The Waves, who continued their dominance of WCC opponents, won by scores of 30-18, 30-24, 30-15. Pepperdine improved to 18-6 overall and 10-0 in conference play. Loyola Marymount dropped to 14-9 on the season and 5-5 in conference action. The win was Pepperdine's eighth straight and 24th straight over WCC opponents dating back to the 2001 season. In 10 conference matches this year, the Waves have won 30 of 31 games, including 24 straight.
Rouwenhorst and junior middle blocker Lyndsey Hache' each had five block assists, while freshman outside hitter Breegan Mulligan totaled four service aces. Kristen Gallup led Loyola Marymount with nine kills.
Santa Clara 3, Gonzaga 0
The 11th-ranked Santa Clara University volleyball team was riding an emotional high into Saturday night's match with Gonzaga after watching a stirring pre-match ceremony honoring its three outgoing seniors Amy Grabill and twin co-captains Chrissy Hirsch and Cindy Hirsch. The highlight video put the Broncos in the right frame of mind as they cruised to a 3-0 sweep of the Bulldogs in front of 892 fans in the Leavey Center.
As a team the Broncos hit a season-best .434 which came on 59 kills with only 16 errors in 99 attempts. Potter's 15 kills was a match-high while Cassie Perret trailed closely behind with her 14 on the night. Becky Biniek posted eight kills while Lantz and Megan Johnston each chipped in seven.
Abby Cullen helped to keep the Bulldogs in the contest during the first two games of the match as the junior middle blocker finished with 14 kills on a 40 percent attacking night. Christina Davis and Natasha Kozen followed Cullen's attack effort with six kills each.
USF 3, Portland 0
USF hit .316 for the match, powered by a match-high 20 kills from junior outside hitter Brittanie Budinger to roll past Portland 32-30, 30-23, 30-23 in West Coast Conference volleyball action Saturday at War Memorial Gym. With the win, the Dons (6-21, 2-9 WCC) salvage a season split with the Pilots (14-12, 3-8 WCC).
Budinger was terrific once again for USF, hitting at a .421 clip and added nine digs. Junior middle blocker Liz MacAusland pounded 11 kills on .524 hitting and added six blocks. Sophomore outside hitter Ashley Bello added 10 kills, while freshman outside hitter Jackie Cowen added nine kills to go along with five blocks for the Dons, who held a commanding 12.5-4.0 blocking advantage in the contest. Freshman setter Kristina Bognar played a key role as San Francisco set a season-best in attack percentage. Bognar dished out 39 assists and registered 11 digs for the Lady Dons.
Portland??s Sara Vercruyssen recorded 15 kills for a .286 hitting percentage and six digs. Lauren Karpstein totaled nine kills and senior Anna Abatzoglou tallied seven kills and an impressive .417 hitting percentage. Setter Sheena Surplus posted 40 assists and 10 digs. Carlie Price added 13 digs in the effort.
San Diego 3, Saint Mary's 1
The Saint Mary's women's volleyball team fell to San Diego, 3-1. Individual game scores were 30-23, 20-30, 28-30, and 23-30. With the loss the Gaels fell to 6-17 overall and 3-7 in the WCC. The Toreros improved to 22-6 overall and 7-3 in WCC play.
Leading the Toreros were Noel Frohman and Devon Forester. Frohman posted 24 kills and 15 digs, while Forester tallied 23 kills and 19 digs. Lindsey Sherburne chalked-up a match-high 60 assists and 15 digs.
Leading the way for the Gaels was Lindsey Bogason who tied her career-high of 20 kills for the third time this season. Jill Parmele had a stellar night, posting a double-double with 15 kills and 15 digs. Setter Brooke Lowry finished with 57 assists and eight digs.