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Sep 3-Two WCC volleyball teams were in action Wednesday night as 8 Pepperdine (-) fell to top-ranked USC in three games (30-6, 30-18, 30-19), while Saint Mary's (3-1) was handed their first loss of the season by Oregon State, falling to the Beavers in three matches (30-7, 30-, 30-6)

lt;bgt;Pictured:lt;/bgt; lt;igt;SMC's Jill Parmele, this week's WCC Player of the Week, turned in another solid performance with 16 kills in the Gaels' setback versus Oregon State.lt;/igt;lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;Sep 3-Two WCC volleyball teams were in action Wednesday night as 8 Pepperdine (-) fell to top-ranked USC in three games (30-6, 30-18, 30-19), while Saint Mary's (3-1) was handed their first loss of the season by Oregon State, falling to the Beavers in three matches (30-7, 30-, 30-6).lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;1 USC 3, 8 Pepperdine 0lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; Despite taking the early lead in two out of three games, No. 1 USC (6-0) showed a late surge of dominance and overtook the No. 8 Pepperdine Waves (-) in three games 30-6, 30-18, and 30-19, Wednesday night at Lyon Center. lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;Pepperdine was led by senior All-American Katie Wilkins who accounted for 1 kills and four block assists while sophomore setter Melissa Mehlhorn, who displayed spectacular defense after grabbing 1 hard-nose digs, contributed a game-high 38 set assists and the team146;s only ace. In addition, libero Christina Hinds paced both teams with 1 digs. lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;While both team146;s statistics were almost identical across the board, the main factor appeared in the attack column where USC out-hit Pepperdine .86 to .087. However, the Waves played solid defense and had a 61 to 46 advantage in digs.lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;Oregon State 3, Saint Mary's 0lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; The Saint Mary's women's volleyball team was defeated by the visiting Oregon State Beavers by a final score of 3-0. Games scores for the match were 30-7, 30-, and 30-6. With the loss the Gaels fall to 3-1 on the season. lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;Gaels' senior Jill Parmele had another outstanding evening after recording 16 kills and 9 digs for the match. Her .31 attacking percentage was only second on the team behind junior Stacey O'Connor who ended the match with a .78 attacking percentage. O'Connor also led the Gaels in block assists with three. lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;Also contributing for the Gaels were Kaui Salzman and Cassandra Kolkka. Salzman had another solid match after posting nine kills and 13 digs. Kolkka's total of 16 digs was a match-high. lt;Pgt;