Saint Mary's 3, Portland 1
The University of Portland volleyball team struggled for points tonight, dropping a four-game (30-20, 30-20, 25-30, 30-19) decision to the Saint Mary??s Gaels at the Chiles Center. The Pilots fall to 11-14 overall, 1-9 in the WCC, while Saint Mary??s improves to 18-10 on the season, 4-6 in WCC play.
Portland has been playing the last few games without three of their starters and have had to make line-up adjustments throughout the season. Even with the changes made, Portland??s effort is consistent and a battle against opponents is guaranteed.
Saint Mary??s recorded a 30-20 win in game one, paced by Jill Parmele??s nine kills and .533 hitting percentage. The Gaels out-hit Portland, .389 to .119, including five team blocks. Heather Denison led Portland with five kills in the first game.
The Pilots struggled offensively in game two, totaling just nine kills, compared to Saint Mary??s 19. Parmele continued to dominate for the Gaels, picking up seven more kills in the second game, leading SMC to another 30-20 win.
After the break, Portland stepped it up, made some adjustments and took control of the tempo of the match. Heather Denison led Portland with six kills in game three, while teammate Laura Pappas tallied 11 digs. Portland closed out the game with a blocking error on Saint Mary??s for a 30-25 win. The Pilots hit for .070 in game four, managing just 13 kills in 57 attempts. Saint Mary??s hit for .291 with 19 kills and leading the way individually was Parmele with five kills and four digs. The Gaels cruised to a 30-19 win in game four.
Heather Denison led Portland with her fifth double-double of the season. She ended the night with 16 kills and 14 digs, while Liz Lord tallied 10 kills. Laura Pappas had a career night with 20 digs and teammate Murphy McClenahan led Portland with 24 digs. Sheena Surplus dished out 41 assists and 12 digs for her eighth double-double of the season. As a team, the Pilots hit for .129 in the match.
Parmele led all players with 26 kills, 17 digs and a .273 hitting percentage. Mandy Bible posted 53 assists and 12 digs for the Gaels, while Kaui Salzman recorded 13 kills and 20 digs. SMC hit for .265 on the night and out-blocked Portland 15 to 5.
San Francisco 3, Gonzaga 0
Gonzaga University once again found itself on the short end of a volleyball decision as the Bulldogs battled hard on Friday but could not overcome the University of San Francisco falling 3-0 to the Lady Dons in West Coast Conference volleyball action. USF (20-6, 4-6 WCC) won the contest 30-27, 30-27, and 30-19 to sweep the season series from the Bulldogs and win 20 games for the first time in school history. Gonzaga fell to 3-23, 0-10 in the WCC as the Bulldogs prepare to host Saint Mary's College on Saturday night. The match has been moved to after the men's basketball exhibition game with a start time approximated at 8:30 p.m.
Gonzaga and San Francisco fought through the first two games as the Bulldogs pulled to within 27-26 during the first game before eventually falling 30-27. In the second match the teams had seven ties during the game and two lead changes before USF could pull away in the final points 30-27.
Cullen would lead the Bulldogs with 12 kills on 21 attacks and a .333 attack percentage. The Bulldogs would finish with 36 kills as a team, Christina Davis finished second with 9. San Francisco had three players reach double figure kills with Teresa Russell leading all players with 14 kills. Brittanie Budinger added 11 followed by Theresa Hart at 10. USF collected 51 kills as a team with 19 coming in both games one and two.
In the final game USF raced out to a 16-7 advantage and held off two Gonzaga rallies that closed the score to within three points. USF finally put the contest away 30-19 with Russell hammering down three of the Lady Dons final five points. April Scoggin had 36 assists for USF while Emilee Gihring had 33 for Gonzaga.
Gonzaga had 12 digs from senior Heather Signor as she continues her chase of the Bulldogs single-season and career digs record. Signor now has 1,228 career digs and 364 on the season. She needs 72 more digs for the single-season record and 75 digs for the career record, both held by Linda Bushinski.
San Francisco had two players reach double figure kills with Caroline Skacel at 13 and Teresa Russell at 10. San Francisco next travels to Portland while Gonzaga will host Saint Mary's on Saturday night. The Gaels were 3-1 winners over Portland on Friday night.