Oct 10- Conference action continued as both Saint Mary's and San Francisco won their WCC home openers. The Gaels swept visiting Gonzaga and the Dons swept Portland.
San Francisco 3, Portland 0
San Francisco exploded out of the gate, playing in their first home match in a month and wasted no time sweeping Portland, 30-23, 30-21, 30-18 in West Coast Conference volleyball action Friday at War Memorial Gym. The Dons (16-2, 1-2 WCC) collect their first league victory after a pair of losses on the road against ranked opponents at the expense of Portland (10-7, 0-3 WCC).
Senior outsider hitter Brittanie Budinger pounded a match-high 17 kills on .367 hitting to go along with 15 digs, while senior middle blocker Teresa Russell added 12 kills on .435 hitting and added five blocks (three solo). Senior setter April Scoggin had the Dons' offense hitting on all cylinders, dishing out 44 assists as San Francisco hit at a .274 clip for the match.
Freshman outside hitter Theresa Hart chipped in with eight kills and seven digs, while senior middle blocker Liz MacAusland added four kills, eight digs and four blocks for the Dons' defense. San Francisco forced the Pilots into a .134 attack percentage for the match, including a .029 mark in game three.
Sophomore outside hitter Sara Vercruyssen paced the Pilots with 12 kills and nine digs, while freshman outside hitter Murphy McClenahan added 10 kills and four blocks.
Saint Mary's 3, Gonzaga 0
The Saint Mary's women's volleyball team recorded its first conference victory of the season following a sweep of the Gonzaga Bulldogs by the final score of 3-0. Game scores for the Gaels' victory over the Bulldogs were 30-24, 30-18, and 30-24. With the win the Gaels improved to 14-6 (1-2) on the season, while Gonzaga fell to 3-15 (0-3).
For the match, Saint Mary's dominated play from the beginning to end, as the team never trailed Gonzaga in any of the three matches. A potent mixture of aggressive offense and an acting defensive presence allowed the Gaels to control the tempo of match. Offensively, the Gaels posted a .300 hitting percentage and finished with 53 kills. Saint Mary's was also aided by a total of seven aces. Defensively, the Gaels were able to hold the Bulldogs to a .077 hitting percentage. Saint Mary's total of 18 block assists to the Bulldogs six also proved to be an important factor in the Gaels victory.
Leading the charge offensively for Saint Mary's were Kaui Salzman and Jill Parmele. Salzman, a sophomore, recorded the only double-double of the match as she finished with 17 kills and 11 digs. Parmele, a senior, also contributed strong offensive statistics as she recorded a match-high 18 kills. The Acampo, CA native also posted nine digs, two assists, and two block assists for the match.
Defensively, Saint Mary's was led by 2002 All-WCC Honorable Mention honoree Stacey O'Connor, who posted a match-high six block assists. O'Connor also contributed three kills and tied for a match-high with three aces. Also providing solid defensive support was Cassandra Kolkka. The freshman posted double digits in digs after finishing the match with 10.