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WCC Women's Volleyball Recaps

Sept. 15, 2006

Loyola Marymount - 3
Jacksonville - 1

Miami, Flor. - Loyola Marymount volleyball won its seventh straight match with a 3-1 (30-19, 30-21, 30-20, 30-23) win over Jacksonville University Friday in day one action at the Miami Hurricane Invitational. With the win, the Lions improve to 9-2 on the season, while Jacksonville falls to 4-6.

The Lions also extended their game winning streak to 11 consecutive games before dropping game three to Jacksonville Friday night. The game streak had started last weekend at the LMU Four Points Sheraton-LAX Classic against UC Irvine and continued throughout the tournament against SMU and Nevada.

Reigning West Coast Conference Player of the Week Heather Hughes stepped up for the Lions all-around, finishing with 18 kills, seven blocks, seven digs, and five service aces. She hit .314 on her 35 swings. Her seven blocks equaled her career-high.

The Lions also got a boost from Lindsay Banas, who came in at middle blocker and recorded a career-high four block assists and two kills.

Christianna Reneau (14 kills, nine digs, four block assists), Sandy Krone (13 kills, .300), and Emily Day (11 kills, 11 digs) all posted double-digit kills for the Lions.

LMU served tough again Friday, tallying 12 aces, led by Hughes' five.

The Lions took the first two games before falling in the third frame, which saw LMU hit just -.056 as a team. LMU closed out the match in game fourth for the 3-1 win.

LMU continues play at the 2006 Miami Hurricane Invitational Saturday, first facing Florida A&M in the 7:00 a.m. PST match. The Lions will then battle the host Hurricanes Saturday at 4:30 p.m. PST.

Saint Mary's - 3
UC Irvine - 1

Stanford, CA - Saint Mary's looked like the team that was ranked No. 2 in the nation in blocking last season, roofing UC Irvine 19 times in a 3-1 victory Friday night at the Stanford Invitational.

The Gaels' front row of Christina Kirk, Megan Burton, Mandy Bible and Brittany Barker held the Anteaters to a .159 hitting percentage and hit a solid .292 themselves, the Gaels' second best hitting game of the year.

With the win in the first game of the Stanford Invitational, the Gaels improve to 5-4 on the year. Saint Mary's returns to action on Saturday, September 16 when it faces No. 7 Stanford at 5 p.m. at Maples Pavilion.

Offensively the Gaels were led by senior Christina Kirk, who recorded a career-high 19 kills with a .533 hitting percentage. Kirk also added five aces and six blocks. Missie Stidham had 21 kills with a .277 hitting percentage and added eight digs and two blocks.

Mandy Bible set the pace with 51 assists, eight blocks, seven digs, two aces and two kills. Megan Burton had eight kills and six blocks and Brittany Barker had 10 blocks and six kills. Defensively Cassandra Kolkka had 15 kills and one ace.

Saint Mary's took an early 18-10 lead in the fourth game over the Anteaters and never looked back. After dropping the first game, the Gaels went on to win the next three, including the fourth game 30-18.

In the third game, the Gaels went back-and-forth with the Anteaters, until pulling away after hitting the 20-point mark. Saint Mary's went on to win 30-22. Stidham led all players with seven kills in the game and added four digs. Bible had 14 assists and three blocks and Kirk added three kills and two blocks. As a team the Gaels recorded four blocks and held UC Irvine to a .111 hitting percentage.

Saint Mary's jumped out to an early lead once again in the second game, but this time they ran away with a 30-19 victory. Kirk led the Gaels with six kills in the game and was hitting .769 after two games. Bible added 14 assists and three digs, Stidham had four kills and Kolkka added four digs.

In the first game, the Gaels jumped out to an early lead, only to see the Anteaters gain a 20-17 advantage, before going on to a 30-24 win. Stidham led the Gaels with six kills, while Kirk had three kills and Bible dished out nine assists. Kolkka recorded six digs as libero.

San Diego - 3
Ohio - 1

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Paced by Kristen Carlson's and Erin Wiskar's double-double's the University of San Diego Women's Volleyball team upset No. 15 Ohio University, 3-1, in the USD Invitational at the Jenny Craig Pavilion Friday evening. The win marked the second upset of the day as No. 11 Wisconsin fell to UC Santa Barbara in earlier action.

With the 25-30, 30-27, 30-27, 30-24 win, the Toreros improve to 9-3 on the season and have snapped the Bobcats seven-match winning streak. With the loss, Ohio falls to 7-3.

Carlson led all players with a match-best 22 kills to go along with 20 digs and Wiskar had 12 kills on 33 attempts while only committing two attack errors for a attack percentage of .303. She chipped in 10 digs to record her first double-double of the season . Christie Dawson had 18 kills and Laurel Abrahamson added 16 kills on 29 attempts for a match-best .414 attack percentage. Jessica Nyrop had a career-best 63 assists on the evening to help direct USD's offense to a .230 team attack percentage.

For the Bobcats, Ellen Herman had a team-leading 15 kills on the evening and Melissa Griffin was the only other Ohio player in double-digit kills with 11. As a team, Ohio had a .153 attack percentage.

The Bobcats were able to claim the first game to take a 1-0 advantage. In the match, Ohio jumped out to a big lead early as they took a commanding 15-7 lead. The Bobcats would fight off all USD runs and took their biggest lead at 26-19. After USD took back one point, OU would take USD to game point at 29-21. The Toreros then got hot and scored the next five points to gain some momentum, but Ohio scored the match winner on a kill by Herman to take the early advantage.

The Toreros would carry that momentum into the second game as they jumped out to a 7-1 lead thanks in large part to Carlson and Dawson scoring the first four points of the game for USD. The Toreros then went into cruise mode as they built a 16-11 advantage. However, the Bobcats clawed their way back into the match and knotted the score at 20-20. USD then dug in and took a two point lead on a Carlson kill and a Wiskar solo block. San Diego then cruised the rest of the way.

In the third game, the Toreros and Bobcats battled back and fourth with neither team taking a lead bigger then three, but once the Bobcats tied the core at 24-24, Wiskar and Carlson again led the way as Wiskar recorded her second solo block of the night and Carlson followed with a devastating kill to give USD a lead they would not look back on.

In the fourth and final game, USD and Ohio were engaged in a tough battle, but in the end USD proved to be to strong for the Bobcats to overcome, thus lifting the Toreros to victory.

The Toreros will return to the court on Saturday at 10 a.m. as they continue play in the USD Invitational against Brown University. The Toreros will then conclude play in the Tournament on Saturday night as they host No. 11 Wisconsin in a 7 p.m. match at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

San Francisco - 3
Marquette - 1

(Milwaukee) - It was not a thing of beauty, but USF will take its 3-1 (30-27, 26-30, 30-25, 30-25) victory against Marquette in the opening match of the 2006 Marquette Challenge Friday night at the Al McGuire Center. The Dons (10-1) captured their eighth straight win against the Golden Eagles (3-7) and defeated the tournament hosts for the second time in three opportunities.

Junior outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg led the way for the Dons offensively with 14 kills to go along with seven digs and three service aces. Sophomore middle blocker Alix Gombos added 12 kills and seven blocks. Freshman outside hitter Anna Berger came through for San Francisco with seven kills, three of them coming late in game four along with four digs and a pair of blocks.

"We came out really flat tonight and fortunately we were able to play better down the stretch when the match was on the line," USF head coach Jeff Nelson said. "Our play in the back row got better as the match went and Kristine came on strong late in game three and Anna closed game four and those were really keys for us tonight."

Freshman libero Haley Carroll tallied a match-high 26 digs, while junior outside hitter added 11 to go along with six kills, four blocks and two aces. Sophomore setter Darcy Carroll dished out 27 assists and recorded nine digs.

USF got off to a slow start in the opening game as Marquette opened up a 21-17 lead and looked to be in control. The Dons responded as Hasselberg served six straight points, including three service aces, on a 7-0 run, taking a 24-21 lead it would not surrender. The Golden Eagles held a .257-.139 hitting percentage edge.

San Francisco dug a deep hole early in game two but mounted a furious late rally, but this time Marquette held on to tie the match at 1-1. The Dons trailed 11-2 and 22-15, but fought all the way back to trail by two, 27-25 courtesy of a 10-2 run, but could not get over the hump. Gombos led USF with eight kills in the frame, while Hasselberg added three. Marquette's cause was aided considerably by five Dons service errors and 13 attack errors. The Golden Eagles managed just 11 kills and a .108 hitting rate in the second set.

Game three was not exactly a volleyball clinic as the two teams combined for 21 attack errors. The Dons jumped to an early lead as Darcy Carroll served four straight points to open it and USF led wire-to-wire. Hasselberg led the way with four kills in the frame, while Gombos chipped in three.

It is doubtful game four will make highlight videos either, but Berger helped USF break out of a 21-21 tie with three kills as the Dons took a 25-22 lead, forcing a Marquette timeout. The Golden Eagles closed to 26-25, but San Francisco went on a four-point burst to seal the win.

USF returns to action in the Marquette Challenge Saturday morning when it takes on Stony Brook at 8:30 AM (PT) and Manitoba at 2:30 PM (PT). Both matches will be held at the Al McGuire Center on the Marquette campus.

Oregon - 3
Gonzaga - 0

BOISE, Idaho - Gonzaga University, who was coming off a thrilling 3-2 win over Eastern Washington, was knocked off by the University of Oregon in three games Friday evening at the Boise State Tournament in Boise, Idaho. Gonzaga, who fell to Oregon 30-17, 30-26, 30-22, dropped to 4-8 on the season, while the Ducks are a perfect 9-0 on the year.

Oregon was able to control two of Gonzaga's top hitters in the match as it held Becky Jones and Elaina Renius to 16 kills on 43 attacks. Jones, the top Bulldog hitter entering the match, was limited to just nine kills and a .036 attacking clip. Renius, who was coming off a 17-kill performance against Eastern Washington, only had seven kills with a .200 hitting mark. Gonzaga was held to 32 total team kills and a .056 attacking percentage.

On the Ducks side of the net, Oregon was very effective as Sonja Newcombe recorded a match-high 17 kills on 29 attacks for a .414 attack percentage. Erin Little added nine kills and a .350 hitting clip, while Neticia Enesi chipped in seven kills and a .211 attacking percentage. Little, Lindsey Stone and Heather Madison combined for 38 assists as Oregon finished with 51 total kills and an impressive .312 hitting percentage.

The Ducks held a slight edge in blocking, with 10 total blocks compared to nine for the Bulldogs. Renius finished with a team-high four block assists for GU, while Karen Washington had one solo block and eight block assists for Oregon.

Gonzaga will close out the Boise State Tournament with a match against host Boise State University tomorrow. Match time is slated for 11:30 a.m.