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Sep 13- In another full day of volleyball action, all eight WCC squads took the court on Saturday

lt;bgt;Pictured:lt;/bgt;lt;igt; San Diego's Devon Forster led the Toreros to two wins on Saturday, winning Tournament MVP honors in the USD Invitational.lt;/igt; lt;pgt; Sep 13- In another full day of volleyball action, all eight WCC squads took the court on Saturday. Pepperdine improved to 8- with wins over Pennsylvania and Pacific. San Diego defeated Maryland- Eastern Shore and 19 ranked Long Beach state to win the San Diego Invitational. Saint Mary's beat both UC Irvine and Houston while San Francisco remained undefeated with wins over Butler and Southern Illinois. Santa Clara dropped their second straight match against top-10 ranked competition, falling 3-1 to Georgia Tech. Portland swept Alcorn State and Gonzaga dropped two matches to Boise State and Idaho State. LMU swept Saint Louis 3-0 and dropped a 3-1 decision at Washington State. lt;pgt; lt;bgt;Boise State 3, Gonzaga lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; For the second day in a row the host Gonzaga Bulldogs pushed an opponent to five games and for the second consecutive day the Bulldogs (1-7) were on the short end of the decision falling to Boise State (-6). The Broncos won the deciding fifth game 1-7 and the match 1-30, 30-1, 18-30, 30-18 and then 1-7. lt;pgt; The match appeared to be a tale of two sides of the court as the team playing on the West side of the net was dominant in the winning the first four games. Gonzaga had attack percentages of .440 (game one) and .444 (game three) as they won their two games on that side of the court. Boise State was dominant on offense in games two and four with attack percentages of .333 and .37. In the final game neither team could muster an advantage with Boise State attacking at .03 and the Bulldogs were even at .000. lt;pgt; Cameron Flunder led the Broncos attack as three players finished in double-digits in kills. Flunder had 19 kills on 37 attacks with Sarah Johnson and Jessica Childress right behind Flunder at 16 and 1 kills each. Johnson was also the Broncos top defensive player with 14 digs. lt;pgt; Christina Davis and Jamie VanMeetren each finished with double-doubles to lead Gonzaga. Each player finished with 1 kills, Davis adding 13 digs and VanMeetren 11 digs. Senior Abby Cullen was held in check with only five kills but led the Bulldogs with six blocks, two of the solo. lt;pgt; lt;bgt;Idaho State 3, Gonzaga 0lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; The Idaho State University Bengals (9-3) won the 003 Gonzaga Volleyball Classic with an unblemished mark as they defeated the host Gonzaga Bulldogs in three games to wrap up tournament play on Saturday night. Idaho State won the game 30-8, 3-30 and 30-16 to go 3-0 in the tournament. Gonzaga dropped to 1-8 on the season after going 0-3 in the tournament. UNLV finished second in the Classic after defeating Boise State 3-1 in earlier night session action. lt;pgt; Tournament MVP Ali Gorny hammered down 18 kills and Kylie Gilmore added 18 more as Idaho State accounted for 0 more kills than the Bulldogs in the three game win. Idaho State had 1 kills in the opener and 3 kills in the second game as they barely squeezed by the host Bulldogs. The Bengals would add 14 more kills in the final game as Gonzaga failed to get any offensive production started. lt;pgt; Abby Cullen and Natasha Kozen finished with 10 kills each for the Bulldogs as they were close in games one and two thanks in part to steady play in the defensive back court. For Kozen it was her first action of the season after suffering a hand injury one day prior to the start of the 003 season. Her ten kills came on 8 attacks with a .0 attack percentage. In the defensive back court senior Heather Signor led the team with 1 digs. lt;pgt; The teams finished with balanced numbers at the net as Idaho State had 1 team blocks compared to 14 for Gonzaga. Cullen led GU with five blocks, two of them solo. Kamie Olsen was the Bengals force at the net with five blocks, four assisted. Gonzaga returns to action next weekend as they travel to Bozeman, Mont., for the MSU Wingate Inn-vitational. lt;pgt; lt;bgt;LMU 3, Saint Louis 0lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; No. Loyola Marymount defeated Saint Louis 3-0 (30-13, 30-7, 3-30) Saturday in the Lions' second matchup of the Cougar Mania Volleyball tournament, hosted by Washington State. Senior Tiana Newsome led the Lions with 11 kills and six blocks. lt;pgt; The Lions dominated the first game, hitting .400 as a squad while holding Saint Louis to a -.03 hitting percentage. Newsome's 11 kills gave her a .611 percentage on the match, while senior Kealani Kimball added 16 kills and two aces. lt;pgt; Though Saint Louis was able to fight back to hit .406 in the second game, the Lions outblocked the Billikans in the match nine to four. Dina DeBernardi posted 1 kills, four blocks, and three aces in LMU's tenth consecutive victory. lt;pgt; The Lions' 10-0 run to open the 003 campaign has set the program record for the best season start. The previous record of 7-0 was held by the 1998 and 000 Lion squads. All three squads were led by the Lions' current staff of head coach Steve Stratos, and assistants Larry Smoot and Heather Collins-Ramirez. lt;pgt; lt;bgt;Washington State 3, LMU 1lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; No. Loyola Marymount has earned their third tournament title in as many weekends after going -1 in round robin play at the 003 Cougar Mania Volleyball Tournament. In their final matchup of the tournament, the Lions dropped their first match of the season to host Washington State 1-3 (8-30, 1-30, 30-6, 30-3) in front of a crowd of 807. lt;pgt; Earlier in the tournament, LMU (10-1) defeated both New Mexico (3-6) and Saint Louis (-7) in three games. The Lions, Washington State (3-6), and Saint Louis all ended the weekend with a -1 record, forcing a tiebreaker of head-to-head games won. LMU came out on top to claim its third tournament title of the season. The Cougars ended in the second slot, with Saint Louis and New Mexico rounding out third and fourth place, respectively. lt;pgt; LMU's Kealani Kimball was selected as the tournament's most valuable player. It was the senior's first MVP honor of the season. Kimball posted her fourth double-double of the season, with kills and digs against the Cougars. Overall, the Lions' co-captain totaled 49 kills, 41 digs, six aces, and four blocks on the weekend. lt;pgt; Setter Nicole Oehlman and middle blocker Dina DeBernardi joined Kimball on the Cougar Mania All-Tournament team. Oehlman contributed 17 assists, while DeBernardi added 36 kills and nine blocks against tournament opponents. lt;pgt; Despite hitting a match-high .333 in game three, the Lions' averaged a .179 hitting percentage compared to Washington State's .7. The Cougars outblocked LMU 19-11. lt;pgt; The loss ended LMU's record-setting opening streak, as the Lions started the 003 season with a 10-0 run. Previously, LMU's 1998 and 000 squads held the record with season starts of 7-0 lt;pgt; lt;bgt;Pepperdine 3, Pennsylvania 0lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; The No. 7 Pepperdine Women's Volleyball team improved to 7- on the season with a 30-14, 30-1, and 30-1 victory over Penn (0-) in the second game of the 003 Nike Invitational, hosted by Pacific, at the Alex G. Spanos Center. lt;pgt; Sophomore Katy Daly turned in her third double-double of the season by leading all attackers with 1 kills and 1 defensive digs, while senior Lyndsey Hache' added eight kills for a respectable .33 hitting percentage. lt;pgt; Waves' sophomore Melissa Mehlhorn completed 39 set assists, while freshman Sophia Milo contributed a game-high block solos and four block assists. lt;pgt; Pepperdine out-hit Penn 48 to 0 and the Waves' recorded a .34 hitting percentage versus the Quakers -.019 lt;pgt; lt;bgt;Pepperdine 3, Pacific 1lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; In front of a rowdy Pacific home crowd and a national CSTV audience, the No. 7 Waves were crowned the 003 Nike Invitational tournament champions thanks to an MVP performance by two-time All-American Katie Wilkins who accounted for 3 kills and posted a .419 hitting percentage. The Waves won by scores of 3-34,30-3, 30-0, and 30-19. lt;pgt; The win improves Pepperdine to 8- on the season, while No. 4 Pacific dropped to -. lt;pgt; Wilkins, a senior outside hitter, whose 3 kills were a career-high, added five service aces and five block assists. Freshman middle blocker Sophia Milo continued her outstanding rookie campaign as she accounted for 10 kills, a .348 hitting percentage, one block solo and three block assists. Furthermore, Katy Daly provide 1 kills and nine digs, while setter Melissa Mehlhorn added 4 set assists and nine digs. lt;pgt; After trailing -16 in game one, the Tigers went on a 11- run and tied the Waves at 7 all. The game continued to see-saw back and forth and both teams were even at 30 until Pepperdine hit the ball out to give Pacific the one-point lead. Milo and Wilkins answered back with a block and then on the very next play their block went out of bounds to make the score even at 3. lt;pgt; Pacific's Jennifer Joines finished off a kill and Pepperdine committed a mental error, which gave Pacific a 34-3 victory and a 1-0 lead. Wilkins led the Waves with eight kills, a .400 hitting percentage,and three aces, while Joines registered 1 kills and a .79 hitting percentage in Game 1. lt;pgt; After regrouping at the break, Pepperdine took a 16-8 in the second game but, once again, the Waves allowed the Tigers to get to within four at 4-0. After two back-to-back errors by the Waves, Matthies called timeout at 8-3 and Pepperdine came right out and never looked back as it took the 30-3 victory. lt;pgt; The third game remained a tight affair as both squads battled to have the one game advantage. Pepperdine took a 17-11 lead sprinted away to finish with a 30-0 win. lt;pgt; lt;bgt;Portland 3, Alcorn State 0lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; Heather Denison recorded her third double-figure kill match of the weekend to lead the University of Portland volleyball team past Alcorn State, 3-0 (30-3, 30-1, 30-4) at the Magnolia Tournament on Sat., Sept. 13. The Pilots improve to 7-3 overall, while Alcorn State falls to 1-10. For the third week in a row, the Pilots recorded a -1 tournament record and placed two players, Monique Kettler and Sheena Surplus on the all-tourney team. lt;pgt; For the match, the Pilots held Alcorn State to a .109 hitting percentage and out-blocked the Lady Braves, seven to four. Both team had low hitting percentages in the first game, but the Pilots managed to stay in system and press for points for the 30-3 win. In game two, Portland was almost perfect, recording only one error in 38 attempts for an impressive .447 hitting percentage and 18 kills. After the break, the Pilots broke down the Lady Braves146; defense, hitting for over .300 and holding Alcorn State to just 11 kills in the game. Portland never let up and went on to win 30-4 sealing the win. lt;pgt; Denison led the team with 13 kills and an impressive .400 hitting percentage. Sara Vercruyssen recorded her sixth-consecutive double-figure kill match with 11 kills and led the team with 10 digs. Michelle Oakland tallied nine kills and four total blocks, while Liz Lord added eight kills. Monique Kettler totaled seven kills in the effort, while Sheena Surplus dishes out 41 assists. lt;pgt; lt;bgt;Saint Mary's 3, UC Irvine lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; The Saint Mary's women's volleyball team defeated host UC Irvine in its second match of the Sunset Classic by a final score of 3-. For the second consecutive match, the Gaels needed all five games to claim victory. Game scores of Saint Mary's defeat of UC Irvine were 30-14, 7-30, 30-1, 3-37, and 1-19. With the victory the Gaels improve their overall record to 7-3 while the Anteaters fall to 8-3. lt;pgt; In an extremely close game, the Gaels were able to overpower the Anteaters. Saint Mary's stellar attacking percentage of .36 was enough to down UC Irvine, as the Anteaters only finished with a .168 attacking percentage. Also, the Gaels commitment to every play was evident with a total of five players finishing with double digits in digs. A balanced performance from almost all participants was also a factor in the Gaels victory as four players finished with a double-double. lt;pgt; Leading the way for the Gaels was Lindsey Bogason. The 00 All-WCC Honorable Mention honoree recorded a career-high 3 kills against UC Irvine, while also contributing 11 digs, three block assists, and two serving aces. The junior also finished second on the team with five assists. Freshman Mandy Bible recorded her second straight double-double in assists and digs during the Sunset Classic by posting a match-high 73 assists and 10 digs. Bible also finished with six block assists and two serving aces. lt;pgt; Sophomore Kaui Salzman had another great performance by finishing with 11 kills and 1 digs against the Anteaters. Salzman also posted one serving ace and one block assists. Fellow sophomore Erin Gravert continued her solid play with 10 kills and seven block assists. Also providing help for the Gaels was junior Stacey O'Connor who led the team with a .61 attacking percentage against the Anteaters which was compounded with her 16 kills. lt;pgt; Wrapping up Saint Mary's top performers was Jill Parmele. The senior recorded another double-double for the Gaels in kills and digs. Parmele finished with 19 kills, a team-high 0 digs, and three block assists. lt;pgt; lt;bgt;Saint Mary's 3, Houston 0lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; The Saint Mary's women's volleyball team captured its second tournament title of the season after they swept Houston in the final match of the Sunset Classic by a final score of 3-0. Game scores for the Gaels victory over the Cougars were 30-8, 30-6, and 30-3. With the victory the Gaels improve their overall record on the season to 8-3, while the Cougars fall to -7. lt;pgt; Saint Mary's defense set the tone for the match as the Gaels recorded 9 block assists to the Cougars 14. The Gaels were also aided by Houston's .14 attacking percentage. lt;pgt; Producing for Saint Mary's was Kaui Salzman who recorded her third straight double-double during the Sunset Classic in kills and digs. Salzman finished with 11 kills and 10 digs to pace the Gaels. Also contributing was Jill Parmele. The senior recorded a match-high 1 kills against the Cougars and also finished with five digs and six block assists. lt;pgt; Also playing well for Saint Mary's were freshmen Mandy Bible and Cassandra Kolkka. Bible posted a match-high 46 assists, while Kolkka finished with a team-high 11 digs. lt;pgt; lt;bgt;San Diego 3, Maryland-Eastern Shore 0lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; A full morning of Division I volleyball Saturday at USD's Jenny Craig Pavilion resulted in victories for both San Diego (6-) and No. 19 Long Beach State (-1). The host Toreros swept Maryland Eastern Shore (7-) by game scores of (30-19, 30-1, 30-17). After two and a half hours and five games, Long Beach came away with its second win of the weekend, defeating 6-3 Fresno State (30-3, 4-30, 30-4, 4-30, 1-11). lt;pgt; In the day's opener it was all San Diego. Both Christie Dawson (Apple Valley, CA) and Devon Forster (Boulder, CO) killed 14 for the Toreros. Freshman setter Shannon Ayer (Lake Quivira, KS) came in to pass out 16 assists in her home debut. Twelve San Diego players contributed in the three-game sweep. Freshman Emily Haas (Gardnerville, NV) added eight kills. lt;pgt; lt;bgt;San Diego 3, Long Beach State 0lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; The University of San Diego defeated five-time National Champions and 19th ranked Long Beach State Saturday night in straight games to win the 003 USD Invitational Tournament. San Diego has now won four straight and improved its overall mark to 7-. Tournament MVP Devon Forster helped San Diego win by individual game scores of (3-33, 30-8, 30-4). Three Toreros reached double figures in kills, including freshman Christie Dawson who joined Forster and sophomore Lindsey Sherburne on the all-tournament team. lt;pgt; The Toreros and 49ers played a very close game one, with USD coming up with a 3-33 victory. The opening frame seemed to set the tone with the entire San Diego team contributing to its biggest win of the season. Senior Bridget Merritt killed 10 and sophomore transfer Jackie Bernardin registered twelve digs. lt;pgt; Long Beach State (-), who had beaten San Diego in all three of the school146;s previous meetings, received a team-high 13 kills from senior Liz Hudson. Setter Jillian Mazzarella handed out 41 assists and was honored as an all-tournament pick. Junior teammate Erika Chidester had nine digs and defensive specialist Heather Laudato added 13. lt;pgt; lt;bgt;San Francisco 3, Butler 1lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; USF volleyball continued to roll at the 003 Butler Invitational, taking down the host Bulldogs 3-1 to remain unbeaten on the season. The Dons (11-0) got another outstanding offensive effort from senior outside hitter Brittanie Budinger who pounded 8 kills on .348 hitting to lead San Francisco past a physical Butler (7-4) squad playing on their home court at Hinkle Fieldhouse. lt;pgt; Budinger was nearly unstoppable for the Dons with only five attack errors on 66 swings and shared the team lead with 16 digs to go along with four blocks (one solo). For Budinger, it marked the 0th consecutive match she has recorded at least 10 kills dating back to last season. Senior middle blocker Teresa Russell added 17 kills, 11 digs and three blocks for San Francisco. lt;pgt; Butler opened up hot, hitting .43 in the opening game, but USF stormed back in game two and game three and then hit at a .71 clip in the deciding fourth game for the win. The Dons held a 67- advantage in kills and a 88-77 digs edge. lt;pgt; lt;bgt;San Francisco 3, Southern Illinois 1lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; San Francisco volleyball defeated Southern Illinois 3-1 (31-9, 30-17, 6-30, 30-18) to capture the 003 Butler Invitational championship Saturday afternoon in Hinkle Fieldhouse. USF (1-0) opened the tournament with a sweep of Appalachian State yesterday and downed the host Bulldogs 3-1 and the Salukis (-6) for their 1th consecutive victory. With the tournament win, USF earns their third title of the season after winning the 003 Fiesta Bowl Classic and the 003 Washington State Cougar Challenge. lt;pgt; Senior outside hitter Brittanie Budinger enjoyed another big match against SIU, with 3 kills on .347 hitting to go along with 11 digs. Budinger was named tournament MVP for the third time this season after averaging .91 kills on .3 hitting, 0.4 aces, 3.91 digs and 1.7 blocks per game in three matches. lt;pgt; Senior middle blocker Teresa Russell also made big contributions for USF against the Salukis with 19 kills on .486 hitting to go along with nine blocks. Russell was named all-tournament for the third time for her efforts, averaging 4.18 kills on .319 hitting, 0.8 aces, 1. digs and 1. blocks per game. lt;pgt; San Francisco also got good production from freshman outside hitter Theresa Hart, who turned in her fifth double-double of the season with 11 kills on .41 hitting to go along with 11 digs. Senior April Scoggin dished out 7 assists and added eight digs and five blocks (one solo). lt;pgt; Russell keyed a huge role in USF's success at the net where they held a 1.0 - 4.0 block advantage. USF's offense hit at a .39 pace, while SIU managed a .18 attack percentage. San Francisco committed just one attack error in game two, recording 3 kills on 34 swings for a .647 pace. lt;pgt; lt;bgt;Georgia Tech 3, Santa Clara 1lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; The 13th-ranked Santa Clara University women's volleyball team dropped its second consecutive match to a top-10 ranked opponent, losing to No. 10 Georgia Tech by a 3-1 score Saturday morning in Lincoln, Neb. The loss moves SCU's record to -3 while improving the Yellow Jacket's mark to 8-0. lt;pgt; The Broncos, who dropped its first match of the U.S. Bank/Arby's Classic last night to No. Nebraska, came out of the gates slow and lost the first game by a 30- count. They made things interesting in game two, but were unable to get over the hump and dropped that game as well, this time by a 31-9 margin. lt;pgt; Georgia Tech closed things out in game three with a 30-4 win, giving them their second-straight sweep of a top-0 opponent. The Yellow Jackets defeated No. 17 Michigan State in three-straight games in the first match of the Nebraska tournament Friday evening. lt;pgt; Sophomores Toni Muratore and Cassie Perret each had 10 kills in the match to lead the Broncos while senior Becky Potter chipped in with seven and a team-high 13 digs. Kelli Sousa dished out 3 assists, nine of which came off the arm of fellow senior Becky Biniek who accumulated those nine kills on only 19 attacks. lt;pgt; The Broncos only managed a .178 hitting percentage compared to the .313 percentage that was posted by Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets' All-American Lynette Moster notched a match-high 17 kills to go along with seven digs. Kele Eveland picked up 47 assists while Marisa Aston led a group of four in double-digit digs with 1. lt;Pgt;