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Sep 19-Seven WCC teams are in action today, including three early matches

Sept. 19-WCC Volleyball Recaps

Santa Clara 3, Duke 1
Sophomore Cassie Perret posted a career-high 22 kills Friday morning to lead the 17th-ranked Santa Clara University volleyball team to a 3-1 victory over Duke in the morning session of the South Carolina Gamecock Invitational. ?The win for the Broncos pushed their record to 7-4 on the season while dropping Duke to 4-6. It also marked the second win for SCU at the Gamecock Invitational, as the Broncos defeated South Carolina on its home floor by a 3-2 score Thursday evening to open up play in the tournament. Perret added 10 digs to her career-high mark in kills, while senior captain Becky Potter posted 16 kills to go along with 11 digs. Sophomore Lexie Bothman posted a match-high 18 digs, tying her career-high in digs that was set just one night earlier in the Broncos' victory over South Carolina. Senior setter Kelli Sousa directed the offense with her 53 assists while sophomore Kim McGiven chipped in 13 kills in the win.

Santa Clara 3, George Washington 0
The 17th-ranked Santa Clara University volleyball team captured the Gamecock Invitational Championship with its 3-0 victory over previously unbeaten George Washington Friday afternoon on the South Carolina campus. With the win the Broncos move to 8-4 on the season while the Colonials fall to 10-1.

SCU defeated the host, South Carolina, in the first match of the tournament on Thursday evening, defeating the Gamecocks by a 3-2 score. The Broncos then defeated Duke by a 3-1 score on Friday morning before wrapping up the Gamecock Invite with a 3-0 record, following their sweep of GW. Cassie Perret led the Bronco offense, posting a match-high 15 kills in the victory. Becky Potter notched her eighth double-double in only 12 matches this season with her 12 kills and 10 digs. Potter also added six block assists and one solo block in the sweep. Kim McGiven chipped in with eight kills while freshman Nora Miller registered a career-high five kills on only seven attempts. Setter Kelli Sousa played her steady as usual game, dishing out 36 assists while coming up with eight digs, four service aces and three block assists.

San Francisco 3, Air Force 1
USF remained unbeaten, defeating Air Force 3-1 at the Portland State Invitational. With a win over Eastern Illinois on Friday evening, the Dons could claim the best start by a WCC team in league history.

San Francisco 3, E. Illinois 0
What was already the best season start in San Francisco volleyball history got even better Friday at the Portland State Viking Showcase. A 3-1 victory against Air Force in the opening session followed by a convincing sweep of Eastern Illinois gave USF a record of 14-0, the best start in the history of volleyball in the West Coast Conference. The Dons (14-0) passed Pepperdine, who started the 1997 season at 13-0.

San Francisco's offense hit at a.380 pace and senior outside hitter Brittanie Budinger pounded a match-high 17 kills on .483 hitting as the Dons swept Eastern Illinois 30-17, 30-23, 30-16 in game two of the 2003 Portland State Viking Showcase. USF (14-0) records their eighth sweep of the season at the expense of the Panthers (3-9).Senior middle blocker Teresa Russell added 11 kills on .450 hitting, while senior outside hitter Caroline Skacel chipped in seven kills and hit at a .500 clip. Freshman outside hitter Theresa Hart recorded six kills and a team-high 11 digs to go along with four aces.

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Gonzaga 3, Marquette 1
Gonzaga University was aided with the return of two starters on Friday night and reaped the benefits as the Bulldogs picked up their second win of the season with a 3-1 decision over Marquette University (2-8) during opening day action of the 2003 Montana State/Wingate Inn-vitational in Bozeman. Gonzaga won the contest 30-26, 25-30, 30-25 and 30-28 to improve to 2-8 on the year.Junior setter Emilee Gihring made her first start of the season after transferring last year from Denver University. The Idaho Falls, Idaho, native was expected to be the Bulldogs starter at the start of the year but was hampered by a nagging injury that forced her to miss the first nine matches of the season. After shaking off some rust Gihring passed out 33 of Gonzaga's 57 assists on the night as Gonzaga combined for a .270 hitting percentage, their low match clip being a .206 during a game three win over the Golden Eagles. Melissa Schickler, the freshman setter thrown into the starting job earlier this year, netted 10 assists as a back up in one game.Reaping the benefits of Gihring's setting were Christina Davis, Abby Cullen and Natasha Kozen. All three players finished in double-digits for kills with Davis leading the Bulldogs trio with 18 kills on 48 attacks. Cullen was the most effective of the Bulldogs attackers with 14 kills on 25 attacks for a .440 attack percentage while Kozen collected 17 kills on the night in only her second match of the season.

San Diego Match Postponed
The American University Women's Volleyball Tournament has been delayed until Saturday. Hurricane Isabel disrupted flight schedules into Washington D.C. for both No. 21 San Diego and No. 15 Michigan State, forcing a postponement of Friday's scheduled matches. The tourney will continue Saturday, featuring four matches between the before mentioned Toreros of San Diego and Spartans of Michigan State along with Loyola and host American University. Please note: San Diego's match with American has been cancelled leaving USD to face both Michigan State and Loyola (schedule below).

The tournament will begin at 11 a.m. when AU and Loyola square off in the first match of the day. In the second contest, MSU and USD will begin 30 minutes after the the first match. The third match of the day will pit Loyola against San Diego at 5:30 p.m., while AU will take on Michigan State in the final event of the evening at 7:30 p.m.

Hawaii 3, LMU 0
No. 25 LMU fell to No. 2 Hawaii 27-30, 11-30 and 22-30 in front of a crowd of 6,347 Friday night in Hawaii. Molokai native and LMU senior Kealani Kimball once again led the way for the Lions (11-2), putting away 17 kills, 13 digs and three blocks. It was Kimball??s fifth double-double of the season.

Pepperdine 3, Harvard 0
The seventh-ranked Pepperdine Waves (10-2) completed their pre-conference schedule tonight by overpowering the Harvard Crimson (1-4) with a quick 3-0 victory on Friday night at Firestone Fieldhouse. The scores were 30-12, 30-10, and 30-21. The win improves the Waves to 10-2 on the season and extend their win streak to eight. Meanwhile, Harvard falls to 1-4. Pepperdine hit .505 in the match and committed only seven attack errors, while holding Harvard to 21 kills and a .030 hitting percentage. Pepperdine also out-blocked the Crimson 10.0 to 1.0 and recorded 77.0 total points versus Harvard's 22.0. Senior outside hitter Katie Wilkins led the attack with five service aces, 20 kills, and 27.0 points. Senior middle blocker Lyndsey Hache' showed her accuracy by slamming down eight kills, with no attack errors, for an outstanding .667 clip.