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September 21-Senior Heather Denison, (tournament MVP) and freshman Sheena Surplus (all-tourney selection) led Portland to a 4-0 weekend and the tournament crown at the Maine Invitational on Sat

Portland 3, Georgia State 0
Portland 3, Oakland 1

Senior Heather Denison, (tournament MVP) and freshman Sheena Surplus (all-tourney selection) led Portland to a 4-0 weekend and the tournament crown at the Maine Invitational on Sat., Sept. 21 in Orono, ME. Portland defeated Oakland University in four games, 30-28, 28-30, 30-22, 30-24 today, and swept Georgia State (30-23, 30 25, 30-24)in the earlier match. The Pilots improve to 10-3 overall, 0-0 in the WCC.

Against Georgia State, freshman Sara Vercruyssen tallied 12 kills and 10 digs for her seventh double-double of the season. Teammate Lauren Karpstein also posted a double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs. In the match-up with Oakland, senior Heather Denison totaled 16 kills, a career-high 12 digs and four total blocks. Monique Kettler added 15 kills, while Karpstein notched 12 kills and 14 digs. Michelle Oakland added 10 kills and a career-high six blocks.

Air Force 3, USF 2
Stetson 3, USF 2

USF pushed Air Force and Stetson to the limit, but could not overcome the Falcons and the Hatters, falling 3-2 to both opponents in the second day of the 2002 Falcon Invitational on Saturday, hosted by the Air Force Academy. San Francisco (4-11) wasted a tremendous individual effort by junior outside hitter Brittanie Budinger, who pounded a career-high 31 kills in the 30-27, 22-30, 30-26, 30-26, 17-15 setback against Air Force (5-8). Budinger turned around and recorded a team-high 22 kills to go along with 20 digs in a 30-24, 20-30, 28-30, 14-30, 18-16 loss to the Hatters (4-8). USF held a 2-1 advantage in each contest before falling in five. Budinger recorded an impressive tournament stat line - 69 kills on .332 hitting, to go along with 33 digs and 10 blocks in losses against Hofstra, Air Force and Stetson. Her 22 kill, 20 dig performance against Stetson was the first 20-20 night of her career. Budinger recorded an impressive tournament stat line - 69 kills on .332 hitting, to go along with 33 digs and 10 blocks in losses against Hofstra, Air Force and Stetson. Her 22 kill, 20 dig performance against Stetson was the first 20-20 night of her career.

#8 Minnesota 3, #19 Santa Clara 1
Santa Clara 3, Denver 0
The 19th-ranked Santa Clara University women's volleyball team played their best match of the season despite losing 3-1 to No. 8 Minnesota Saturday morning at the Denver Invitational. Facing their second top-10 opponent in the last eight days, the Broncos (9-2) dropped game one to the Golden Gophers (12-2) by a score of 30-28. Santa Clara answered right back in game two with a 30-27 win despite being out-hit .324 to .220. Game three and four both favored Minnesota by 30-27 scores as the Golden Gophers hit .270 in each of those games while the Broncos hit .146 and .308 respectively. For the second-straight day freshman Alyssa Lantz set a career-high in kills, this time posting 16 on 35 attempts for Santa Clara. Junior Becky Potter recorded her sixth double-double of the season, registering a team-high 17 kills to go along with her 10 digs.

After losing only its second match of the season earlier in the day, the 19th-ranked Santa Clara University women's volleyball team defeated the University of Denver by a 3-0 score in the final match of the Denver Invitational Saturday night. The Broncos (10-2) dominated the action early on, winning game one by a score of 30-16 and following that with a 30-12 victory in game two. Santa Clara registered a hitting percentage of .328 in game one and .500 in game two while forcing the Pioneers (1-9) into a negative hitting percentage. Becky Potter led the way offensively for the Broncos, recording 15 kills in only two games en route to her fourth-straight all-tournament team selection. Kelli Sousa also garnered her four-straight selection to the all-tournament team after posting 34 assists and three digs in only two games.

Colorado State 3, Gonzaga 0
Nevada 3, Gonzaga 0

Gonzaga (1-10) out hit host No. 25 Colorado State (7-4) during Saturday afternoon action at the Coors Classic, but the Rams were able to overcome the Bulldogs attacking effort with a solid defensive effort which included 30 team blocks.Colorado State swept the afternoon match against Gonzaga in three games with 30-27, 30-28 and 30-28 win. Abby Cullen and Christina Davis combined for 27 of Gonzaga's 47 kills with Davis compiling a match-high 15 kills. Gonzaga totaled one more hit than the host Rams but Gonzaga could only manage a .152 attack percentage compared to the CSU .250 attacking clip. Colorado State also dominated play at the net as the Rams rolled off 30 team blocks with Michelle Knox finishing with 8 and Casey Bauer 7. Knox also led the Rams attack with 11 kills. Cullen was strong at the net for Gonzaga with 12 kills and a team high 5 blocks.

In late afternoon action Nevada (10-2) rode a 23 kill performance by Michelle More to sweep three games from Gonzaga (1-11) by scores of 30-17, 30-19 and 30-23.In what proved to be the second meeting of the two schools during in-season tournament play Nevada combined for 54 kills and a team attacking percentage of .305. Gonzaga was limited to 33 kills and a team attack percentage of .060. More led all players with 23 kills while Wolf Pack outside hitter Laura Wooley dumped in 16 kills. Gonzaga was led by Christina Davis with eight kills. Gonzaga was able to stay in the match based on their defensive play which included three players with double-digit digs. Heather Signor finished with 17 digs, Davis added 14 and Missy Perry had 12 digs. Gonzaga also combined for 14 team blocks, Abby Cullen leading the charge with five. Gonzaga returns to action on Thursday night with a match at Boise State. Following that match the Bulldogs take the weekend off to prepare for West Coast Conference play kicking off the first weekend in October at Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount.

#4 Stanford 3, #14 Pepperdine 0
Senior All-American outside hitter Logan Tom collected a match-high total of 21 kills on Saturday night to lead No. 4 ranked Stanford to a hard-fought 30-26, 30-27, 30-28 win over No. 14 Pepperdine in front of 2,182 fans at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal, defending NCAA champions, improved to 10-1, while Pepperdine falls to 7-5. Sophomore outside hitter Brie Harris paced the Waves with a team-best total of 13 kills, while junior outside hitter Katie Wilkins added 11 kills two service aces and seven digs. Freshman outside hitter Breegan Mulligan contributed nine kills and three service aces for the Waves. Tom, who added seven digs and six total blocks, was aided by sophomore outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani who contributed 15 kills for Stanford. The Cardinal hit .344 as a team and limited the Waves to a cumulative team attack mark of .197. Stanford committed only 12 hitting errors in the match. Pepperdine benefitted from seven service aces, but Stanford dominated play at the net, outblocking the Waves by a 15.5-7.0 margin. The Waves take an extended break in their schedule before opening West Coast Conference play at home on October 4 against Gonzaga. First serve at Firestone Fieldhouse is scheduled for 7 p.m.

USD 3, Sacramento State 0
The University of San Diego Volleyball team rebounded from a five game loss to Fresno State on Friday by sweeping Sacramento State Saturday morning in Fresno. The Toreros won (30-26, 30-25, 30-23) improving their overall record to 9-3. The offensive combination of San Diego??s Devon Forster and Noel Frohman led USD past the Hornets, with the pair combining to kill 32. A small crowd of 62 in Fresno saw Frohman record just three attacking errors in 30 attempts for USD. At the net for the Toreros senior Debra Robertson and junior Lisa Gordon combined for five blocks and 15 kills. USD sophomore Kristen Hurst tallied a match-best 18 digs. Sacramento State saw their record drop to 9-4.

Loyola Marymount 3, Idaho State 0
On the strength of 13 service aces, the Loyola Marymount volleyball team cruised to a 30-21, 30-17, 30-23 victory over Idaho State, Saturday night at Gersten Pavilion in front of 234 fans. Senior Kristen Gallup posted five of her game-high 21 kills in the opening stanza as LMU hit .297 for the game, but it was in the second game that the Lions completely dominated. Gallup also led the team with 12 digs, while freshman Michelle Look came up with 11. Nicole Ridley posted match-high 31 assists. Ali Gorny led the Bengals with eight kills and four digs, along with three service aces. LMU hit .484 and .425 in games two and three, respectively, to finish with a .398 hitting percentage for the match. ISU hit a paltry .186. The Lions return to action Wednesday, whey they travel to San Diego State for a 7 p.m. contest.