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October 26-Portland, Pepperdine and LMU volleyball teams collected big conference wins Saturday night

Pepperdine 3, San Diego 0
Junior outside hitter Katie Wilkins led a balanced offensive attack with 22 kills to pace No. 12 Pepperdine to a three-game sweep of visiting San Diego in West Coast Conference (WCC) match Saturday night at Firestone Fieldhouse. Joining Wilkins with double digit kill totals were senior middle blocker Brie Harris (13), junior middle blocker Lyndsey Hache' (11) and sophomore outside hitter Brie Harris (10). Harris also led the Waves with a .429 hitting percentage as she committed just one error in 21 kill attempts. Pepperdine won by scores of 30-28, 30-22, 30-25 to improve to 14-6 overall and 7-0 in WCC play. The Waves also won their 21st consecutive match and have been victorious in 20 of their last 21 home matches. San Diego, which had its six-match winning streak snapped, dropped to 20-5 on the season and 5-2 in WCC action. Senior outside hitter Noel Frohman led the Toreros with 17 kills and 10 digs, while freshman setter Devon Forster contributed 11 kills for San Diego. Pepperdine posted a .315 hitting percentage and played solid defense as it recorded 61 digs. San Diego hit .199 for the match. Pepperdine returns to action on Friday, November 1, when it travels to the Pacific Northwest to face Portland at the Chiles Center beginning at 7 p.m.

Portland 3, Gonzaga 2
The University of Portland women's volleyball team ended its losing streak with a 3-2 (27-30, 36-34, 20-30, 30-28, 15-13) victory over WCC foe, Gonzaga on Sat., Oct. 26 in Spokane, WA. Portland improves to 13-9 overall, 2-5 in the WCC. The Bulldogs drop to 4-17 on the season, 2-5 in WCC play. For the Pilots, junior Heather Denison recorded a career-high 26 kills and a .292 hitting percentage, while freshman Sara Vercruyssen racked up 22 kills and 11 digs. Lauren Karpstein totaled 12 kills and 12 digs, while Monique Kettler added nine kills. Anna Abatzoglou tallied a career-high .556 hitting percentage on six kills and Liz Lord tied a career-high five kills on the night. Sheena Surplus posted a career-high 71 assists and 15 digs, while senior Carlie Price dug 25 balls in the match. As a team Portland posted a .176 hitting percentage and 7.0 total team blocks. Gonzaga saw four players with double-figure kills. Christina Davis led all players with 27 kills and hit for .412, along with 13 digs on the night. Jamie Van Meetren totaled 12 kills and 13 digs, while Abby Cullen had 18 kills and 15 total blocks. Natasha Kozen recorded 10 kills, 12 digs and eight total blocks, while Missy Perry posted 66 assists and 17 digs. The Zags hit for .259 on the night and added 23.0 total team blocks.

Loyola Marymount 3, Saint Mary's 1
The Loyola Marymount volleyball team moved a game above .500 at 3-2, 13-7 overall, with a 26-30, 30-21, 30-24, 30-22 victory over the Saint Mary's Gaels, Saturday night in Gersten Pavilion in front of 225 fans. The Gaels fall to 2-5 in the league, 5-14 overall. Senior Kristen Gallup led the Lions in kills for the 18th time in 19 matches with 18. She, along with Kealani Kimball had 10 digs. Junior Elizabeth Samson led LMU with 11 digs. In the fourth and deciding game, with the score tied at 19, the Lions scored six of the next seven points to open a comfortable 25-20 lead. A Saint Mary's service ace sealed the victory. Following a Tiana Newsome block, which gave the Lions a 14-7 lead in the third game, the Gaels scored nine of the next 11 points, capped by an Erin Gravert kill, to tie the game at 16. The game remained tight until Jody Carlson came up with three consecutive kills for LMU to give the Lions a 26-21 advantage leading to the victory. After SMC took the initial point in game two, the Lions scored nine of the next 11 points to open up a 9-3 advantage. The Lions extended their lead to 18-12 following a Gallup kill. LMU continued with their relentless pressure as Roxanne Orsini came up with a service ace and a pair of kills to extend LMU's lead to 28-18, before the eventual victory. In the opening game, with the scored tied at four, the Gael scored four consecutive points, aided by three LMU hitting errors. SCU extended its lead to 19-13 on a Jill Parmele service ace, but the Lions responded by scoring three consecutive points and 10 of the next 16 to get to within two at 25-23. But the Gaels held on hitting .311 for the game. Lindsey Bogason led the Gaels with 13 kills, while Parmele had 12. Kaui Salzman had a team-high 10 digs for SMC.