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The University of Portland women's volleyball teamnotched its first win of the 2001 season Friday in the first game of the Kansas Hampton Inn Invitational, defeating Montana in five games, 20-30, 30-27, 30-27, 20-30 and 19-17

The University of Portland women's volleyball team notched its first win of the 2001 season Friday in the first game of the Kansas Hampton Inn Invitational, defeating Montana in five games, 20-30, 30-27, 30-27, 20-30 and 19-17. It was Doug Sparks?? seventh victory as head coach of the Pilots and improved their season record to 1-3.

The Pilots totaled 66 digs in the match, a new season-high. As a team Portland compiled seven blocks and a .235 hitting percentage compared to .219 for Montana.

Senior outside hitters Bridget Beschen and Bridget DeChant each had season-high totals in kills with 17 and 16, respectively. Beschen came up with 12 digs. Junior setter Carlie Price led the team with 16 digs.

In the win, sophomore Kuulei Kamanao, a transfer from the University of Massachusetts, saw her first action in a Pilot uniform at defensive specialist. She had seven digs and two kills with a .333 hitting percentage.

Montana was led by sophomore outside hitter Lizzie Wertz, who totaled 19 kills, 17 digs and a .204 hitting percentage for the match.

The Pilots will have little time to celebrate the victory as they take on Georgia Southern this afternoon at 3 p.m.