Pictured: Portland's Monique Kettler led the team with a career-high 24 kills against Toledo
Portland 3, Toledo 2
The University of Portland women's volleyball team gave the University of Toledo its first loss of the season, with a 3-2 (30-24, 32-30, 27-30, 31-33, 17-15) win today at the Nike Portland Invitational at the Chiles Center in Portland, OR. Portland improves to 5-3 overall, 0-0 in the WCC. Toledo drops to 7-1 on the season.
The Pilots worked off freshman Monique Kettler??s hard hits and won the first two games, 30-24 and 32-30. After the break, the Rockets came back and edged the Pilots, 30-27 and 33-31, but the Pilots battled back to take game five, 17-15 for the win.
For the Pilots, Kettler led the team with a career-high 24 kills for a .419 hitting percentage and seven total blocks. Heather Denison tallied 11 kills and hit for .300. Sheena Surplus posted 52 assists and seven digs, while senior Carlie Price notched 29 digs. As a team Portland posted a .208 hitting percentage, 8.0 total team blocks and 78.0 points.
Portland 3, CS Fullerton 1
The University of Portland women's volleyball team claimed a second-place finish at the Nike Portland Invitational with a 3-1 (20-30, 30-25, 30-18, 30-23) win over the Cal State Fullerton Titans at the Chiles Center in Portland, OR. Portland improves to 6-3 overall, 0-0 in the WCC. Cal State Fullerton drops to 4-7 on the season.
The Pilots struggled to get their offense flowing, committing six service errors in the first game alone and dropped game one, 30-20. Portland regained its composure and worked its offense, winning the last three games (30-25, 30-18, 30-23) for the match win. Senior Heather Denison racked up a career-high 17 kills for a season-high .586 hitting percentage. Freshman setter Sheena Surplus distributed double-figure attempts to six Pilot players. Surplus ended the night posting 52 assists and tied a career-high 17 digs. Carlie Price added 20 digs in the match. As a team Portland posted a .315 hitting percentage, 7.0 total team blocks and 80.0 points.
Santa Clara 3, Michigan 2
The 22nd-ranked Santa Clara women's volleyball team rebounded and rallied for a come-from-behind victory over the University of Michigan by a score of 3-2 Saturday morning at the U.S. Bank/Arby's Classic in Lincoln, Neb. The Broncos (7-1) dropped two of the first three games to its Big Ten opponent, but rallied to win game four by a decisive 30-21 count and game five by a 15-9 margin. The win evens the all-time series record with the Wolverines (4-2) at 1-1 and gives the Broncos some momentum heading into their final match of the tournament Saturday night against Alabama.
Middle Blocker Becky Potter posted 23 kills on a career-high 64 attempts in the Broncos first five-game match of the season. Freshmen Cassie Perret and Kim McGiven contributed with their 17 and 10 kills respectively, while outside hitter Megan Johnston added 11 kills and 13 digs. Kelli Sousa finished the match with 64 assists and 10 digs, while Cindy Hirsch added 13 digs and Potter chipped in 11 for her fourth consecutive double-double. Senior co-captain Chrissy Hirsch anchored the stingy Bronco defense with her career-high 24 digs, limiting Michigan to a hitting percentage of only .071 in the final two games while the Broncos hit .205 and .304 respectively.
#22 Santa Clara 3, Alabama 1 The 22nd-ranked Santa Clara University volleyball team improved to 8-1 on the season with a 3-1 victory over the University of Alabama Saturday night in the final match of the U.S. Bank/Arby's Classic in Lincoln, Neb.
Junior Becky Biniek and freshman Cassie Perret led the way for the Broncos with 15 kills apiece, while junior Becky Potter picked up her fifth-straight double-double with her 13 kills and 14 digs. Junior Kelli Sousa posted six kills and 12 digs to go along with her match-high 52 assists on the evening, while Chrissy Hirsch chipped in 13 digs from the libero position. As a team the Broncos hit .286 for the match, but an even .500 in game four whle limiting the Crimson Tide to a .199 hitting percentage for the match.
Indiana 3, Loyola Marymount 2
Loyola Marymount's Kristen Gallup blasted 26 kills, but the Lions fell to Indiana in a five-game thriller at the Terrapin Invitational. Indiana won the match by scores of 30-28, 28-30, 30-28, 16-30, 15-10. Gallup has led the Lions in kills in seven of their eight matches.
Gallup was outdualed by the Hoosiers' Christina Archibald, who registered a tournament-high 29 kills while adding 18 digs and five blocks. In game five, Indiana (6-2) turned a 9-8 score into a 12-8 lead on the strength of two kills by Melissa Brewer. Gallup and teammate Michelle Look each scored kills to bring LMU (6-2) within 12-10, but the Lions never got closer. IU's Nikki Hill made it 13-10 and Katie Pollom ended the match with a pair of scores
Butler 3, San Francisco 0
USF hosted Butler in the first match Saturday in the 2002 Molten Golden Gate Classic at War Memorial Gym. San Francisco (3-7) could never get on track offensively and fell to the Bulldogs (5-7) 30-26, 30-25, 30-25. Butler hit at a .189 clip for the contest, while USF countered with a .094 attack percentage.
Junior outside hitter Brittanie Budinger posted another double-double for USF with 18 kills and 15 digs to lead the way once again. Budinger led the Dons in kills in 10 consecutive matches. Junior outside hitter Caroline Skacel added seven kills and 11 digs.
Three players recorded double-digit kills for Butler, led by sophomore outside hitter Areal Bienemy, who recorded 12 kills and 15 digs. Senior middle blocker Keely Norris added 10 kills on .421 hitting and sophomore outside hitter Kali Carter added 11 kills and eight digs for the Bulldogs.