Aug. 31, 2006
Portland - 3
Liberty - 0
DAVIDSON, N.C. - The Portland Pilots volleyball team earned its first victory of the 2006 season in convincing fashion, sweeping Liberty 30-12, 30-22, 30-25. Leading the way for the Pilots were junior Nicole Thometz with 14 kills and freshman Maria Clemens with 7 kills and 11 digs.
The Pilots dominated the Flames in the first game, hitting for a blistering .636 percentage. Clemens led the way with three kills and three service aces while Thometz and sophomore Jennifer Sheedy combined for seven kills. For the match, Sheedy finished with 12 kills on 20 attacks for an impressive .500 attack percentage.
Liberty regrouped for the second game and held an early 12-11 lead, but the Flames then committed 12 attack errors as the Pilots cruised to the 30-22 win.
Game three was back-and-forth the whole way. After Liberty jumped out to a 7-2 lead, the Pilots rattled of five straight points to tie it at 7-7. The teams then went blow for blow with neither able to establish a lead of greater than two points until Portland opened up a 21-18 lead. The Flames kept it close, however, and trailed only 26-24 late in the game. But then the Pilots slammed the door, ending the game with three kills by Sheedy and one by Thometz.
The Pilots improve to 1-1 on the season, while Liberty falls to 0-1.
Next up for Portland is No. 15 Ohio at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 1, the second of four games for the Pilots at the Mizuno Wildcat Classic.
San Diego - 3
UC Irvine - 2
IRVINE, Calif. - Kristen Carlson's 11th kill of the match lifted the 20th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team to a 3-2 win (30-28, 20-30, 25-30, 30-27, 17-15) over the UC Irvine Anteaters in the first game of the UCI Nike Invitational Thursday evening at the Crawford Center.
With the match on the line and USD leading 16-15 in the fifth and deciding game, the Toreros (4-1) turned to their senior left-handed outside hitter, Carlson, and she delivered with a laser strike from the left side of the floor for the kill, as no Anteater could dig the ball off the floor, giving USD their fourth win of the season.
Jessica Andersen led all Toreros in kills with 12, while Carlson was the only other Torero to register double digit kills with 11. Christie Dawson and Erin Wiskar chipped in eight kills a piece to help lead USD to victory. Jessica Nyrop had a match-high 53 assists and Laurel Abrahamson had a match-high four blocks. As a team, USD had a hitting percentage of .188.
UC Irvine was led offensively by Lauren Kellerman who had a match-high 18 kills, Trisha White added 12 kills and McCall Miller had 16 kills. As a team UCI had a hitting percentage of .239.
In the first match, the Toreros and Anteaters battled back and forth for the lead, but in the end, USD was too strong for the Anteaters to overcome, thus allowing USD to escape with a 30-28 win.
Game two was a different story as UCI was able to get out to an early lead and build on that momentum to fight off a late USD surge. The Anteaters dominated the game as they won 30-20.
Game three was back to the even draw with each team taking their turn leading the match, but UCI was able to pull away at the end and claim the 30-25 win, forcing USD to a must win situation.
USD responded in the fourth game when they came roaring back to take control of the match early. However, the Anteaters would not go away as they kept themselves in the game. The Toreros dug deep and were able to hang on and force a fifth and deciding game.
Game five was a battle again, as both teams had a chance to take home victory. UCI was leading 14-13, but the Toreros would not give in and allow the upset. USD took back the point they lost to again tie the game. UCI then retook the lead at 15-14, but USD would not allow the Anteaters to get that final point, as they scored the final two points to claim the win.
The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they continue play in the UCI Nike Invitational against the University of Michigan in a 4 p.m. match at the Crawford Center.