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WCC Volleyball Recaps - 8/26

Aug. 26, 2006

LMU - 3
Northeastern - 0

Arizona State - 3
LMU - 0

Tempe, Ariz. - An early morning sweep (30-25, 30-21, 30-12) of Northeastern left Loyola Marymount volleyball playing host Arizona State Saturday night for the title at the Hilton Phoenix/East Mesa Sun Devil Volleyball Classic. Despite the play of all-tournament selections Emily Day and Heather Hughes, the Lions fell to the Sun Devils 3-0 (30-26, 30-27, 30-25).

The Lions finished the opening weekend 2-1, posting wins over Utah Valley State and Northeastern. Arizona State finished 3-0.

One of two Lions selected to the all-tournament team, Day notched statistical double-doubles in each of the three matches. Saturday, she had 12 kills and 11 digs in the sweep of Northeastern, and 12 kills and 24 digs against Arizona State.

Hughes joined Day on the all-tournament team after capping off the weekend with 19 kills and 25 digs against Arizona State.

The Lions tallied 118 digs in the three-game match against the Sun Devils, with five LMU players in the double-digits. Despite the strong defensive effort, the Lions could not overcome their .123 team hitting percentage.

Junior Christianna Reneau's 15 kills and .556 hitting percentage led the Lions to the win over Northeastern. In that match, the Lions hit .654 as a team in the third game to close out the sweep. LMU held Northeastern to just a .081 team hitting percentage.

Three different Lions led LMU in kills over the three matches.

LMU will return to Los Angeles to open its home season next weekend with the LMU/USC Hilton LAX Invitational. The Lions will first face 11th-ranked Tennessee Friday night at 7:00 p.m. in Gersten Pavilion.

Saint Mary's - 3
North Florida - 0

Troy, AL - The Saint Mary's women's volleyball beat North Florida 3-0 on Saturday morning and in the process won the Troy Tournament with a 3-0 record. Saint Mary's beat Troy and Florida A&M on Friday.

The Gaels beat the Ospreys by scores of 30-28, 30-22, 30-26. Saint Mary's once again had a balanced offensive attack as setter Mandy Bible ran the offense and had 21 assists, four digs and four blocks.

Missie Stidham, Brittany Barker and Taylor Groess each had six kills in the match and Megan Burton and Lauren Jaeckel each had five kills.

Defensively, Nikki Gonzalez had 13 digs, Stidham added nine and Lyndsey Parker had five digs. As a team the Gaels totaled 10 blocks.

Saint Mary's returns to action on Friday, September 1 when it travels to Lincoln, NE to take on the No. 1 ranked Huskers in the Nebraska tournament.

San Diego - 3
Cal State Northridge - 0

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Christie Dawson, Laurel Abrahamson and Kristen Carlson all recorded double digit kills as the 20th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team (2-0) continued to roll in the San Diego State Tournament as they swept Cal State Northridge (1-1), 3-0 (30-23, 30-23, 30-22) Saturday afternoon at Peterson Gym.

For the second consecutive match, Dawson led all players with a match-high 18 kills on 32 attempts for a hitting percentage of .469. Abrahamson also had another solid day for the Toreros as she tallied 12 kills on 19 attempts for a hitting percentage of .579. Carlson was the third Torero to record double digit kills as she registered 10 kills on 24 attempts. Jessica Nyrop, playing in her first match of the season, recorded a match-best 35 assists and Kayleen Webster had a match-high 13 digs. As a team USD recorded 49 kills and had an attack percentage of .378.

Cal State Northridge recorded 36 team kills with an attack percentage of .194. Harmony Burdine was the team leader in kills with nine and Angela Hupp led the team in assists with 17.

San Diego - 3
San Diego State - 1

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Christie Dawson's 21 kills and Kristen Carlson's double-double helped lead the 20th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team to their seventh consecutive win over their cross-town rival San Diego State University, 3-1 (27-30, 30-21, 30-25, 30-21), in the final match of the San Diego State Tournament Saturday evening at the Peterson Gym.

With the win the Toreros remain undefeated on the season moving to 3-0 and claim the tournament championship. With the loss the Aztecs fall to 1-2.

Carlson recorded her first double-double of the season with 16 kills and 12 digs. Dawson had a match-high 21 kills on 43 attempts for an attack percentage of .395. Jessica Nyrop also had a double-double as she recorded a match-best 50 assists and 12 digs.

For the Aztecs, Audra Dent led the way with her team-high 15 kills, Lindsay Mahan had 10 kills, Melanie Greene had 11 kills and Stephanie Darnall had 14 kills.

The Toreros will return to action on Tuesday as they travel to Lincoln, Neb. for a 4 p.m. match with the top-ranked Cornhuskers of the University of Nebraska. SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Christie Dawson's 21 kills and Kristen Carlson's double-double helped lead the 20th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team to their seventh consecutive win over their cross-town rival San Diego State University, 3-1 (27-30, 30-21, 30-25, 30-21), in the final match of the San Diego State Tournament Saturday evening at the Peterson Gym.

With the win the Toreros remain undefeated on the season moving to 3-0 and claim the tournament championship. With the loss the Aztecs fall to 1-2.

Carlson recorded her first double-double of the season with 16 kills and 12 digs. Dawson had a match-high 21 kills on 43 attempts for an attack percentage of .395. Jessica Nyrop also had a double-double as she recorded a match-best 50 assists and 12 digs.

For the Aztecs, Audra Dent led the way with her team-high 15 kills, Lindsay Mahan had 10 kills, Melanie Greene had 11 kills and Stephanie Darnall had 14 kills.

The Toreros will return to action on Tuesday as they travel to Lincoln, Neb. for a 4 p.m. match with the top-ranked Cornhuskers of the University of Nebraska.

San Francisco - 3
Siena - 0

Tucson - San Francisco improved to 2-0 on the young season after a convincing 30-27, 30-19, 30-18 sweep of Siena Saturday in the second day of the Four Points Sheraton Arizona Invitational at the McKale Center. The Dons (2-0) got production throughout the lineup against the Saints (0-2).

Junior outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg led the way offensively for the Dons with 11 kills and set a career-high with six service aces. Freshman outside hitter Anna Berger chipped in eight kills, while sophomore middle Alix Gombos added seven kills on .636 hitting to go along with three blocks.

Sophomore setter Darcy Carroll dished out 27 assists and added nine digs and four kills as the Dons hit for a .196 clip for the match, including a .333 clip in game three. Freshman libero Haley Carroll turned in a match-high 14 digs, while sophomore middle blocker Carly Babin turned in a career-high with four blocks (one solo).

San Francisco opened up a comfortable 9-3 lead in game one and extended it to 20-12 before Siena went on an 8-1 run to close to 21-19. The Dons regained control and closed the Saints out on a pair of kills from Hasselberg and one from Kearney on game point.

USF got off to a slow start in the second game, trailing 11-10, but then seized control going on an impressive 20-8 run to close out the Saints.

After building a 10-9 lead in the third set, the Dons jumped out to an 11-3 run, cruising to the win. Berger led the way with five kills, while Hasselberg added four kills and an ace in the decisive game.

NOTES: With the win, USF improves to 18-2 against teams east of the Mississippi since the start of the 2000 campaign... Hasselberg moves into sole possession of 13th place on the USF career kills chart with 749, passing Megan Morse (1991-94) who tallied 741.

Arizona - 3
San Francisco - 1

Tucson - USF volleyball battled mightily, but fell 3-1 (32-30, 30-25, 24-30, 30-25) at No. 18 Arizona in the Four Points Sheraton Arizona Invitational Saturday night at the McKale Center. The Dons (2-1) got monster nights from its outside hitters and middle blockers, but the Wildcats (3-0), who made it to the Elite Eight last season would not be denied.

Freshman outside hitter Anna Berger capped her first week in the Green and Gold with her first career double with 17 kills, 16 digs, three aces and a pair of blocks and collected all-tournament honors. Sophomore middle blocker Alix Gombos also earned all-tournament selection with a career-high 12 kills on .474 hitting and added four blocks.

Junior outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg recorded 17 kills to go along with nine digs en route to all-tournament honors. Sophomore setter Darcy Carroll dished out 33 assists to go along with 10 digs, while freshman libero Haley Carroll tallied a team-high 17 digs.

USF held a .219-.200 hitting advantage and both teams recorded 41 kills. Both teams struggled in the service game, with the two teams combining for 30 and the Dons suffered six in game one.

San Francisco jumped out to an early lead in game one as Darcy Carroll served the first seven points of the match staking the Dons to a 9-1 lead. USF extended it to 10-3 before Arizona reeled off nine unanswered points, going on a 12-3 run to take a 14-11 advantage. The Dons fought back, taking a 25-21 lead on a block by Darcy Carroll and Babin. The Wildcats responded and seized the first frame behind back-to-back kills from tournament MVP Brooke Buringrud.

Arizona jumped out to an early lead 12-5 lead in game two and opened it up to a 20-12 advantage. The Dons roared back with a 12-7 run to close to within three at 27-24, but once again Buringrud closed out the set with a kill and an ace.

After the intermission, San Francisco emerged and took control early in game three and never trailed. Berger led the way for the Dons with seven kills and a pair of aces in the frame. The Dons hit at a .257 clip and tallied six blocks and four aces.

San Francisco battled mightily in game four, but could not get over the top. USF led briefly at 9-8, but the Wildcats pulled away on a 7-2 run to lead 16-12. The Dons would tie at 20-20 on a kill by Hasselberg but could not seize the lead.

USF returns to action when it hosts the 2006 Powerade/Asics Classic beginning Friday night at War Memorial Gym. The Dons take on San Jose State at 7:00 PM in the three team, three match field. UC Santa Barbara takes on the Spartans Saturday at 4:00 PM, while USF hosts the Gauchos in the finale Sunday with a first serve set for 2:00 PM.

Santa Clara - 3
Kansas State - 0

FRESNO, Calif. - Veteran composure and experience played a big role Saturday evening for the No. 6 Santa Clara volleyball team as they defeated their first ranked opponent of the young 2006 season, sweeping No. 25 Kansas State 3-0 (30-23, 32-30, 30-23) on the second day of the Fresno State Invitational. Kim McGiven and Anna Cmaylo had 20 kills apiece as the Broncos overcame a game-point disadvantage in the second frame on their way to the victory.

Sunday afternoon the Broncos will take on host Fresno State in a 1 p.m. contest. With a victory, Santa Clara would capture the Fresno State Invitational title. Fans can follow tomorrow's action live on Gametracker.

"I thought Kansas State served really tough and got us out of our rhythm a bit today," said head coach Jon Wallace. "We took a little bit of time to react to that, but then we did and smoothed things out and were able to get the win."

Cmaylo's 20 kills matched her career-high as she also hit an eye-popping .643 for the match. As a team, the Broncos hit well for the second day in a row, notching a collective percentage of .318 behind the superb setting of Crystal Matich, who recorded 48 assists Saturday.

"I felt really confident in Crystal's setting," Cmaylo said afterwards. "When the passes are good and Crystal is money on her sets, I feel like I can hit anywhere I want."

"Anna was close to automatic tonight, she took big swings the entire match and they were undiggable," Wallace said of his All-America middle blocker. "She had a dominant performance tonight."

Annalisa Muratore had six kills to go with five blocks while freshman Lauryn Dowd made 10 digs on the day.

The six returning starters also provided a calm mentality in adverse situations throughout the match as well. Santa Clara fell behind 4-8 early in game one, yet following a timeout, SCU got a pair of kills by Brittany Lowe, who finished the match with eight to go along with 12 digs, and one from Muratore in addition to benefiting from Wildcat errors to even things out at 14-apiece.

A combined block by Cmaylo and Matich on the next Kansas State attempt gave the Broncos a 15-14 advantage, one that they would not relinquish the rest of the game. Three straight kills from McGiven late in the game gave SCU a 25-20 lead as the team outscored the Wildcats 8-3 to close out game one.

The second game looked to be going Kansas State's way as they jumped out to a quick 13-7 lead. But the Broncos, behind their cagey veterans, battled back to once again tie things at 14-14, sparked by five kills from McGiven.

From there the teams were never separated by more than two points on the scoreboard, yet astonishingly enough, Santa Clara never held the lead at any point until just before the final four points. Down 23-25, SCU scored twice off of Wildcat errors to knot things up, but the Wildcats kept regaining the advantage up until their first game point at 29-28. Cmaylo's kill on the ensuing point staved off that threat and she and Matich then joined up to block another Wildcat attack to give Santa Clara its first lead of the game since the game's first point. Following a Bronco service error, another Cmaylo kill and a block by Muratore and Matich carried SCU to the 32-30 win heading into the break.

"I definitely think that focus and confidence came into play today, especially in the second game," Cmaylo said of Santa Clara's game two comeback. "When we got to that point, we were confident in ourselves and I really feel like our team is working so well together right now."

Added Wallace: "I believe that in that moment, our girls knew how to perform. We got a nice sideout play, and on the following serve we were able to get the tying point."

The Broncos looked to have things in hand when they jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the third game, but Kansas State battled back, mostly behind the performance of Sandy Werner, who led the Wildcats with 15 kills. Kansas State grabbed a one-point lead at 8-7 then tie things up at 10-apiece, but after a Lowe kill, the Broncos stayed in control until the final volley, as a Werner attack error brought the match to a close.

North Dakota State - 3
Gonzaga - 2

BROOKINGS, S.D. - The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team dropped a five-game heartbreaker to North Dakota State University on Saturday morning in its third match of the Jackrabbit Kickoff Classic hosted by South Dakota State University. NDSU (1-2) won 33-31, 30-22, 27-30, 20-30, 15-11. The Bulldogs fell to 1-2 on the year and will face host South Dakota State at Noon today to close out the tournament.

With Gonzaga one-point away from victory in the opening game, North Dakota State rattled off two points to tie the match at 29-29. The Bulldogs and Bison traded points to push the score to 31-31 before NDSU's Chloe Quirk and Sheila Parrish hit back-to-back kills to earn the game one victory. Gonzaga had 16 kills in the first game compared to 17 for North Dakota State.

The Bulldogs fell behind by two games when the Bison took the second game by eight points, 30-22. NDSU, who was paced by Parrish's five kills, finished game two with 19 kills and only three errors on 36 total attempts for an impressive .444 attacking percentage.

Junior Becky Jones carried the Bulldogs in game three as she recorded nine of her match-high 25 kills. Leading 9-8, Jones rattled off four-straight kills to help Gonzaga take a commanding lead it would never surrender. The Bulldogs finished the third game with 20 kills and a .326 hitting percentage.

GU dominated game four as it scored four-straight points to start the game. The Bison did not have an answer for Jones, sophomore Elaina Renius or freshman Layne Brosky. Jones finished the game with seven kills, while Renius added six kills and Brosky tallied five. The Bulldogs finished with 22 kills and a .294 attack percentage and held the Bison to only 12 kills and a .175 hitting percentage.

In the deciding fifth game, North Dakota State started off strong building a 5-1 advantage on two attacking errors by Gonzaga. The Bulldogs pulled within one after a kill by freshman Emily Johnson put the score at 8-7 but the Bison pushed their lead to 14-10 on the strength of NDSU's Kelly Kaufmann and Lindsay Rogers, who had each had two kills. Parrish gave North Dakota State the victory on her team-high 24th kill of the match.

Gonzaga had five players reach double-digit kills and four players reach double-digit digs. Jones picked up 15 digs for GU to go along her 25 kills. It was the second-straight double-double for Jones who had the most swings for Gonzaga with 65. Kari Fagnan finished with a match-high 25 digs for the Bison, while junior Alecia Douglas finished with a team-high 20 for the Bulldogs.

North Dakota State held a huge edge at the net with 13 total team blocks compared to only four total team blocks for Gonzaga.

South Dakota State - 3
Gonzaga - 2

BROOKINGS, S.D. - The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team closed out the Jackrabbit Kickoff Classic with its second-straight heartbreaking five-game loss. The Bulldogs fell to host South Dakota State 3-2 (25-30, 30-23, 28-30, 30-24, 15-12) in their final match. GU, who holds a 1-3 record on the season, will be back in action next weekend, Sept. 1-2, when it hosts the Gonzaga Volleyball Invitational. The Invitational features the University of Connecticut, Gardner-Webb University and Portland State University.

With Gonzaga winning the first and third games and South Dakota State grabbing the victory in the second and fourth games, the match was decided in the fifth and final game. The Jackrabbits jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead, but the Bulldogs clawed their way to tie the game at 12-12. A kill by junior Briawna Miller and an attacking error by SDSU put GU back in the game. South Dakota State would not falter as three-straight kills, including two-straight by Kristina Martin, gave the Jackrabbits the victory.

Junior Becky Jones and sophomore Elaina Renius were GU's top offensive players finishing with 21 and 17 kills, respectively. Jones, whose 21 kills were a match-high, also collected a team-high 18 digs for her third-straight double-double. Renius finished with a match-high .583 attacking percentage as she only had three hitting errors on 24 total attempts. Gonzaga ended the match with 77 total kills and a .225 hitting percentage.

Junior Heather Dunn dished out a season-high 61 assists as four players finished in double-digit kills for the Bulldogs. Mueller tallied 17 kills, while freshman Layne Brosky chipped in 12 kills.

South Dakota State's offense also combined for 77 kills, along with a .240 hitting percentage. The Jackrabbits had five players with double-digit kills, including two players who had double-doubles. Martin had a team-high 20 kills along with 11 digs and Minette Ridenour chipped in 16 kills and 17 digs.

SDSU held the advantage at the net with 15 total team blocks compared to 10 for GU. Mueller was the top blocker for the Bulldogs with five block assists and one solo block. Jones also chipped in three solo blocks.

Hawaii - 3
Pepperdine - 2

HONOLULU, Hawaii - Pepperdine will leave Honolulu with a 0-2 record but they will not be hanging their heads after rallying back from a 2-0 deficit before falling to No. 7 Hawaii, 3-2 (30-28, 30-26, 25-30, 23-30, 21-19), Saturday night before 7,867 at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Hawaii struck first in the fifth game, taking a 9-7 lead on consecutive Tara Hittle kills. Trailing by a 12-10 count, Pepperdine used an attack error from Jamie Houston and a kill from freshman Rachel Lumsden to knot the score at 12-12. The Waves fought off a Wahine match-point when Hittle hit long and parlayed the error into the first of five Pepperdine match points when Sophia Milo connected on a kill to put Pepperdine up 15-14. Kari Gregory's ninth kill of the night evened the set at 19-all setting up a ball handling error on the Waves and a Wahine block to seal the match.

Picking up where Friday's match left off, Pepperdine secured the first big break of the contest by breaking a 21-all stalemate with a 5-1 run. Leading 26-22, consecutive Wave errors opened the door for the opportunistic Rainbow Wahine (2-0) who evened the game at 27-27 with a service ace by Jayme Lee. A service error followed to give Pepperdine the 28-27 advantage. The lead would be short lived as Houston connected on back-to-back plays and Gregory and Jessica Keefe teamed up for a block to end the set.

After jumping out to a 2-0 lead in game two, Pepperdine seemed to show the effects of playing on such a big stage with so much youth as the Wahine built up a seven-point, 17-10 lead. Hawaii would maintain its lead until 23-16 at which point Tara Hittle's service error started not only a 6-0 run by the Waves, but a change in the momentum of the match. Serving for Pepperdine was sophomore Cassi Chamberlain who started the night on the bench. Hawaii would close out the game on a 6-2 run, but the Waves had found confidence.

Chamberlain played an instrumental roll in the match, recording a career-high 13 kills on .333 hitting. Lumsden surpassed the 20-kill mark for the second consecutive night with a team-best 21 to go long with 11 digs. Julie Rubenstein finished the night with 19 kills and 15 digs, while Kiah Fiers dished out 68 assists to go along with 17 digs. Kekai Crabbe equaled her dig total from the previous night of 31 to lead all players.

Hawaii received a career-high 28 kills from Jamie Houston, 15 from Hittle and 10 from Juliana Sanders.

The Waves finally broke through in game three. With the scored locked at 13-all, Pepperdine took a 19-13 lead with a 6-0 spurt. Hawaii would fight back to tie the score at 23- and 24-all when the Waves took the lead for good on a Lumsden kill. The point was the beginning of a 6-1 run to close out the game.

As the match wore on, Pepperdine continued to impose its will on the home team. Game four opened with a 5-2 run for the Waves, a lead which would reach seven at 17-10. Hawaii mounted yet another comeback attempt to close within three, 19-16. Behind four of Lumsden's five kills in the set the match was sent to a fifth frame.

Pepperdine will return to action Fri., Sept. 2 when it faces No. 8 Texas in the Waves' home opener. The match will be the second match of the Asics Pepperdine Classic. The first match of the tournament will pit Long Island against Cal Poly at 5:30 p.m. (PDT) in Firestone Fieldhouse. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling (866) WAVE-TIX.