Oct. 8, 2002
The University of Portland women's volleyball team ended its losing streak with a three game, 30-23, 30-23, 30-27 sweep of in-state rival Portland State. Portland improves to 11-6 overall, 0-2 in the WCC. Portland State drops to 5-6 overall.
On the night, junior Heather Denison led all players with 19 kills for a .353 hitting percentage. Freshman Lauren Karpstein totaled 11 kills and five digs, while Sara Vercruyssen tallied six kills and hit for 375 in the match. Setter Sheena Surplus distributed double-figure attempts to five Pilot players. Surplus ended the night with 36 assists and 11 digs, while senior libero Carlie Price added 12 digs. As a team Portland posted a .243 hitting percentage and 7.0 total team blocks.
#1 USC defeats #12 Peppedine
Oct. 8, 2002
Top-ranked USC proved worthy of its No. 1 national ranking as it overcame a gallant effort from No. 12 Pepperdine to register a hard-fought three-game victory over the Waves in a non-conference match Tuesday night at Firestone Fieldhouse.
The Trojans (13-0), who remained undefeated on the season, won by scores of 33-31, 30-26 and 30-28. The loss dropped the Waves to 9-6 on the season.
Pepperdine junior Katie Wilkins turned in a solid performance for the Waves as she posted her second double-double of the season. Wilkins totaled a match-high 21 kills and 12 digs, while registering a team-best .514 hitting percentage.
Saint Mary's Falls to San Jose St. 3-2
Oct. 9, 2002
The Saint Mary??s women??s volleyball team fell to the San Jose State Spartans in a grueling five game match, 3-2. Individual game scores were 33-31, 32-34, 30-22, 20-30, and 15-9. With the win, the Spartans improved to 7-9 and the Gaels fell to 5-8.
The Gaels were led by middle blocker Stacey O??Connor who had a plethora of defensive plays at the net, recording a career-high 17 blocks and set a WCC record with 15 block assists. O??Connor also had nine kills in the match. Lindsey Bogason was the Gaels?? best utility player in the match, as she managed to post a double-double with an astounding 20 kills and a career-high 12 blocks. Bogason??s 20 kills tied her career-high, which she set just a few weeks ago against the Spartans. Bogason also had four service aces in the match.