Wilkins added three service aces, 10 digs and six total blocks as Pepperdine won its 11th consecutive match and improved to 20-6 overall and remained perfect in WCC play with an 11-0 mark.
Junior middle blocker Becky Potter pounded down a match-high total of 27 kills to pace Santa Clara. The Broncos fall to 22-4 overall and are 10-2 in league play with both losses to Pepperdine.
Senior middle blocker Stacy Rouwenhorst notched 19 kills and seven total blocks for Pepperdine. Rouwenhorst committed only two errors in 28 total attempts and hit an impressive .607. Junior middle blocker Lyndsey Hache' added 17 kills for Pepperdine, while sophomore outside hitter Brie Harris chipped in 14 kills.
Santa Clara junior middle blocker Becky Bienik accumulated 19 kills to go along with six blocks and a solid .533 hitting percentage. Freshman outside hitter Alyssa Lantz added 17 kills for the Broncos.
Pepperdine notched a team hitting percentage of .301 and held Santa Clara to a .240 team attack mark. The Waves outblocked the Broncos by a 13-10 margin.
The match was characterized by several outstanding rallies. Senior Chrissy Hirsch totaled a match-high total of 20 digs for Santa Clara, while rookies Katy Daly and Breegan Mulligan both totaled 15 digs for Pepperdine.
Senior setter Paola Rodriguez was credited with 54 assists, and had tremendous success on quick sets in the middle to Rouwenhorst.
Pepperdine completes its weekend homestand tomorrow night with a 7 p.m. league match against San Francisco.
San Diego 3, Gonzaga 0
The #25 San Diego Toreros (23-6, 8-3 WCC) won their 17th straight contest over the host Gonzaga Bulldogs (4-22, 2-10 WCC) during West Coast Conference volleyball action on Friday night at Martin Centre. The Toreros swept the contest 30-17, 32-30 and 30-24.
Devon Forster finished with 13 kills and Debra Robertson added 10 to round out San Diego's trio of players with double-digit kills. Brynne Young led all players with 10 digs.
Gonzaga was paced by Abby Cullen who finished with 13 kills on 31 attack attempts. Cullen also led Gonzaga's effort at the net with five blocks, two of them solo. Christina Davis finished with nine kills. The Bulldogs will play their final home contest of the season tomorrow night against Saint Mary's College at 7 p.m.
Saint Mary's 3, Portland 2
The University of Portland women's volleyball team battled back with the Saint Mary??s Gaels, but couldn??t pull out the win and dropped a 3-2 (21-30, 25-30, 30-27, 30-28, 6-15) decision on Fri., Nov. 15 at the Chiles Center. Portland falls to 14-13 overall, 3-9 in the WCC. The Gaels improve to 7-17 on the season and 4-7 in WCC play.
Portland??s Lauren Karpstein recorded 16 kills and 14 digs. Sara Vercruyssen added 10 kills for a .242 hitting percentage, while Carlie Price and Ali Boaz combined for 30 digs. Sheena Surplus dished out 43 assists and tallied 15 digs on the night. As a team, Portland posted a .128 hitting percentage and added 8.0 total team blocks.
Rachel Avilla led the Gaels with 16 kills. Jill Parmele and Lindsey Bogason each totaled 14 kills. Parmele also had 10 digs and teammate Kaui Salzman added 19 digs. Brooke Lowry posted 50 assists and 12 digs in the match. Saint Mary??s tallied a .198 hitting percentage and 14.0 total team blocks.
Portland will host San Diego on Sat., Sept. 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the Chiles Center in Portland, OR.
LMU 3, USF 1
After dropping the first game, LMU picked up its 400th victory in program history with a 25-30, 30-26, 30-20, 30-21 defeat of San Francisco. The Lions upped their record to 15-9 on the season, 6-5 in the West Coast Conference, while the Lady Dons dropped to 6-22, 2-10 in the league.
Senior Kristen Gallup led the Lions with a match-high 19 kills on 51 attacks, while Kealani Kimball (13), Tiana Newsome (12), and Jody Carlson (11) also reached double-digit kill totals. Freshman Courtney Chai had a season-best 51 assists, whil Gallup also pace LMU with 13 digs. Carlson hit a team-high .500, committing just one error on 20 swings.
For the Lady Dons, Kristina Bognar had 11 of her team-high 35 assists in game one, as Brittanie Budinger hammered three of her 16 kills. Liz MacAusland added 10 kills in the match to aid the USF cause. Caroline Skacel led the Lady Dons with 12 digs, while Bognar added 11.