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Portland, Santa Clara, Pepperdine, and USD all end their conference season's with a win

Portland 3, Gonzaga 1
The University of Portland women's volleyball team ended their WCC schedule with a 3-1 (30-20, 19-30, 31-29, 35-33) win over Gonzaga on Fri., Nov. 22 at the Chiles Center. Portland improves to 15-14 overall, 4-10 in the WCC. The Zags drop to 4-24 on the season and 2-12 in WCC play.

Portland??s Heather Denison led all players with 17 kills. Denison hit .293 on the night and added eight digs. Lauren Karpstein tallied 13 kills and 10 digs, while Anna Abatzoglou recorded eight kills. Monique Kettler and Sara Vercruyssen each notched seven kills in the effort. Senior libero Carlie Price racked up 24 digs and Vercruyssen chipped in 11 digs. Sheena Surplus dished out 43 assists and totaled six kills for a .462 hitting percentage. As a team, Portland posted a .202 hitting percentage on the night and outblocked the Zags 9.0 to 7.0.

Christina Davis and Abby Cullen each tallied 16 kills for Gonzaga. Natasha Kozen had 14 kills and 12 digs, while Heather Signor added 17 digs. Missy Perry posted 50 assists and 14 digs on the night. The Zags hit for .199 as a team in the match.

Santa Clara 3, USF 1
The 11th-ranked Santa Clara University women's volleyball team dropped its first game but rallied to win the next three, defeating Bay Area rival San Francisco by a 3-1 score to conclude the 2002 West Coast Conference season in second place.

The Broncos put the finishing touches on their 24th win of the season with a 30-24 win in game four. The Broncos out-hit the Dons by a .264 to .093 margin, forcing USF to make nine errors in 54 attempts.

Alyssa Lantz posted career-highs in both kills and digs with her 21 and 13 on the night while Vick also posted a career high in kills with her 12. Becky Biniek and Megan Johnston each posted 13 kills in the match with Johnston also notching a team-high 18 digs. Sousa ended the night with 64 assists to go along with 11 digs.

Brittanie Budinger ended the match with a match-high 23 kills, but her 11 errors pushed her hitting percentage to a meager .179 on the night. Ashley Bello was the only other Don in double-figures for kills with her 12. Kristina Bognar guided the offense with her 53 assists while Francessca Pomilia posted a match-high 20 digs to lead their defense.

Pepperdine 3, Saint Mary's 0
The Saint Mary's women's volleyball team fell to #8 Pepperdine, 3-0. Individual game scores were 30-23, 31-29, and 30-18. The Gaels finished the season 9-18 overall and 6-8 in West Coast Conference action. Pepperdine captured the WCC championship, going an undefeated 14-0 in the WCC and posting a 23-6 overall record.

Seniors Brooke Lowry, Rachel Avilla and Meg Hauser played for the final time as Saint Mary's Gaels. All three seniors left everything they had on the floor in their final night, leading their team by example and playing with heart and courage. Lowry played the majority of the match with an eye that was swelling shut, due to a hard hit Pepperdine attack. Despite the injury, the senior setter battled on, posting 35 assists and six digs in her final appearance as a Gael. Rachel Avilla swung her heart out, posting a double-double with 11 kills and 11 digs, while senior Meg Hauser was all over the floor in her final appearance, posting 10 digs. Lindsey Bogason posted a team-high 13 kills and Kaui Salzman tallied a team-best 12 digs. Stacey O'Connor chalked-up seven block assists.

The Waves were led by Lyndsey Hache', who posted 14 kills with an incredible .650 hitting percentage. Katie Wilkins tallied 11 kills and nine digs, while Paola Rodriguez dished out 38 assists and 11 digs. Christina Hinds posted a match-high 16 digs.

USD 3, LMU 0
Behind 16 kills from senior Debra Robertson and a combined 23 from senior Noel Frohman and sophomore Devon Forster, 23rd ranked San Diego swept visiting Loyola Marymount 3-0 on Saturday night. With the victory USD wraps up the regular season with a record of 25-7 overall and 10-4 in the WCC.

Individual game scores were (30-28, 30-23, 30-15). Loyola Marymount (15-12, 6-8 WCC) played the Toreros very close in game one. The Lions received a team-high 13 kills from Michelle Look and senior Kristen Gallup added 12. But the Toreros ran away with game three 30-15 and won the match in dominating fashion on senior night in the Jenny Craig Pavilion.