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WCC Women's Volleyball Recaps

Oct. 14, 2006

San Francisco - 3
Loyola Marymount - 1

Los Angeles, Calif. - USF volleyball collected perhaps its biggest victory of the season with a satisfying 3-1 (21-30, 30-27, 30-23, 30-21) West Coast Conference win against Loyola Marymount Saturday afternoon at Gersten Pavilion. The Dons (17-5, 1-4 WCC) win just their second match on the Lions (15-6, 3-3 WCC) home floor since the Reagan administration and the first since taking a five game win in 2001.

Junior outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg turned in her best match of the season, tallying a match-high 27 kills on .321 hitting to go along with 15 digs and a pair of aces. Sophomore middle blocker Carly Babin turned in a huge night at the net with 11 kills on 21 swings without an error to go along with six blocks (three solo). Freshman outside hitter Anna Berger also enjoyed a solid match with 12 kills and six digs. Junior outside hitter Brynn Maurer added eight kills and 17 digs, while sophomore middle blocker Alix Gombos added eight kills and three blocks for the Dons.

San Francisco's setting tandem of senior Jamie Kartchner and sophomore Darcy Carroll turned strong efforts running the offense. Kartchner just missed a double-double with 23 assists and nine digs, while Carroll dished out 34 to go along with seven digs, three kills and an ace. Freshman libero Haley Carroll recorded a match-high 21 digs.

"This was a tremendous win for our program," USF head coach Jeff Nelson said. "It was a great team win. The team really stepped up and served tougher and made some big plays. I saw a nice rhythm developing. I thought we regained our confidence which has been missing for the last couple weeks."

USF hit at a .267 clip for the match and held the Lions to a .201 clip. The Dons held a commanding 72-57 kills advantage and a 76-66 digs edge in snapping a eight-match losing streak to LMU.

After a dismal opening game, the Dons evened the contest at one game apiece after playing strong in the second set. USF trailed 14-10 and the Lions looked to be in control, but with Hasselberg serving six straight points, the Dons seized a 22-17 lead it would not surrender. San Francisco hit at a .214 clip in the second with 20 kills. Hasselberg tallied six, while Berger added five for the Dons.

San Francisco came out of the intermission and played some inspired volleyball, connecting at a .300 clip in game three. Hasselberg took over, hammering nine kills, while Babin added four. USF led wire-to-wire in the third frame to take a two games to one advantage.

It was all Dons in game four as USF sprinted out to a 17-9 lead and never looked back, seizing its first league victory of the season. San Francisco hit at a .343 pace in the finale with just four errors in 35 attempts. The Dons defense held LMU to a .093 percentage in game four.

"Kristin had a huge match both offensively and defensively and Carly really stepped up blocking and attacking. Hopefully this will take a little pressure off us and allow us to play the way we are capable of doing. I'm very proud of all of the players on our team."

USF continues WCC play when it hosts Gonzaga Thursday, October 19. First serve against the Bulldogs is slated for 7:00 PM at War Memorial Gym.

Pepperdine - 3
Saint Mary's - 0

MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine's women's volleyball team improved to 4-0 at home in the West Coast Conference (WCC) Saturday afternoon with a dominating performance against Saint Mary's. The Waves improve to 8-9 overall and 4-2 in league play with the 3-0 (30-18, 30-23, 30-28) sweep, while the Gaels fall to 8-8 (3-2 WCC).

Rachel Lumsden's (Brea, Calif.) 16 kills led all players. Kayla Walker (Kaysville, Utah) added 12 kills and Cassi Chamberlain (Lakewood, Calif.) chipped in with 10 on .500 hitting. As a team, Pepperdine had little trouble beating a Saint Mary's block which entered the weekend averaging a WCC-best 2.91 per game. The Waves out blocked the Gaels by a 12.0-8.0 margin on .272 hitting. Defensively, Pepperdine was at its best recording 69 digs in the three games led by Kekai Crabbe's (Honolulu, Hawaii) 21 and Julie Rubenstein's (Camarillo, Calif.) 13. Rubenstein tacked on a pair of service aces as well.

Saint Mary's received 12 kills each from Missie Stidham and Christina Kirk but was limited to just .130 hitting as a team.

The match started out as a tightly contested affair with four lead changes and seven ties with the final one coming at 9-all. Walker broke the stalemate with a kill and an ace as Pepperdine opened a six-point, 21-15, lead. Following a Gaels' point, the Waves' Kiah Fiers (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) recorded a kill as the beginning of a 9-2 run to close out the frame.

Pepperdine took control of game two from the start scoring eight of the first 11 points. SMC used a 5-3 run to climb back to within three, 11-8, bur the Waves forged back ahead by seven with a 5-1 run. Pepperdine would go on to lead by as many as 12, 27-15, before the Gaels mounted any type of a comeback attempt but it was too-little, too-late.

Stidham and Kirk doubled their offensive production for the match in game three with six kills apiece just to keep Saint Mary's in the match. Pepperdine surged ahead of SMC, 12-7, before the Gaels came to life with a 7-2 run to tie the frame at 14-all. SMC took its first lead of the frame at 16-15 but never led by more than three in the game. With its biggest lead, 25-22, Saint Mary's got a heavy dose of Lumsden who recorded consecutive kills and teamed up with Chamberlain for a block before tallying her fourth kill of the game to put the Waves back on top, 26-25. With the score knotted at 26-26, Lumsden put Pepperdine back up by two with a kill and a block assist along with Chamberlain. Out of the Gaels' final timeout, they recorded a block and a kill to tie the frame at 28-all. Walker answered with her final kill of the night, setting up match point which came via a Stidham hitting error.

Pepperdine will wrap up the first half of WCC play next week when it travels to cross-town rival Loyola Marymount Thursday night. First serve is slated for 7 p.m. (PDT) at the Galen Center.

San Diego - 3
Gonzaga - 0

Spokane, Wash. - The 22nd-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team was once again led by the trio of Kristen Carlson, Laurel Abrahamson and Christie Dawson, who all recorded double-digit kills for the sixth consecutive match, to a 30-15, 30-26, 30-25 win over Gonzaga University in a West Coast Conference match Saturday afternoon at the Martin Centre.

With the win, the Toreros have now reeled off six consecutive wins, improve to 16-4 overall land remain unblemished in WCC action at 6-0. With the loss, the Zags fall to 5-15 overall and move to 0-5 in the WCC.

Dawson led all players with 17 kills on 22 attempts while only committing one attacking error to post a season-high .727 attacking percentage. Carlson also had a solid day for the Toreros as she recorded 14 kills and 11 digs to post her team-best 13th double-double of the season while also posting a .312 attacking percentage. Abrahamson recorded 11 kills, on 18 attempts and only committed one attacking error to post a .556 attacking percentage. Sophomore setter Jessica Nyrop recorded 51 assists to help direct the San Diego offense to a season-best .421 team attacking percentage.

For the Bulldogs, Becky Jones had a team-best 13 kills and Emily Johnson was the only other Gonzaga player in double-digit kills with 11. Heather Dunn recorded 31 assists to help direct the Zags offense to a .206 team attacking percentage.

In the first game, the Toreros jumped out to a big lead early as they were up seven at 10-3, a lead they would not look back on as they simply dominated the Zags in all aspects of the game. USD posted a team attacking percentage of .527 and the Toreros defense held the Zags to a .000 team attacking percentage.

Game two was a different story, as the Zags kept things close throughout the match and had a two point lead late at 19-17. Then after an attacking error on Gonzaga's Elaina Renius and a kill by San Diego's Erin Wiskar, the Toreros were again tied with the Bulldogs. The Toreros would then take the lead at 21-20 on a service ace by Andrea Csaszi, but GU would again tie the game at 22-22 on a service ace by Alecia Douglas. USD would then dig in and go on an 8-4 run to claim the second game 30-26, and take a 2-0 lead.

In the third game, the Toreros took control early and never looked back as they jumped out to a 17-11 lead, and simply cruised their way to a 30-25 win to complete the three-game sweep over the Bulldogs.

The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they return to the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion to host No. 17 Santa Clara University in a 1 p.m. West Coast Conference showdown.

Santa Clara - 3
Portland - 0

Portland, Ore. - It appears that the No. 17 Santa Clara volleyball team has put it's shaky start to the WCC season in the past, extending its winning streak to three with a 3-0 (30-17, 30-26, 30-21) sweep of the Portland Pilots Saturday afternoon. Combined with Thursday's win at Gonzaga, today's victory completes Santa Clara's first weekend sweep of the WCC season.

It also sets up next week's showdown between the No. 17 Broncos (14-4, 4-2 WCC) and No. 22 San Diego Toreros, who lead the WCC race with a perfect 6-0 mark. The duel takes place Saturday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. at the Jenny Craig Pavilion on the USD campus.

"Getting two wins this weekend feels great," said head coach Jon Wallace. "I think we're playing better and that's a big part of why we've won three in a row. We feel better about ourselves and are excited for this upcoming week and a test in San Diego."

"These wins are giving us a lot of confidence to win with this lineup," said senior outside hitter Kim McGiven, who had eight kills and 13 digs in the win. "We're starting find our rhythm, and its going to put us in the right place. We're really excited for this upcoming match at San Diego."

Anna Cmaylo paced the Broncos with 13 kills and seven blocks, while Lindsy Evans handed out 33 assists and made a team-leading 14 digs to go with five blocks. The Broncos defense out-blocked and out-dug the Pilots, limiting them to a paltry .076 hitting percentage.

"It helps us tremendously to have a group out there that is gelling so well," said junior libero Caroline Walters, the team's leader in digs with 4.42 a game. "It is so easy to play defense when you know the front row's tendencies. That's why we've been successful in getting digs behind them."

Santa Clara wasted little time setting the tone against Portland Saturday, reeling off a 5-0 run featuring two aces by McGiven to take a commanding 12-5 lead which eventually swelled to eight at 17-9 soon after. Although Portland's 4-0 run halved the lead, the Broncos reaffirmed their control of the stanza though by going on a 12-3 run which brought them to game point at 29-16. Two points later, Nina Sevastopulos closed things out with one of her eight kills on the day.

Game two took a turn at the start as it was the Pilots taking control early, jumping out to a quick 9-3 lead helped by three Bronco attack errors and four kills from K.C. Fox. But SCU steadily climbed back into things, scoring the next three points to trim the deficit to three, then put together another 3-0 burst with three consecutive Sevastopoulos kills to tie things up at 13.

Portland regained the lead almost right away, getting it to 20-16 on a Jennifer Sheedy kill, but another 3-0 run from the Broncos cut things to one. Trailing 22-20 moments later, the Broncos claimed their first lead of the game since scoring the first point by making a 7-0 run behind two more Sevastopoulos kills and a couple of Portland errors. Although the Pilots scored the next three points to trim the lead to two at 27-25, two kills by Cmaylo helped SCU end the game with a 3-1 run to take the 2-0 advantage.

The third stanza started out as a back-and-forth affair, with the teams staying within two points of each other much of the way until the 12-10 mark. At that point, Santa Clara got big blocks from Cmaylo, Evans, and Megan Pura to help fuel a 5-0 run that gave them control of the game. A 4-0 run at the 22-19 mark brought the lead to seven, and after Portland's next two points, Santa Clara ended things with a 4-0 run capped by McGiven's kill for the team's third victory in a row.