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WCC Women's Volleyball Recaps

Sept. 4, 2008

The Bulldogs went on the road to open the Washington tournament while the Pilots opened at home in the Nike Portland Invitational.

September 4
10 Washington def. Gonzaga 3 - 0
9 Arizona State def. Portland 3 - 1

September 5
10 Gonzaga def. Boise State 3 - 1
15 Loyola Marymount def. Lipscomb 3 - 1
14 Pepperdine def. Colorado State 3 - 1
16 Saint Mary's def. San Jose State 3 - 1
12 San Diego def. Oklahoma 3 - 0
12 San Diego def. Hofstra 3 - 0
11 San Francisco def. UCSB 3 - 1
13 Santa Clara def. Arizona 3 - 1
13 Santa Clara def. Texas Tech 3 - 0
10 Portland State def. Gonzaga 3 - 0
9 Kansas State def. Portland 3 - 0
9 UC Irvine def. Portland 3 - 0

September 6
15 Loyola Marymount def. Appalachian State 3 - 1
14 Pepperdine def. Pacific 3 - 0
9 Portland def. South Florida 3 - 2
16 Saint Mary's def. Cal State Nortridge 3 - 0
16 Saint Mary's def. Sacramento State 3 - 2
11 San Francisco def. Texas-Arlington 3 - 0
11 San Francisco def. Utah State 3 - 0
13 Santa Clara def. Texas State 3 - 0
15 Middle Tennessee def. Loyola Marymount 3 - 0
12 USC def. San Diego 3 - 0

September 7
14 Pepperdine def Oregon State - 3 - 2

9. Nike Portland Invite (Portland, OR); 10. Northwest Challenge (Seattle, WA); 11. San Francisco Tournament (San Francisco, CA); 12. Holiday Inn LA City Center Trojan Invite (Los Angeles, CA); 13. Sheraton Four Points Arizona Invitational (Tucson, AZ); 14. Oregon State Asics Classic (Corvallis, OR); 15. Mid. Ten. Tournament (Murfreesboro, TN); 16. Sacramento State Invite (Sacramento, CA)


Pepperdine - 3
Oregon State - 2

CORVALLIS, Ore. ­-- Senior outside hitter Julie Rubenstein pounded down a career-high 31 kills and the Pepperdine women's volleyball team needed every one of them as the Waves outlasted Oregon State, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon to claim the championship of the Oregon State Asics Classic.

The 25-15, 27-25, 19-25, 21-25, 15-11 victory gave the Waves their second straight tournament championship and kept their season record perfect at 6-0. The Waves also defeated 17th-ranked Colorado State and Pacific this weekend. Pepperdine is off to its best start since the 2000 season, when the Waves opened up 9-0.

"This was just a great volleyball match," Pepperdine Coach Nina Matthies said. "Oregon State played great. We served and passed so well in the first and second set. Then we got a little out of our system in the third and fourth. We came back in the fifth. Julie made some big plays in the fifth set and just played unbelievably this weekend. This was a really great match, going back and forth, with good hitting and good serving."

The Pepperdine-Oregon State match will be shown on a tape-delay basis by FSN Prime Ticket on Sept. 11 at 9:30 p.m.

Rubenstein (Camarillo, Calif./Oaks Christian HS) added to her trophy haul, as she was named tournament MVP for the second consecutive week. She hit .482 (31-4-56) against the Beavers and also had 12 digs and three service aces. For the tournament, she averaged 5.2 kills and hit .359.

Two other Waves were named to the all-tournament team: junior setter Kiah Fiers (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Peninsula HS), who had 65 assists and 11 digs against the Beavers and averaged 11.3 assists in the three matches; and junior outside hitter Rachel Lumsden (Brea, Calif./Brea Olinda HS), who had 17 kills and 11 digs today and averaged 3.4 kills and 2.4 digs.

Freshman outside hitter Lilla Frederick (Huntington Beach, Calif./Cornelia Connelly HS) had 13 kills and eight digs in today's victory, while freshman libero Stevi Robinson (Hermosa Beach, Calif./Mira Costa HS) had 11 digs.

The Waves could not have played any better offensively in the first set, as they hit an astounding .810 as a team, recording 17 kills with zero errors on 21 attempts. Lumsden had seven kills on eight swings.

The Beavers (5-2) tightened things up in the second set and led 22-19 before the Waves went on a 5-0 run behind two kills by Rubenstein and two service aces by Fiers. Tied 25-25, the Waves won the second set after an OSU service error and a triple block by Frederick, Lumsden and senior middle blocker Cassi Chamberlain (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood HS).

Oregon State took sets three and four. The Beavers jumped out to an early 7-3 lead in the third set and the Waves couldn't catch up. A 7-0 OSU run in the fourth set gave the Beavers a 13-9 lead and once again, Pepperdine was unable to close the gap.

Pepperdine took back the match's momentum to start the fifth and decisive set. Back-to-back kills by Rubenstein and freshman middle blocker Kim Hill (Portland, Ore./Portland Christian HS) made it 5-2, and then kills by Lumsden and Frederick and an OSU attack error made it 8-3. The Beavers got no closer than two points at 9-7. Rubenstein scored Pepperdine's final three points with kills and had seven in the fifth set.

"I don't think we let down, they just kept up the pressure on us," Matthies said. "We couldn't get them out of their system in the third and fourth sets. We couldn't seem to make them make any mistakes, and we made a couple at the wrong times. The fifth set was our first one this season, and with three freshmen, everything we've done has been a new learning experience. We dug a few balls early in the fifth set, Julie put a couple of balls away, and the kids did a nice job of plugging away."

Pepperdine ended up with a .323-.299 edge in hitting.

The Waves will be on the road for the third straight weekend, as they next take part in the Nevada AT&T Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12-13. Pepperdine will face UC Davis, Missouri and the host Wolf Pack.


Loyola Marymount - 3
Appalachian State - 1

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - LMU (4-2) once again finished 2-1 at a tournament, this time defeating Appalachian State (0-6) in four sets, 25-17, 24-26, 25-18, 25-22, in the final match of the Blue Raider Bash, which was hosted by No. 15 Middle Tennessee State over the weekend.

Senior Emily Day once again led the Lion offense with a match-high 18 kills on 49 attacks. In addition, Day recorded a double-double after teaming the kill mark with a team-best 15 digs. Freshman Ariana Covington posted 10 kills, while sophomores Becky Stehling and Megan Nash each contributed nine in the victory. Stehling, along with freshman Lauren DeGrandmont, served-up two service aces to help LMU to a total of six in the match. Nash, as she has been all season, was efficient on the attack, hitting .444 (nine-for-18) over the four sets.

Freshman Alesha Young got the bulk of the setting duties, totaling 32 assists, while sophomore Renee Horton dished-out 10 of her own. Second only to Day on the squad, sophomore Whitney Leonard collected 13 digs. Senior Lauren Kirk contributed 10 digs and a service ace to help the Lions to the victory.

Lauren Swecker led the Mountaineer offense with 13 kills on 34 attacks, while Jordan Jesberg contributed 12 kills of her own in the losing effort. Appalachian State proved strong from the service line, posting seven service aces. Charissa Clearman set the ASU offense, tallying 34 assists.

The Lions cruised to a victory in set one, opening-up a 7-2 lead on two of Emily Cheek's six kills on the night. LMU advanced the lead to 10-4 as Nash posted a service ace and teamed with Cheek for a block at the net. After a Carla Dunham kill for the Mountaineers made it 10-5, the Lions posted five unanswered points to 15-5. Appalachian State battled back to 18-11 on a Day attack error, but the crimson and navy managed to send the tally to set point at 24-16 on a Covington kill. The Mountaineers survived one set point before Day put the final ball to the floor to hand the Lions the 25-17 victory.

LMU saw a set run upwards of 25 points for the first time this season in set number two against Appalachian State. Unfortunately for the Lions, they were on the short end of the 26-24 running score that knotted the match tally at one set apiece. LMU jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on three-straight Mountaineer attack errors, but ASU answered right back with a kill and two service aces to even the score. The Lions posted nine of the next 11 points to earn a 12-5 lead, but the Mountaineers proceeded to score 11 of the next 13, including strings of six and four consecutive points, to take a 16-14 advantage. LMU once again took a decent lead at 21-18, only to see the teams break even again at 23-23. The see-saw battle continued to 24 points apiece before a Maggie Seeds kill and a Stehling attack error spelled the end of the set and evened the match score.

Set three proved to be close until the very end, as the two teams fought to an early 9-9 tie. LMU took a four-point lead at 13-9 after Day posted three kills and Nash contributed one. That lead was quickly erased as Appalachian State scored five of the next six points to knot the set at 14. The stalemate continued to 18-18 before LMU roared for seven unanswered points, guided by two kills from Day and two from Stehling, to earn the set victory at 25-18. The Lions hit a combined .472 (19-for-36) in the period.

The Lions trailed early in set number four, as Appalachian State earned a 4-0 advantage out of the gate. The two teams played to a 14-14 tie before LMU scored five straight points to run the tally to 19-14. The Mountaineers proceeded to battle back to two points behind at 21-19 on back-to-back kills from Jesberg to force a Lion timeout. The Lions answered back to push the score to match point at 24-22 on a Nash kill before Stehling and Horton teamed to block the ensuing Appalachian State attack for the victory at 25-22.

LMU will return to action on Wednesday as they host Ohio State in the home-opener in Gersten Pavilion at 7 p.m.

Portland - 3
South Florida - 2

PORTLAND, Ore. --- The University of Portland volleyball team had a record day as it defeated South Florida in a thrilling five set match to conclude the Nike Portland Invitational at the Chiles Center. The Pilots won the match with scores of 25-16, 26-28, 25-27, 25-17 and 15-6 to provide first-year head coach Joe Houck with his first home win. The Pilots improve to a 2-5 record, while South Florida sits at 4-3.

Outside hitter Jessica Clemens scored a triple-double with 15 kills, 11 digs and 10 service aces. The 10 service aces established a new school record for a single match, breaking the previous mark of seven by Sheila Merhar (vs. Hofstra, 9-24-94). Senior Ashley Grayson matched her career high in kills with 21. Junior Kaylyn Jones shattered her career high with 51 assists and senior Jennifer Sheedy matched her career high with three solo blocks. Grayson and Clemens were both named to the Nike Invitational All-Tournament Team.

Portland took the first set easily, staying in control from start to finish. Grayson dominated above the net with five kills. A block assist by Jessica Clemens and Sheedy brought the Pilots to set point which was put away by a big block this time from Sheedy alone.

South Florida battled back to win the second set, an exciting battle with an energized Portland team exploding out of the break. Grayson led the Pilots with eight more kills including one late to save a set point by the Bulls. They eventually dropped the set to the Bulls, 26-28, and would do the same in the third, this time by a score of 25-27.

In the fourth set the Pilots rallied back to stop the Bulls from taking the match, winning it comfortably with a score of 25-17. If the first half of the game saw Grayson on fire, Jessica Clemens kept the heat up in the second, with three service aces and five kills.

The Pilots dominated the fifth and deciding set, giving the crowd at the Chiles Center plenty of reason to stand and cheer. Jessica Clemens once again served up three service aces and Grayson came up big with four kills. Sheedy and Clemens had two kills apiece in the final set.

Freshman Marissa Plummer had a breakout performance with a season high five kills, in addition to a solo block, a block assist and three digs. Fellow freshman Allix Strahon performed well at the libero position with six digs and two service aces.

The Pilots will next head across town to take part in the Portland State Showcase beginning on Thursday against the host Vikings at 7 p.m.

Kansas State

Tournament MVP
Nataly Korobkova, Kansas State

Nike Invitational All-Tournament Team
Rita Liliom, Kansas State
Kelsey Chipman, Kansas State
Marina Mercer, Arizona State
Sarah Reaves, Arizona State
MargieGiordano, Arizona State
Devon Sutherland, UC Irvine
Marcela Gurgel, South Florida
Jessica Clemens, Portland
Ashley Grayson, Portland

Saint Mary's - 3
Cal State Northridge - 0

Sacramento, CA - The Saint Mary's women's volleyball team continued to extend their 2008 win-streak, as they posted a three-game sweep over CS Northridge, 25-19, 25-17, 25-20. The Matadors could not find an answer for senior Taylor Groess throughout the match, recording a match-high 14 kills on 23 attempts for an outstanding .565 hitting percentage. Joining Groess in double-digits was Megan York with 13 kills, seven digs, and three blocks. Sophomore Shannon Lowell had another stellar outing, as she finished with eight kills and six blocks, while tabbing a .538 hitting percentage.

Saint Mary's started with a dominating presence at the net, as Lauren Jaeckel and Megan Burton pushed back multiple Matador attempts in a single rally. Fisher took advantage at the service line from the start, forcing the Matadors out of their offensive rhythm and taking a 4-0 led to start the match. CS Northridge went on to slow things down with a timeout, coming out of the break with back-to-back points. York answered back by recording three kills on the outside, as the Gaels would take a 7-4 lead over the Matadors. It was an easy battle from there for Saint Mary's, as multiple hitters took advantage of each opportunity they had to attack. Groess and Burton each hit 1.000 in the set, capitalizing on three and two attempts each.

As a team the Gaels were firing on all cylinders, compiling 14 kills and a .300 hitting percentage. Saint Mary's defense was also on its game, scooping up eight digs and four kills in the set. York paced the Gaels with nine kills in the set, while Fisher tabbed four digs.

Saint Mary's continued where they left off in the second set, jumping out to a 9-4 lead and forcing Northridge into a quick timeout. Groess remained unstoppable, recording four kills and extending the Gaels' dominance over the Matadors, 13-6. A Lyndsey Parker ace forced CS Northridge into their final timeout, pushing the score to 16-8. Saint Mary's would eventually cruise to a 25-17 victory behind the play of Groess, as she posted six kills on 13 swings with only one error in the set.

The team continued to stay in rhythm throughout the second set, posting a .364 attack percentage to their opponents' .077, and improving their match mark to .333. Kamana'o directed the offense beautifully, as multiple Gael attacks fell for kills. The sophomore setter dished out 15 kills en route to leading her team to a 2-0 set lead.

CS Northridge came out of the break on a mission, as they pounced on the Gaels to take a 4-1 lead. Saint Mary's would close the gap slowly, eventually taking the lead on back-to-back Groess kills, 9-8. Both teams traded points back and forth from there on out, but it was Saint Mary's that would remain on top, winning 25-20 to clinch the match.

Throughout the match the Gaels took care of business, but in the third set it was even more evident, as the team posted an impressive .417 hitting efficiency. Again it was the senior leadership of Groess that guided Saint Mary's, posting five kills and being available at every opportunity.

The Matadors were led by Brittany Williams with eight kills, while Siara Grayson and Angela Hupp added seven and six respectively. Kayla Wright was the only CS Northridge to tab double-digit digs, as she gathered up 10.

The Gaels will finish up their competition in Sacramento, CA tonight against the host Sacramento State Hornets at 7:30 PM.

Saint Mary's - 3
Sacramento State - 2

Sacramento, CA - The Saint Mary's women's volleyball team clinched their sixth straight win against Sacramento State Saturday night, 25-20, 25-16, 22-25, 23-25, 15-13. The match marked the Gaels' first five-set battle of the season, as they narrowly defeated Sacramento State in the deciding set. With the win fourth year head coach Rob Browning and the Gaels improve to a perfect 6-0 on the season, just three games away from tying the best start in program history (2004).

Megan York was named the tournament's most valuable player, earning the title for the second consecutive week. Joining York on the all-tournament list were Taylor Groess, Shannon Lowell, and Kapua Kamana'o. Each of the all-tournament selections had impressive numbers on the weekend; York led the Gaels in kills (4.00 per set) and was second in digs (2.92 per set), Groess totaled 41 kills with an impressive .415 hitting percentage, Lowell added 29 kills and a team-high 16 blocks, and Kamana'o averaged 12.67 assists per game while setting her team to a .309 attack percentage.

Four different players totaled double-digit kills versus the Hornets, with York, Groess, Satele, Barker, and Lowell each contributing to the attack. Against Sacramento State York tallied her fourth double-double of the season with a team-high 17 kills, 16 digs, and three blocks. Satele totaled a new career-high with 12 kills, while also adding two digs and three blocks. Brittany Barker made her appearance felt at the net, tabbing 11 kills, a .304 hitting percentage, and adding three stuff blocks. Lowell also had a dominating presence in the front row, tallying 10 kills and six blocks.

In the first set it was Groess who led the Gaels, pounding out seven kills on 10 attempts without a single error. The senior recorded an incredible .700 hitting percentage, helping her team to an overall .486 mark and 25-20 win. As a team Saint Mary's played very smart and consistent volleyball, committing only one error in the set, while putting away 19 total kills. Freshman opposite Chanteal Satele was unstoppable at the pins, as she was a perfect four-for-four.

Saint Mary's only got better in the second set, as the team made quick work of the Hornets, winning 25-16. Kamana'o dished out the assists evenly, as seniors Brittany Barker and Groess tallied three kills apiece, while many other Gaels tagged one or two kills in the set. The team recorded a .455 hitting percentage to the Hornets' .158, while out digging and blocking their opponent as well.

Sets three and four proved to be difficult for the Gaels, as they dropped the next two to the Hornets, tying the match at two sets apiece. In game three Satele, York, and Barker were the only three to do any damage, posting five, four, and three kills respectively. At the net Saint Mary's was silenced, as they posted a .206 hitting percentage and did not record a block. Although the Gaels' were not at their best, the Hornets were barely able to clinch the win, 25-22.

The next set proved to have many of the same problems, with Saint Mary's again being held to a .206 attack percentage. This time it was York who led the pack with five kills, while Barker added four. The Hornets would push the Gaels into a fifth and deciding set, as they clinched the fourth 25-23.

The fifth set was a tight battle from start to finish, as neither team backed down. Both teams traded points back-and-forth, as the scores were tied eight times in the set to 15 points. It did not look good at the start for Saint Mary's, as Sacramento State took a 4-1 lead off multiple Gael errors. A surge of energy would spark the Gael attackers, pushing them ahead of the Hornets as Lowell recorded four crucial kills to help clinch the set and the match, 15-13.

Sacramento States' Brittany Ferguson led all attackers with 19 kills on the match, while Desiree Hoyum added 18, and Eryn Kirby chipped in 11.

The Gaels return to action in Honolulu, HI next weekend as they participate in their final tournament of the season. In their first match-up Saint Mary's will face the host Wahine at 10:00 PM PT on Thursday, September 11.

Saint Mary's 3-0
Cal State Northridge 2-1
San Jose State 1-2
Sacramento State 0-3


Saint Mary's 3, San Jose State 1 (25-22, 25-22, 22-25, 25-17)
Cal State Northridge 3, Sacramento State 0 (25-20, 25-12, 26-24)


Saint Mary's 3, Cal State Northridge 0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-20)
San Jose State 3, Sacramento State 1 (25-18, 20-25, 25-21, 25-18)
Cal State Northridge 3, San Jose State 2 (29-27, 16-25, 25-27, 25-23, 17-15)
Saint Mary's 3, Sacramento State 2 (25-20, 25-16, 22-25, 23-25, 15-13)


Megan York - Saint Mary's - MVP
Kapua Komana'o - Saint Mary's
Shannon Lowell - Saint Mary's
Taylor Groess - Saint Mary's
Lynda Morales - Cal State Northridge
Angela Hupp - Cal State Northridge
Emily Burke - San Jose State

San Francisco - 3
UT-Arlington - 0

San Francisco USF Volleyball swept UT Arlington 25-16, 25-16, 25-13 in game three of the 2008 Asics/Powerade Challenge Saturday at War Memorial Gym. In the second match of the day, UCSB swept Utah State 25-19, 25-18, 25-21 in career victory No. 800 for volleyball hall-of-famer Kathy Gregory. In her 34th season - al at UC Santa Barbara, Gregory becomes the sixth head coach to reach the milestone.

USF def. UT Arlington 3-0: San Francisco hit a crisp .400 and cruised to its second straight victory. Sarah Mandala had a team-high 13 kills on .458 hitting, while senior middle blocker Alix Gombos had a monster match with 10 on .643 hitting to go along with a pair of blocks. Senior middle blocker Carly Babin added seven kills on .700 hitting and did not record an attack error in 10 swings.

USF (3-2) recorded eight service aces and held the Mavericks to a .167 attack percentage for the match, including a -.069 rate in game three. Senior setter Darcy Carroll dished out a team-high 20 assists, while sophomore Alaina Sully added 16. Junior libero Haley Carroll tallied a match-high 13 digs in the contest for the Dons.

UTA (3-3) got eight kills and seven digs from Bianca Sauls and Amanda Aguilera also added eight kills to go along with seven digs. The Mavericks take on UCSB in the final match for both teams set for a 5:00 PM first serve.

UCSB def. Utah State 3-0: UC Santa Barbara hit .348 for the match and helped head coach Kathy Gregory to her 800th career victory in the process. Charlene DeHoog led the way for the Gauchos (2-2) with 10 kills and a pair of blocks.

Melissa Osterloh recorded a match-high 12 kills for Utah State (0-6), while Kris Hymas added 10 for the Aggies. USU takes on tournament host USF tonight at 7:00 PM in the tournament finale.

San Francisco - 3
Utah State - 0

San Francisco - USF volleyball swept Utah State 25-19, 25-21, 25-22 in the finale of the 2008 Asics/Powerade Challenge Saturday night at War Memorial Gym. It marks the fourth straight year the Dons (4-2) have taken the tournament hardware, this time at the expense of the Aggies (0-7).

San Francisco continued its hot hitting registering .361 against Utah State in the finale and finished the weekend with .315 attacking over the three matches. The Dons limited tournament opponents to a .193 clip and held a 29.0 - 22.0 blocking advantage.

Senior middle blocker Carly Babin earned tournament MVP honors, averaging 3.30 kills on an impressive .519 hitting and 1.30 blocks per game. It is the second straight time Babin has taken MVP honors at the Asics Powerade Challenge and the first repeat winner in the tournament's five-year history.

Senior middle blocker Alix Gombos also was named to the all-tournament team, averaging 3.00 kills on remarkable .481 hitting with a team-high 1.40 blocks. Sophomore opposite hitter also took tournament hardware, averaging a team-high 3.90 kills on .354 attacking with 0.70 blocks per game. Mandala also earned Asics/Powerade Challenge honors last season.

USF returns to action when it hosts the 2008 Asics/Coca-Cola Invitational beginning Friday, September 12 at War Memorial Gym. The Dons welcome Miami, Sacramento State and Villanova to the Hilltop.

All-Tournament Team:
Carly Babin - USF (MVP)
Alix Gombos - USF
Sarah Mandala - USF
Charlene DeHoog - UCSB
Kasey Kipp - UCSB
Bianca Sauls - UT Arlington
Katie Astle - Utah State

Santa Clara - 3
Texas State - 0

TUCSON, Ariz. Redshirt senior Anna Cmaylo led the Santa Clara volleyball team with a match-high 17 kills to a three set sweep of Texas State to win the Sheraton Four Points Arizona Invitational. The final set scores were 25-15, 25-20, 25-20. With the win, the Broncos improved to 4-1 on the season and head coach Jon Wallace moves within one win of his career 200th.

Cmaylo entered Saturday's match with 998 career kills and midway through the first set, she notched her 1,000th kill. She now has 1,015 to her credit. Cmaylo and Brittany Lowe are the only members of this year's squad to reach the feat. Meanwhile, Taylor O'Brien once again tied her career-high 15 digs. Her tally was also the match high.

After tying the score, 6-6, on kill by Nina Sevastopoulos, the Broncos climbed to a 14-10 lead in the first set. Three straight kills by Cmaylo pushed the Broncos lead to 17-10. Freshman Dana Knudsen's then brought SCU to set-point, 24-15, and block by Knudsen and fellow freshman Tanya Schmidt ended the set, 25-15.

Santa Clara opened the second set with a 5-1 lead fueled on kills from Cmaylo and an ace from O'Brien. Although Texas State came within one point on five different occasions, the Bobcats were never able to tie the score. After a four-point rally that began with a block by Schmidt and Knudsen and ended with a solo block by Cmaylo, Texas State called a timeout. Upon returning to the court, the Broncos sped to a 25-20 victory.

The third set was quite the battle for Santa Clara, as the two teams went point-for-point. The score was tied for the final time at 13-13 as Emily Jones Wilkes knotted the set for Texas State. However, SCU quickly regained control and began widening the gap. An ace from O'Brien gave the Broncos a three-point edge, 16-13, but the Bobcats brought to bring the score within one, 16-15, on a kill by Jessica Weynand. Yet, Texas State errors, an ace from freshman Libby Morrison and a kill by setter Lindsy Davigeadono gave Santa Clara a 20-15 lead.

The Broncos reached set-point on a kill by Cmaylo, her 17th of the day, but were then held off by a late four-point Bobcat fight. Yet, a kill by junior Lauryn Dowd, her first of the season, ended the tryst and Santa Clara won the set, 25-20.

For the weekend, Davigeadono compiled a 47.6 hitting percentage and averaged 11.20 assists per set. Knudsen was right behind her with a 47.4 hitting percentage. Schmidt led the Broncos with 10 total blocks (1 solo, 9 assists) and had a 45.7 hitting percentage. Sevastopoulos tallied a 34 kills in the three matches, while Morrison dished out seven service aces and O'Brien collected 3.80 digs per set.

The Broncos return to action at the Stanford Invitational on Thursday, Sept. 11 at 4:30 p.m. against UC Santa Barbara. Santa Clara then battle New Mexico State on Friday, Sept. 12 at 4:30 p.m. and brings the Invite to a close on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. against No. 3 Stanford.

Middle Tennessee - 3
Loyola Marymount - 0

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - LMU (3-2) was swept by tournament host and 15th-ranked Middle Tennessee State (6-0), 25-19, 25-22, 25-15, on Saturday in the first of two matches on the day for the Lions at the Blue Raider Bash.

Senior Emily Day, sophomore Becky Stehling and freshman Ariana Covington each recorded five or more kills and a service ace in the loss. Day finished with seven kills, while Stehling and Covington each contributed six. Sophomore Megan Nash continued to connect at a high percentage, leading the team with a .400 mark (four-for-10). The native of Manhattan Beach, Calif. is now hitting .411 (33-for-73) on the young season.

Sophomore Renee Horton and freshman Alesha Young tallied just 17 combined assists as LMU hit .044 (25-for-91) as a team in the match. Sophomore Whitney Leonard led the squad in digs over the three sets, collecting nine.

Izabela Kozon paced the No. 15 Blue Raider offense, posting 13 kills on 34 swings. Stacy Oladinni and Ashley Asberry also carried weight offensively, tallying nine and eight kills, respectively. The kill totals for Oladinni and Asberry don't necessarily tell the story, it is the efficiency in which they worked that was truly impressive. Oladinni collected her nine kills on just 11 attacks for an .818 percentage, while Asberry put up a .583 clip and her eight kills on just 12 attacks. Leslie Clark set the Middle Tennessee offense, totaling 32 assists, while Ashley Waugh led the team with 17 digs. The Blue Raiders were also very impressive at the defensive net, notching 8.5 total team blocks on 17 block assists.

Middle Tennessee State took an early 1-0 lead in the match score after earning a 25-19 victory in set one. Oladinni led the offense for the Blue Raiders, posting six kills and an assist. Day and Covington each posted three kills in the period as the set was fairly evenly matched throughout. The Lions and Blue Raiders played to a 13-12 score before Middle Tennessee took a 23-16 advantage on two kills from Oladinni. The Lions managed to fend off two set points after trailing 24-17, but were unable to fully overcome the gap, falling 25-19.

The Lions fell behind two sets to none after a 25-22 loss in the second set. Day collected three of her seven kills in the set, while Stehling connected for two kills on four attacks. The Blue Raiders, who hit .375 (13-for-24) over the course of the set, were led by Asberry, Oladinni and Ashley Mead with three kills apiece. The Blue Raiders came out swinging, opening-up a 6-1 lead to force an early LMU timeout. After the Lions battled back to 10-8 on a Stehling kill, the Blue Raiders regained momentum on a Brynne Henderson service ace to run the tally to 17-11. A Covington attack error pushed the lead to 20-15 before LMU once again scratched back to within two points at 22-20 on a Covington kill. Unfortunately for the Lions, the set ran to set point just a few moments later at 24-22, and Oladinni shut the door with a kill on the very next play.

Middle Tennessee State ran away with the match in set three, earning a 25-15 decision in the period. Kozon contributed seven kills in the set for the Blue Raiders, while LMU was held to a negative hitting percentage at -.065. For the second consecutive set, the Blue Raiders quickly took a 6-1 lead to force a Lion timeout. The pace did not slow out of the break as LMU saw the gap widen to 12-1, once again forcing a timeout. The Lions did manage to break the string of 11 unanswered points at 13-1, but only managed to cut the deficit to nine points at 15-6 on a Nash kill. After that kill, the Blue Raiders led by at least 10 points the rest of the way en route to the victory on a Day service error.

The Lions will look to bounce-back after the loss, returning to action tonight at 5:30 p.m. against Appalachian State in its final match of the Blue Raider Bash.

USC - 3
San Diego - 0

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The No. 7-ranked University of Southern California Trojans dealt the 21st-ranked University of San Diego Toreros its first loss of the season, 3-0, Friday evening in the championship game of the Holiday Inn LA City Trojan Invitational.

With the 24-26, 17-25, 17-25 loss, the Toreros fall to 5-1 overall, while the Women of Troy improve to 3-2 overall.

Torey Ellick led the Toreros with nine kills while Ashton Basch and Jaimarie Sutherland had eight kills apiece. Senior setter Jessica Nyrop, who was named to the all-tournament team along with teammate Amy Mahinalani DeGroot, had 30 assists for USD with three digs and three blocks.

The Trojans had an 8-6 lead in the first set before San Diego registered a 5-1 run, sparked by a Ellick Kill off of a set from Nyrop. Nyrop and Basch combined on a block as the Toreros took the 11-9 lead. USC's Alex Jupiter and Zoe Garrett returned the favor to tie it at 13-13. Kills from Sutherland and Ellick forced USC to burn a timeout with USD leading, 17-14. USD pushed it to a 22-20 advantage on a Basch kill off a set from Nyrop, but Jupiter recorded a kill and followed with a solo block to tie it at 22-22. Sutherland had bookend kills with a Jupiter kill between as the Toreros had set point, 24-23. Carico then snuck a set between the Toreros' defense to tie it and Jessica Gysin came up with a kill to give USC set point. On Carico's serve, Garrett was able to put away the set with a shot down the middle to allow the Trojans to escape with a set one win.

USC's Lauren Williams' solo block led the way for a 7-3 run for USC at the start of set two, but the Toreros erased the deficit as Ellick hit two kills to tie it at 9-9. After USC called a timeout, Jupiter's kill started a streak of four straight points for the Trojans. DeGroot's ace later cut the deficit to two at 16-14, but the Toreros could come no closer as the Trojans outscored USD 9-3 to claim the win.

In set three, USC got out to the 7-3 lead. Both teams committed three straight errors apiece as the score got to 10-6 for the host Trojans. Williams and Roleder's block pushed the Trojan lead to five points at 15-10, but four straight by the Toreros cut the deficit to one. After the USC timeout, the Women of Troy went on a 7-3 run to take command at 22-17 and never looked back as thet claimed the match with a 25-17 win.

The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they open play in the USD Tournament against Cal State Fullerton inside the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig pavilion at 7 p.m.


Gonzaga - 3
Boise State - 1

SEATTLE, Wash. - Seniors Paige Dillingham and Elaina Renius both helped the Gonzaga University women's volleyball team get back on the winning track Friday evening. Dillingham collected a career-high 26 digs, while Renius had a career-high 12 blocks to lead the Bulldogs to a 3-1 victory over Boise State University. The Zags defeated the Broncos 25-18, 22-25, 25-12, 26-24 to close out the Northwest Challenge hosted by the University of Washington.

Gonzaga broke a five-match losing streak with the victory over Boise State and now holds a 2-5 record. The Broncos, on the other hand, are still looking for their first victory of the season after beginning the year 0-6.

Renius and Dillingham both had extraordinary nights for Gonzaga. Along with her 12 blocks, Renius also added a season-best 17 kills, along with three digs and two service aces. Her 12 blocks, eight of which were block assists, were the most blocks by an individual Zag player since former Bulldog Briawna Mueller collected 12 against San Francisco in 2005.

Along with being a personal-high, Dillingham's 26 digs was also the highest individual dig amount in a single-match since 2004 when Jessica Herrera also had 26 against the University of Portland.

Pacing Gonzaga to a much need victory was also Denise Van de Mortel who dished out 44 assists as Gonzaga closed out the match with 56 kills and a .277 attacking clip. Van de Mortel also added six kills, eight digs and six blocks for a well rounding evening.

Besides Renius, junior Michelle Boevers also had double-digit kills with 15.

The Bulldogs held the 70-61 edge in digs and a 17-10.5 advantage in blocks. Gonzaga served up eight aces and only had one ball handling error and two reception errors on the night.

Boise State was led by Alisha King and Lauren Hamm. King finished with a team-high 12 kills while Hamm had a team-high 19 digs.

Gonzaga will play at Washington State University Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. before hosting the Gonzaga Volleyball Tournament next Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12-13.

Loyola Marymount - 3
Lipscomb - 1

MURFREESBORO, Calif. - LMU (3-1) defeated Lipscomb University (1-5) by scores of 25-19, 25-20, 23-25, 25-19 on Friday in match one for the Lions at the Blue Raider Bash being held at Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro, Tenn. over the weekend.

Four Lions finished with double-digit kill marks, led by senior Emily Day's match-high and season-best of 22. Day, a native of Torrance, Calif. notched yet another double-double, running her total to three over four matches played this season, after also recording a match-best 15 digs, a block solo and one block assist. She connected at a .341 mark (22-for-44). Sophomore Becky Stehling posted a career-best 13 kills on 22 attacks for a .545 hitting percentage, increasing her percentage for the season to .407. As unbelievable as Stehling's mark was in the hitting percentage column, it proved only second-best for the Lions on the night. Fellow sophomore Megan Nash finished with a career-high .562 percentage (11-for-16) to lead all players in that category. Nash is now hitting a blistering .413 over four matches played this season. Freshman Emily Cheek posted 10 kills and a .471 hitting percentage to help the Lions to the victory.

Sophomore setter Renee Horton dished-out a season-high 55 assists as LMU hit .309 (66-for-149) as a team. Whitney Leonard, Lauren Kirk and Lauren DeGrandmont each collected double-digit dig marks, earning 14, 12 and 10, respectively. Horton led the squad in service aces, claiming three, while Day and Stehling each posted two.

Alex Kelly led the Lipscomb offense, totaling 14 kills and a .462 hitting percentage (14-for-26). Katie Rose and Amy Trykowski contributed 11 kills in the losing effort, while Stefine Pease set the offense with 32 assists.

The Lion attack got increasingly better in terms of hitting percentage as the match progressed, posting marks of .184, .297, .351 and .405. Day tallied seven of her kills in the first set, hitting .545 (seven-for-11) with two service aces over the span.

LMU used a more balanced attack in set number two, posting four players with three or more kills on the period. Stehling paced the pack with five kills and a hitting percentage of .714 (five-for-seven), followed by Day, Nash and Cheek with three kills apiece. Horton put up 14 assists, while Day and Nash each contributed five digs.

The Lions dropped a close third set, falling 25-23. Day returned to the leader role on offense, taking 10 swings and posting five kills. Nash finished three-for-four in that department to total a .750 hitting percentage over the set. Cheek, who found her groove in only her third match played for LMU, finished the set with four kills on five attacks.

LMU shut the door on Lipscomb in the fourth set, earning a 25-19 victory. Day posted seven kills in the final frame, while Stehling and freshman Ariana Covington contributed four and three, in that order. Horton passed-out 15 assists and Nash connected on both of her attacks to ensure the outstanding hitting percentage.

LMU will return to action tomorrow as they take on host, and 15th-ranked, Middle Tennessee State at 12:30 p.m. The Lions will then complete tournament play against Appalachian State at 5:30 p.m.

Pepperdine - 3
Colorado State - 1

CORVALLIS, Ore. ­-- Behind 17 kills from junior outside hitter Rachel Lumsden, the Pepperdine women's volleyball team picked up its biggest win of the young season on Friday evening with a 3-1 victory over 17th-ranked Colorado State in the first match of the Oregon State Asics Classic.

The Waves improved to 4-0 this fall with their 19-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-20 win over the Rams (3-1). The victory gives Pepperdine its first 4-0 record since the 2000 season. Two of the four wins this season have come against 2007 NCAA Tournament teams (Delaware was the other).

"It wasn't the prettiest match but we were effective," Pepperdine Coach Nina Matthies said. "In the first set we didn't serve well. We had passing errors, hitting errors, just basically errored ourselves right out of it. We made some adjustments and we got better as the match went on. Rachel played fantastic. She kept us in the game and made this happen."

Lumsden (Brea, Calif./Brea Olinda HS) posted the team's first double-double of the season as she also had 13 digs in addition to hitting a strong .364 for the match (17-5-33). Senior outside hitter Julie Rubenstein (Camarillo, Calif./Oaks Christian HS) added 15 kills, sophomore libero Krista Friedman (La Verne, Calif./St. Lucy's Priory HS) had a match-high 14 digs and freshman outside hitter Lilla Frederick (Huntington Beach, Calif./Cornelia Connelly HS) added 12 digs.

Junior setter Kiah Fiers (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Peninsula HS) had 38 assists. While the Waves were held to a .176 hitting percentage, they did a strong job defensively on the Rams, who hit just .119.

The Waves had to overcome a first set loss in which they hit a negative-.097, but their hitting percentages improved greatly from that point. Set two was tied 14-14 but Pepperdine went on a 6-0 run and was hardly challenged the rest of the set.

In the pivotal third set, which saw 13 ties and six lead changes, it was tied 19-19 when Rubenstein put down back-to-back kills. She later had a service ace that made it 23-20. Set four was last tied at 17-17 but Friedman had two consecutive service aces to give the Waves the lead for good. The match ended on a Lumsden kill. Pepperdine saved its best for last, hitting .448 in the fourth set.

The Waves continue play with matches on Saturday (Sept. 6) at 5 p.m. against Pacific and on Sunday (Sept. 7) at 2:30 p.m. against the host Beavers. The Pepperdine-Oregon State match will be shown on a tape-delay basis by FSN Prime Ticket on Sept. 11 at 9:30 p.m.

Saint Mary's - 3
San Jose State - 1

Sacramento, CA - The Saint Mary's women's volleyball won their fourth consecutive match of the 2008 season, improving to a perfect 4-0 with a win over San Jose State, 25-22, 25-22, 22-25, 25-17. Once again sophomore Megan York did it all for the Gaels, posting her third double-double of the season with 18 kills and 12 digs. York had a spectacular supporting cast throughout the match, with senior Taylor Groess tabbing 13 kills and an impressive .321 hitting percentage, Megan Burton pounding in the middle with 10 kills and a .625 mark, and Shannon Lowell providing sparks with 11 kills and a .296 mark. The numbers did not lie behind Kapua Kamana'o's performance, as the sophomore setter guided four different hitters to double-digits in kills, while helping the team to a .264 attack percentage.

On defense it was the combination of blocking and digging that led Saint Mary's to success. Three different Gaels recorded 10 digs or more, while four different players posted four or more blocks. Burton led the block party from the middle, dominating the net with a match-high seven blocks. Chanteal Satele, York, and Lowell each posted four block assists in the match, as the Gaels out blocked the Spartans 11.5 to nine. In the back row, libero Kelly Huston paced the team with 14 digs, while York and Alita Fisher added 12 and 10 respectively.

In set one it was Lowell's show from the middle, recording kills at many crucial moments for the Gaels. The sophomore was the first Saint Mary's player to post a kill, with the Gaels down 5-2. With Lowell's attack holding the Spartan blockers in the middle, other Gaels began to follow her lead, as Groess, York, and Burton tabbed three kills apiece in the set. Only up by a single point, 13-12 Erin Thompson began to heat up behind the service line, as the Gaels extended their lead to six, 18-12. From that point on Saint Mary's would continue to maintain their rhythm, defeating San Jose State 25-22. The Gael middle attackers were virtually unstoppable in the set, as Burton and Lowell finished with impressive 1.000 and .571 hitting percentage respectively.

Groess ignited the Gaels' attack in the second set, recording a game-high six kills and helping the team to a 25-22 win. The senior outside hitter took control at the net, as she recorded back-to-back kills, giving the Gaels a 10-8 lead that would never be surrendered. Groess boasted an impressive .667 attack percentage in the second set. Joining Groess were York and Lowell tallying four and three kills respectively, while Kamana'o orchestrated the offense evenly, dishing out 12 assists.

Going into the break the Gaels recorded a .225 team hitting percentage, while holding the Spartans to a .167 mark. Burton's blocking may have had something to do with intimidating San Jose State's offense, as she rejected five of the Spartans attempts with three solo and two assisted blocks in the first two sets. In the back row it was York, Kamana'o, and Huston who kept the ball alive, as they recorded eight, five, and four digs through two sets.

In the third set the score would be tight from the start, as each team would trade points without extending a lead. Eventually the Spartans would go on a four point run, but the Gaels would step-up their defense to force three straight attack errors and bring the Gaels within one, 13-12. A York kill and a well timed Huston ace gave Saint Mary's the lead, 14-13, forcing the Spartans to use their firs timeout. Consecutive York kills moved the Gaels closer to the win, 16-14, while Lowell would add two more down the road to maintain the lead, 18-17.

Unfortunately for the Gaels the Spartans would not go away, as they surged back to take a 23-21 lead, forcing head coach Rob Browning into his first timeout of the set. A kill by freshman Chanteal Satele gave the Gaels hope, 22-23, but two consecutive Saint Mary's errors would end the set, 25-22.

The Gaels would start the fourth set with Hawaiian style, as Burton and Satele recorded back-to-back kills off Kamana'o sets. Continuing to display fire power, York tabbed three successful attempts, while Lowell added an ace and Groess a kill to take a 7-3 lead. The momentum remained on Saint Mary's side, extending the lead to 10-5. From that point on the Gaels would continue to string together consecutive points, expanding the lead to 16-8, and eventually clinching the match and the set, 25-17.

San Jose State was led by Niki Clement in the match, recording 14 kills on 32 attempts for a .344 hitting percentage. Three other Spartans tabbed double-digit kills with 10 apiece, while setter Emily Burke finished with 40 assists.

In the Gaels' next match-up Saint Mary's will face CS Northridge at 10:00 AM in their second competition of the Sacramento State Invitational. Later that day Saint Mary's will face the host school, Sacramento State, in a 7:30 showdown. Both matches will have lives stats available at the Sacramento State athletics website, while the match against the Hornets will also have radio and video streaming.

San Diego - 3
Hofstra - 0

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Jaimarie Sutherland and Amy Mahinalani DeGroot each had 13 kills to help propel the 21st-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-22) win over Hofstra in the opening game of the Holiday Inn LA City Center Trojan Invitational Friday morning.

With the win, the Toreros have won four consecutive matches and improve to 4-0. With the loss, the Pride fall to 2-2 overall.

DeGroot added in 10 digs to go along with her 13 kills to post her second double-double of the season, while also hitting for a .370 clip. Sutherland continued her hot start to the season as she had 13 kills on 26 attempts to post a .308 attack percentage. Senior setter Jessica Nyrop had a match-best 26 assists, while helping direct the San Diego offense to a .277 team attack percentage and junior libero Andrea Csaszi recorded a match-best 16 digs.

In the first set, the early part of the set was evenly played with both teams taking their turn with the lead and neither team having a lead bigger than two. Then with the score at 7-6 in favor of the Toreros, a Nyrop kill ignited a 9-3 San Diego run that capped off on a Ashton Basch kill off a set from Nyrop to give the Toreros a comfortable 16-9 lead. San Diego never looked back as they cruised their way to a 25-15 win.

In the second set, the Pride was able to keep things closer as USD never had a lead bigger than two throughout a majority of the set. Then with the set knotted at 15-15, a Basch kill off a set from Nyrop sparked the San Diego offense into a 10-4 run that was capped off on a Torey Ellick kill to close out the set and give the Toreros a 2-0 advantage in the match going into the break.

In the third and final set, San Diego grabbed the early momentum as they jumped out to a 15-5 lead that was capped on a Ellick kill off a set from Kelsi Myers. But Hofstra refused to go away, as they began to claw their way back into the set as they went on a 10-5 run sparked on a Lauren Engle kill and capped on a Monica Knight kill to pull back to within five at 20-15. The Pride got back to within one at 21-20 on a Engle kill, but San Diego proved to be too strong as they avoided the comeback and claimed a hard fought 25-22 win to complete the sweep.

The Toreros will return to action later this evening with a 5 p.m. match against the University of Oklahoma.

San Diego - 3
Oklahoma - 0

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Behind a 25 kill and 11 dig performance from junior outside hitter Amy Mahinalani DeGroot, the 23rd-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team (5-0) cruised to a 25-15, 25-12, 25-22 win over the University of Oklahoma (1-4) Friday evening in a non-conference match at the Holiday Inn LA City Center Trojan Invitational.

DeGroot led all players with her 25 kills on 52 attempts, while only committing five errors to post a .385 attack percentage. Senior setter Jessica Nyrop recorded a match-high 42 assists, while helping direct the San Diego offense to a .333 attack percentage. Five Toreros were in double-digit digs led by Andrea Csaszi's 15.

In the first set, the Sooners grabbed the first point, but a kill from DrGroot off a set from Nyrop ignited a 4-0 run that was capped on an Ashton Basch kill to give USD the early momentum. Then with the score at 8-6 in favor of the Toreros, a Jaimarie Sutherland kill off a set from Nyrop ignited a 11-3 Torero run to give USD all the momentum and a 19-9 lead that San Diego never looked back on as they cruised their way to a 25-15 win.

In set two, the Toreros continued their momentum from set one as they jumped out to a 10-1 lead that was capped on back-to-back DeGroot kills. That set the tone for the match as USD simply overpowered the Sooners and they cruised their way to a 25-12 win in order to take a 2-0 lead going into the break.

Oklahoma made set three a tough one for the Toreros as both teams took their turn with the lead, but neither team had a lead bigger then two. Then with the score knotted at 21-21, kills from DeGroot and Jillian Wolpman along with attack errors by the Sooners led to the Torero 25-22 victory, allowing USD to remain undefeated on the season.

The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they conclude play at the tournament against the host and seventh-ranked USC Trojans.

San Francisco - 3
UCSB - 1

San Francisco - USF opened play in the 2008 Asics/Powerade Challenge, posting a 3-1 victory against UC Santa Barbara Friday night at War Memorial Gym in its home opener. The Dons (2-2) hit .246 for the match and held the Gauchos to .176 hitting in the decisive fourth game.

San Francisco also stalled UCSB head coach Kathy Gregory's quest for career-win No. 800. The Volleyball Hall-of-Famer looks to become just the sixth head coach to reach the milestone. Gregory and the Gauchos take on Utah State and UT Arlington in tournament action on Saturday.

USF got monster performances from its middle blockers. Senior middle blocker Alix Gombos recorded 15 kills on .609 hitting to go along with six blocks. The Oregonian made just one attack error in 29 swings. Senior middle Carly Babin added 15 on .345 hitting with seven blocks (two solo).

"I think overall our effort tonight was the best of this season from top to bottom," USF head coach Gilad Doron said. "We played with great energy. Our middles and right side players made big plays for us throughout the match. To have the students cheering for us gave us a huge lift. This was a good match to for us to build on for the rest of the season."

Sophomore opposite hitter Sarah Mandala also chipped in 15 kills. Senior outside hitter Addie Webster tallied eight kills and 12 digs, while freshman middle blocker Erin Bragg added seven kills with three blocks. Junior libero Haley Carroll recorded a team-high 18 digs for the Dons, who improved to 2-0 in the all-time series against the Gauchos.

USF's setting tandem also enjoyed a solid match. Senior Darcy Carroll a team-high 33 with eight digs, while sophomore Alaina Sully added 20 for the Dons.

Rebecca Saraceno led four UCSB players in double-digit kills with 15, while Charlene DeHoog added 14. Leigh Stephenson tallied a match-high 19 digs for UCSB.

USF returns to action when it takes on UT Arlington (3-2) at 11:00 AM and then concludes tournament play against Utah State (0-5) at 7:00 PM. All matches played at War Memorial Gym.

Santa Clara - 3
Texas Tech - 0

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Led by Brittany Lowe's match-high 14 kills and Nina Sevastopoulos' 11 kills, the Santa Clara volleyball team registered its first sweep of the season over Texas Tech. The final set scores were 25-22, 25-13, 25-21. The Broncos continue action at the Sheraton Four Points Arizona Invitational Friday night against the Wildcats of Arizona. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Junior Lindsy Davigeadono dished out a match-high 34 assists, while senior Taylor O'Brien collected 10 digs. Both freshman Libby Morrison and Lowe tallied three aces each, and Anny Cmaylo posted four total blocks. As a team, the Broncos out-hit the Red Raiders 39.1 to 22.0 percent and out-blocked their opponent 7.0 to 5.0.

The Broncos started off slow in the first set, watching the Red Raiders climb to an 8-4 lead. But after a timeout called by SCU, the squad began to chip away at the lead and with a kill from Cmaylo, Santa Clara knotted the score, 14-14. The Broncos jumped to a three-point edge, 19-16, on kills by Sevastopoulos, Lowe and freshman Dana Knudsen. However, Texas Tech rallied back to tie the score, 19-19 on a kill by Amanda Dowdy. The Broncos regained control with a block by Tanya Schmidt and Lowe, but the score was tied again at 22 points each. SCU earned the one-point advantage on a kill by Cmaylo and an ace from Morrison brought the set to 24-25. A kill by Cmaylo off a set from Davigeadono brought the set to a close, 25-22.

Although the Red Raiders opened the second set with two quick points, the Broncos grabbed the advantage after a 3-3 tie and never looked back. A 6-0 run served by Cmaylo and fueled by points from Sevastopoulos, Davigeadono and Knudsen gave Santa Clara a 17-5 control of the set. The Broncos quickly won, 25-13, with an ace from Lowe.

The third and final set saw both teams go head-to-head trying to gain control of the scoreboard. The set was tied four times before the Broncos were able to breakaway from the Red Raiders with a 5-1 run to make the score, 15-10. Santa Clara remained on top for the remainder of the set, taking a six-point advantage on a kill by Sevastopoulos, 21-15. SCU reached match point on a kill by Lowe, but was halted by late Texas Tech run. Back-to-back kills by Hayley Ball brought Texas Tech within three points but after a timeout by the Broncos, a kill by Lowe ended the match, 25-21.

After taking on host Arizona Friday night, Santa Clara faces Texas State on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 10 a.m.

Portland State - 3
Gonzaga - 0

SEATTLE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's volleyball squad dropped a 3-0 decision to Portland State University in its second match of the Northwest Challenge, hosted by the University of Washington. The Bulldogs, who have lost five-straight, fell to the Vikings Friday afternoon 25-21, 25-18, 25-19.

The Zags offense rebounded from an off night, finishing their match against the Vikings with 39 kills, 19 more than the Washington match yesterday, and a .168 hitting percentage. Gonzaga, who only had three players tally kills against the Huskies, had six players finish with two or more kills in its match versus Portland State. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was junior Michelle Boevers with 11 kills, along with four digs and one solo block. Senior Elaina Renius had added 10 kills for GU; her fifth double-figure kill match of the season.

Junior Emily Johnson shattered her career-high dig record in the match, registering 18. Her previous best was 11, collected twice, once against the University of Idaho (10/3/06) and once versus North Dakota State University (8/30/08). The outside hitter also added nine kills for the Bulldogs.

Also finishing with double-figure digs was senior Paige Dillingham. The Zag libero had 12 in the setback.

Portland State was led by both Lindsey Steele and Marija Vojnovic. Steele had a match-high 16 kills along with 13 digs for the Vikings, while Vojnovic also registered a double-double of 10 kills and 11 digs.

Gonzaga will close out the Northwest Challenge at 5 p.m. today with a match against Boise State University.

Kansas State - 3
Portland - 0

PORTLAND, Ore. --- The No. 20 Kansas State Wildcats defeated the Portland Pilots 3-0 Friday evening at the 2008 Nike Invitational at the Chiles Center. The Pilots pushed K-State to the limit in the third set, 28-26, after the first two sets closed with identical 25-15 scores.

K-State (5-1) outside hitter Rita Liliom finished with a match-high 11 kills.

K-State, who remains undefeated in this 2008 Nike Invitational, took the first set thanks to a combined attack from Wildcats Megan Farr with four kills, and three kills apiece for Liliom, Natalya Korobkova and Kelsey Chipman.

The team attack continued into the second set with seven Wildcat players contributing at least two kills each to the team total.

In the third set, the Wildcats took advantage of some early errors from the Pilots to take a quick lead of 6-3. Portland stayed calm and pulled the score to an even 7-7, which was followed by an exchange of kills from both teams. A kill by Ashley Grayson allowed UP to enjoy their first lead of the night at 10-9. The lead widen to 13-10 thanks to a kill from Fox and two Wildcat errors.

More back-and-forth play moved the score to an even 16-16 until a kill by Jessica Clemens, two by Sheedy and one by Fox brought the score to 21-18 in Portland's favor. They would enjoy the lead a little longer thanks to two more kills by Fox. From there, K-State reclaimed the lead at 23-22. A big block from Wildcats Korobkova and Shipman came at a key moment, but a pair of kills from late substitute Shelly Sievers kept the Pilots in the game at 25-25. The Pilots continued to make the Wildcats fight hard to finish the set and match with a 28-26 score.

K-State posted an attacking percentage of .318. Wildcats Megan Farr and Korobkova had eight apiece.

Portland junior Kaylyn Jones finished with 27 assists, while senior K.C. Fox had a team-high eight kills. Both sophomore Jessica Clemens and freshman Allix Strahon finished with 13 digs each.

The tournament concludes on Saturday at the Chiles Center with matches between UC Irvine and Arizona State at 9:30 a.m. and Kansas State and South Florida at noon. Portland and South Florida close the tourney with 7 p.m. match.

UC Irvine - 3
Portland - 0

PORTLAND, Ore. --- The UC Irvine Anteaters defeated the Portland Pilots 3-0 Friday afternoon on the second day of the 2008 Nike Invitational at the Chiles Center. Irvine took the match 25-22, 25-14 and 25-16.

Senior Ashley Grayson finished with 10 kills for the Pilots (1-4), while senior Jennifer Sheedy had seven.

Irvine's (3-2) Lauren Kellerman led both teams with a match-high 16 kills.

The first set began with a back-and-forth rally between the teams. At 8-7, the Pilots picked up momentum with a four-point run. Moments later UP enjoyed its largest lead of the set at 18-12 thanks to a spree of kills from Grayson, Sheedy and junior Maria Clemens. However, the Anteaters battled back on a 13-4 run, sneaking out the win by a 25-22 margin.

The second set began much like the first with neither team able to gain much of an advantage. At 4-4, UCI pulled ahead with a five-point streak and never looked back. This set the tone for the rest of the game, with the Anteaters being unrelenting in their attack.

The Pilots showed great character by battling back strong in the third set. Trailing by seven early, Portland was able to put some points together to pull within four. A kill by freshman Marissa Plummer made it a 14-10 game in Irvine's favor. From there, UCI stepped up its attack, finishing the set and match with an 11-6 run.

UC Irvine finished with an attacking percentage of .351, while UP countered with a .153 mark.

Portland junior Kaylyn Jones finished with 12 assists on the afternoon, while senior K.C. Fox had a team-high five digs.

Irvine's Taryn Robertson finished with 35 assists and 11 digs for the double-double.

Portland re-takes the court on Friday evening with a 7:00 p.m. match against No. 20 Kansas State, following the match between South Florida and Arizona State.

Earlier Friday afternoon, Kansas State defeated Arizona State 3-0.

The tournament concludes on Saturday at the Chiles Center with matches between UC Irvine and Arizona State at 9:30 a.m. and Kansas State and South Florida at 12:00 p.m. Portland and South Florida close the tourney with 7:00 p.m. match.


Washington - 3
Gonzaga - 0

SEATTLE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (25-10, 25-14, 25-16) decision to the University of Washington, who is currently ranked ninth in the latest CBS College Sports Network/AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll, in its first match of the Northwest Challenge hosted by the Huskies. With the loss, the Bulldogs dropped to 1-4 on the season, while the Huskies improved to 3-0 overall.

Senior Elaina Renius, and juniors Emily Johnson and Michelle Boevers were the offensive players for the Zags combining for 18 of the team's 20 kills as the Gonzaga offense combined for a .086 hitting percentage. Freshman setter dished out 19 assists as Renius, Johnson and Boevers each had six kills in the setback.

Washington's offensive was opposite of Gonzaga's as the Huskies combined for 36 kills and a .386 attacking clip. The strong and well rounded offense was led by Kindra Carlson who tallied a match-high 12 kills and had a .476 hitting percentage. Airial Salvo added six kills, while both Jill Collymore and Becky Perry chipped in six apiece.

Washington served up a total of 14 aces during the three-set match. Collymore finished with six aces to her credit, while Salvo and Carlson combined for seven.

UW controlled the play at the net slightly, finishing the match with seven team blocks, compared to GU's four blocks. Renius paced Gonzaga at the net with three block assists and one solo block.

Gonzaga will play both Portland State University and Boise State University to close out the Northwest Challenge tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 5. The Zags will face off against the Vikings at 1 p.m. and the Broncos at 5 p.m.

Arizona State - 3
Portland - 1

PORTLAND, Ore. --- The Portland Pilots won the first set before Arizona State rallied for a 3-1 win in a non-conference volleyball match Thursday night at the 2008 Nike Invitational at the Chiles Center. The Pilots opened with a 25-21 win, but ASU would take the next three sets 25-20, 25-12, 25-13.

Senior Ashley Grayson and sophomore Jessica Clemens both recorded double-double's for the Pilots, who drop to 1-3 on the season. Grayson finished with 13 kills and 10 digs, while Clemens had 10 kills and 14 digs.

Sarah Reaves connected for a match-high 20 kills for ASU (3-1).

The night started off promising as the Pilots jumped out to an early 7-3 lead. A kill by senior K.C Fox gave Portland the four-point advantage. Moments later, the lead grew to five at 13-8, courtesy of another kill by Fox.

Portland enjoyed its largest lead of the first set at 20-13. Arizona State would then rally to make the score 23-21, but UP would hang on for the win by scoring the set's final two points. Jessica Clemens capped the win for Portland with a set-clinching kill.

The second set was a back-and-forth battle, eventually won by the Sun Devils. Neither team was able to gain much advantage, with Portland taking a 12-10 lead after a kill by Maria Clemens. ASU would then re-claim the lead before UP rallied to tie it at 15-15. From there, ASU would embark on a 10-5 run to claim the set.

The third and fourth sets belonged to Arizona State.

Junior Kaylyn Jones had a team-high 22 assists for Portland, while Maria Clemens chipped in with 12. Maria added 11 digs. UP freshmen Robyn Hall, Kati Hronek, Marissa Plummer and Allix Strahon all made their Chiles Center debuts.

ASU was solid at the net, finishing with 11 team blocks. Arizona State also had an attacking percentage of .302, while UP countered with a .133 mark.

Earlier Thursday night, Kansas State defeated UC Irvine 3-1 In the Nike Invitational opener.

The tournament continues at the Chiles Center with four matches on Friday. Kansas State and ASU start things off at 12:00 p.m. The Pilots are slated to play UC Irvine at 2:30 and the K-State Wildcats at 7:30 p.m.