The LMU Lions jumped to a quick 8-0 lead in game one. The eight unanswered points featured two kills by senior Kealani Kimball, a block by senior Tiana Newsome, and an ace by junior Nicole Oehlman. Holding on to a ten point advantage for most of game one, Newsome tallied two kills in the final three points to secure the 30-17 victory. The Lions held Portland to a -.038 hitting percentage in the first game, while out-blocking the Pilots 6.0 to 1.0.
Kimball kept the Lions strong through the second game, breaking a 5-5 tie with three consecutive kills. Posting eight kills in the second game, Kimball led the Lions to a .380 hitting percentage. Portland hit for .132 in the game, its best team hitting efficiency of the match, but was unable to match the offensive power of LMU?s frontline. Newsome earned game point for the Lions on sixth kill of the night, and LMU took game two by the same score of 30-17 on a kill by Kelli Nerison.
Nerison gave the Lions an early five point lead in the third game, posting three consecutive kills at 8-3. She extended that lead to 15 on back-to-back solo blocks to bring the score to 25-10. Sophomore Tiffiny Self, who had recorded two straight aces earlier in the game, served her third ace of the game to put the Lions up 26-10. A Kimball kill gave the Lions match point, but Portland hung on for four points, thanks to kills by senior Heather Denison. Despite Denison's 12 kills on the evening, LMU took game three and the match. The Lions hit a match-high .400 in the final game, holding the Pilots to a .098 hitting percentage for the game.
The Lions improved their team hitting percentage each game and held Portland to just a ..053 hitting percentage for the match, a season-low for the Pilots. LMU ended the match out-blocking Portland 11.0 to 3.0.
Denison ended the match with 12 kills and seven digs. Three other Pilot players added five kills each (Monique Kettler, Sheena Surplus and Murphy McClenahan). Ali Boaz racked up 19 digs, while Surplus dished out 21 assists.
Kimball led all players with 17 kills and a .333 hitting percentage, along with 14 digs. Kelli Nerison added 12 kills, while Nicole Oehlman posted 38 assists and 12 digs.
Pepperdine 3, Gonzaga 0
Katie Wilkins, Lyndsey Hache' and Mia Arnborg went out in style in their final home conference match, as they guided fourth-ranked Pepperdine to a 3-0 sweep against Gonzaga on Saturday night at Firestone Fieldhouse. With the win, Pepperdine guarantees itself at least a share of the 2003 West Coast Conference title.
On the offensive front, four players registered double-digit kills. Wilkins paced both teams with 15 kills and a respectable .433 hitting percentage, while Hache' hit .444 on 10 kills, and Breegan Mulligan tallied 10 kills on 16 attempts for a spectacular .562 hitting percentage. Sophomore Katy Daly rounded-out the double-figure foursome with 11 kills and eight digs.
Wilkins was the only player on both squads to turn in a double-double performance after she recorded 11 digs with her 15 kills.
Pepperdine improves to 22-2 overall and a perfect 12-0 in conference action. Tonights win marks the 20th straight victory for the Waves and 42nd consecutive WCC win. Meanwhile, Gonzaga drops to 3-26 overall and 0-13 conference play.
For the match, Pepperdine out-hit the Bulldogs, .407 to .056 and out-blocked the opponent 11.0 to 4.0. Freshman Sophia Milo paced all players on both teams with eight blocks on the night.
Libero Christina Hinds paced both squads with 12 digs on the night, setter Melissa Mehlhorn scooped up nine digs, and Hache' and Mulligan added seven digs a piece, respectively.
For Gonzaga, Christina Davis paced her team with 12 kills and Heather Signor accounted for 10 digs.
Santa Clara 3, San Francisco 0
The 13th-ranked Santa Clara University women's volleyball team swept the University of San Francisco for the second time this season, handing the Dons losses by scores of 30-25, 30-23 and 30-19 Saturday night at War Memorial Gym. The win moves the Broncos' record to 19-8 overall and 10-2 in West Coast Conference play while dropping USF to 22-7 overall and 6-7 in league action.
With the win the Broncos increase their winning streak over San Francisco to 29 straight and upping their overall record against the Dons to 48-4. The last time that San Francisco defeated Santa Clara was on November 9, 1989 on the SCU campus.
All-American Becky Potter and fellow senior Kelli Sousa were stellar as usual for the Broncos but it was Toni Muratore who turned in her best performance of the season. She tallied 19 kills with only four errors for a .484 hitting percentage on the night.
Potter notched 21 kills while hitting at a .500 clip with 13 digs and six total blocks while Sousa registered 56 assists and 10 digs on the night. Her setting led the Broncos to a .355 hitting percentage on the night while the SCU defense limited the Dons to a .133 percentage, forcing 25 errors on 128 attacks.
Libero Kristen Luxton had another good night defensively, registering 10 digs one night after setting a career-high with 25 in the Broncos' 3-2 win at Saint Mary's.
Brittanie Budinger led the way for San Francisco with her 17 kills while Caroline Skacel was the only USF player in double-digit digs with 10.
The Broncos out-dug the Dons by 13 and registered eight more total team blocks on the night.
Saint Mary's 3, San Diego 2
The Saint Mary?s women?s volleyball team defeated WCC foe and No. 22-ranked San Diego on Saturday night by the final score of 3-2. Game scores of the Gaels big victory over the Toreros were 30-21, 17-30, 30-28, 26-30, and 15-12. With the win Saint Mary?s improved to 20-11 on the season and 6-7 in WCC play while the Toreros fell to 17-10 overall and 6-6 in WCC action.
In game one the Gael showed no signs from last nights five game set by finishing game one with a .432 hitting percentage behind 20 kills. The Gaels were able to stuff the Toreros in the first frame by limiting them to a .136 hitting percentage and forcing 8 hitting errors. With the Gaels up 1-0 on the match, the Toreros stormed back to take game two behind a team hitting percentage of .324. The Gaels aided San Diego by finishing game two with a .031 hitting percentage.
With the match squared at a game apiece, the Gael exhibited tremendous poise under pressure by taking game three by a close score of 30-28. The turning point in game three came with the score tied at 17 after Saint Mary?s outside hitter Kaui Salzman served a total of seven times. Over that span, Salzman recorded three crucial aces. Compounded with Salzman?s play the Gaels were able to win the game despite posting a .083 hitting percentage to that of San Diego?s .188. In game four, the San Diego again evened the match by taking the game 30-26. The Toreros were aided by SMC?s -.024 hitting percentage in game four after the Gaels posted nine hitting errors.
In the final and decisive game, the Gaels were prepared for No. 22-ranked San Diego. Saint Mary?s started the fifth game with a quick 5-1 lead that they would never relinquish behind Cassandra Kolkka and Salzman?s serving. In a brilliant fifth game that included numerous long rallies and diving saves, the Gaels eventually put away the Toreros by the final score of 15-12 to win the match.
Offensively, the Gaels were led by senior Jill Parmele and sophomore Kaui Salzman. Parmele, an outside hitter, recorded 14 kills en route to another double-double. On the evening the Acampo, CA native also posted 14 digs, seven block assists, one ace and one assist. Also coming up big for Saint Mary?s offensively was Salzman. The outside hitter finished with a double-double in kills and digs by recording a team-high 15 kills and 13 digs. Also providing outstanding offensive contributions was freshman Mandy Bible. The setter also finished the match with a total of 47 assists.
Defensively, the Gaels were anchored by Lindsay Hardy, Stacey O?Connor, and Christina Kirk. Hardy, the team?s libero recorded a match-high 18 digs against the Toreros. O?Connor also played an integral role in the Gaels upset victory by posting 13 kills and six block assists. The junior also finished with four digs and three aces on the match. Wrapping up the Gaels contributors was Kirk. The middle blocker recorded a double-double against San Diego by finishing with a total of 10 kills and 12 block assists on the match.