LMU 3, UNLV 0
No. 25 Loyola Marymount defeated the UNLV Rebels 30-25, 30-28, 30-26 in front of a crowd of 400 at the Stan Sheriff Center on the University of Hawaii campus Thursday. The matchup was the second meeting of the two teams this season, with LMU winning the first contest in three games at the LMU Furama Hotel Invitational on August 29th.
Kealani Kimball led the way for LMU (11-1) with 19 kills and nine digs in her Hawaii homecoming. The Kaunakakai native hit .370 in the match and won match point for the Lions on one of her 19 kills.Junior Kelli Nerison added 14 kills with a .435 hitting percentage. As a team, LMU hit a match-high .412 in game two against the Rebels (6-4). Though it proved to be the closest game, the Lions secured the 30-28 victory on a block by Dina DeBernardi and Tiana Newsome. Overall, LMU outblocked UNLV 9.5 to 7.0 on the match.With 11 victories and only one loss, the Lions have set a program record for the best season start. LMU owns the No. 25 ranking in the USA Today/AVCA Top 25 Poll, earning 181 points from voting coaches.
Santa Clara 3, South Carolina 2
Senior Becky Potter tallied a match-high 18 kills to lead the 17th-ranked Santa Clara University women's volleyball team to a 3-2 victory over host South Carolina to open the Gamecock Invitational. There were 24 tie scores and 14 lead changes in the back-and-forth match. Game scores were 32-30, 30-25, 12-30, 25-30, 15-12. Santa Clara improves to 6-4 on the season, while the Gamecocks fall to 4-6. Four of South Carolina's losses have now come against teams ranked in the top-25. Santa Clara's Cassie Perret added 12 kills while setter Kelli Sousa earned 41 assists. Lexie Bothman led the team defensively with a match-high 18 digs. Perret and Potter posted 11 digs each for the Broncos.
Portland 3, San Jose State 1
Sara Vercruyssen lead all players with a season-best 20 kills to lead the University of Portland volleyball team past San Jose State, 3-1 (17-30, 32-30, 35-33, 30-25) on Thurs., Sept. 18 at the Chiles Center. The Pilots improve to 8-3 overall, while San Jose State falls to 2-7. Portland started out shaky, managing just five kills and hitting for -.118 in game one, while San Jose State hit for .394 and pounded out 16 kills for a 30-17 win. In game two, the Pilots bounced back and fought for points, hitting .280 and tallying 22 kills. San Jose State took the Pilots to game point, but three straight kills by Vercruyssen gave Portland a 32-30 edge. The Spartans again pushed to game point, but a solo block by Michelle Oakland tied the game. Portland recorded the final five points of game three off an ace by Liz Lord, an Oakland kill and three errors by San Jose State for a 35-32 win. Game four saw the Pilots jump out to a 12-6 lead early on. The Spartans battled back and tied the game at 21-21 on an ace by Brooke Herald. Portland dropped the next five points, but recorded four-straight kills and two service aces for the 30-25 win.