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WCC Women's Volleyball Recaps

Sept. 16, 2006

Loyola Marymount - 3
Florida A&M - 0

Miami, Flor. - Loyola Marymount volleyball made quick work of Florida A&M (2-6) Saturday morning, sweeping the Rattlers 3-0 (30-21, 30-19, 30-19) in under an hour and a half. The victory kept LMU (10-2) undefeated in 2006 Miami Hurricane Invitational action heading into tonight's match-up with the host Hurricanes (4:30 p.m. PST).

LMU continued its hot streak, as the Saturday morning win was the Lions' eighth straight. LMU last fell to 11th-ranked Tennessee September 2.

With the two tournament wins this weekend, LMU also extended its neutral court streak. The Lions have not dropped a match on a neutral court since 2004.

Saturday morning, LMU got an early jump, hitting .429 as a team in game one. Though the Lions cooled off slightly in hitting percentage, it was enough to outscore FAMU 90-59 on the match.

The Lions were led by junior Christianna Reneau, who finished with 20 kills and 16 digs, while hitting .436.

Fellow junior Heather Hughes added 14 kills and 13 digs. The reigning West Coast Conference Player of the Week leads the WCC in service aces, and she tallied four again this morning to boost her average.

LMU out-dug FAMU 81 to 57, with Reneau (16), Sandy Krone (16), Hughes (13), and Emily Day (12) leading the way.

Setter Ashley Dutro (42 assists) kept the Lions hitting at a .317 clip on the match.

LMU will now gear up to face the host Hurricanes Saturday night at the Knight Sports Complex. Gametracker will be available for the match at www.LMULions.com. First serve is set for approximately 4:30 p.m. PST, as the match will follow the FAMU vs. Jacksonville match-up.

Loyola Marymount - 3
Miami - 0

Miami, Calif. - For the second straight weekend, the Lions were crowned tournament champions. This time, Loyola Marymount volleyball earned the title with a 3-0 (31-29, 30-27, 30-24) sweep of the host Hurricanes at the 2006 Miami Hurricane Invitational.

With its ninth straight victory, LMU improves to 11-2. Miami falls to 2-6 on the season.

The Lions had secured the tournament title earlier in the day with their 3-0 win over Florida A&M. But the win over Miami ensured a perfect showing for the Lions, as they also topped Jacksonville in day one action Friday.

Heather Hughes earned her second tournament MVP selection in as many weekends. Christianna Reneau and Sandy Krone joined Hughes on the all-tournament team.

Junior setter Ashley Dutro led the Lions Saturday night, finishing with 39 assists and 10 digs. She added four kills, hitting .667. With Dutro at the helm of the LMU offense, the Lions hit .304 in game two and .436 in the final frame.

Miami led almost all of game one and took a 28-22 lead late in the frame. But the Lions rattled off seven straight points, which featured three service aces by Emily Day, to go up 29-28. LMU closed the game with the 31-29 win on a kill by Reneau.

Game two was closer throughout, and was tied as late as 25-25. But Reneau and Hughes combined for four straight kills to give the Lions game point at 29-25. Hughes sealed the victory at 30-27 with another kill.

After game three was tied at 9-9, LMU took the lead and never looked back. A kill by Day gave the Lions a 24-18 lead, and LMU would hold onto that six point advantage to secure the sweep.

Reneau led the Lions in kills, finishing with 15 and adding seven digs. Day tallied 12 kills and eight digs while hitting .458. Krone also just missed a double-double, finishing with 10 digs and eight kills, while hitting .300. Hughes had 13 kills and eight digs.

LMU returns to Gersten Pavilion for its only match of the week this Wednesday, when the Lions host UC Irvine. The Lions and the Anteaters met earlier this season in the LMU Four Points Sheraton-LAX Classic, with the Lions winning 3-1. UC Irvine was named tournament runner-up, while the Lions claimed the title. First serve Wednesday is set for 7:00 p.m., with all of the action carried on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com (Gametracker, live audio, live video).

Portland - 3
Texas Pan-American - 0

RENO, Nev. - The Portland Pilots volleyball team continued what they started last week against Texas Pan-American, winning 30-21, 30-20, 30-25 to earn their second victory against the Broncs in seven days. Portland improves to 6-5 on the season while Texas-Pan American falls to 2-10 on the year.

Freshman Maria Clemens (pictured) had 10 kills and a career high 22 digs to lead the Pilots and recorded her team-leading fourth double-double of the season.

"Maria Clemens was phenomenal tonight," head coach Doug Sparks said. "This might have been her coming-out party, because she was literally unstoppable."

Sophomore Jenn Sheedy also notched 10 kills on 17 attempts for a blistering .529 hitting percentage. Sheedy added 4 blocks in the sweep.

Portland got things rolling in game one, charging out to a 15-10 lead that they never relinquished en route to a 30-21 win. Clemens had five kills in the game to pace the Pilot attack.

In game two, Portland came out blazing, storming to an early 16-5 lead behind three service aces and seven Broncs errors. Texas-Pan American did manage a rally late in the game, but Portland had too large a lead as the Pilots coasted to a 30-20 victory.

Game three was a much tighter affair as Portland and Texas-Pan American were even midway through the match. But with the game tied at 13, Portland went on an 11-4 run to set the score at 24-17 and put the game out of reach.

According to Sparks, the Pilots took a business-like approach to this game, getting it done with blocking and defense.

"I wasn't too pleased with out attack percentage today, but from a defensive and blocking standpoint we were above our season averages," Sparks said.

For the match, the Pilots had 44 kills and 22 errors on 133 attempts for a .165 attack percentage while recording 74 digs and 9.5 blocks and allowing a miniscule .029 attack percentage for the Broncs.

Junior setter Kara Pein had 33 assists and 10 digs for her fourth double-double on the season, tied with Clemens for tops on the team. Junior Nicole Thometz just missed her fourth double-double, notching 9 kills and 9 digs in the win. Sophomore Ashley Grayson continued her excellent play at the net, recording 5 blocks to lead the Pilots and pitching in 9 kills. Senior Murphy McClenehan added 16 digs to give her an even 200 digs on the season.

For Texas-Pan American, Kellie Phillips led the way with 10 kills and Karen Lyons had 19 digs. Broncs star Heather Bravo had a rough night, notching 7 kills and 10 errors.

Next up for the Pilots is a match against Molten Invitational host Nevada at 12:00 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17.

"We are all really excited about playing Nevada tomorrow," Sparks said. "It will be a great test to see where we are and a great win in the win column if we can get it done."

Portland then returns home for a match against cross-town rival Portland State on Tuesday, Sept. 19 before beginning West Coast Conference play.

San Diego - 3
Brown - 0

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego women's volleyball team continued to roll in the USD Invitational this morning as they cruised to a 3-0 sweep over Brown University in the first match of the day at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

With the 30-21, 30-23, 30-25 win, the Toreros improve to 10-3 overall and have strung together four consecutive victories. With the loss, Brown falls to 1-5 on the season and has yet to win a game in the Tournament.

The Toreros hit .217 as a team compared to that of Brown who had a team attacking percentage of .097.

Offensively for the Toreros, Laura Murphy, Laurel Abrahamson and Erin Wiskar recorded a team-best nine kills apiece. Abrahamson had nine kills come on 16 attempts and only committed one attacking error for a match-best .500 attacking percentage. Jessica Andersen also had a solid day for the Toreros as she had eight kills on 17 attempts and committed no attacking errors for an attack percentage of .471. Jessica Nyrop had a match-best 37 assists to help direct the Toreros' offense.

For the Bears, Rikki Baldwin had match-high 12 kills, as she was the lone player of the match in double-digit kills. Natalie Meyers led Brown in assists with 25.

The Toreros will return to action later this evening as they close out play in the 2006 USD Invitational with a 7 p.m. match against No. 11 Wisconsin.

San Francisco - 3
Stony Brook - 0

Milwaukee - USF volleyball hit a remarkable .500 for the match and steamrolled Stony Brook 30-17, 30-23, 30-16 in Saturday in second round action at the Marquette Challenge at the Al McGuire Center. The Dons (11-1) improved to 23-3 against East Coast teams since the start of the 2000 season at the expense of the Seawolves (5-8).

USF's offense committed just seven attack errors in the match, none in game three when the Dons set a program best for a single-game, hitting .714 with 20 kills and no errors on 28 attempts. San Francisco hit .344 in game one and .467 in game two.

Senior setter Jamie Kartchner did a strong job running the offense, dishing out 34 kills to go along with three kills and eight digs. Junior outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg led the way for the Dons with a team-high 12 kills on .500 hitting - one of six USF players to hit .500 or better. Junior middle blocker Katherine Hart enjoyed an outstanding day, hammering eight kills with no errors in 11 attempts for a .727 hitting day, while sophomore middle blocker Carly Babin hit .857 (6/0/7).

San Francisco held a 52-34 kills advantage and did a great job at the net with a 9.5-0 blocking edge, led by four (one solo) from junior opposite Linzy Kearney. USF's defense held Stony Brook to a .045 attack percentage.

Freshman Haley Carroll recorded a match-high 14 digs for the Dons.

San Francisco - 3
Manitoba - 0

Milwaukee - USF captured its third straight tournament title with a 30-17, 30-20, 30-25 sweep of Manitoba in final round action of the 2006 Marquette Invitational Saturday afternoon at the Al McGuire Center. The Dons (12-1) posted their 10th straight victory - the longest winning streak since the 2003 squad opened the season on a program record 15-match string.

Senior setter Jamie Kartchner earned tournament MVP honors for the first time as a Don after leading San Francisco to the highest attack percentage (.500) in school history in a sweep against Stony Brook in the first match on Saturday and then dished out a season-high 44 assists against Manitoba.

Freshman libero Haley Carroll enjoyed another outstanding tournament for USF, tallying 30 digs against the Bisons and averaged more than six per game for the weekend and collected all-tournament selection for the first time. Junior outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg received her fourth straight all-tournament nod after leading the Dons in kills for the fourth consecutive week.

Sophomore middle blocker Carly Babin led the Dons offensively with a team-high 11 kills on n.348 hitting and added a pair of blocks against Manitoba, while sophomore outside hitter Susan Bednarova turned in her best performance of the season with 10 kills on .381 hitting to go along with five digs.

San Francisco returns to action when it travels to the east coast. The Dons take on New Jersey IT Thursday before competing in the Long Island Blackbird Invitational beginning Friday in Brooklyn.

Santa Clara - 3
UC Irvine - 0

STANFORD, Calif. - The No. 8 Bronco volleyball team, with the wound from Thursda's biting loss still fresh, fed off of their pent-up frustration Saturday afternoon, unleashing a dominating 3-0 (30-17, 30-20, 30-18) sweep on the UC Irvine Anteaters at the Stanford Invitational at Maples Pavilion.

The Broncos (8-2) return to the court tonight for a 7 p.m. match against Georgetown that will conclude tournament play.

"I thought that the girls came into this match really determined and focused to get better in the areas we discussed in our film session, and they did get better," said head coach Jon Wallace.

Megan Pura put down a career-high 11 kills at a .786 clip in the victory, while Anna Cmaylo had 10 kills as the Broncos hit a collective .427 for the match behind Crystal Matich's 38 assists. Brittany Lowe added nine kills and nine digs while Nina Sevastopoulos had three blocks up front.

"We've worked on Megan's hitting and she and Crystal have been connecting really well this year," Wallace said of the senior middle blocker. "Megan has worked hard in practice and has earned her time on the court."

Santa Clara did not mess around Saturday afternoon, opening the first game with a 6-0 run that featured a pair of kills by Cmaylo and an ace from Lauren Dowd. Things evened out for the next few points, but the Broncos put together another run, taking eight out of 11 points to extend their lead to 19-9 before UC Irvine (3-8) burned a timeout.

The stoppage in play had no effect on the Broncos, who continued to roll, extending their lead to 26-13 on kills by Lindsy Evans, Kim McGiven and a combined block by Pura and Lowe. Leading 29-17 after a Lowe kill, Matich again went to Lowe on the next point, who put down the game-clinching kill.

Game two wasn't much different than the first, as although the Broncos spotted the Anteaters a 2-1 lead early, a 4-0 run behind the howitzer-blast serves of Evans gave SCU a 5-2 lead that they would not relinquish. An Evans kill that made it 14-7 prompted the Anteaters to call another timeout.

Again, as in the first stanza, the timeout did not do much to slow the Broncos, as a Lowe solo block followed by a Pura kill and an ace from Taylor O'Brien gave SCU a double-digit lead at 21-11 and forced UC Irvine to call its final timeout of the game.

Three straight kills from McGiven, Lowe and Matich, followed by a solo block from Matich gave SCU a 4-0 run off the restart, and although the Anteaters managed to grab a few more points, the Broncos were not to be stopped. A block and then a kill by Sevastopoulos brought Santa Clara to game point at 29-16, and despite a 4-0 Anteater burst, the Broncos captured the stanza following a UC Irvine blocking error.

The third game started out as a closer affair, with the teams knotted at six-apiece before Pura helped the Broncos create some space on the scoreboard, making three kills over a 5-0 run that made it 11-6. Then deficit stayed at five at 19-14 after another Pura kill and a hitting error on UC Irvine, then SCU effectively put things on ice with a 5-1 run that gave them a nine-point advantage at 24-15.

Three hitting errors by the Anteaters gave the Broncos match-point at 29-18, and another one gave SCU the match.

Santa Clara - 3
Georgetown - 0

STANFORD, Calif. - The No. 8 Santa Clara University volleyball team got things headed back in the right direction Saturday as they completed a sweep of their doubleheader with a 3-0 (30-22, 30-16, 30-21) sweep of the Georgetown Hoyas to close things out at the Stanford Invitational at Maples Pavilion.

With the win, the Broncos (9-2) bring to an end their season-opening 11-match road trip. The team will finally return to the Leavey Center Tuesday night for its 2006 home opener, taking on the Sacramento State Hornets at 7 p.m.

Following the tournament, Santa Clara's Kim McGiven and Crystal Matich were named to the All-Tournament team for their performances.

Anna Cmaylo led the Broncos in the evening with 13 kills while hitting .476. Megan Pura turned in her second solid effort of the day, putting down eight kills and making six blocks to pace the defense. Crystal Matich dished out 41 assists and Taylor O'Brien, filling in at libero, made 12 digs and served up a pair of aces.

In addition to O'Brien, many of the younger Broncos saw a good amount of time on the court Saturday night. Lindsy Evans had two kills and a block, Nina Sevastopoulos made five kills and four digs, Lauryn Dowd put down four kills to go with four digs, and Brittany Awai served up an ace.

"I think it was kind of a dysfunctional match, both teams were pretty sloppy, but I thought we settled down a little bit and our new players brought some energy and played a little better out there," head coach Jon Wallace said about the new Broncos who saw extended time in the match. "Those girls have been working so hard in practice and it was good to see them get onto the court."

The first game of SCU's second match of the day was a give-and-go kind of affair marked by inconsistent play by both sides. Neither team could get into a solid rhythm as they combined for 16 attack errors in the first frame. Despite the lack of fluidity, the Broncos did manage to pull ahead by four at 20-16 thanks to a service error by Georgetown (5-7). A shared block by Pura and Evans helped cap a 3-0 SCU run that made it 22-16. The lead eventually was extended to 29-22, and again, another attack error made the difference as it gave the Broncos the first game at 30-22.

Santa Clara got things together in the second stanza, jumping out to a quick 6-3 lead behind a pair of Cmaylo kills. The run continued as the Broncos got out to a double-digit lead at 19-7 behind a kill by Sevastopoulos and an ace by Brittany Lowe. The teams continued to trade sideouts the rest of the way, as the Broncos held a 28-16 advantage before kills by Pura and Sevastopolous put things away heading into the break.

The third stanza began as another give-and-take battle, with the teams matching one another up to the 7-7 point, before kills by Cmaylo and Lowe gave SCU a two-point lead. But the Hoyas continued to fight, retaking the lead at 12-11 after a 5-2 run before a Lowe kill evened things up once more.

Georgetown attack errors gave the Broncos a 19-15 lead soon after, forcing the Hoyas to burn a timeout. After play resumed, SCU showed no signs of rust as a Sevastopoloulos kill made it 22-17. The lead stayed at five at 25-20 when the Hoyas took another timeout, but consecutive kills by Pura upped the lead to six, and two more Georgetown attack errors made it match-point for the Broncos at 29-21. Lowe's kill from the outside ended things as the Broncos had their ninth victory of the year in hand.

Boise State - 3
Gonzaga - 0

BOISE, Idaho - Two Gonzaga University volleyball players finished with double-digit kills on Saturday afternoon but it was not enough to overcome Boise State University as the host Broncos earned a 3-0 victory. Boise State earned the 30-26, 30-26, 30-28 win on the second day of the Boise State Tournament in Boise, Idaho. The visiting Bulldogs dropped their overall record to 4-9 on the season, while the Broncos improved to 6-5 on the year.

Junior Becky Jones continued to lead the Bulldogs, finishing with a team-high 15 kills. Freshman Emily Johnson followed with 11 kills and sophomore Elaina Renius added eight kills. Junior Heather Dunn passed out 38 assists as Gonzaga finished with only 49 total team kills and a .250 hitting percentage.

Boise State registered 58 kills with Jeanette Jenkins leading the way with a match-high 18 kills. Both Cameron Flunder and Arlee Tamietti added 13 kills a piece for the Broncos. Mandy Klein dished out 46 assists as Boise State ended the contest with 58 total kills and a .291 attacking percentage.

Junior Alecia Douglas and Dunn had 11 and 10 digs, respectively for Gonzaga, as the Bulldogs out-dug their opponents 47-43. Jackie Stroud led the way with a match-high 14 digs for Boise State.

Gonzaga will return to action Tuesday, Sept. 19 when it plays at Montana. Match time is slated for 6 p.m.

Purdue - 3
Pepperdine - 1

MALIBU, Calif. - The 20th-ranked Pepperdine women's volleyball continues to battle its way through one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the nation but the Waves have been unable to pick off a team ranked in the CSTV/AVCA top 25, a trend which continued Saturday night as Pepperdine fell 3-1 (30-21, 25-30, 30-24, 32-30) to No. 14 Purdue in Malibu, Calif.

Pepperdine (4-6) received another dominating performance from Sophia Milo (Portland, Ore.) as she torched the Boilermakers (10-1) for 15 kills on .636 hitting with four blocks. Julie Rubenstein (Camarillo, Calif.) tallied a match-leading 18 kills to go along with 14 digs, while Rachel Lumsden (Brea, Calif.) recorded 15 kills and 11 digs in the loss.

Purdue was paced by Carrie Gurnell's 16 kills on .500 hitting. Samantha Mader added 15 kills for the Boilermakers, while Elizabeth Jacques and Danita Merlau each turned in 14 kills. Stephanie Lynch recorded four of the team's 11 service aces. Purdue also outblocked Pepperdine by a 14.0-8.0 margin.

After falling behind by five, 24-19, in game four, Rubenstein served Pepperdine back into the match leading the Waves on a 6-0 run to give the home team the 25-24 lead. Purdue answered with three kills out of its final timeout to regain a two-point 27-25 lead. The Waves answered with a 4-1 run and was serving to send the match to a fifth game but on the ensuing play, Kayla Walker (Kaysville, Utah) was blocked by Lynch who led all players with seven. The visitors turned away a Cassi Chamberlain (Lakewood, Calif.) attempt to take a 30-29 lead. Lumsden tied the set up at 30-all setting up Jacques and Mader's consecutive kills for the match. Purdue built its lead with a 9-4 run after Pepperdine had tied the game at 15-15.

The Boilermakers set the tempo early in game one using off-speed shots to counter the overwhelming Pepperdine height advantage. After falling behind 7-4 in game one, the Waves rallied to knot the score at 11-11. The two teams traded points until with the score 16-15, Purdue, the Boilermakers recorded 12 of the next 15 points. Four of the final six points in the run were off of service aces.

The Waves exploded out of the gate in game two and had the visitors in an 8-1 hole, forcing Purdue into a quick timeout. Following a pair of Milo kills, Pepperdine had built up an eight-point, 18-10 lead. The Waves cruised in the game with Purdue making the game close with a 4-1 run late.

Pepperdine fell behind early in game three and was forced to play catch-up after Purdue rattled off six unanswered points to take a 12-7 lead. Behind kills from Milo, Rubenstein and Lumsden, the Waves closed the gap to just two, 16-14. Purdue used four Waves' miscues as part of a 9-2 run to take a 2-1 lead in the match.

Pepperdine will not be back in action until Thurs., September 28, when it hosts Gonzaga in its West Coast Conference opener. The four-match homestand will come to an end the following Saturday against Portland.

Stanford - 3
Saint Mary's - 0

Story coming soon.

Wisconsin - 3
San Diego - 1

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The 11th-ranked Badgers of the University of Wisconsin defeated the University of San Diego women's volleyball team in the final match of the USD Invitational Saturday evening to claim the tournament championship at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

With the 30-21, 21-30, 23-30, 26-30 loss, the Toreros fall to 10-4 on the season and saw their four-match winning streak come to an end. With the win, the Badgers improve to 8-2 on the season.

Offensively for the Toreros, Kristen Carlson led the team with 16 kills, Christie Dawson had 15 kills and Laurel Abrahamson was the third Torero with double-digit kills recording 10 kills on the evening. Jessica Nyrop had another solid performance as she registered 50 assists and Kayleen Webster had a team-high 18 digs.

For the Badgers, Maria Carlini had a match-best 19 kills, Brittany Dolgner had 15 kills and Audra Jeffers had 13 kills to lead the Wisconsin offense. Setter Jackie Simpson had a match-best 54 assists on the evening.

Both Dawson and Carlson were named to the All-Tournament team after turning in dominating performances this weekend. Carlson had a team-leading 58 kills (5.27 kills per game), five solo blocks and three service aces. Dawson had 57 kills (4.07 kills per game) six total blocks, two solo, and three service aces to help lead the Toreros to a 3-1 record this past weekend.

The Toreros will have a bye week ahead, then will return to action on Sept. 29 as they head to the Bay Area to open West Coast Conference play against the University of San Francisco in a 7 p.m. match.