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WCC Volleyball Recaps

Sept. 14, 2007

Gonzaga - 3
Alcorn State - 0

FORT WORTH, Texas - The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team extended its winning streak to seven matches after the Bulldogs swept Alcorn State University in its opening match of the TCU Tournament on Friday. The seven-match win streak equals the Bulldogs longest win streak in school history set in 1994 when they won seven in a row near the end of the season. With the 30-5, 30-12, 30-21 victory, the Zags improved its record to 9-3, while the Braves fell to 0-7 on the season.

Each Bulldog contributed to the lopsided victory. Leading the way for Gonzaga was redshirt freshman Caitlin Cozad who collected a career-high 12 kills. Cozad, who also added one dig and one block assist, finished the contest with a .550 hitting clip. Senior classmates Briawna Mueller and Becky Jones added eight and six kills, respectively.

Heather Dunn passed out 38 assists as the Zags closed out the match with 47 total team kills and a .457 attacking percentage. It is the highest match hitting percentage for Gonzaga in at least 10 seasons.

Leading the way defensively for GU was senior Alecia Douglas and Mueller. Douglas had a match-high nine digs in the victory, while Mueller finished with two block assists.

The Bulldogs limited Alcorn State to just 11 total kills and a -.100 attacking percentage for the match. Jarquita Copeland led the way for the Braves with three total kills and two block assists. Valencia Wise and Jessica Frierson combined for nine out of Alcorn State's 11 assists.

Gonzaga will continue the TCU Tournament Saturday, Sept. 15 with matches against both Sam Houston State University (9:30 a.m.) and TCU (5 p.m.).

LMU - 3
Oregon State - 2

STOCKTON, Calif. - Down by five points in the decisive game five, Loyola Marymount volleyball battled back to win 15-13 to hold off the Oregon State Beavers 3-2 (24-30, 30-21, 28-30, 30-23, 15-13) in day two of the Asics Tournament, hosted by Pacific. The Lions (7-5) had four players in double-digit kills, as they were in comeback mode all match after dropping the first game to the Beavers (7-4) 30-24.

Four players had double-doubles, with Emily Day (28 kills, 17 digs), Christianna Reneau (16 kills, 33 digs), Heather Hughes (27 kills, 12 digs), and Renee Horton (74 assists, 16 digs) leading the way for the Lions. Day's 28 kills were a career-high, as were Reneau's 33 digs.

Erin Downey stepped up for the Lions Friday, chipping in a season-high 12 kills on a .647 hitting percentage.

Whitney Leonard added 23 digs.

A 12-point run in the middle of the frame handed Oregon State the 30-24 win in game one. Both teams hit under .200, and the Lions were out-blocked six to one.

Tied at the media timeout, the Lions came out to win seven straight points behind the serving of Leonard and kills by Day, Downey, Reneau, and Hughes to take a 23-18 lead over the Beavers. Downey threw down two more kills to help the Lions to the 30-21 win that evened the match at 1-1.

LMU trailed by as many as five points early in game three, but the Lions battled back and tied things at 13 on a kill by Day. The teams were within two points of each other for the remainder of the game and were tied at 28-28. The Beavers won the next two points for the 30-28 victory in game three.

Thanks in part to service aces by Lauren Kirk and Horton, the Lions took a 9-6 lead in game four to force an OSU timeout. The LMU lead extended to six on a kill by Day and seven on a big solo block by Jania Motton, which forced the Beavers to use their second timeout at 16-9. Late-game kills by Downey and Day kept things out of touch for the Beavers, as LMU won game four 30-23 to force a decisive game five.

OSU came out on a mission in game five, taking a 5-2 lead. But Hughes kept the Lions within two at 5-3 with her 24th kill of the night. The Beavers built an 8-4 lead before the teams switched sides. Oregon State then had a five-point lead at 13-8, but a kill, block, and an ace helped bring the Lions back to tie it at 13-13. LMU won the next two points, including an ace by Reneau to seal the match with the 15-13 game five win.

The Lions out-dug the Beavers 104-78.

The two Asics Tournament matches marked the first out-of-town tests for the Lions, who head back to Los Angeles 1-1 after the tough tournament week.

With conference action on deck, the Lions will take a week to prepare before returning to action Tuesday, September 24 at Cal State Fullerton. Then, WCC play starts Saturday the 29th at cross-town rival Pepperdine. Both matches start at 7:00 p.m. and will be carried on Gametracker and the Lions' Audio Network at LMULions.com.

Pepperdine - 3
Akron - 0

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Pepperdine women's volleyball team held Akron to a -.029 hitting percentage as the Waves posted a 30-10, 30-24, 30-19 sweep over the Zips at the Blue/Green Classic at Charleston, W.Va. Friday afternoon.

The Waves (6-4) took control of game one early on and limited the Zips (8-3) to a -.235 hitting percentage as they coasted to a 30-10 victory. Pepperdine took a 5-0 lead in game two and kept the lead intact throughout the game for a 30-24 victory. In game three, the Waves hit .289 as a team and held the Zips to a .026 hitting percentage as they posted a 30-19 victory and the sweep.

Pepperdine hit .264 for the match.

The Waves had an eventful day on their way to West Virginia, as they were forced to stay in Atlanta Thursday night due to weather issues. Upon arrival in Charleston Friday, they immediately rode a bus to the gym and had only an hour to prepare for the match.

"We played well, and were focused and concentrated throughout the match despite the hectic day," Pepperdine Coach Nina Matthies said. "I was proud of the team for sucking it up and we were able to pass and take care of the ball really well."

Junior outside hitter Julie Rubenstein (Camarillo, Calif./Oaks Christian HS) posted her team-leading eighth double-double of the season with 13 kills and 16 digs. Additionally, Rubenstein reached a personal milestone with her 500th career dig, and upped her career kill total to 979 with her 13 kill performance, as she stands 21 kills away from 1,000. Senior middle blocker Lecca Roberts (Kula, Hawaii/Seabury HS) notched 13 kills, while sophomore setter Kiah Fiers (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Peninsula HS) recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 45 assists and 11 digs.

The Waves continue play in the Blue/Green Classic with matches against Marshall and West Virginia tomorrow. The Marshall match is set for 8:30 a.m. PT, while the West Virginia match is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. PT.

Saint Mary's - 3
UC Davis - 0

Moraga, Ca - The Gaels returned to action against UC Davis Friday night, defeating the Aggies in three games, 30-26, 30-16, 30-25. Freshman setter Kapua Kamana'o led Saint Mary's throughout the match, recording 46 assists and three crucial aces. The Gaels were led by Megan York and Megan Burton at the attacking positions, posting 17 and eight kills respectively. York performance marked her fifth consecutive double-double and her seventh of the season, tallying 17 kills and 16 digs in the match. Saint Mary's held the Aggies to a .040 hitting percentage, while the Gaels hit for .211 on the match. UC Davis was led by Kayla Varney and Renee Ibekwe with eight kills apiece.

In game one the Gaels took an early, with Fisher serving at the line. Fisher would record two aces in the game, while also adding six digs. Megan Burton proved strong at the net, recording three kills on three swings, for a perfect hitting percentage. At the other middle position, Shannon Lowell tallied three kills and three block assists in the game. The score remained close, but once Saint Mary's reached 20 the Gaels would go on a 10-6 run to defeat the Aggies. Sophomore Lauren Jaeckel would finish off UC Davis with one of her three kills of the game, leading the Gaels to a 30-26 win.

York guided the Gaels to 30-16 win over the Aggies in game two. At the outside position York tallied five kills on 16 swings with no errors, recording a .312 hitting percentage for the game. Joining York was Burton, coming up with four kills and two blocks. Saint Mary's pounced on the Aggies from the start, taking a 14-8 lead, and forcing UC Davis to use their second timeout of the match. Out of the timeout the Gaels grew hotter, forcing the Aggies into multiple hitter errors. Fisher would step up to serve at 20-12, and continue serving for nine straight points, giving the Gaels a 27-13 advantage. Saint Mary's would never look back from there, defeating the Aggies 30-16. The Gaels would post a .257 hitting efficiency under Kamana'o's direction, while holding the Aggies to -.053 in the game.

In the final game of the match the Aggies would put the pressure on the Gaels, taking a quick lead, 3-8, and forcing Saint Mary's to call their first timeout. The Gaels would chip at the score, point-by-point, eventually tying the game at 21 apiece. York would turn up the heat late in the game, recording two important kills to keep the Gaels within reach. A kill by York would put Kamana'o up to serve, and would then go on to serve eight consecutive points to win the game, 30-25. In the run Kamana'o recorded three aces and two assists. Kamana'o recorded 13 assists, three aces, two digs, and one block assists in the game.

The Gaels return to action on Friday September 21 at 7:00 P.M. against Cornell.

San Diego - 3
Pittsburgh - 0

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Amy DeGroot's 19 kills helped pace the 18th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team (6-3) to a 3-0 (30-21, 30-28, 30-20) win over the University of Pittsburgh (5-6) at USD's Jenny Craig Pavilion Friday evening.

DeGroot led all players with her 19 kills on 40 attempts, while only committing one error to post a match-best .450 attack percentage. Both Jaimarie Sutherland and Ali Troost had nine kills a piece to help balance out the offensive attack. Jessica Nyrop recorded a match-best 49 assists to help direct the USD offense to a .271 attack percentage.

For the Panthers, Diana Andreyko led the team with 13 kills and the second Panther in double-digit kills was Kelly Campbell, who tallied 11 kills. Emily Burke recorded 29 assists in helping lead the team to a .152 attack percentage.

In game one, the Panthers captured the first point on a kill by Campbell, but that lead was short lived as the Toreros went on a 7-2 run sparked by a Pittsburgh service error, and capped by a Panther attack error. USD never looked back as they cruised their way to a 30-21 win.

Game two was a different story, as the Panthers were able to stay close throughout the game taking advantage of several Torero miscues. The Toreros jumped out to a 3-1 lead, thanks to a DeGroot kill. USD would build their lead up to five at 9-4 on a kill from Nyrop, but the Panthers would claw their way back in the game, eventually tying the game at 13-13 on an attack error by Troost. Both teams would then keep things close with each taking their turn with the lead. Finally with the game knotted at 28-28, USD would receive back-to-back kills from DeGroot to win the game 30-28.

Game three was all Toreros as they posted a .357 team attack percentage compared to that of Pittsburgh, who posted a .146 attack percentage.

The Toreros will return to action on Saturday morning as they play Cal State Northridge in a 10 a.m. match. The Toreros will also square off against No. 5 UCLA in a 7 p.m. match at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

Sacramento State - 3
San Francisco - 0

San Francisco - USF volleyball ran into a Sacramento State buzz saw in its opening match of the 2007 Asics/Coca-Cola Invitational, falling in three games 30-21, 30-23, 30-14 Friday night at War Memorial Gym. The Dons (8-4) did little to slow down the Hornets (9-3), who hit at a remarkable .382 for the match.

Junior middle blocker Carly Babin recorded eight kills and three blocks (one solo), while junior middle Alix Gombos also shared the team lead with eight kills. Freshman opposite hitter Sarah Mandala added seven kills and eight digs, while senior outside hitter Brynn Maurer tallied a team-high 12 digs.

Senior outside hitter Missie Stidham hammered a match-high 17 kills on .459 hitting with 14 digs for the Hornets, while senior outside hitter Jennifer Ferguson chipped in with 12 kills and 12 digs.

San Francisco returns to action when it takes on Xavier - a 3-2 victor against No. 14 Cal Poly - at 11:00 AM on day two of the USF Asics/Coca-Cola Invitational. The Dons then tackle the Mustangs in the tournament finale at 7:00 PM.

California - 3
Santa Clara - 0

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - In its third match-up of ranked opponents this season, the No. 22 Santa Clara volleyball team fell 3-0 (30-20, 30-19, 30-25) to No. 11 California in the second match of the 2007 SCU Volleyball Invitational. With the loss the Broncos dropped to 7-4 on the season and 0-1 in this weekend's action, while the Bears improved to 9-1 overall and 1-0 in the tournament.

"Cal played really well tonight," said Broncos head coach Jon Wallace. "They are a well organized team, and they know and feel that they can win a match. Cal will definitely make some noise this year. We on the other hand are still developing and working things out. It has to click for us how to maintain the good level of play we develop in a game for a longer period of time. We still break down too fast."

Sophomore outside hitter Nina Sevastopoulos and senior setter Crystal Matich led SCU in kills, posting six each. Matich also dished out 25 assists and two service aces. Also lead the Broncos was senior libero Caroline Walters, who collected a match-high nine digs.

Game one saw the Bears jump to a 9-3 lead on serving efforts from Morgan Beck. Yet, the Broncos rallied behind the serving of Lindsy Evans to produce a 5-1 run on points from Sevastopoulos, 13-11. Santa Clara continued to fight to close the gap, but Cal held its age and advanced to a seven-point lead on a kill from Hana Cutura, 22-15. The Golden Bears ended game one, 30-20.

Santa Clara seemed to find its groove in the beginning of game two, opening with a 3-0 lead on the service of Matich. Yet, Cal rallied back to knot the score, 4-4, with a service ace of their own. The teams battled point for point, until a 7-0 run gave the Bears a 12-5 lead. SCU once again tried to tie the score, but the closest they could get was 22-14 on a kill from Evans. The Bears closed out the second game, 30-19.

Returning from the break, the Broncos seemed reenergized and opened with a 4-1 lead on points from freshman Krista Kelley. But the Bears knotted the score, 4-4, and once again the teams went head-to-head to take control of the scoreboard. The score was tied 10 times, the last being at 15-15, on a Cal error. Even though the Bears attempted to widen the gap, the Broncos remained strong and kept the score as tight as they could. A Cal service error brought SCU within two-point, 24-22, but that is as close as they would get as Cal ended the match with a 30-25 game three victory.

For Cal, Kat Reilly registered a match-high 10 kills and an impressive .909 hitting percentage (10-0-11), while Ellen Orchard and Cutura posted seven and six total blocks, respectively.

The Broncos return to action on Saturday, Sept. 15 with day two action at the 2007 SCU Volleyball Invitational. Santa Clara will face UC Santa Barbara at 7 p.m., at the Leavey Center. Prior to the Broncos match, Notre Dame and Cal will go head to head at 4:30 p.m.