Against Maine, Sara Vercruyssen tallied 10 kills for a .444 hitting percentage and three total blocks. Teammates Monique Kettler and Heather Denison combined for 16 kills (eight kills each). Kettler hit for .278 and added five total blocks, while Denison hit for .238 in the match. Freshman Lauren Karpstein notched nine kills and had a .412 hitting percentage, while senior Carlie Price led all players with nine digs. Sheena Surplus posted 32 assists a career-high four service aces and four digs on the night. Surplus distributed double-figure attempts to five Pilot players tonight. As a team Portland posted a 275 hitting percentage and 9.0 total team blocks.
Cincinnati 3, Gonzaga 0
The University of Cincinnati (5-5) defeated the Gonzaga University volleyball team in three games during the opening match of the 2002 Coors Classic at Colorado State. The Bearcats swept the match by scores of 30-11, 30-26, and 30-24. Gonzaga (1-9) will face tournament host No. 25 Colorado State on Saturday morning before facing Nevada in their final in-season tournament match on Saturday afternoon.
Gonzaga was led by Abby Cullen with 10 kills while Heather Signor added 12 digs and Christina Davis 10 digs. The Bulldogs hit .055 as a team and were limited to only three blocks. The Bearcats' Julie DuPont led all players with 15 kills followed by Trish Ladusaw and Bonita Wise each with 13.
Santa Clara 3, Maryland 0
The 19th-ranked Santa Clara University women's volleyball team improved to 9-1 on the season by sweeping previously unbeaten Maryland by scores of 30-19, 30-24 and 30-19 in the first match of the Denver Invitational.
The Broncos were led on the evening by freshman Alyssa Lantz and Cassie Perret. Lantz posted a career-high 13 kills on the evening while Perret posted a match-high 15. Junior Becky Potter had her streak of five-straight double-doubles broken but still recorded 13 kills and seven digs. Kelli Sousa had another outstanding match with her 55 assists and six digs while twin co-captains Chrissy Hirsch and Cindy Hirsch posted 13 and 10 digs respectively to lead Santa Clara's defense.
The loss for Maryland was their first in 12 matches this season, moving their record to 11-1 on the year. Lynnsy Jones led the Terrapins with 10 kills in the match followed by Stephanie Smith's seven. Lindsay Davey recorded 27 assists on the night while Fiona DeFreitas led Maryland with seven digs.
Hofstra 3, San Francisco 0
San Francisco opened the 2002 Air Force Falcon Invitational with a 42-40, 30-28, 30-16 setback against Hofstra Friday at the Cadet East Gym. USF (4-9) fought the Flying Dutchwomen (9-3) to the highest scoring game in program history (since rally score was instituted prior to the 2001 season).
Junior outside hitter Brittanie Budinger led the way for USF offensively with 16 kills and added five digs, while junior outside hitter Caroline Skacel chipped in with 13 kills and 13 digs for her third career double-double. Freshman setter Kristina Bognar dished out 41 assists and added five kills and four digs.