Sep 6-In another full slate of volleyball action, all eight WCC teams took the court with tournaments being the theme on Saturday. Four WCC teams captured tournament titles as LMU won their tournament, the Four Points Sheraton Classic, Pepperdine won the CenturyTel/Roger Beasley Honda Premier, San Francisco captured the Fiesta Bowl Classic, and Santa Clara earned the Wildcat Classic title.
Pepperdine 3, Florida State 0
Using the same seven starters the entire match, the No. 8 Pepperdine Waves (4-2) swept the Florida State Seminoles (4-2) with scores of 30-20, 30-23, and 30-24, in the second match of the 2003 CenturyTel/Roger Beasley Honda Premier hosted by Texas State University ?? San Marcos.
Senior All-American Katie Wilkins had a match-high 19 kills and an outstanding .459 hitting percentage. She also finished with seven digs and a match-high three block solos. Meanwhile, sophomore outside hitter Katy Daly was one kill shy of completing her second double-double of the season when she knocked down nine kills and scooped up 12 defensive digs against the Seminoles.
Pepperdine 3, Wisconsin 0
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USF 3, UAB 0
San Francisco hit .304 as a team and tallied 15 blocks in a convincing sweep against Alabama-Birmingham Saturday morning in day two action of the 2003 Fiesta Bowl Classic, hosted by Northern Arizona. The Dons (7-0) remain unbeaten on the season and wasted little time closing the door on the Blazers (1-5).
USF's defense remained impressive, averaging 5.0 per game, led by an outstanding effort by senior middle blocker Teresa Russell, who tallied nine (four solo). The Dons held a 56-38 dig advantage and limited the Blazers to a .009 hitting percentage for the match. Senior outside hitter Brittanie Budinger pounded a match-high 14 kills on .400 hitting to go along with match-high 18 digs. Senior outside hitter Caroline Skacel enjoyed another solid match adding seven kills without an error and chipped in 12 digs, while freshman outside hitter Theresa Hart tallied 10 kills on .304 hitting to go along with seven digs.
USF 3, Missouri-Kansas City 0
USF recorded their second consecutive sweep with a 30-17, 30-11, 30-18 victory against Missouri-Kansas City to wrap up the championship of the Fiesta Bowl Classic, hosted by Northern Arizona. The Dons went 4-0 in the tournament, dropping just one game against the host Lumberjacks last night. With the win, San Francisco remains perfect on the season at 8-0, after dominating the Kangaroos (1-6).
Senior Brittanie Budinger led the way for the Dons with 13 kills on .321 hitting to go along with 12 digs. Freshman Theresa Hart turned in another double-double as well with a 11 kill, 11 dig effort, while hitting .474. Six USF players hit .320 or better, led by sophomore middle blocker KeLicia Shorts who recorded six kills on six attempts for a 1.000 stat line.
Santa Clara 3, Miami 2
On the final day of the Wildcat Classic in Tucson, Ariz., the 20th-ranked Santa Clara University volleyball team showed a lot of heart and determination in its 3-2 victory over the University of Miami. With the win the Broncos capture the tournament title and improve to 5-1 on the season while dropping the Hurricanes to 4-2.
Becky Potter guided the Bronco offense on her 21st birthday with 19 kills to go along with 19 digs en route to Wildcat Classic MVP honors. Kelli Sousa chipped in with 59 assists and nine digs while Cassie Perret registered 10 kills and 16 digs.
SMU 3, Saint Mary??s 1
The Saint Mary's women's volleyball played a hard fought match against the SMU Mustangs before eventually falling by the final score of 3-1 in its second game of the Cal Poly Invitational. Game scores for the Mustangs victory over the Gaels were 30-22, 16-30, 30-23, and 34-32. With the loss Saint Mary's falls to 4-2 on the season while SMU improved to 3-2.
Jill Parmele recorded her third double-double in kills and digs of the season. The senior finished with a match-high 16 kills and 11 digs. Parmele also posted seven block assists. Also playing well for the Gaels was freshman Cassandra Kolkka who recorded her first collegiate double-double in kills and digs following her 13 kill and 11 dig performance.
SMC 3, Texas-San Antonio 1
The Saint Mary's women's volleyball team defeated Texas-San Antonio in its final game of the Cal Poly Invitational by a final score of 3-1. Game scores for the Gaels defeat of the Roadrunners were 30-21, 20-30, 30-28, and 30-19. Saint Mary's finished the invitational with a record of 2-1 and now possesses an overall record of 5-2 on the season. With the loss Texas-San Antonio falls to 1-5.
Leading the way for the Gaels was sophomore Kaui Salzman's match-high total of 22 digs. Salzman also contributed nine kills and a attacking percentage of .421 to help the Gaels to victory. Also providing stellar support were juniors Stacey O'Connor and Lindsey Bogason. O'Connor posted 11 kills, one block assist, and one ace for the match. Bogason also played well for Saint Mary's with a team-high 13 kills, seven digs, and a match-high three aces.
LMU 3, Eastern Washington 2
Loyola Marymount earned its second tournament title in as many weekends, dropping Eastern Washington in five games, 19-30, 25-30, 30-25, 30-23, 15-8. The Lions went 3-0 in tournament play this weekend, defeating participants Northeastern (30-13, 30-14, 30-18) and Creighton (33-31, 31-29, 30-15) prior to tonight's final matchup. Middle blocker Dina DeBernardi was named the tournament's most valuable player after recording 33 kills and six blocks on the weekend.
Senior Kealani Kimball and junior Nicole Oehlman joined DeBernardi as all-tournament selections. Kimball contributed 39 kills and five blocks, while Oehlman earned her second double-double of the tournament against Eastern Washington, recording 54 assists and 10 digs.
LMU 3, Creighton 0
In their second match of the LMU Four Points Sheraton Classic, the Lions defeated Creighton 33-31, 31-29, 30-15, to remain undefeated at 6-0. Senior Kealani Kimball recorded 15 kills and two solo blocks to lead LMU. The 6-0 start marks the Lions best season opening since the 2000 squad. That team went on to participate in the NCAA tournament, posting a 20-9 record on the season.
Southeastern Louisiana 3, Portland 0
The University of Portland volleyball team hit for just .121 in the match and lost, 3-0 (30-18, 30-25, 30-27) to Southeastern Louisiana at the Nike Portland Pilot Invitational on Sat., Sept. 6. The Pilots fall to 3-2 overall, while Southeastern Louisiana improves to 5-2.
Three players recorded double-figure kills and four players tallied double-figure digs for Portland. Heather Denison led all players with 14 kills and 12 digs. Sheena Surplus also had a double-double with 33 assists and a season-best 15 digs. Michelle Oakland totaled 13 kills and a .350 hitting percentage, while Sara Vercruyssen added 11 kills. Freshman Murphy McClenahan recorded a career-high 19 digs in the match. The Pilots hit for just .121 on the day.
Portland 3, Portland State 2
The University of Portland volleyball team defeated cross-town rival Portland State, 3-2 (27-30, 30-17, 332-30, 28-30, 17-15) in the first of two RiverCity Rivalry match-ups at the Nike Portland Pilot Preview on Sat., Sept. 6. The Pilots improve to 4-2 overall, while Portland State falls to 5-1.
Two members of the Pilot squad were named to the Nike Portland Preview all-tourney team. Sara Vercruyssen was an all-tourney selection, while teammate Michelle Oakland was the tournament MVP. Heather Denison led the Pilots with a season-high 21 kills and 11 digs. Sara Vercruyssen tallied 19 kills and a season-best 17 digs, while Liz Lord added a career-best 13 kills. Michelle Oakland recorded an all-around performance with 15 kills, a .333 hitting percentage, seven digs and six total blocks.
UC Santa Barbara 3, San Diego 0
Olivia Waldowski notched nine kills, five service aces and seven blocks as the seventh-ranked UC Santa Barbara Gauchos defeated the University of San Diego, 3-0, tonight in the final match of the Stanford Invitational in Stanford, Calif. Game scores were 30-27, 30-18, 30-23. UCSB improves to 2-2 on the year while the Toreros fall to 3-2.
The Toreros were led by Christie Dawson's 12 kills and four blocks. Teammate Devon Forester chipped in 10 kills and seven digs on the evening while Kristen Hurst added nine kills and seven digs. Cassie Wolpern and Lindsey Sherburne led the squad with eight digs each.
Nevada 3, Gonzaga 0
Three Gonzaga volleyball players finished with 20 or more kills on Saturday but it was not enough to prevent the Bulldogs (1-5) from dropping a pair of matches to Nevada (3-4) and Tennessee (5-1) on the final day of the 2003 SBC/Sands Regency Invitational. Abby Cullen was the Bulldogs big weapon on the day with 24 kills including a match-high 15 kills during a 3-0 loss to the host Wolf Pack. Christina Davis was Gonzaga's top offensive threat in a 3-0 loss to the Lady Vols. Davis finished with 18 kills and a .452 attack percentage.
Gonzaga and Nevada both struggled offensively with the Bulldogs finishing with a .123 attack percentage and Nevada chalking up a .160 attack effort. Abby Cullen was the Bulldogs big force on offense with 15 kills on 31 attacks while senior Jamie VanMeetren chipped in with 10 kills for GU. Nevada received double-dig kill performances from Lauren Galler (13) and Carly Sorensen (10) as they held on for a 31-29, 30-25, 30-27 win. The match had 13 total lead changes over the course of the three games but the Gonzaga could not get over the hump finishing with a .000 attack percentage in the final game.
Tennessee 3, Gonzaga 0
In the nightcap, Gonzaga had its best performance of the tournament despite losing to Tennessee 30-26, 30-24 and 30-21. Christina Davis exploded with 18 kills to lead the Bulldogs offense to a .254 attack percentage and 52 total kills. VanMeetren again contributed 10 kills to rank second on the Bulldogs team. Tennessee used a balanced attack in the contest as only Sarah Blum reached double-dig kills with 13 in the match. Tennessee finished the match with a .376 attack percentage and dominated play at the net with a 20-5 block advantage. Heather Harrington had 8 blocks for the Lady Vols while Abby Cullen finished with 3 of Gonzaga's five blocks.