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WCC Volleyball Recaps

Sept. 13, 2007

Santa Clara - 3
UC Davis - 1

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The No. 22 Santa Clara volleyball team defeated UC Davis, 3-1 (30-25, 30-24, 31-33, 30-24) Thursday night in their 2007 home opener at the Leavey Center. With the win, the Broncos improved to 7-3 on the season, while the Aggies dropped to 3-7 overall.

Lindsy Evans led the match with a career-high 21 kills, while Nina Sevastopoulos and Brittany Lowe chipped in with 19 and 13 kills, respectively. Senior setter Crystal Matich dished out 60 assists and had two service aces, while senior libero Caroline Walters collected a match-high 21 digs.

Kelly Patterson and Kayla Varney led the offense for UC Davis in the beginning of game one, opening with a score 5-3. Yet, the Broncos rallied back on solid plays from Lowe, Alex Scoffone and Sevastopoulos to tie the score, 10-10. On service from Lauryn Dowd, Santa Clara tied the score again, 12-12, and went on a 7-1 run to take a three-point lead over Davis. The Broncos continued to push ahead on points from Evans, Dowd and Sevastopoulos to take a commanding 26-19 lead. The Aggies did not give up and recorded six more points, but it wasn't enough as Scoffone slammed the ball down to end the first game, 30-25, for the Broncos.

The Broncos took early control of the second game, jumping to a 4-1 lead. However, the Aggies fought back to knot the score, 7-7, on strong serving efforts from Carson Lowden. A block from Erin Turner gave UC Davis a one point advantage, but a Matich kill tied the score once again, 8-8. The teams then battled point for point until SCU was able to put together a short three-point run to take a two-point lead on a kill from Evans and Aggie errors. Each team tied the score one more time before a service ace from Lowe gave Santa Clara the edge, 23-20. Three consecutive Bronco kills from Evans, Scoffone and Lowe gave SCU a six-point lead, 27-21, and an Aggie service error ended game two, 30-24.

UC Davis came back from the break energized and ready to give Santa Clara a hard time pulling off a three game sweep. The Aggies grabbed a 6-4 lead on kills from Varney and Ibekwe, but the Broncos knotted the score, 9-9, on a service ace from Matich. Once again, the two teams went head-to-head and tied the score six times before UC Davis advanced to game-point, 29-27, on a kill from Turner. But, Santa Clara still forged ahead tying the score at 30-30 on a point from Sevastopoulos. However, a kill from Diana Gustafson ended the third game for the Aggies, 33-31.

Leading 2-1, the Broncos opened the fourth game on back-to-back kills from Evans, 2-0. UC Davis kept the score tight but Santa Clara continued to hold the edge, on key plays from Evans and Dowd. A kill from Lowe put the Broncos up by three, 10-7, and forced the Aggies to take a timeout. Returning from a later timeout called by Santa Clara, a Matich attack was sent back by UC Davis to the hands of Evans, who then hit the ball with incredible force to bring the Broncos to a 16-12 lead. SCU tried to push ahead, although UC Davis continued to tie the score. Yet, a service ace from Evans put the score at 21-18 for Santa Clara. Sevastopoulos posted then three straight kills to give the Broncos a five point advantage, 24-19, and Matich set up a pair of kills for Dowd to help Santa Clara to an eight-point edge, which was the largest lead of the match, 28-20. As she opened game four, a kill from Evans brought the match to a close, 30-24.

For UC Davis, Ibekwe registered a team-best 15 kills, while Turner added 13 kills on the night and lead the match with six total blocks.

The Broncos return to action on Friday, Sept. 14 in the first day of the 2007 SCU Volleyball Invitational. Santa Clara will face No. 11 California at 7 p.m., at the Leavey Center. Prior to the Broncos match, Notre Dame and UC Santa Barbara will go head to head at 4:30 p.m.

Pacific - 3
LMU - 1

STOCKTON, Calif. - In a back-and-forth match, it was the Tigers that ended up on top, as Pacific defeated Loyola Marymount volleyball 3-1 (23-30, 30-25, 30-27, 30-26) in opening night action at the Asics Tournament. LMU (6-5) won the first game, but Pacific (5-2) rallied behind a rowdy home opener crowd for the comeback victory.

Despite recording eight service aces on the night, including three by Emily Day, serving proved to be the Lions' demise, as they finished with 16 service errors.

The Lions played a streaky game one, taking an early 5-1 lead but letting the Tigers back in it when they tied it at 15-15. The Lions pulled away again and took a 20-17 lead on a solo block by senior Jania Motton. Fellow senior Heather Hughes put the game away with her eighth kill of the night for the 30-23 win. The Lions out-hit Pacific .333 to .150 in game one.

LMU had an early advantage again in the second set, but Pacific rallied behind its big blocking to take a 22-16 lead. Freshman Renee Horton served the Lions back within two points at 22-20, forcing the Tigers to use their second timeout. But it was another solo block that earned Pacific the second game at 30-25.

With the match score tied 1-1, both teams went to the intermission hitting .321.

Despite back-to-back kills by Hughes early in game three, the Tigers took a 15-13 lead by the media timeout. Pacific extended the lead to five points at 18-13, before the Lions battled back to tie it at 19-19 on a kill by Christianna Reneau. The Tigers won five of the next six points though, to force an LMU timeout. Pacific earned game point at 29-24, but the Lions' fought off three straight attempts behind the serving of Hughes. Pacific then called a timeout and won the next point to take game three 30-27.

The Tigers came out strong in game four, taking a 14-8 lead thanks in part to two early service errors. Pacific held on to the lead the entire frame, although the Lions did not go without a fight. A block by Day and Lindsay Banas kept LMU within two at 28-26. But the Tigers took the next two points to close the match with a 30-26 win in game four.

Hughes led all players with 22 kills, and Day (14 kills, 12 digs) and Reneau (11 kills, 12 digs) each had double-doubles for the Lions.

Libero Whitney Leonard had 22 digs.

Pacific's Alexa Anderson had 19 kills and 10 digs.

The Lions return to the Alex G. Spanos Center Friday night to take on the Oregon State Beavers at 7:00 p.m. as play continues at the Asics Tournament in Stockton, Calif. Lion fans can follow the action live on both Gametracker and the Lions' Audio Network at LMULions.com.

UC Santa Barbara - 3
Saint Mary's - 2

Moraga, Ca - The Saint Mary's women's volleyball could not hang on to the lead, falling to UC Santa Barbara in five games, 30-26, 30-26, 28-30, 27-30, 12-15. Freshman outside hitter Megan York's efforts would not be enough to defeat the Gauchos, as she tallied a career high, 26 kills, while also adding 17 digs, for her sixth double-double of the season. Joining York was junior outside hitter Taylor Groess, posting 20 kills in the match. The Gauchos were led by Lauren McLaughlin with 23 kills and 20 digs on the night.

The Gaels opened game one on top, with Huston, Jaeckel, and Lowell all serving for consecutive points. Lowell would serve three straight points, giving the Gaels a 7-4 advantage over the Gauchos. Saint Mary's would keep the momentum for the rest of the game, never handing over the lead to the Gauchos. The Gaels would win 30-26. York chipped in six kills, and Burton and Groess each added four. The offense was led by Freshman Kapua Kamana'o, tallying 17 assists and leading her team to a .324 hitting efficiency. McLaughlin provided four kills and six digs for the Gauchos.

In game two the Gaels took another quick lead, exploding for a 7-2 run. The Gauchos would crawl their way back into the game, taking advantage of McLaughlin and Quirarte kills. The Gauchos tied the game at 13 apiece, but the Gaels would not let down. Both teams would exchange points back and forth, until a Gonzalez serving run late in the game, would give Saint Mary's the lead. The Gaels would score off a Groess kill and Gonzalez ace putting the Gaels up 28-26. A Gaucho error would end the game, as the Gaels went on to win 30-26. Sophomore Lauren Jaeckel ignited in game two for the Gaels, posting four kills on four swings with a perfect hitting percentage. Middle blocker Shannon Lowell also hit for high efficiency, recording four kill on six swings.

After the break the Gauchos came out hot, taking the lead from the start, but the Gaels fought back to tie the game and take back the advantage at 6-5. Saint Mary's would continue to play hard, pushing ahead and taking the largest lead of the game at 21-17. From that point on the Gauchos took over the game, led by McLaughlin on the outside. Consecutive kills by McLaughlin and Quirarte would put the Gauchos down one, forcing Browning into his first timeout, at 22-21. UC Santa Barbara would continue to put the pressure on the Gaels, defeating the Gaels 28-30.

Both teams battled throughout game four, with 18 ties and 10 lead changes. McLaughlin and Saraceno continued their hot streak for the Gauchos, tallying six and four kills respectively. The Gaels were led by Groess with six kills, and Burton with three. The Gauchos would go on to defeat the Gaels, 27-30 in the game.

In the fifth and final game of the match both teams came out ready to compete. Much like the fourth game, both teams exchanged points back and forth, with no team leading by more than three points. The Gaels would reach eight first, leading to a side change, off a York kill. At 12-10 Gaels, Santa Barbara would go on a five point run off two Gaucho kills and three Gael errors. The run would lead the Gauchos to a 12-15 defeat over the Gaels.

Saint Mary's continues play Friday September 14 at 7:00 P.M. versus UC Davis.