots were edged out by the Falcons, 15-13.

Portland 3, Boise State 0
Michelle Oakland was named the Boise State Tournament MVP and teammate Heather Denison was selected to the all-tourney team as the University of Portland cruised to a 3-0 (30-27, 30-21, 30-16) win over Boise State in the late match on Sat., Aug. 30. The Pilots took home second-place in the tournament, tying Bowling Green State with a 2-1 tournament record. Head-to-head competition was the deciding factor in crowning the tournament champion. Oakland led the Pilot attack with her third-straight double-figure kill match (12 kills), tying a career high .750 hitting percentage with zero errors on the night. The Pilots started out slow in game one, recording just a .220 hitting percentage, but managed to pull out a 30-27 win. In game two, Portland held the Broncos to a -.065 hitting percentage and hit for .480 with just three errors in the game. The Pilots continued to keep Boise State out of system racking up 17 kills, one error and an impressive .552 hitting percentage to seal the deal.

Pepperdine 3, Notre Dame 1
The No. 5-ranked Pepperdine women's volleyball team (2-0), upended Notre Dame (1-1), 27-30, 30-22, 30-15, 30-23, on Saturday morning to complete the second of three round-robin matches at the 2003 Four Points Sheraton Hotel Classic at the Firestone Fieldhouse. The two-day tournament features four teams - No. 10 Arizona, Notre Dame, Eastern Washington, and Pepperdine - and they will continue play through Saturday evening. Despite getting off to a slow start in the first game, the focused Waves rallied back in the final three appearances and clinched its second straight victory. On the night, Pepperdine hit .320 after pounding out 70 kills to Notre Dame's 48.

Saint Mary's 3, Northeastern 1
The Saint Mary's women's volleyball team took their opening match of the Fremont Investment & Loan Invitational after defeating the Northeastern Huskies by a final score of 3-1. Even though the Gaels took the first two games of the match in commanding fashion 30-22 and 30-24, the Huskies fought back to take game three by a score of 30-25. However, Saint Mary's clinched the match by taking the forth and deciding game by a score of 30-26. With the victory the Gaels improve to 2-0 on the season, while Northeastern fell to 0-2.

Loyola Marymount 3, West Virginia 0
After trailing much of the third game, Loyola Marymount fought back and beat West Virginia to remain undefeated in the LMU Furama Hotel Invitational. LMU (2-0) has now won their first six games, after today's 30-24, 30-21, 30-28 victory.