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WCC Volleyball Recaps

Sept. 8, 2007

Gonzaga - 3
New Mexico - 2

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Matching up against the University of New Mexico, whose only loss of the 2007 season was against a Top-25 team, did not scare the Gonzaga University women's volleyball team. The Bulldogs took a hard-fought 3-2 (23-30, 30-27, 31-29, 30-22, 15-13) victory over the Lobos to win the Comcast Lobo Invitational hosted by New Mexico on Saturday.

The Zags have now won six-straight and hold an 8-3 overall record, while the Lobos dropped to 9-2 on the year after the setback.

Senior Heather Dunn was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player after dishing out a season-high 64 assists, along with collecting eight digs, four kills and two block assists. In the three tournaments the Zags have participated in this season, Dunn has been named to each All-Tournament squad.

Senior Becky Jones and sophomore Layne Brosky also were named to the All-Tournament team. It's Jones second-straight All-Tournament honor.

Jones led the Bulldogs with her sixth double-double of the young season. She finished with a season-high 21 kills in addition to 13 digs, three blocks and a service ace. Brosky had nine kills, three blocks and two digs in the see-saw victory.

Dunn was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament, but junior Elaina Renius was definitely the player of the match. Renius finished the contest with 19 kills, her seventh double-figure kill match. She also had seven solo blocks and two block assists. The seven solo blocks is tied for the second most blocks in a single-match in Gonzaga history. Renius also had seven solo blocks against Saint Mary's in 2006.

The Bulldogs closed out the match with a season-high 79 kills along with a .180 attacking percentage. Also in double-figure kills for GU was sophomore Michelle Boevers who tallied 16.

For the first time this season an opponent edged out Gonzaga in digs. New Mexico collected 71 digs, while Gonzaga had 61. The Bulldogs did have the advantage in blocks though, 17-9.

Leading the way for the Lobos was Jeanne Fairchild who finished with an impressive 30 kills. She also had four digs, two blocks and two assists. Also in double-digit kills were Lisa Meeter and Rose Morris, who had 18 and 14, respectively.

Jade Michaelsen and Sarah Kwasighroch combined for 54 assists as New Mexico tallied 70 total team kills and had a .197 hitting clip.

The Bulldogs will be back in action Sept. 14-15 when they participate in the Texas Christian University Tournament; their last tournament of the season. Gonzaga will face Alcorn State University (3:30 p.m.) on Sept. 14 and Sam Houston University (9:30 a.m.) and TCU (6 p.m.) on Sept. 15.

Loyola Marymount - 3
Columbia - 0

LOS ANGELES - Loyola Marymount volleyball won its third straight match Saturday afternoon with a 3-0 (30-18, 30-18, 30-10) sweep of Columbia in day two at the LMU Hilton LAX Invitational. Loyola Marymount (6-3), now 2-0 in the weekend's tournament, will face the 10th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers (7-1, 2-0 in tournament) Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. for the invitational title.

Despite the quick match, two Lions tallied double-doubles, as Christianna Reneau tallied 10 kills and 14 digs and Renee Horton finished with 31 assists and 11 digs.

Junior Lindsay Banas recorded a career-high six kills, hitting 6-for-7 without an error to finish with a .857 attack percentage. She added three block assists.

Fellow junior Emily Day had seven kills, all in game three, to help LMU secure the sweep. LMU hit a match-high .519 as a team in the third frame.

The Columbia Lions were led by Amalia Viti's 10 kills and Ellie Thomas' 12 digs.

Columbia will wrap-up tournament action with Tulane in the 5:00 p.m. match.

The LMU Hilton LAX Invitational's two undefeated teams in 10th-ranked Wisconsin and LMU will play for the title tonight at 7:00 p.m. The tournament awards ceremony will follow the match. Follow all of the action on both Gametracker and the Lions' Audio Network at LMULions.com.

Wisconsin - 3
Loyola Marymount - 2

LOS ANGELES - Playing in the title match of the LMU Hilton LAX Invitational, Loyola Marymount (6-4) volleyball was four points shy of knocking off 10th-ranked Wisconsin in Gersten Pavilion. The Badgers (8-1) held on for the 3-2 (21-30, 30-24, 30-23, 27-30, 15-13) victory and the tournament title.

Both teams entered the match 2-0 in tournament play this weekend, setting up the title match. And what a title match it was, as the programs battled for nearly two and a half hours and needed a deciding game five to settle the score. The match featured 31 tie scores and 10 lead changes over the course of the evening.

LMU was represented on the all-tournament team by seniors Christianna Reneau and Heather Hughes. Reneau posted statistical double-doubles in each of the three matches on the weekend, including 13 kills and 13 digs tonight against the Badgers. Hughes, the reigning National Player of the Week, had double-doubles in two of three matches on the weekend including tonight's 22 kills and 17 digs.

Wisconsin placed Katherine Dykstra (13 kills, four blocks tonight), Allison Wack (18 kills), and Jackie Simpson (58 assists, 14 digs) on the all-tournament team. Simpson was named the tournament's most valuable player.

Featuring a big lineup, Wisconsin had the advantage in the blocking column, tallying 15 on the night. But the Lions took advantage of 13 Badger service errors, while LMU had just six service errors in the five-game match. Junior Emily Day had a match-high four aces.

The Lions had four players with double-digit digs tonight, including freshman libero Whitney Leonard, who had 18.

Reneau served the Lions to six unanswered points in game one to give the Lions a 25-17 lead they did not relinquish in the frame. One of Day's four aces gave LMU the 30-21 win, as the Lions held Wisconsin to a team hitting percentage of .000.

But Wisconsin returned in game two to hit .375 and evened the match at 1-1 with a 30-24 victory.

LMU led by as many as five points early in game three, but the Badgers fought back for the 30-23 win.

Both teams hit their best in the fourth frame, but the Lions' .400 proved too much for Wisconsin. LMU evened the match at 2-2 with a 30-27 victory in game four.

Though game five was only played to 15 points, the frame featured 10 tie scores as the teams battled until the end. Tied at 13-13, the Badgers won two straight points to cut the Lions' upset bid just short at 15-13.

The 8-1 Badgers had only dropped a game to 15th-ranked BYU, who defeated Wisconsin 3-2 to account for its only loss. Wisconsin had swept every other opponent 3-0 until running into the Lions Saturday night.

LMU finished the week 3-1 with two of the four matches lasting five games and two of the three victories coming against opponents who were undefeated at the time. Three of the Lions' four losses have come to teams which are currently ranked in the nation's top-25.

Up next for the Lions is the Asics Tournament, where the Lions will face Pacific and Oregon State Thursday and Friday in Stockton, Calif. The matches will be carried on Gametracker and the Lions' Audio Network, both at LMULions.com.

Portland - 3
UTEP - 1

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Pilots won their second match of the Nike Portland Invitational with a 3-1 over UTEP Saturday afternoon at the Chiles Center. The Pilots are now 2-0 as the host team and will face Pacific in the championship match at 8 p.m. this evening. Portland has now won three matches in a row and improves its overall record to 6-2.

UP won 30-22, 20-16, 25-30, and 30-16. The star of the match for UP was junior middle blocker Ashley Grayson who finished the match with 21 kills and six aces, both season highs for the Pilots this season. It was a great team effort as the Pilots hit .331 for the match.

Game one was tied at 6-6 when UTEP went on a 5-0 run, which was capped off by an Elyse Reyes ace to put UTEP up 11-6. UTEP extended the lead to 17-10 on a kill by Amy Sanders. The Pilots would then begin to close the gap. UP went on a 4-0 run which featured back-to-back kills by Grayson to cut UTEP's lead to three points at 17-14. Portland finally tied the game at 20-20 on a Grayson kill. The Pilots went on an amazing 12-2 run to take game one 30-22. Freshman Jessica Clemens ended game one in style as she smashed an ace to give UP the win.

The Pilots would dominate the second game as they would hit .522 as a team. Jessica Clemens opened with a kill to make it 1-0 and the Pilots were off to the races. At no point during the game would UP ever give up its lead. Portland was up 9-8 and proceeded to go on a 9-3 run to go up 19-11. That run saw back-to-back aces by Grayson and two kills by sophomore Maria Clemens. UP was up 23-16 and would close the door with a 7-0 run to win the game 30-16.

UTEP rallied to stay in the match as the miners would take game three, 30-25. The game was close throughout and was tied as late as 16-16. UTEP would take the lead 17-16 on a Daidre Mendenhall ace. Portland would stay close as an ace by Grayson cut UTEP's lead to two points 22-20, but the Miners would hang on for the 30-25 win.

The Pilots came out on fire in game four with a 5-0 run, the first of three such runs in the game.The miners never challenged in game four as Portland closed the door with an 8-0 run to win 30-15.

Three Pilots finished in double figures for kills. Grayson had a game high 21, Jessica Clemens had 16, and junior middle blocker Jennifer Sheedy finished with 13. Maria Clemens had a very solid game as she finished with nine kills and 10 digs. Senior Kara Pein served up four aces to go along with her 53 assists and freshman Danielle Dupar finished with the match with a match-high 22 digs.

Portland and Pacific have each won both of their Nike Invitational matches and will meet for the tournament title this evening. The match is scheduled for 8 p.m. and fans can purchase a live video stream of the match by visiting www.pilotsvideo.com.

Pacific - 3
Portland - 1

PORTLAND, Ore. --- The Portland Pilots drop the final match of the Nike Portland Invitational to the University of the Pacific by a 3-1 margin Saturday night at the Chiles Center. The Pilots (6-3) had another strong effort from freshman Jessica Clemens who finished with 13 kills and 16 digs. Portland had four players end the night with double digits in kills. Pacific was led by Alexa Anderson who had 16 kills and 15 digs.

Portland looked strong by dominating game one at 30-18. Pacific got off to a fast start and had a 5-1 lead. UP fought back to tie the game at 6-6 on a kill by junior Ashley Grayson. With the game tied at 11-11 UP would go on a 5-0 run to go up 16-11. A kill by junior Jennifer Sheedy put Portland on top 17-13. The Pilots would score the next six points to take a 22-13 edge. The Pilots would close the Tigers out by going on an 8-5 run to win the game. Grayson had eight kills for the game and the Pilots hit .357 as a team for the game.

Game two saw the Tigers get out to a 4-0 led on back-to-back aces by Julie Magud. A kill by sophomore Maria Clemens cut the Tigers lead down to two points and made it a 8-6 game. Every time the Pilots made a run to get within two or three points, Pacific would respond with a run of its own to stay ahead. A kill by Jessica Clemens brought UP within four points late in the game as the Tigers were up 28-24 but Portland could not get any closer as Pacific held on for the 30-26 win to take game two.

Pacific won game three 30-22. UP was up early and built a 12-8 on a kill by Jessica Clemens. A kill by the Tigers' Alexa Anderson put Pacific back on top 15-14. The game would remain close and a kill by senior Kara Pein cut Pacific's led to three points, 22-19. The Tigers would close out the Pilots by going on an 8-2 run to win the game.

The Tigers got out to a fast start as they took an 11-5 led on an ace by Johanna Hilbers in the fourth game. The Pilots fought hard to stay in the game. A kill by Sheedy cut the Tigers lead to three, 16-13. Pacific would remain ahead and go on a 9-5 run to win the game 30-24.

Pein finished with 41 assists and three aces for the match. Sheedy and Maria Clemens each had 10 kills and freshman Danielle Dupar played strong in the back finishing with a game high 18 digs for the Pilots.

The Pilots will travel to Eugene to take on the University of Oregon Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

San Diego - 3
Virginia - 1

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Four players recorded double-digit kills as the 18th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team (4-3) proved to be too much for the University of Virginia (4-4) in a 3-1 (30-27, 30-18, 26-30, 30-19) win Saturday morning at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

Amy DeGroot recorded a match-best 19 kills and added in 10 digs to record her fourth double-double of the season. Laurel Abrahamson poured in 16 kills on 36 attacks to post a .333 attack percentage. Jaimarie Sutherland recorded 13 kills to make it four consecutive matches with double-digit kills and Torey Ellick recorded 11 kills. Jessica Nyrop recorded a match-best 34 assists to help direct the San Diego offense to a .280 attack percentage. Sophomore libero Andrea Csaszi recorded a career-high 27 digs in the win.

For Virginia, Sarah Kirkwood recorded a team-best 16 kills and the only other UVA player to record double-digit kills was Lauren Dickson, who had 11. Marlow Bruneau recorded a team-best 29 assists to help direct the Cavaliers offense to a .119 attack percentage.

The Cavaliers surprised the Toreros and jumped out to an early 10-5 lead on a kill by Dickson. But that only fueled the Toreros comeback as they went on a 6-0 run to take their first lead of the match. The USD run was sparked by a UVA attack error and was capped on a Nyrop service ace. The two teams then locked horns and keep it even until the game was knotted at 23-23, then USD would pull ahead and claim game one by a 30-27 margin.

In game two, the Toreros and Cavaliers engaged in a close battle from the start, but with the score knotted at 10-10, the Toreros went on a 10-2 run to gain all the momentum. A UVA service error sparked the run and an Ali Troost kill capped things off. The Toreros never looked back as they went on to claim game two easily by a final of 30-18.

Virginia refused to be swept by the Toreros, as they came out from the break and shocked USD by not giving in. In the early going it was even keel between the two teams, then with the score tied at 10-10, UVA's Dickson gave the Cavaliers the lead with a kill, and they never looked back as they claimed game three by a final of 30-26.

The Toreros then took over in game four as they cruised their way to a 30-19 win. As a team, the Toreros posted a .405 attack percentage to claim the match and move back above .500.

The Toreros will return to action later today as they conclude play in the USD Invitational with a 7 p.m. match against the University of Oklahoma.

San Diego - 3
Oklahoma - 1

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Behind Laurel Abrahamson's career-high 25 kills, the 18th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team (5-3) claimed the championship of the USD Invitational with a 3-1 (32-30, 22-30, 30-24, 35-33) win over the University of Oklahoma (7-2) Saturday evening at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

With game four knotted at 33-33, the Toreros turned to its youth for some help, and the underclassmen delivered. Freshman setter Kelsi Myers got the Toreros back to match-point with a kill off a set from freshman right side Ali Troost and sophomore outside hitter Amy DeGroot laid down a dominating kill off a set from Myers to give USD the victory and tournament championship.

Abrahamson led all players with her 25 kills on 46 attempts to post a .413 attack percentage. DeGroot was the second Torero in double-digit kills as she recorded 16 kills and added in a career-high 18 digs to post her fifth double-double of the season. Sophomore Torey Ellick recorded a career-high 16 kills on 27 attempts, while posting a career-high .407 attack percentage. Kelsi Myers had a team-best 36 assists and Jessica Nyrop added in 29 assists to help direct the Toreros' offense to a .244 team attack percentage.

For the Sooners, Mariana Blum recorded a team-best 18 kills, while Bridget Laplante (16), Sarah Weiland (15) and Anna Stadel (11) were the other three OU players in double-digit kills. Setter Julie Chester recorded a match-best 59 assists, while directing the Sooners' offense to a .261 attack percentage.

In game one, it was apparent that this match was going to be a close nit fight between two quality opponents. The Toreros and Sooners were neck and neck throughout the game with each team taking their turn with the lead and neither team had a lead bigger then four, until Francie Ekwerkwu recorded a kill to give OU a 20-15 lead. But the Toreros would claw their way back into the game and eventually tie things up late at 27-27 on a Weiland attack error. The two teams then sea sawed back an forth and finally with the score knotted at 30-30, Abrahamson laid down back-to-back kills to lift USD to a game one win.

In game two, the Sooners jumped out to an early 10-5 lead and never really looked back as posted a .295 team attack percentage for the game, compared to that of USD who had a .067 attack percentage. OU would even the match at 1-1 with a 30-22 win.

San Diego then regained its composure in game three as they jumped out to an early 5-0 lead, forcing OU to call a timeout. The USD run was sparked by a DeGroot kill off a set from Nyrop and was capped on a kill by Andrea Csaszi The Sooners then slowly chipped away at he USD lead and eventually tied thins up at 14-14 on a Ekwerekwu kill off a set from Chester. San Diego would not relinquish the lead however, as every time the Sooners got close, the Toreros would strike back. The final tie occurred at 20-20, then USD used a 6-1 run sparked by a Abrahamson kill and capped by a Ellick kill to gain control of the game and went on to win 30-24 and took a 2-1 lead in the match.

In the fourth game, it was again a close battle between the two teams, with each team having their turn with the lead. OU took its biggest lead of the game at 13-9 on a service ace, but that lead was short lived as the Toreros came roaring back and knotted the game at 18-18 on a OU service error. The two then sea sawed back an forth, with USD having match-point three times before DeGroot's final kill lifted USD to victory.

The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they host their second consecutive tournament at the Jenny Craig Pavilion next weekend. USD will open play on Friday against Pittsburg at 7 p.m., then will play on Saturday morning against Cal State Northridge and will conclude play in Saturday night against UCLA in a 7 p.m. match.

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Laurel Abrahamson - San Diego
Andrea Csaszi - San Diego
Sarah Kirkwood - Virginia
Melissa Caldwell - Virginia
Brett Quirate - UC Santa Barbara
Dana Vargas - UC Santa Barbara
Julie Chester - Oklahoma
Hannah Sharp - Oklahoma

San Francisco - 3
UC Davis - 0

Senior outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg hammered out a match-high 19 kills to lead San Francisco to a 30-28, 30-15, 35-33 sweep of UC Davis in the final match of the Hallmark Inn Aggie Invitational volleyball tournament at the Pavilion Saturday night. The Dons (7-3) recorded their second sweep of the day against the Aggies (3-6), who lost to Idaho earlier in the day.

Senior Brynn Maurer added nine kills and 11 digs for USF, while junior middle Carly Babin contributed on eight of the Dons' 13 team blocks.

USF battled back from a 9-4 deficit in a Game 1 defensive battle. Don middle blockers Babin and Linzy Kearney combined for eight kills on 15 swings offensively while assisting on four blocks. For UC Davis, Singh had eight of her team's 23 digs in the opener. Setter Carson Lowden and middle Tori Hooper also came up with some key digs, but tough USF serving held the Aggies in check. Hasselberg fired down her fourth kill for game point, then combined with Zuzana Bednarova for a block on the game-winner.

The Dons dominated UC Davis in the second game, attacking at .364 to their host's .023 hitting rate. Hasselberg posted three kills and a pair of blocks during an 8-0 run that helped USF pull from a 6-4 start to a 14-4 edge. Haley Carroll picked up eight digs in Game 2, while older sister Darcy hit 3-0-4 with four digs. The Dons led UC Davis by at least a 12-point margin for the remainder of Game 2, taking a 2-0 match lead at the break.

Hasselberg continued her offensive prowess through the third game, totaling 10 kills in the finale. However, UC Davis enjoyed a final flourish, escaping from a 27-19 deficit to a 30-29 lead. After a pair of Davis blocks, the two teams traded points to a 33-33 tie. Maurer finally ended the see-saw battle with a game-winning kill across the middle of the court.

Senior middle blocker Kelly Patterson posted 10 kills and hit .400 to lead UC Davis offensively. She also had two aces and a pair of blocks for the match. Sophomore libero Avreeta Singh tallied 21 digs to lead the Aggie floor defense.

San Francisco - 3
Boise State - 0

Junior middle blocker Carly Babin notched a match-high 17 kills and hit .469 with five blocks to lead San Francisco to a 30-28, 30-18, 30-25 sweep over Boise State in the fourth match of the Hallmark Inn Aggie Invitational women's volleyball tournament at UC Davis' ARC Pavilion Saturday.

Boise State took an 18-10 lead midway through game one before USF senior Brynn Maurer served up a 9-0 run that put her team up by a 19-18 advantage. The Broncos regained the lead, pulling ahead by 22-20 behind the blocking of Sadie Maughn and Mandy Klein. However, Babin had three of her eight opening set kills during the final stretch to seal the opening win.

San Francisco out-slugged the Broncos by a .333 to .033 advantage in game two, taking an early 9-4 lead behind junior Tiffany Woo's serving. BSU never closed to within than five points as Babin had a kill, ace and block to give the Dons a 2-0 lead heading into the intermission.

USF took a 10-6 lead in Game 3 and never relinquished it. Babin had six kills on 12 swings to go with two blocks at the net as USF hit .300 for the final frame. BSU freshman Alisha King powered her way to seven kills in Game 3, bringing her team to deficits as close as 18-15 and later, 28-24.But Babin knocked down two of the final three points to seal the sweep for the Dons.

Cal Poly - 3
Saint Mary's - 1

Palo Alto, Ca - Saint Mary's played their final match of the Stanford Invitational against No. 17 Cal Poly, falling to the Mustangs 24-30, 30-28, 10-30, 26-30. Freshmen Megan York recorded another double-double on the season, with 17 kills and 12 digs for the Gaels. The Mustangs were led by opposite Kylie Atherstone, posting a .422 hitting percentage with 25 kills in the match.

The Gaels continued their competitive play of the weekend, challenging the Mustangs throughout game one. Saint Mary's remained close at the start of the match, tying the game four times before either team reached ten. Cal Poly would eventually steal the momentum, going on a five point run to give them an 11-6 advantage over the Gaels. Saint Mary's would battle back to put them down three, 18-21, forcing Cal Poly into their first timeout of the match. Following the timeout the Mustangs would extend their lead to 19-25, of an Atherstone kill. The Gaels would not regain the lead, losing to the Mustangs, 30-24 in the first.

Groess led the Gaels with six kills and a .333 hitting percentage in the game, while Burton went 3-of-4, with an impressive .750 hitting percentage. Saint Mary's posted a team hitting percentage of .270 in the loss. The Mustangs were led by Atherstone with seven kills on ten swings. Both teams recorded identical hitting statistics in the match, with 16 kills, six errors, and 37 attempts.

Saint Mary's increased their level of play in game three, recording five service aces and eight blocks. Payne tallied back-to-back aces, to take the lead and push the Gaels to a 12-10 advantage. York ignited on the outside; recording kills to give the Gaels 15 and 17. Gaels errors allowed the Mustangs to sneak back into the game, capturing the lead at 17-18. A hard cross-court kill by York would tie the game back at 18 apiece, but Cal Poly would answer back with an Atherstone kill. Burton would put up a wall on the outside, recording her fourth block of the match and Groess would catch fire tallying two kills late in the game, to maintain the Gaels lead. At 19 apiece Saint Mary's went on a 6-1 run, giving the Gaels their biggest lead of the game at, 25-20. Payne would come out of Cal Poly timeout to record an ace, but the Mustangs would come back with four straight points to keep the game close. Barker would stop the run with a block on the outside, giving the Gaels a 29-27 advantage. Saint Mary's would go on to win the game on a Jaeckel kill, defeating the Mustangs 30-28. York tallied six kills in the game to lead the Gaels.

The Mustangs would come out dominant in game three, going on a 7-0 run to take a 2-17 lead over the Gaels. Saint Mary's would never be able to make up the difference, falling to Cal Poly 30-10. Atherstone led the way for the Mustangs, continuing her hot streak with five kills on eight swings. The Gaels recorded four kill sin the match, to Cal Poly's 14.

The Gaels would not let down, taking a quick lead over the Mustangs at 3-2. Saint Mary's would go on a 6-1 run to expand their lead to four at 7-3. Cal Poly would not be silenced, going on a run of their own to recapture the lead with a 6-0 run to give them 9-12 advantage. The Gaels would push back to string together a run of three, tying the game at 12 a piece. Both teams would continue to trade points back and forth, with no team leading by more than two points. Payne recorded her fourth ace of the match, tying the game at 19 apiece, and York would crush two kills to give the Gales 21 and 22. Cal Poly would continue to put pressure on the Gaels, going on a five point run to put them up 26-22. Saint Mary's would never regain the lead from their, losing the game 30-26.

The Gaels return to action at home on September 13 at 7:00 P.M. against UC Santa Barbara in McKeon Pavilion.

Hawai'i - 3
Santa Clara - 1

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The No. 19 Santa Clara volleyball team fell 3-1 (30-28, 20-30, 28-30, 27-30) to No. 16 Hawai'i in the final match of the 2007 Waikiki Beach Marriott Volleyball Challenge. With the loss, the Broncos dropped to 6-3 on the season, while the Rainbow Wahine improved to 5-3 overall.

Brittany Lowe led the Broncos with 20 kills and added 10 digs, while Nina Sevastopoulos registered 15 kills and six total blocks. Lindsy Evans posted another impressive performance with 14 kills and four total blocks. In the back row, Caroline Walters led Santa Clara's defense with a season-high 20 digs, while handing out two service aces.

The Broncos opened the first game with a 7-3 lead, and pushed their way to a 13-8 advantage on points from Lowe and Sevastopoulos. Yet, Hawaii fought back to tie the score, 15-15, and then took a one-point lead, 20-19, on a kill from Tara Hittle. But Santa Clara was not done yet, compiling a 7-1 run and putting the Broncos ahead, 26-21. A block assist from Evans and Scoffone gave SCU a 30-28 game one victory.

In game two, Hawaii scored the first two points and kept the edge for the remainder of the first half. The Broncos fought hard to knot the score on points from Scoffone, Low and Sevastopoulos, but Amber Kaufman scored the final point to give the `Bows a 30-20 win in the second game.

The start to game three saw a close battle between Santa Clara and Hawaii, resulting in seven ties before the Rainbow Wahine pulled away with a three-point advantage, 19-16. Yet, Santa Clara produced a four-point run to knot the score, 19-19, on a kill from Evans. SCU tied the score once more on a Lowe service ace, 22-22, before UH rallied to game point on a kill from Aneli Cubi-Otineru. The Broncos held off the `Bows for three rallies before Cubi-Otineru struck again and gave Hawaii a 30-28 finish.

Trailing 2-1 in games, Santa Clara kept the score really tight once again as neither team was able to hold the lead for more than two-points. Yet, a service ace from Evans gave the Broncos a 15-14 lead going into the media timeout. UH rallied to take the lead, but SCU remained on close and tied the score seven times with its final attempt at 27-27 on a kill from Sevastopoulos. The `Bows brought the game and match to a close with a 30-27 victory.

For Hawaii, Jamie Houston tallied 26 kills and 10 digs, while Otineru added 16 kills and 16 digs. Kaufman dished out two aces for UH and Juliana Sanders posted seven total blocks.

SCU return to action on Thursday, Sept. 13 in their home opener against UC Davis. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Leavey Center. The Broncos continue at home play with the 2007 Santa Clara Tournament on Sept. 14 -16. Over the three days, Santa Clara will host California on Sept. 14 at 7 p.m., UC Santa Barbara on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m., and Notre Dame on Sept. 16 at 11 a.m.

For Hawaii, Jamie Houston tallied 26 kills and 10 digs, while Otineru added 16 kills and 16 digs. Kaufman dished out two aces for UH and Juliana Sanders posted seven total blocks.

SCU return to action on Thursday, Sept. 13 in their home opener against UC Davis. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Leavey Center. The Broncos continue at home play with the 2007 Santa Clara Tournament on Sept. 14 -16. Over the three days, Santa Clara will host California on Sept. 14 at 7 p.m., UC Santa Barbara on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m., and Notre Dame on Sept. 16 at 11 a.m.