Oct 21- Both Portland and San Francisco were in action on Tuesday night. USF set a program record with their 18th win of the season, a 3-2 decision over Sacramento State. Portland was swept in their River City Rivalry match with Portland State.
San Francisco 3, Sacramento State 2
USF volleyball hosted Sacramento State in a crucial non-conference match Tuesday night at War Memorial Gym. The Dons were looking to make more history in a season littered with firsts and were in hot pursuit of the program record for victories, but needed to beat a talented Hornet team. Mission accomplished. San Francisco downed Sacramento State 3-2 (27-30, 30-28, 20-30, 30-21, 15-7) behind a monster offensive and defensive night from senior All-American candidate Brittanie Budinger. Budinger ripped a match-high 22 kills and added 22 digs as USF (18-4) completed their non-conference schedule with an undefeated 16-0 record, in another first for the team.
USF dropped game one and bounced back to even the contest at a game apiece at the intermission. The Hornets emerged in a flurry, cruising to an easy win in game three. San Francisco responded, steamrolling Sacramento State in the fourth set, powered by a .500 attack percentage to seize momentum heading into the deciding fifth game.
In game five, senior middle blocker Teresa Russell emerged. While senior middle blocker Liz MacAusland served six straight points, Russell did the rest tallying four kills after the Dons led by a 6-4 count to put the game and the match out of reach for the Hornets. Budinger slammed the final kill and USF celebrated.
In a night with no shortage of heroes, Russell finished with 19 kills on .318 hitting to go along with nine digs and four blocks. Senior setter April Scoggin dished out a career-high 78 assists and added nine digs. Liz MacAusland connected for 14 kills on .357 hitting. Senior outside hitter Caroline Skacel was one of three USF players to register a double-double with 14 kills and 12 digs. Freshman outside hitter Theresa Hart had her best match of the season with a 17 kill night on .387 hitting and added 15 digs.
Junior outside hitter Sandra Bandimere tallied a team-high 17 kills and added 14 digs for the Hornets, while senior middle hitter Kazmiera Imrie added 15 kills.
Portland State 3, Portland 0
The University of Portland volleyball team was swept in three games, 32-30, 30-28, 30-24 by cross-town rival Portland State in the final RiverCity Rivalry match-up of the 2003 season at the Stott Center on Tues., Oct. 21. The Pilots move to 10-11 overall, 0-6 in the WCC, while Portland State improves to 11-8 on the season, 1-6 in Big Sky play.
The rivalry match was just as it seemed, intense play on both sides of the net. The Pilots had the chance to win game one and even out-hit the Vikings (.279 to .190), but a service error by Monique Kettler and a hitting error by Heather Denison gave PSU a 32-30 win. Portland State seemed to have an edge tonight, opening up a quick 4-0 lead in the start of game two. The Vikings had the chance to put away game two when Portland had just 22 points. But the Pilots made a comeback, scoring six unanswered points before Jessica Vanzant hit one down the line for PSU??s 30-28 win. After the break, Portland struggled to get back into it, while the Vikings held onto the momentum of the first two games and pushed the match out of reach for Portland. PSU recorded five consecutive points to end game three for a 30-24 win.
??Portland State is definitely playing better than when we faced them early on,?? said Head Coach Doug Sparks. ??They deserved to win the match tonight, they had a great crowd of enthusiastic fans and I hope we can get the same kind of crowd back home this weekend.??
Heather Denison led the Pilots with 14 kills and a .273 hitting percentage. Monique Kettler added seven kills and a .312 hitting percentage, along with five digs and three blocks. Sheena Surplus posted 25 assists and six digs, while Sara Vercruyssen and Laura Pappas totaled eight digs each. Murphy McClenahan added a career-best seven assists tonight. Portland hit for .181 and edged the Vikings on the block, six to five.
The Vikings saw three players score double figure kills. Richelle Wilson led all players with 15 kills on the night. Jessica Vanzant tallied 12 kills and Kathy Garbacz added 11 kills for the match. Portland State hit for .256 as a team.