Oct. 4-In another busy night of WCC volleyball action, all eight league schools took the court on the second day of conference play. Pepperdine extended its conference winning streak to 30 matches with a 3-1 (30-27, 30-28, 34-36, 30-27) win over Saint Mary??s, while LMU downed USF 3-1 (28-30, 30-22, 30-23, 30-20) to run their home record this season to 10-0. Santa Clara and San Diego collected sweeps Saturday night with the Broncos cruising past Portland 3-0 (30-26, 30-25, 30-24), while the Toreros dispatched Gonzaga 3-0 (30-19, 30-24, 30-28).
Pepperdine 3, Saint Mary??s 1
Pepperdine sophomore outside hitters Katy Daly and Breegan Mulligan each recorded double-doubles to lead the No. 6 ranked Waves to a hard-fought four-game victory over visiting Saint Mary's in a West Coast Conference (WCC) match Saturday night at Firestone Fieldhouse. The Waves won by scores of 30-27, 30-28, 34-36 and 30-27 to improve to 12-2 overall and 2-0 in WCC play. Pepperdine also extended its conference winning streak to 30 matches. Saint Mary's fell to 13-6 on the season and 0-2 in conference action.
Daly tallied 14 kills and 19 digs, while Mulligan totaled 15 kills and 16 digs. Joining Daly and Mulligan with double digit kill totals were senior outside hitter Katie Wilkins, who recorded a team-high 23, senior middle blocker Lyndsey Hache' (13) and freshman middle blocker Sophia Milo (11). Junior libero Christina Hinds registered a match-high 25 digs for the Waves.
Leading Saint Mary's on the evening was Kaui Salzman. The sophomore had a excellent night as she posted another double-double in kills and digs for the match against Pepperdine. Her 25 kills were a match-high and she also posted a team-high 21 digs against the Waves. For the match, Salzman also posted two aces and one block assist.
Also contributing for the Gaels was Jill Parmele and Lindsey Bogason. Parmele, a senior, finished with 16 kills and eight digs. The Acampo, CA native also recorded one ace and two block assists on the evening. Bogason also provided solid support for Saint Mary's as she finished with 11 kills, seven digs, and two block assists.
LMU 3, USF 1
No. 21 Loyola Marymount (17-2) defeated WCC opponent No. 24 San Francisco (15-2) in four games (28-30, 30-22, 30-23, 30-20) Saturday in Gersten Pavilion. The win is the Lions' sixth consecutive victory and keeps their home record unblemished at 10-0.
LMU sophomore Krista Houseman came up big in the second conference contest of the season, posting 10 kills and two blocks, while hitting .529. Both Sandy Krone (13 kills, 20 digs) and Kealani Kimball (18 kills, 16 digs) posted double-double numbers against the Dons. The Lions had five players record ten or more kills in the win and ended the match out-hitting USF .377 to .199. LMU also out-blocked the Dons 12.0 - 1.0.
Senior middle blocker Teresa Russell surpassed 1,000 career kills with her first termination becoming the seventh player in program history to reach quadruple digits and the season this season, joining senior outside hitter Brittanie Budinger, who surpassed 1,000 against Oklahoma (8/31). Russell finished with 24 kills on .328 hitting to go along with11 digs and a solo block, while Budinger tallied 23 kills on .319 hitting to go along with 13 digs on the night.
Santa Clara 3, Portland 0
The Santa Clara University women's volleyball team swept the University of Portland by a 3-0 (30-26, 30-25, 30-24) score Saturday night in the Chiles Center on the UP campus. With the win the Broncos improve to 11-5 overall and 2-0 in West Coast Conference play, while the Pilots fall to 10-6 overall and 0-2 in league action.
Senior setter Kelli Sousa guided the Bronco offense to a .388 hitting percentage as three SCU players registered double-digit kills on the night off of 47 assists from Sousa. Redshirt sophomore Toni Muratore posted a team-high 14 kills on the evening, followed by Becky Potter and Cassie Perret's 11 kills. Potter registered a match-high nine digs on the evening while Perret posted a career-high three block solos in the victory.
The match took only 89 minutes as the Broncos limited the Pilot offense to a .204 hitting percentage and 42 kills in the match. Sara Vercruyssen led the way for Portland with her 15 kills while her eight digs were tied for the team lead on the evening with Laura Pappas.
San Diego 3, Gonzaga 0
The University of San Diego Toreros showed why they are one of the top teams in the West Coast Conference as they charged past the home standing Gonzaga Bulldogs (3-13, 0-2 WCC) during WCC action Saturday night at Martin Centre. The 19th-ranked Toreros improved to 13-3 overall, 2-0 in the WCC as they won in three games, 30-19, 30-24, 30-28.
All-West Coast Conference performer Devon Forster led four San Diego players into double digit kills as she collected a match-high 19 kills on 41 attacks. Bridget Merritt followed with 12 kills as USD finished with a 60-31 kills advantage over the Bulldogs. San Diego combined for a .265 team hitting percentage after hitting a blistering .448 in the opening game. Emily Haas added 11 kills and Kristen Hurst had 10 to round out the Toreros foursome with double-figure kills.
Abby Cullen was the Bulldogs top attacker with 10 kills on 25 attacks. Cullen also helped control play at the net as she finished with nine blocks, three of them solo. After having a sluggish start in the opening game, Gonzaga stayed in contention in games two and three with 15 kills in the final game. Gonzaga held a 25-21 advantage during game three before struggling to put away San Diego and force a game four. Natasha Kozen had six kills to finish second on the Gonzaga team.
Senior libero Heather Signor added eight digs to move into fifth place on the Gonzaga career digs list passing former All-WCC honoree Erica Cordy. Jessica Herrera led GU with 10 digs while Kristen Hurst had 18 digs to lead USD.