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Nov 14-USF volleyball stunned #21 San Diego taking a 3-2 (30-24, 26-30, 28-30, 30-26, 15-10) West Coast Conference victory Friday in front of a record crowd of 1,675 at War Memorial Gym

Santa Clara 3, Saint Mary 2
The 13th-ranked Santa Clara University women's volleyball team rallied from a 2-1 deficit behind Becky Potter's 23 kills, 21 digs and 14 blocks for a 3-2 victory at Saint Mary's Friday night in Moraga, Calif. With the win the Broncos improve to 18-8 overall and 9-2 in West Coast Conference play while dropping the Gaels to 19-11 overall, 5-7 in league action.

Potter's triple-double was the second of her career, both of which have come this season. Prior to the 2003 campaign there had only been five triple-doubles in program history. She is only the fourth player in Bronco volleyball history to record such a feat.

11 of Potter's 14 blocks were assisted, tying the program record for most block assists in a match, a record that was set earlier this season by Becky Biniek. Her 14 total blocks also tied a program record, matching the mark set by Katie Hunsaker in 1988. Potter's 32.5 points on the night were a match-high by eight points.

Toni Muratore played through nagging injuries and posted 17 kills on the evening while Becky Biniek rounded out the Broncos in double-digit kills with her 11. Kim McGiven provided a much needed spark off the bench, notching eight kills and a .300 hitting percentage in only four games.

Kelli Sousa whose 68 assists were a match-high directed the offense very effectively on the evening. She also chipped in with nine digs and five block assists. Kristen Luxton paced the Bronco defense with her career-high 25 digs while Lexie Bothman added 17 and Alyssa Lantz chipped in with 15.

Jill Parmele led the Saint Mary's offense with her 21 kills while Kaui Salzman posted 14. However, Salzman also had a match-high 17 errors for a -.042 hitting percentage in the match. Mandy Bible notched 65 assists in the match while Stacey O'Connor posted a match-high with her 14 block assists.

San Francisco 3, San Diego 2
USF volleyball stunned #21 San Diego taking a 3-2 (30-24, 26-30, 28-30, 30-26, 15-10) West Coast Conference victory Friday in front of a record crowd of 1,675 at War Memorial Gym. With the win, the Dons (22-6, 6-6 WCC) beat the Toreros (17-9, 6-5 WCC) for the first time since 1995 and hands USD their third straight loss.

Trailing two games to one with the match and a possible NCAA berth hanging in the balance for San Francisco, senior middle blocker Teresa Russell simply took over, slamming six kills with a pair of blocks down the stretch in game four and added three kills and two more blocks in the final game. Russell served the last four points of the game-five victory as USF collected their second win this season against a top-25 opponent.

Russell?s stat line was truly impressive. A match-high 22 kills on .360 hitting to go along with 12 digs and 10 blocks for the second triple-double of her career and the first for San Francisco this season. Russell tallied 13 kills, 10 digs and 10 blocks in a win against UC Riverside Sept. 22, 2000.

Senior outside hitter Brittanie Budinger 20 kills and added 11 digs on the night and her final kill tied the school career kills record with 1,468 as she ties USF Hall-of-Famer Melanie Kaiser (1988-91). It was a big night for senior setter April Scoggin, who dished out 65 assists to go along with five kills as the USF offense hit at a .254 clip for the contest. With her seventh kill of the night, Scoggin passesd Sarah McCandless (1992-95) for second place on the career assists ledger and with her 14th dish of the night made her the most prolific setter in USF single-season history with 1,310, shattering the old mark of 1258 held by Denise MacDougal (1991).

Four Dons turned in double-doubles, paced by Russell?s rare triple and Budinger. Senior outside hitter Caroline Skacel recorded 12 kills on .333 hitting and added a team-high 18 kills for USF. Senior middle blocker Liz MacAusland added 10 kills on .529 hitting to go along with 10 digs.

San Diego got 22 kills and 12 digs from junior outside hitter Devon Forster and 17 kills and 14 digs from junior right side Kristen Hurst. Sophomore libero Jackie Bernardin chipped in a match-high 24 digs for the Toreros.

Pepperdine 3, Portland 0
With an over .500 hitting percentage effort from both Katie Wilkins and Sophia Milo,the No. 4-ranked women's volleyball team eased past Portland, 3-0 (30-13, 30-15, 30-15) at Firestone Fieldhouse on Friday night. Senior Lyndsey Hache' added eight kills (.438 percent) to combine with Wilkins and Milo for 38 of 47 total Waves' kills.

With the win, Pepperdine improves to 21-2 overall and a perfect 11-0 in West Coast Conference play. Meanwhile, Portland falls to 11-16 and 1-11 in conference action.

Wilkins accounted for zero errors on 17 attacks for a .607 attack percentage, three service aces, four digs, and three blocks. Milo hit .526 thanks to 13 kills off of 19 attacks, while Hache' registered a match-high five blocks and two service aces. Setter Melissa Mehlhorn tallied the only double-double on the night with 31 sets and 15 digs.

Pepperdine out-hit the Pilots .386 to .075 percent including .474 in the first game. The Waves offense was too much to handle for Portland as Pepperdine out-block the opponent 8.5 to 0.0.

Loyola Marymount 3, Gonzaga 0
No. 17 Loyola Marymount (23-5, 8-3 WCC) defeated Gonzaga (3-25, 0-12 WCC) Friday evening in three short games to equal the Lions' program-best home record of 13-1 set in 1996 in Gersten Pavilion. Senior Kealani Kimball led LMU with 14 kills, 12 digs, and four blocks.

The Lions went on a 4-0 run during game one, which featured a Kimball kill, a block by Tiana Newsome and Krista Houseman, and a Newsome kill to give LMU the 20-10 lead. Kimball posted eight kills in the first game alone, as the Lions hit .429 as a team. LMU wrapped up game one at 30-18 on a kill by Houseman, who saw her first career start this evening. The Lions held Gonzaga to a .027 hitting percentage, while out-blocking the Zags 4.0 - 1.0.

LMU's intensity carried into game two, as the Lions earned a 13-5 advantage after scoring seven unanswered points. During that run, junior Kelli Nerison posted three of her ten kills. Out-hitting the Zags once again, LMU reached game point on a kill by Kimball. Setter Nicole Oehlman threw down a kill of her own for the 30-14 game two victory.

Getting their best game start and longest run of the match, the Lions posted eight straight points to start game three. Finishing the match in the same fashion, the Lions used two Kimball kills and a block by Kimball and Nerison to win the final five points and game three 30-11. Nerison finished the match hitting .769, a career-high for the middle blocker who already ranks 19th in the nation in hitting percentage. Oehlman recorded 38 assists and nine digs in the one hour and 19 minute match, leading her squad to a .367 hitting percentage.

The victory secured the Lions 22nd consecutive victory over the Bulldogs and gave LMU its best win mark since going 26-3 in the 1996 season. The Lions home record of 13-1 equals the program-best also set in 1996 in Gersten Pavilion.