The Waves won by scores of 28-30, 30-22, 30-23, 30-16 to improve to 10-6 overall and 3-0 in WCC play. Loyola Marymount dropped to 11-5 on the season and 2-1 in conference action. Just as they did against No. 7 UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday, the Lions won the opening game in a match against a ranked opponent. But just as they did against the Gauchos, LMU dropped the next three.
Gallup led LMU with 15 kills, while Newsomeand Kealani Kimball each had 12. LMU will return to action next Friday and Saturday, when the Lions travel to Santa Clara and San Francisco, respectively. Pepperdine returns to action on Friday (October 18) when it travels to the Bay Area to take on San Francisco and War Memorial Gym beginning at 7 p.m.
#14 Santa Clara 3, Portland 0
The University of Portland women's volleyball team dropped a WCC match, 3-0 (30-23, 30-24, 30-24) to the No. 14 ranked Santa Clara Broncos on Sat., Oct. 12 at the Chiles Center in Portland, OR. Portland drops to 12-7 overall, 1-3 in the WCC. Santa Clara improves to 15-2 overall, 4-0 in WCC play.
Santa Clara??s Becky Potter tallied a match-high 27 kills and hit for .489 on the night, along with 13 kills and seven total blocks. Alyssa Lantz and Megan Johnston both totaled nine kills, while Chrissy Hirsch added 12 digs. Kelli Sousa posted 48 assists and seven digs and Cindy Hirsch added 10 digs in the match. The Broncos hit for .271 and added 7.0 total team blocks on the night. For the Pilots, freshman Sara Vercruyssen led the team with 10 kills and a .333 hitting percentage, along with a career-high six block assists. Sheena Surplus tallied three kills for a career-high .600 hitting percentage, 25 assists and nine digs. Senior libero Carlie Price led the team with 17 digs in the match.
UP hits the road on Fri., Oct. 18, meeting San Diego at 7:00 p.m. in San Diego, CA. On Sat., Oct. 19, Portland travels to Moraga, CA, facing Saint Mary??s College at 7:00 p.m. Santa Clara welcomes in LMU on Oct. 18 and then Pepperdine on the 19th.
Gonzaga 3, San Francisco 2
Christina Davis hammered home a career-high 26 kills on Saturday night as the Gonzaga Bulldogs earned their first West Coast Conference win of the season in a five-game thriller against San Francisco (4-16, 0-4 WCC). The Bulldogs improved to 3-14 overall, 1-3 in WCC action as they won 30-18, 26-30, 29-31, 30-27 and 15-13.
Davis was on fire all night long as she finished with a .404 attack percentage during her 52 attack attempts. Davis' previous career-high was a 24-kill effort last season against UNLV in a five game Bulldogs win. Gonzaga finished with a .304 team attack percentage, their second highest total of the season.
The Dons got a triple-double from freshman setter Kristina Bognar, who had a career-high 15 kills to go along with 53 assists and 12 digs. Brittanie Budinger led San Francisco with 21 kills and ten digs. KeLicia Shorts finished with five blocks including three solo.
Three Bulldog players joined Davis in double-digit kills with VanMeetren adding 15, Natasha Kozen 13 and Cullen 10. Missy Perry had a match-high 18 digs and 56 assists. Gonzaga travels to Saint Mary's and San Diego next weekend for West Coast Conference action. USF hosts Pepperdine on Oct. 18 then LMU comes calling on the 19th.
San Diego 3, Saint Mary's 0
Noel Frohman posted a double-double with 16 kills and 12 digs to lead the University of San Diego (16-4, 2-1) to a 3-0 win over Saint Mary's (5-10, 1-2) on Saturday night in Jenny Craig Pavilion. Individual game scores were 20-30, 19-30, and 18-30.
The Gaels were led by senior setter Brooke Lowry, who posted a double-double with 21 assists and 12 digs. Rachel Avilla had a team-high 12 kills while Kaui Salzman chipped in with 11 digs. Stacey O'Connor posted a match-high four block assists.
San Diego's Lindsey Sherburne had a game-high 42 assists while also posting nine digs. Brynne Young led all setters with a match -high 21 digs.
Saint Mary's will return to action on Friday, October 18 when it hosts Gonzaga. First serve is set for 7:05 p.m. in McKeon Pavilion. The Toreros play host to Portland and then Gonzaga next weekend.