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Santa Clara locks up second place with a five game match with Loyola Marymount Becky Potter tallied a match high 3 kills and added 1 digs

lt;bgt;Santa Clara 3, Loyola Marymount lt;/bgt; The 13th-ranked Santa Clara University women's volleyball team clinched second place in the West Coast Conference with its 3- victory over 16th-ranked Loyola Marymount Saturday evening in the Leavey Center. SCU improves to 0-9 on the season and finishes league play with an 11-3 mark while LMU falls to -6 overall and 10-4 in WCC action. lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;After winning the first game by a 30- score and dropping the next two by counts of 8-30 and 3-30, the Broncos rallied to win the final two games by scores of 30- and 1-1. lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;Balance was the key to the Broncos success on Saturday as five players were in double-digit kills while five others were in double-digit digs. Becky Potter and Cassie Perret were the only two who combined their efforts as Potter notched 3 kills and 1 digs to go along with Perret's 16 kills and 11 digs. lt;pgt; Toni Muratore added 19 kills for the Broncos along with Becky Biniek and Kim McGiven who chipped in with 1 and 1, respectively. Kristen Luxton's 30 kills paced the SCU defense as Kelli Sousa added 13 while Lexie Bothman had 1. lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;Luxton's 30 digs set a new career-high and marked the first time in 10 years that a Santa Clara player had reach that mark in a single match. lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;Kealani Kimball and Tiana Newsome were two major forces on the LMU side as each put away 1 kills in the loss. Kelli Nerison added 11 but also had 11 total blocks on the evening, leading the way for LMU as the team registered 17. total blocks on the evening. lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;Libero Jacen Dimson had a team-high 17 digs on the evening while Kimball had 16 to lead the Lions' defense. lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;Gonzaga 3, Portland 1lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; Gonzaga University combined for a .306 hitting percentage on Saturday night as the Bulldogs volleyball team sent out its four-member senior class with a 3-1 victory over the University of Portland in West Coast Conference action. Gonzaga finished the season at 4-6 overall, 1-13 in the WCC, the win tonight allowing the Bulldogs to avoid their first-ever winless conference season. Portland finishes the season at 11-18, 1-13 in the WCC, the Pilots lone WCC win coming over Gonzaga in late October. Gonzaga won the match 6-30, 30-, 30-1 and 30-18. lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13; The two seniors Yoshimura mentioned were middle blocker Abby Cullen and outside hitter Natasha Kozen. Each player finished with a match-high 0 kills with Kozen picking up 7 blocks (3 solo) and a team-high 1 digs. Cullen had the hot hand of the Bulldogs offense with a .9 attacking percentage in her final collegiate match. Christina Davis also added 10 kills and 11 digs. lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;Portland had a trio of players reach double figure kills with Heather Denison leading the way with 17 kills on attack attempts. Monique Kettler had 13 kills and Murphy McClenahan added 1 to round out the Pilots top attackers. Sheena Surplus had a match-high 1 digs while added 49 assists. lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;The teams were closely matched in several statistical categories as Gonzaga had 63 kills to Portland's 61 while the Bulldogs also won the digs battle 6-7. The difference in the match was at the net as Gonzaga had a .306 attack percentage compared to .13 for the Pilots. lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;Bulldogs senior Heather Signor finished her career with 11digs to finish second on the all-time Gonzaga career digs list. She also finished third on the single-season digs list finishing the 003 season with 406digs. The Bulldogs four senior Jamie VanMeetren had two kills and one dig during limited action. Jessica Herrera also finished with 1 digs to lead the Zags while Gihring had 3 assists. lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;Pepperdine 3, San Diego 0lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; The fourth-ranked Peppedine women's volleyball team closed out its third-straight perfect West Coast Conference season with a sweep over San Diego on Saturday night at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. The scores were: 30-9, 31-9, and 30-4. lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;The victory improves the Waves to 14-0 in WCC action and 4- overall. The win is Pepperdine's 10th over a ranked team this season, as well as its 44th consecutive conference victory dating back to the 000 season. Meanwhile, the Toreros fall to 17-1 overall and 6-8 in WCC. lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;Katie Wilkins posted a match-high 0 kills and hit a spectacular .00 percent to score a match-best 1.0 points. Early in game two, Wilkins accounted for her 00th kill on the season. Breegan Mulligan, who was the only other player in double kill figures (10) recorded a .333 clip, added six digs, and three blocks for 1. points. lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;For USD, Ryan Maspero had 13 kills and Kristen Hurst recorded 14 digs.lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;University of San Diego sophomore setter Lindsey Sherburne handed out 4 assists during Saturday's three-game loss to Pepperdine, setting a new San Diego single-season school record with 1,494 thus far in 003. Sherburne surpassed USD great Katie Lindquist who had held the record with 1,471 in 1997.lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;lt;bgt;San Francisco 3, Saint Mary's lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; lt;Pgt;13;The Saint Mary's women's volleyball team lost their final regular season game on Saturday night, falling in five sets to San Francisco at McKeon Pavilion in front of 634 fans. The Gaels dropped the first game 0-30, won the second game 30-1, lost the third game 8-30, won the fourth 30-6, and dropped the fifth game 16-18. The loss drops the Gaels' West Coast Conference record to 6-8 and overall record to 0-1. lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;The Gaels took USF to the final game in front of one of the largest crowds in Saint Mary's history. The Gaels battled to the final game, alternating wins with USF, and fighting off three match points in game five. lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;Saint Mary's was led by sophomore Kaui Salzman who had 19 kills and 17 digs, senior Jill Parmele had 16 kills and 13 digs, junior Stacey O'Connor had 14 kills and 11 block assists, and freshman Cassandra Kokka had 11 kills and 13 digs. lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;The Gaels' freshman setter Mandy Bible had 6 assists, nine digs and six block assists, and junior Lindsay Hardy had 33 digs. lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;The Dons were led by Brittanie Budinger who had kills and digs., Teresa Russell had 0 kills and 0 digs, while Theresa Hart had 17 kills. lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13;San Francisco outhit the Gaels in the deciding game five (.333-.14). lt;pgt; lt;Pgt;13; lt;Pgt;13; lt;Pgt;13; lt;Pgt;13; lt;Pgt;