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Oct 3-Friday kicked off the first weekend of conference action for WCC volleyball teams

Pictured: USD's Devon Forster registered 16 kills in the Toreros' win over Portland.

Oct. 3-Friday kicked off the first weekend of conference action for WCC volleyball teams. Pepperdine handed USF their first loss of the season with a 3-1 (30-14, 30-23, 26-30, 30-25 ) victory, while Santa Clara downed Gonzaga 3-1 (30-19, 21-30, 30-20, 30-21). In other action, San Diego swept Portland 3-0 (30-26, 30-19, 30-28), while LMU outlasted Saint Mary??s in five games (30-17, 31-29, 28-30, 22-30, 15-9).

Pepperdine 3, USF 1
Senior Katie Wilkins totaled a match-high 26 kills to lead a group of three Pepperdine players with double-digit kill totals to help the Waves to a four-game victory over previously undefeated San Francisco in both team's West Coast Conference (WCC) opener Friday night at Firestone Fieldhouse. Pepperdine, ranked No. 6 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) poll, won by scores of 30-14, 30-23, 26-30, 30-25 to extend its winning streak to nine and improve to 11-2, while USF falls to 15-1.

Joining Wilkins in double figures were senior middle blocker Lyndsey Hache' with 14 kills and sophomore outside hitter Katy Daly, who totaled 12 kills and had eight digs.

USF senior outside hitter Brittanie Budinger led the way for the Dons with a team-high 19 kills to go along with seven digs. Senior outside hitter Caroline Skacel added eight kills and a team-high 14 digs.

Santa Clara 3, Gonzaga 1
The 16ht-ranked Santa Clara University women's volleyball team defeated Gonzaga by a 3-1 score to open West Coast Conference play Friday night in Spokane, Wash. The Broncos improve to 10-5 overall and 1-0 in league play while dropping the Bulldogs to 3-12 overall and 0-1 in conference action.

Senior Becky Potter again led the way for the Broncos as she posted 21 kills and 15 digs on the evening. Sophomore Toni Muratore registered 17 kills, seven digs and four block assists in the league opener. Both Potter and Muratore had tremendous hitting percentages with Potter hitting at a .462 clip and Muratore at a .438 pecentage.

Christina Davis' 14 kills led three Gonzaga players in double-digit kills as Abby Cullen ended with 12 and Lauren Armas ended with 11. Heather Signor posted a match-high 18 digs in the loss.

San Diego 3, Portland 0
The San Diego Toreros swept the Portland Pilots 3-0 (30-26, 30-19, 30-28) at the Chiles Center. The Pilots drop to 10-5 on the season, 0-1 in WCC play, while USD continues its win streak and improves to 12-3 overall and 1-0 in the WCC.

San Diego??s Devon Forster led all players with 16 kills and a .500 hitting percentage. Emily Haas tallied nine kills, while Lindsey Sherburne dished out 35 assists and 10 digs. San Diego hit for .248 in the match.

Sara Vercruyssen and Monique Kettler led the Pilots with seven kills each. Murphy McClenahan and Laura Pappas each tallied 10 digs, while Sheena Surplus posted 24 assists.

LMU 3, Saint Mary??s 2
No. 21 Loyola Marymount (16-2) defeated Saint Mary's (13-5) in five games (30-17, 31-29, 28-30, 22-30, 15-9) Friday evening at Gersten Pavilion. It was the fourth consecutive season the Lions have opened West Coast Conference play with a victory. The win also extended LMU's winning streak to five and protected the Lions' undefeated home record of 9-0 in Gersten Pavilion this season.

Kealani Kimball paced the Lions with 25 kills, while Dina Debernardi registered 15 kills and Kelli Nerison posted 12.

Jill Parmele tied a match-high with 25 kills against the Lions. Parmele also posted 13 digs, one ace, and one block assists on the night. Also providing offensive support for the Gaels was Kaui Salzman. The sophomore finished with a double- double as she recorded 20 kills and 18 digs for the match. Junior Lindsey Bogason also helped the Gaels record 74 kills to the Lions 71, when she personally finished with 16 kills.