Loyola Marymount 3, CS Fullerton 0
The Lions moved to 7-3 overall, while the Titans drop to 4-8 in the 30-21, 30-19, 30-22 decision. Senior Kristen Gallup led the Lions with 12 kills and 10 digs. Gallup has led LMU in kills in all but one game this season. Freshman Nicole Ridley dished out 24 assists, while Megan Wooton added 14.
With the opening game tied at nine, LMU scored seven of the next nine points to open a 16-11 advantage. The Lions continued to serve solidly, while the Titans struggled as LMU cruised to the 30-21 victory. LMU hit .300 in the opening stanza, led by Gallup's five kills. Freshmen Krista Houseman and Michelle Look were a combined six of nine with just one error. The Titans, on the other hand, hit -.024 (10-11-41).
In game two, Gallup and Kealani Kimball had four kills each. LMU hit .400 in the final period, while the Titans finally hit for a positive number. For the match the, Lions hit an impressive .340, while CSF hit a paltry .017. Only two Titans hit in the positive. The Lions return to action Saturday night when they host Idaho State at 7 p.m. in Gersten Pavilion.
USF 3, San Jose State 1
Brittanie Budinger keyed the USF assault hitting .327 on the night with a match-high 21 kills and added 10 digs to complete her seventh double-double of the season. San Francisco hit .216 for the match, including an impressive .462 with just one attack error in the opening game. Freshman middle blocker KeLicia Shorts and junior middle Liz MacAusland each added eight kills for the Dons. Junior outside hitter Caroline Skacel added seven kills and nine digs, while senior libero Francesca Pomilia added 11 digs.
Freshman setter Kristina Bognar did a nice job of running the USF offense, tallying 45 assists and also added four kills, four digs and a pair of service aces. Sophomore outside hitter Ashley Bello chipped in six kills and played solid defense for San Francisco adding nine digs and three blocks. USF takes to the road to compete at the Air Force Tournament in Colorado Springs Sept. 20-21. The Dons face Hofstra in opening round action at 4:30 PM (PT).
E. Washington 3, Gonzaga 0
The Eastern Washington Eagles (12-0) proved why they are the nation's No. 23 ranked squad on Wednesday as they held off a feisty Gonzaga squad in three games in front of 972 fans at Martin Centre. The Eagles won the contest 30-20, 30-22 and 30-28. Gonzaga falls to 1-8 on the year.
Eastern Washington combined for 32 blocks as they defeated Gonzaga for the 11th straight time. Kristy Chester led EWU with nine kills while Lindsay Page had eight blocks. Monica Lynch and Courtney Bush each finished with seven blocks. The Eagles were held to a .167 attack percentage. Gonzaga was led by Abby Cullen with a match-high 11 kills and two solo blocks. Heather Signor had 11 digs to lead all players. Gonzaga now travels to the Coors Classic in Fort Collins, Colorado.