Sep 30-Three WCC teams took the court Tuesday night. Santa Clara, led by a game-high 23 kills and 20 digs by All-American Becky Potter, outlasted Sacramento State 3-2 (30-26, 23-30, 30-28, 20-30, 15-11). In other WCC action, Portland had its five-match winning streak snapped, falling 3-0 (30-26, 30-26, 30-27) to Oregon State. LMU traveled to UC Riverside, results to come later.
Santa Clara 3, Sacramento State 2
The Santa Clara University women's volleyball team rode the back of All-American Becky Potter to a 3-2 victory over Sacramento State Tuesday night at the Hornets Nest in Sacramento. The win improved the Broncos' record to 9-5 overall while dropping the Hornets to 9-7 on the season.
Potter proved why she was an All-American last year with her 23 kills and career-high 20 digs in the five game thriller. She becomes one of only 10 players in Santa Clara history to post 20 kills and 20 digs in the same night. Additionally she moved into the number two spot all-time in career kills on the night, as her 23 kills gave her 1,501 for her career, passing Lia Young's 1,496. She trails only Ynez Carrasco who posted 1,748 kills in her four-year career.
With the win, Wallace picked up his 100th career win at Santa Clara, attaining the mark in only his fifth year at the helm. He trails only Mary Ellen Murchison by 68 wins for the all-time win record in SCU volleyball history.
Muratore added 20 kills on the night to go along with four digs and four block assists. Alyssa Lantz chipped in whith 12 kills and nine digs while Becky Biniek added 12 kills of her own.
Kelli Sousa guide the offense with her 67 assists and 10 digs while Cassie Perret notched nine kills and 12 digs. Sophomores Lexie Bothman and Kristen Luxton each added 10 digs in the victory.
Santa Clara returns to action this weekend as West Coast Conference play begins in the Pacific Northwest. The Broncos will open league play on Friday night at Gonzaga before taking on Portland Saturday evening. Both matches are slated to begin at 7 p.m.
LMU 3, UC Riverside 0
No. 21 Loyola Marymount (15-2) defeated UC Riverside (7-8) in three games (30-21, 30-23, 30- 28) Tuesday evening in Riverside. Setter Nicole Oehlman recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 37 assists and 10 digs.
Game one was closely contested early on, with the score being tied nine times. LMU went on a 5-0 run to take the 14- 13 lead on kills by Tiana Newsome, Sandy Krone, and Dina DeBernardi. DeBernardi posted six kills and a .500 hitting percentage in the first game. LMU out-blocked the Highlanders 6.0 - 2.0, with Newsome and Kelli Nerison each recording three blocks in game one. UCR battled back, but the Lions scored nine of the last 10 points, including an ace by senior Elizabeth Samson to earn game point, and LMU took game one 30-21.
UCR took the early lead in game two and were ahead by as many as six until the Lions took their first lead of the game at 16-15 on a kill by Oehlman. LMU continued on a 4-0 run, which featured a solo block by Newsome and a Nerison ace. DeBernardi answered with an ace of her own, good for the 30-23 game two victory.
Game three saw the score tied 16 times with nine lead changes. Senior Kealani Kimball posted half of her 18 total kills in the third game, including one to give the Lions the lead at 11-7. Newsome added five block assists and four kills in the final game. A Kimball kill tied the score at 27, and Newsome responded with one of her own to give the Lions game point at 29-28. LMU held the Highlanders to win game three 30-28 and the match 3-0.
LMU handed the Highlanders, a team that had beat previously-ranked Long Beach State, just their third three-game sweep of the season. It was the 12th time that LMU has won in three games this season.
LMU enters West Coast Conference action this weekend with a 15-2 record, opening on Friday against Saint Mary's in Gersten Pavilion. The Lions look to win their fourth consecutive conference opener and own the series advantage, going 29-5 against Saint Mary's. Match time is slated for 7:00 p.m.
Oregon State 3, Portland 0
The University of Portland volleyball team ended a five-match win streak with a 3-0 (30-26, 30-26, 30-27) loss to the Oregon State Beavers on Tues., Sept. 30. The Pilots drop to 10-4 on the season, while the Beavers end a four-match losing streak and improve to 10-6 overall.
Portland started out slow managing just 11 kills in game one, compared to OSU??s 20 kills and .220 hitting percentage. The Pilots came out is the second game and held the lead until the Beavers tied it at 15 on a kill by Amanda Eggert. The scores went back and forth in game two and Portland closed to within one point, but OSU went on to score three more points for a 30-26 win. Game three was close throughout, but the Pilots managed to hit for just .050, recording 10 kills. The Beavers pounded out 19 kills and a .255 hitting percentage to take a 30-27 win for the match.
Sara Vercruyssen led Portland with 12 kills in the match. Laura Pappas recorded a career-best 15 digs and teammate Ali Boaz had a career night with 11 digs. Sheena Surplus dished out 33 assists, just missing a double-double, tallying nine digs. As a team, Portland posted a .140 hitting percentage and out-blocked OSU nine to five.
Oregon State had three players record double-figure kills in the match. Karah Rhoades led the way with 16 kills and a .344 hitting percentage, along with 10 digs. Allison Lawrence totaled 14 kills and 11 digs, while Katelyn Healy added 10 kills. Laura Collins posted 42 assists and 11 digs in the match. The Beavers hit for .257 on the night.