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WCC Volleyball Recaps

Oct. 4, 2007

Loyola Marymount - 3
Portland - 0

PORTLAND, Ore. - Road victories are not easy to come by in the tough West Coast Conference, but Loyola Marymount volleyball picked up one Thursday night, sweeping Portland 3-0 (30-27, 30-21, 30-20) to improve to 9-6 on the season and 1-1 in WCC play. The Pilots dropped to 7-9 and 0-3 after suffering the loss in its Chiles Center. Momentum swings proved key, as the Lions used a 14-1 run in game two and a 6-1 streak in game three to help secure the sweep at Portland.

The Lions were led by senior Heather Hughes, the current national leader in kills per game, who finished with 17 kills and 12 digs.

Game one was tight, as neither team could build a lead of more then three points at any time. LMU went up early at 5-3, but the Pilots responded to tie the game at 5-5 on a block. From there, Portland rallied to an 11-8 lead. But, the Lions scored the next three points and tied the game at 11-11 on a kill by Renee Horton. LMU built a three point lead at up 18-15. Back-to-back blocks by the Pilots cut the Lions lead to one again at 18-17. UP then tied the game at 20-20 on a kill. Loyola Marymount got it back at 28-25 and went on to win the game 30-27. The Pilots managed to hit .263, but hurt themselves with six service errors in the frame.

Portland took an early 4-1 lead in game two. LMU then found its stride and went on a huge 14-1, run taking a 15-5 lead behind the serving of Hughes. The LMU run was finally put to a stop on a kill by Jessica Clemens. A Portland cut the LMU lead to seven points making the score 17-10. The Pilots then made it a five point game at 20-15. An attacking error by the Lions brought the LMU lead down to three 20-17. The Lions worked to build the lead back to six points going up 27-21 before winning the game 30-21. Loyola Marymount was led by senior Jania Motton who had six kills in the frame.

The Pilots took an early 11-8 lead in game three. The Lions fought back to tie the game at 11-11. LMU then took a 15-12 lead on an ace by Horton. A kill by Hughes pushed the Lions' lead to five points at 17-12. LMU extended the lead to seven points, going up 20-13. The Pilots won the next three points to a make it a 20-16 game, forcing the Lions to take a time out. A kill made it a three point game with LMU up 20-17. Loyola Marymount got back on track to secure the sweep by going on a 6-1 run and pushed the lead back to eight points at 26-18. The Lions won game three 30-20.

In addition to Hughes' double-double outing, Motton had nine kills and four blocks while hitting .375 on the night. Fellow senior Christianna Reneau also had nine kills and added a team-high 16 digs.

The Pilots were led by junior Jennifer Sheedy who finished with 10 kills for the match.

LMU now travels to Gonzaga for a 1:00 p.m. Saturday WCC match that will conclude a month-long road swing. The match will be carried on Gametracker at LMULions.com and live video (subscription-based) at gozags.com.

Pepperdine - 3
Gonzaga - 1

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Pepperdine women's volleyball team extended its winning streak to five games with a 3-1 victory over Gonzaga (19-30, 30-14, 30-28, 30-25) Thursday night at the Martin Centre in Spokane, Wash.

The Waves (10-4, 2-0 WCC) got off to a slow start in game one, as the Bulldogs (11-7, 0-3 WCC) held them to a .000 hitting percentage en route to a 30-19 loss. The Waves heated up in game two, as they hit .452 as a team and cruised to a 30-14 win. Game three saw both squads dominate offensively, as the Waves hit .450 while the Bulldogs hit .439, but a late Pepperdine flurry helped the Waves post the 30-28 win. The Waves were outhit in game four, .174 to .164, but managed to keep the Bulldogs at bay as they won 30-25 and claimed the match victory.

"It was a hard place to play, and we came out flat, and Gonzaga was ready to go," Pepperdine Assistant Coach Tim Jensen said. "We were able to take the punch and respond well to the challenge. We'll take this win, learn from it, and then get ready for another tough match at Portland."

Sophomore outside hitter Rachel Lumsden (Brea, Calif./Brea Olinda HS) recorded her seventh double-double of the season as she notched team-highs in kills (21) and digs (12) and junior outside hitter Julie Rubenstein (Camarillo, Calif./Oaks Christian HS) registered her team-leading ninth double-double of the year with 14 kills and 11 digs.

Up next, the Waves travel to Portland to take on the Pilots on Saturday at 1 p.m.

San Francisco - 3
Saint Mary's - 0

San Francisco - USF volleyball opened the home portion of the West Coast Conference schedule Thursday night against ancient Bay Area rival Saint Mary's and seized a 30-28, 30-27, 30-23 victory at War Memorial Gym. The Dons (12-6, 1-1 WCC) hit .246 for the match in their second straight victory against the Gaels (10-5, 2-1 WCC).

Senior outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg recorded a match-high 16 kills, while freshman opposite Sarah Mandala turned in the first double-double of her career with a 14-kill, 12-dig night. Mandala hit .400 to go along with five blocks for the Dons. Junior outside hitter Addie Webster chipped in nine kills and 12 digs.

Junior setter Darcy Carroll dished out 50 assists for USF as it posted a 54-42 kills advantage and a 54-35 digs lead. San Francisco trailed big in the battle at the net, but finished strong with a 9.0 - 8.0 edge. Junior middle blocker Alix Gombos helped with six kills on .545 hitting to go along with four digs and five blocks.

"I thought we played very well as a team," USF head coach Gilad Doron said. "We had different players step up at different times. We stayed focused at the end of games and it helped us at important times. Sarah had a great match and Darcy did a good job mixing things up when needed. We stayed patient and we came up with a very important win."

Sophomore middle blocker Megan Burton and freshman middle blocker Shannon Lowell shared the Gaels team lead with 11 kills, while freshman outside hitter Megan York recorded 10 kills and nine digs for Saint Mary's.

USF returns to league action when it hosts another longtime rival when Santa Clara invades the Hilltop Saturday afternoon. First serve against the Broncos is set for 7:00 PM.

Santa Clara - 3
San Diego - 1

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Santa Clara volleyball team served up a 3-1 (30-24, 26-30, 30-17, 30-24) upset over No. 14 San Diego Thursday night at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. The win was the first time since early 2005 that the Broncos defeated the Toreros. With the win, the SCU improved to 11-7 on the season and 3-0 in West Coast Conference play, while USD is now 11-5 overall and 1-1 in league action.

"The momentum of our game was decided in our talks in the team room," said head coach Jon Wallace. We talked about how we wanted to compete and, even though we got a little knocked off in game two, we came right back in game three. We had to play Bronco volleyball and be not fazed by what San Diego was doing and that's how we won tonight."

Junior Brittany Lowe and sophomore Lindsy Evans led the match with 16 kills each, while Lowe collected a career-high 32 digs. Freshman Krista Kelley also dished out a double-double with 13 kills and 22 digs, while senior libero Caroline Walters registered 22 digs. Lead the match in blocks was Nichole Clark. The junior outside hitter posted a career best seven total blocks, while Evans chipped in with six and Lowe and four total blocks.

San Diego took a 3-0 lead in the beginning of the first game, but Santa Clara responded quickly to tie the score 3-3 and the gained a two-point edge on back-to-back points from Lauryn Dowd. Although a kill from Laurel Abrahamson tied the score again for USD, SCU kept the score tight and tied it for the last time, 13-13, on block assist from Clark and Evans. The Broncos continued to push a head to take a five-point lead, 22-17, on a kill from Kelley and forcing the Toreros to take a time out. Santa Clara held control of the scoreboard as it jumped to an eight-point lead, 28-20, on a block from Crystal Matich and Clark. Yet, San Diego rallied back, prolonging the end of game one, but Matich struck again to bring the game to a close, 30-24.

The Toreros once again established a strong 5-0 lead in game two before Dowd put the Broncos on the board with a kill and then followed by a block assist with Evans. Yet, San Diego continued to hold the edge until Santa Clara knotted the score, 16-16. From that point on, the two teams battle point-for-point until back-to-back errors gave USD the final edged it needed to win the second game, 30-26.

Tied 1-1 in games, the Broncos came out with force in the third game on points from Kelley and Dowd. Even though the Toreros put a small stop in the Broncos run, SCU jumped right back on track on a kill from Evans and two block assists from Lowe and Clark to make the score, 7-1. Santa Clara continued to dominate the game on points from Evans, Lowe, Kelley and Dowd. The Broncos quickly finished game three, 30-17.

Game four saw the teams go head-to-head through the beginning. The score was tied eight times before San Diego posted a five-point run to take the first lead of the game. However, Santa Clara was not going to give up that quickly and rallied to a 6-1 run to knot the score 21-21 on a kill from Kelley. The Broncos then took a three point lead, 25-22, on a block assist from Evans and Dowd. A solid block from Evans brought the contest to match point and another Evans block gave Santa Clara the 30-24 win.

For San Diego, Amy DeGroot tied the match-high 16 kills, while Erin Wiskar collected a match-high 40 digs.

Santa Clara returns to the Bay Area to face San Francisco on Saturday, Oct. 6. First serve is scheduled for 1 p.m., at the War Memorial Gym.