Portland 3, UC Riverside 1
The University of Portland women's volleyball team recorded a 3-1 (27-30, 30-27, 30-26, 30-28) win over UC Riverside at the Nevada-Reno Tournament on Fri., Sept. 6 in Reno, NV. Portland improves to 3-1 overall, 0-0 in the WCC. The Highlanders drop to 2-2 on the season. Freshmen Ali Boaz and Lauren Karpstein might not have had the huge numbers tonight, but certainly kept Portland in the match with their intense play and smart strategy. On the night, junior Heather Denison racked up 14 kills and five digs. Teammate Sara Vercruyssen tallied her fourth-straight double-double with 12 kills and 12 digs.
#24 Santa Clara 3, E. Illinois 1
The 24th-ranked Santa Clara University women's volleyball team increased it season-opening winning streak to four matches Friday night in game one of the NAU Fiesta Bowl Tournament, defeating Eastern Illinois by a score of 3-1. Sophomore Becky Biniek topped her career-high in kills from last week with her team-leading 16 on the evening. Junior Kelli Sousa proved to be the real difference in the game registering 45 assists to go along with a team-high 12 digs and a career-high seven kills.
Washington 3, USF 0
The University of Washington volleyball team extended its win streak to five matches as it topped the University of San Francisco, 3-0 (30-14, 30-18, 30-23), this evening at the Eighth Aston Imua Wahine Volleyball Challenge. The win improves Washington to 5-0, while San Francisco dips to 2-4 on the season. San Francisco takes the court next on Saturday against San Diego St.
Montana State 3, Gonzaga 0
Montana State (5-1) combined for a .286 team attack percentage including a .357 clip in the final game as the host Bobcats defeated Gonzaga (0-5) in three games during opening night action at the Holiday Inn Classic. MSU won the contest 30-26, 30-22 and 30-14. Junior middle blocker Abby Cullen kept the Zags in contention early on as she finished with a match high 14 kills during 34 attack attempts. Mary Finnerty finished second on the squad with eight kills as first-year head coach Kip Yoshimura continues to look for a winning combination to put on the floor.
LMU 3, Notre Dame 1
The Loyola Marymount University volleyball team pulled out a hard-fought victory over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the nightcap of the opening session of the LMU Volleyball Classic. In their first four-game match of the season, the Lions moved to 3-1, while the Irish tasted defeat for the first time. Senior Kristen Gallup extended her West Coast Conference leading kills per game average with a match-high 26. The All-WCC performer also had 15 digs. Freshman Michelle Look saw her first extended action of the season and came up with 12 kills. Fellow freshman Nicole Ridley played throughout the match, dishing out a career-high 44 assists, along with nine digs. Junior Kea Kimball had 12 digs and five blocks including four solos.
USD 3, Northwestern 2
The University of San Diego Torero Volleyball team outlasted the Northwestern Wildcats to win in five games on Friday night during first round play of the 2002 USD Invitational. San Diego and Northwestern went back and forth deep into the decisive game five before USD escaped with the win. The Toreros improve to 4-0 on the young season while the Wildcats drop to 3-1. USD senior Noel Frohman killed a match-best 25 and totaled 10 digs for the Toreros. Sophomore teammate Devon Forster had 17 kills and 13 digs and freshman setter Lindsey Sherburne gave out 54 assists.