Pepperdine 3, LMU 2
Katy Daly came up big for the Waves when it mattered most, as the fourth-ranked Pepperdine Waves broke the program's all-time win streak record after defeating No. 17 Loyola Marymount, 3-2, at Gersten Pavilion on Saturday night. With the fifth game tied at 10 all, Daly exploded at the net and pounded down three consecutive kills for Pepperdine as LMU became the ninth Top 25 victim to fall to the Waves this season.
The win gives Pepperdine its 18th consecutive victory as it improves to 20-2 overall and a perfect 10-0 in West Coast Conference play. Furthermore, the Waves won their 40th straight conference victory tonight.
Loyola Marymount drops to 22-5 overall and 7-3 in conference action.
Three Pepperdine players contributed double-digit attacks starting with a match-high performance from Katie Wilkins with 26 kills and two service aces. Daly followed with 17 kills and nine digs and Lyndsey' Hache turned in a team-high .333 hitting percentage, 15 kills, and eight digs.
Sophomore setter Melissa Mehlhorn accounted for the only double-double for the Waves, as she quarterbacked her team to 58 set assists and 19 digs. The WCC's leading defender, libero Christina Hinds, added a team-high 20 digs.
Game one found both teams in a head-to-head battle as they swapped points until Wilkins tied the game up at 9-9 after registering the first of two block solos for the game. From that point, Wilkins single-handedly scored five consecutive points that consisted of four kills and one block solo as Pepperdine took a 14-9 lead. The Lions held on tight, but the Waves were too much to handle and the orange and blue of Malibu slid past Loyola Marymount, 30-26.
In the second game, Pepperdine tallied early mental mistakes and could never gain control of the game as Loyola Marymount won 30-19. The Lions out-hit the Waves .433 to .056 and Pepperdine recorded 10 attack errors versus LMU's two total kill errors.
The Waves carried on a season tradition of coming out strong in the third game as they claimed an easy 30-19 victory and recorded their highest hitting percentage of the night (.295).
Loyola Marymount refused to give up in the fourth battle, and out-hit the Waves .357 to .154. The game was tied up 12 different times until the Lions went on a 3-0 run at 25-25 and slid past Matthies' ball club, 30-25.
The final game had every fan on their feet as the contest see-sawed back and forth and tied up seven times until Daly went on her tangent with the score, 10-10. Hache' scored the final Pepperdine point to make the score 14-11 and the Lions contributed a service error as the Waves slid past the host, 15-12.
Other outstanding offensive performances go to sophomore Breegan Mulligan who had eight kills and freshman Sophia Milo earned six attacks, respectively.
For the Lions, Kealani Kimball paced her team with 20 kills and 23 digs.
Saint Mary's 3, Gonzaga 0
Saint Mary's College volleyball held a 10.5-8 team block advantage over the host Gonzaga University Bulldogs as the Gaels shut down Gonzaga 3-0 in West Coast Conference volleyball action in Spokane. Saint Mary's improved to 19-10, 5-6 in the West Coast Conference after posting a 30-23, 30-24, and 30-18 victory over Gonzaga (3-24, 0-11 WCC). The win gives the Gaels the season sweep over the Bulldogs after Saint Mary's won earlier this season in Moraga, 3-0.
Saint Mary's was led by Mandy Bible with five blocks while three other players had four block assists. Gonzaga was led by Abby Cullen with five blocks, one of them a solo.
The Gaels also won the offensive battle as they had 57 kills compared to just 34 for Gonzaga. Kaui Salzman and Jill Parmele were the big attackers for the Gaels with Salzman leading all players with 21 kills after getting nine during the game one 30-23 victory. Parmele had 18 kills and Christina Kirk finished with 9.
Junior outside hitter Christina Davis was the Bulldogs top offensive attacker with 12 kills on 33 attack attempts. Abby Cullen was the only other Gonzaga player near double figures as she finished with seven kills on 21 attempts.
Gonzaga did win the digs battle with 39 digs compared to just 37 for Saint Mary's. Heather Signor had a team-high eight digs for Gonzaga while Lindsay Hardy led all players with nine digs for the Gaels.
Santa Clara 3, San Diego 1
In front of 410 fans at San Diego??s Jenny Craig Pavilion Saturday night the 14th ranked Broncos of Santa Clara defeated 18th ranked San Diego 3-1. Individual game scores went (23-30, 30-26, 30-25, 30-28). Santa Clara (17-8; 8- 2 WCC) responded from an early one-game deficit to sweep the season series against San Diego (17-7; 6-4 WCC).
USD junior attacker Devon Forster killed a match-high 29 and sophomore setter Lindsey Sherburne handed out 64 assists. Four Toreros reached double-figures in kills, with junior Kristen Hurst putting down 10 to go along with as many digs.
The Broncos received 23 kills from All-WCC attacker Becky Potter and solidified its position over the Toreros in the league standings. Sophomore Toni Muratore killed 18 and setter Kelli Souza handed out 57 assists.
San Francisco 3, Portland 1
USF completed a Pacific Northwest volleyball sweep by dispatching Portland 3-1 (30-18, 28-30, 30-17, 30-25) in West Coast Conference volleyball action Saturday in the Chiles Center. The Dons (21-6, 5-6 WCC) had to work for it against a determined Pilot (11-15, 1-10 WCC) playing at home on senior night.
With the victory, San Francisco reached their 21st win of the season and have now tied the WCC record for greatest victory turnaround, matching Pepperdine??s 15-match improvement in 1995. USF won just six matches last season.
Senior middle blockers Teresa Russell and Liz MacAusland dominated for San Francisco, combining for 36 kills with just five attack errors on 64 swings. For the second straight night, Russell led the way for the Dons, pounding a match-high 20 kills on .486 hitting and added 13 digs and three blocks (two solo), while MacAusland posted 16 kills on .483 hit.
Senior setter April Scoggin did an outstanding ball of distributing the ball to the hot-hitting middles and dished out 58 assists and added 10 digs. Senior outside hitter Brittanie Budinger added 16 kills and 11 digs. Freshman outside hitter Theresa Hart chipped in with 13 kills on .357 hitting and added nine digs on the night for the Dons.
USF??s offense hit on all cylinders, posting a .328 attack percentage for the match and held a 76-51 kills advantage against the Pilots, who hit at a .188 clip.
USF head coach Jeff Nelson was pleased with the way his team played.