Sept. 23, 2007
Portland - 3
Brown - 0
The Portland Pilots volleyball team finished the Brown Invitational on a strong note with a 3-0 win against Brown Saturday night. The Pilots won 30-15, 30-28, and 30-25. This is the second sweep for the Pilots this year after beating South Dakota State 3-0 in the Baden Cougar Challenge. Portland (7-6) had four players reach double figures in kills for the match. Sophomore Maria Clemens had a match high 16 kills to go along with two aces. Freshman Danielle Dupar's stellar defensive play earned her a spot on the Brown Invitational All-Tournament Team. Dupar finished the match with a team-high 20 digs.
Central Connecticut State - 3
Portland - 2
PROVIDENCE, R.I. --- The Portland Pilots lost their second consecutive five-game match at the Brown Invitational with a 3-2 loss to Stony Brook Saturday morning. Portland lost a heartbreaker on Friday night to Central Connecticut State with six match points going for naught and a 19-17 loss in the final game. Saturday morning, the Pilots pushed to five again, but fell 24-30, 31-29, 30-22, 28-30, 15-7.
The Seawolves (10-6) came out firing in the final game as Jackie Ahlers recorded four early kills to give Stony Brook a 7-2 advantage. The Pilots (6-6) closed to within 9-5 on a kill by junior Ashley Grayson, but the separation was too much to overcome.
The Pilots pushed it to five games with a gutsy win in game four. After trailing 7-3 early, UP pulled even and the teams were neck-to-neck to the very end. A pair of consecutive kills by junior middle blocker Jennifer Sheedy gave the Pilots the 30-28 win.
Sheedy led all players with 18 kills in the match, while freshman Jessica Clemens added 16 kills and 13 digs. Grayson chipped in 13 kills, while Maria Clemens had 12.
Ahlers paced the Seawolves with 17 kills and a .455 hitting percentage. Nazli Dikecligil added 16 kills and 11 digs.
Stony Brook hit .256 for the match, while the Pilots hit .211. The Seawolves held an 8-7 edge in team blocks for the match.
The Pilots conclude the Brown Invitational later today when they face the host Bears at 4 p.m.
Saint Mary's - 3
Cal State Bakersfield - 2
Moraga, CA- The women's volleyball team prevailed in a five game thriller against CSU Bakersfield, 30-17, 30-22, 30-32, 25-30, 15-13. Saint Mary's was led by Freshman Megan York, tying her career-high, with 26 kills on the night. Junior Taylor Groess joined York in the 20's, recording 21 kills in the match. The Roadrunners were led by Sarah Norman, posting a game high 32 kills on 75 swings.
The Gaels dominated the Roadrunners throughout game one, taking a 5-0 advantage behind Christy Payne's serving. Saint Mary's would limit the Roadrunners to a .034 hitting percentage, while the Gaels would post a. 379 mark in the game. Groess led the way for the Gaels, tallying four kills on five swings for an impressive .800 hitting efficiency. Saint Mary's would never lose the lead in the game, defeating CSU Bakersfield 30-17.
Lauren Jaeckel, Megan Burton, and Shannon Lowell ignited in game two for Saint Mary's, with Jaeckel posting a perfect hitting percentage, killing six of six attemps. Burton chipped in four kills on five swings, while Lowell added four kills and two blocks in the game. Game two proved to be a battle from the start, with no team leading by more than three. The Gaels would find their rhythm with Nikki Gonzalez at the line, taking an 18-16 lead over the Roadrunners. Alita Fisher would serve for five consecutive points, guiding the Gaels to a five point lead, 25-20. From that point on it would be Saint Mary's all the way, defeating CSU Bakersfield 30-22 in the game.
The Gaels momentum would be disrupted in game three, as the Roadrunners continued to pressure Saint Mary's. Norman caught fire for CSU Bakersfield, recording nine kills in game three alone. York posted seven kills in the game, but her efforts would not be enough, losing 30-32.
CSU Bakersfield did not let up in game four, taking a quick lead over the Gaels at 3-2. The Roadrunners momentum was stopped by a Kamana'o serving run, as the Gaels would take a 7-5 lead. Both teams rallied back and forth, until CSU Bakersfield found their rhythm at 19-19. A Curtis kill gave the Roadrunners back the lead, as they would go on to win game four, 25-30. York and Burton tallied six and three kills respectively.
Both teams were not ready to give up in game five, recording eight ties and six lead changes. The Roadrunners would reach eight first, but the Gaels would find their momentum late in the game. A York kill and Payne ace forced CSU Bakersfield into their first timeout of the game, at 10-8. Saint Mary's remained composed, coming out of the timeout, to extend their lead to 13-11. The Gaels defense forced the Roadrunners into an attacking error, and a CSU Bakersfield service error would seal the game for the Gaels, winning game five 15-13.
Saint Mary's begins WCC play on Thursday, September 27 at 7:00 PM against the Gonzaga Bulldogs.
San Francisco - 3
Cornell - 0
San Francisco - USF volleyball dominated Cornell 30-11, 30-27, 30-10 Saturday afternoon in its final non-conference match of the season at War Memorial Gym. The Dons (11-5) win their second straight match against the Big Red (3-6) and win their 17th straight contest against schools from the East Coast.
Senior outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg hammered a match-high 14 kills on .367 hitting, while junior middle blocker Carly Babin added 10 kills on .500 hitting. Freshman opposite hitter Sarah Mandala added nine kills to go along with 13 digs.
Junior setter Darcy Carroll did an efficient job running the Dons offense, dishing out 34 assists to go along with six digs, two blocks and a pair of service aces. Senior libero Brynn Maurer added 11 digs for San Francisco.
USF hit a remarkable .385 for the match with a season-low 10 attack errors. The Dons offense held a tremendous 47-25 kills advantage and enjoyed a 53-28 digs edge. San Francisco limited Cornell to a .000 hitting percentage for the match.
San Francisco returns to action when it opens West Coast Conference play at defending league champion San Diego, Saturday September 29. First serve against the Toreros is set for 1:00 PM at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.