{{ article.title }}

Sep 5-All eight WCC volleyball teams were in action, kicking off another busy weekend of volleyball action

Pictured: USF senior Brittanie Budinger registered 17 kills in the Lady Dons' win over Northern Arizona.

Pepperdine 3, Arkansas State 1
Senior All-American Katie Wilkins pounded out a season-high 26 kills and senior middle blocker Lyndsey Hache' hit .458 percent on 13 kills to lead No. 8 Pepperdine (3-2) to a 3-1 (30-28, 26-30, 33-31, 33-22) victory over Arkansas State (4-1) in the first match of the 2003 CenturyTel/Roger Beasley Premier hosted by Texas State this weekend. The match was the first loss for the Lady Indians this season.

Santa Clara 3, Rhode Island 0
The 20th-ranked Santa Clara University volleyball team picked up its third straight victory with a convincing 3-0 win over Rhode Island Saturday morning at the Wildcat Invitational in Tucson, Ariz. The Broncos improve to 3-1 while dropping the Rams to 1-6 on the season.

Freshman Megan Pura made an impression in her first collegiate start, racking up a match-high 12 kills. Jac Heler added 10 kills while Kim McGiven entered the match in game three and registered five in the win. Nora Miller made her first collegiate appearance and picked up two kills, one service ace and one dig.

Seniors Becky Biniek Kelli Sousa and Becky Potter played their steady games during the victory with Sousa dishing out 43 assists to go with her career-high four service errors. Potter posted a match-high 12 digs while Biniek recorded seven kills and a match-high five block assists.

Santa Clara 3, San Diego State 2
Santa Clara University's volleyball team wash pushed to the limit but prevailed with a 15-13 win in game five for a 3-2 victory over San Diego State Friday evening at the Wildcat Invitational in Tucson, Ariz. The 20th-ranked Broncos improve to 4-1 on the season while dropping the Aztecs' mark to 4-3.

Becky Potter finished the game with a match-high 26 kills while fellow senior Becky Biniek and sophomore Cassie Perret each posted 16. Junior Jac Heler added 11 but it was her match-high 20 digs that proved vital to SCU's success.

Senior Kelli Sousa quarterbacked the offense beautifully once again, picking up 76 assists to go along with her 10 digs and seven kills. Sophomore libero Lexie Bothman posted a career-high 12 digs on the night.

San Francisco 3, UTEP 0
San Francisco remained unbeaten on the season by sweeping UTEP 30-19, 30-23, 30-27 in the opening round of the 2003 Fiesta Bowl Tournament, hosted by Northern Arizona Friday at the Rolle Activity Center. USF (5-0) wasted little time in dispatching the Miners (2-3), cruising to easy victories in the first two games.

Teresa Russell finished just two blocks shy of a triple double, hammering 14 kills on .314 hitting to go along with 15 digs and eight blocks (two solo). Budinger tallied a match-high 20 kills on a career-best .472 hitting to go along with 14 digs. For the match, USF hit at a .275 pace and limited the Miners to a .148 clip.

San Francisco 3, Northern Arizona 1
Senior middle blocker Teresa Russell powered USF with 25 kills on .561 hitting as USF defeated Northern Arizona 3-1 (27-30, 30-17, 30-26, 30-23) in the second game of the 2003 Fiesta Bowl Classic Friday night in the Rolle Activity Center. San Francisco (6-0) remains unbeaten on the season at the expense of the host Lumberjacks (3-2).

Senior outsider hitter Brittanie Budinger hammered 17 kills to go along with 18 digs. Senior setter April Scoggin did an outstanding job running the USF attack, dishing out 60 assists to go along with 12 digs. San Francisco hit at a .265 pace for the match, including a .567 pace in game two and held NAU to a .174 percentage.

Arizona State 3, Gonzaga 0
The Arizona State Sun Devils combined for a .316 attack percentage on Friday night to collect a 3-0 volleyball win over the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the opening round of the SBC/Sands Regency Invitational. Arizona State won by scores of 30-23, 30-22, 30-20.

Senior middle blocker Abby Cullen was the Bulldogs top offensive weapon with 12 kills as Gonzaga finished with 31 total and a .129 attack percentage. Cullen also accounted for six of the 17 Gonzaga blocks. Gonzaga won the battle at the nets with a 17-10 block advantage including solo blocks by Cullen and Megan Thompson.

Saint Mary??s 3, Cal Poly 0
The Saint Mary's women's volleyball team regained their winning ways Friday night against Cal Poly by defeating the Mustangs by a final score of 3-0. Games scores for the Gaels opening match of the Cal Poly Tournament were 30-27, 30-20, and 30-14. With the win Saint Mary's improves to 4-1 on the season while Cal Poly fell to 3-2.

Leading the way for the Gaels was senior Jill Parmele as she recorded her second double-double of the season in kills and digs. Parmele posted a match-high 13 kills and 11 digs against the Mustangs. Making another solid contribution for the Gaels was standout freshman Cassandra Kolkka. Kolkka totaled eight kills, 10 digs, and one ace for the match.

Stanford 3, San Diego 0
Five-time National Champion Stanford swept the University of San Diego volleyball team Friday night in Palo Alto, California. In first round action of The Stanford Classic the host Cardinal defeated San Diego by game scores of (30-25, 30-25, 35-33). USD now takes on No. 7 UC Santa Barbara Saturday. The Toreros record moved to 3-1 record after Friday night's setback to a Stanford team that holds a No. 4 ranking by the AVCA.

Stanford (4-0), who is playing host to this weekend's festivities, finished the 2002 season 27-4 and participated in the Final Four for the 14th time in school history. The Toreros did challenge the Cardinal, taking game three to the limits before Stanford emerged with a 35-33 win. USD junior Devon Forster killed a match-best 15 for the Toreros. Freshman Cassie Wolpern added 10 kills and eight digs.

Portland 3, Chicago State 0
Sara Vercruyssen led all players with 16 kills, a .375 hitting percentage and 11 digs as the University of Portland volleyball team cruised to a 3-0 (30-27, 30-18, 30-18 ) win over Chicago State in the late match of the Nike Portland Pilot Invitational on Fri., Sept. 5. The Pilots improve to 3-1 overall, while Chicago State drops to 0-2.

Heather Denison tallied 13 kills and hit for .423 on the night. Michelle Oakland added eight kills for a .438 hitting percentage, along with a career-best seven digs and five total blocks. Sheena Surplus notched her first double-double of the season with 43 assists and a season-high 12 digs. For the match, Vercruyssen led all players with 18.5 points. As a team, Portland hit for .300 and out-blocked the Cougars, 10.0 to 2.0.

Loyola Marymount 3, Northeastern 0
Loyola Marymount opened the Four Points Sheraton Volleyball Classic by recording their fifth consecutive victory. The Lions used an 11 kill, 32 assist performance from setter Nicole Oehlman to defeat Northeastern 30-13, 30-14, 30-18. It was Oehlman's first double-double of the season. The 5-0 start for the Lions is their best since the 2000 campaign, when LMU posted seven straight wins to start the season.

The Lions hit .369 on the evening, compared to Northeastern's .019 percentage. In addition to her double-double effort, Oehlman posted two service aces, nine digs, and a .611 hitting percentage.