Portland took a 2-0 lead in the beginning of game one, but it was as close as they would come, facing a giant block and a tenacious defense by Pepperdine. The Pilots hit for .093 in game one, recording just nine kills, compared to Pepperdine?s 21 kills and .298 hitting percentage. The Waves took the first game with ease, 30-18. Game two was all about serving and blocks. In the game, Pepperdine racked up three aces and six total team blocks en route to the 30-16 win. After the break, Portland tried hard for a comeback, but Pepperdine went on to take the final game, 30-18.
Loyola Marymount 3, Gonzaga 0
A night after nearly knocking off No. 6 Pepperdine, the Gonzaga University volleyball team played a very sluggish match and found themselves on the wrong side of a 3-0 decision as No. 19 Loyola Marymount University (19-3, 4-1 WCC) rolled over the Bulldogs (3-19, 0-6 WCC). The Lions made quick work of Gonzaga with a 30-16, 30-18, 30-16 victory, the 21st straight win for the Lions over GU.
Kelli Nerison connected for a match-high 16 kills while Tiana Newsome added 10 kills on a .769 attacking percentage as Loyola Marymount pounded out 53 kills on the night. LMU finished with a .348 attack percentage making only 14 attacking errors during the three-game match. Setter Nicole Oehlman paced the LMU attack, with 36 of the 46 LMU assists. Kealani Kimball was the defensive star with 16 digs.
Santa Clara 3, Saint Mary's
The 14th-ranked Santa Clara University women's volleyball team made quick work of Saint Mary's College Saturday night, cruising to a 3-0 victory in the Leavey Center on the SCU campus. With the win the Broncos improve to 14-6 overall and 5-0 in West Coast Conference action while dropping the Gaels to 15-8 overall and 2-4 in league play.
Sousa ended the evening with 54 assist in only three games. Her nine kills and two opportune kills guided the Broncos to their 13th straight victory over Saint Mary's.
Santa Clara's balanced attack all evening proved too much for their counterparts as Toni Muratore led four Broncos in double-digit kills with her 16. Becky Potter trailed closely behind with her 15 while her 18 digs were a match high.
As a team the Broncos notched 19 more digs on the evening and limited Saint Mary's to a .203 hitting percentage. SCU's hitting percentage of .315 was their fifth-best output of the season while their 63 kills was their highest output for a three-game match this year.
Kaui Salzman was the only Saint Mary's player to reach double-digit kills, posting 16 on 45 swings. Mandy Bible registered 44 assists while Salzman's 11 digs were a team-high.
San Diego 3, San Francisco 0
No. 17 San Diego improved its home record to 7-0 with a three- game sweep over San Francisco Saturday night at USD?s Jenny Craig Pavilion. Junior attacker Devon Forster was again the catalyst for the Toreros, putting down 26 kills in the winning effort. San Diego (15-4; 4-1 WCC) won by individual game scores of (30-18, 30-28, 30-28). San Francisco (17-4; 2-4 WCC), swept by No. 14 Santa Clara on Friday night, suffered a second consecutive three-game defeat.
Forster was the only Torero to reach double figures in kills Saturday, but San Diego again received a solid outing from its freshmen class. Ryan Maspero started and totaled eight kills and as many digs. Rookie middle blocker Emily Haas hit for a .529 percentage one day removed from hitting .545 during San Diego?s win over St. Mary?s. Freshman Christie Dawson killed six while sophomore setter Lindsey Sherburne reached the 50 assist mark for the ninth time this season.
San Diego also received a match-best 18 digs from sophomore transfer Jackie Bernardin. Junior right side hitter Kristen Hurst put down nine kills and added 10 digs.
For San Francisco, the Dons were paced by senior attacker Brittanie Budinger?s 19 kills. Senior teammate Teresa Russell killed 10 while senior setter April Scoggin passed out 32 assists.