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WCC Volleyball Recaps

Oct. 27, 2007

Gonzaga - 3
Saint Mary's - 1

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team broke a two-match West Coast Conference skid with a 3-1 (30-23, 25-30, 30-27, 30-14) victory over visiting Saint Mary's College Saturday evening. The win improved the Bulldogs record to 16-9 overall and 4-5 in conference, while the loss dropped the Gaels to 12-9 overall and 4-5 in the WCC.

Gonzaga had three players finish in double-digit kills, including senior Becky Jones who collected her 42nd career double-double with a 14 kill, 15 dig performance in the Zag win. Sophomore Michelle Boevers led the Bulldog squad with 17 kills, while junior Elaina Renius added 13 kills and a smoking .500 hitting percentage.

Senior setter Heather Dunn dished out a match-high 59 assists as Gonzaga closed out the match with 72 team kills and a .316 attacking clip. Dunn also added 11 digs for her team-leading 14th double-double of the season, along with three block assists and two service aces.

Along with Jones and Dunn, three other GU players finished the match with double-figure digs. Senior Alecia Douglas collected a team-high 21 digs, her fourth 20+ dig performance of the season, while sophomore Layne Brosky and junior Paige Dillingham each added 10 apiece.

Above the net senior Briawna Mueller and Renius led the way. Mueller finished with five blocks assists and one solo block and Renius had three solo blocks and three block assists. Mueller is now eight block assists shy of breaking Lisa Petticord's career record of 408 set during her tenure from 1987-1990.

Gonzaga closed out the match with an 89-74 advantage in digs and the 13-6 edge in blocks. The Bulldogs won the pivotal game three to go ahead 2-1 with their defensive play, finishing the match with an amazing 32 digs and six blocks.

Megan York led the way for the Gaels with a double-double of 18 kills and 12 digs. She also added two assists, two service aces and one block assist. Saint Mary's finished the match with 65 total kills and a .209 hitting percentage.

Gonzaga will be back in action Nov. 1 when it plays at Loyola Marymount University. Match time is set for 7 p.m.

Pepperdine - 3
LMU - 0

LOS ANGELES - The Pepperdine women's volleyball team broke a two-match skid with a 3-0 sweep of Loyola Marymount (33-31, 30-28, 31-29) at the Lions' Gersten Pavilion on Saturday night.

The Waves improved to 13-7 (5-3 WCC) with the win, while the Lions fell to 11-10 (3-5 WCC).

In game one, the teams traded points throughout until the Waves managed to take a 23-20 lead. The Lions countered by scoring five consecutive points to take a 25-23 lead, but the Waves rallied back to tie the match at 30-30, extending the game. The score remained deadlocked at 31-31 until a Cassi Chamberlain (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood HS) kill gave the Waves a 32-31 lead. Chamberlain closed out the game with a block solo to give the Waves a 33-31 victory. The Lions built a 16-13 lead in game two, but the Waves went on a 7-2 run to take a 20-18 lead that led to a LMU timeout. After the Lions knotted the game at 25-25, the Waves scored five of the next eight points to claim the 30-28 win. Game three saw the Waves lead throughout until they had LMU at match point at 29-26, but the Lions scored three consecutive points to knot the game at 29-29. The Waves responded by scoring the final two points of the game, the last on a Julie Rubenstein kill (Camarillo, Calif./Oaks Christian HS), to claim the 31-29 win. The Waves limited the Lions to a .024 hitting percentage in game three.

Pepperdine hit .222 for the match while LMU hit .148.

"I thought we stayed patient tonight," Pepperdine Coach Nina Matthies said. "We stayed calm and composed throughout, especially at the end of the games, and we didn't allow them to get on any big runs."

Senior Lecca Roberts (Kula, Hawaii/Seabury HS) led the Waves with 13 kills and five block assists while hitting .417 for the match and Kiah Fiers (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Peninsula HS) had 38 assists, five kills and four digs.

Up next, the Waves host UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. at Firestone Fieldhouse

San Francisco - 3
San Diego - 0

San Francisco - USF volleyball notched its biggest win of the season Saturday with a convincing 30-26, 30-22, 30-26 sweep of No. 12 San Diego in West Coast Conference action Saturday afternoon at War Memorial Gym. The Dons (15-9, 4-4 WCC) secure their first win against a top-25 opponent since 2003 and dispatch the highest ranked team in program history at the expense of the defending league champion Toreros (16-6, 6-2 WCC).

San Francisco's last top-25 victory came against No. 21 USD November 14, 2003 en route to the Dons first NCAA Tournament appearance.

Freshman opposite hitter Sarah Mandala continued to stake her claim as one of the most dynamic first year players on the West Coast, hammering a match-high 18 kills on .300 hitting to go along with five digs and four blocks. Junior middle blocker Carly Babin added eight kills, two aces and six blocks, while junior middle blocker Alix Gombos chipped in with six kills on .462 hitting and a match-high seven blocks.

Junior setter Darcy Carroll did a strong job of running the USF offense, dishing out 32 assists with three kills an ace and six digs. Sophomore libero Haley Carroll recorded a match-high 27 digs and tallied a pair of aces. Junior outside hitter Addie Webster enjoyed a solid all-around match with seven kills, two assists, 10 digs and four blocks for the Dons.

"We played our best complete match of the year," USF head coach Gilad Doron said. "I thought we did an excellent job executing the game plan. As a team we served very efficiently and we did a tremendous job passing. We worked very hard on blocking all week and it paid off today. I am very proud of the team and how we performed today."

USF held a 49-40 kills advantage, although San Diego owned a 62-57 digs edge on San Francisco's "Dig for the Cure" match. The Dons owned the net, posting an enormous 13.0-4.0 blocks lead. USF's defense limited the Toreros to a .092 attack percentage for the match, including a -.024 rate in game two.

Senior middle hitter Laurel Abramson was the lone Torero in double-digit kills with 18 on impressive .417 attacking with four blocks (one solo). Sophomore libero Andrea Csazi recorded a team-high 19 digs with two aces for USD.

USF returns to action when it travels to a pair of ancient Bay Area WCC rivals. The Dons take on Santa Clara Thursday, November 1 in a 7:00 PM match at the Leavey Event Center and then travel to Moraga Saturday for a 7:00 PM tilt against Saint Mary's.

Santa Clara - 3
Portland - 0

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara volleyball blanked Portland 3-0 (30-24, 30-23, 30-24) on the road Saturday afternoon to earn their fifth straight West Coast Conference win of the season. The Broncos are now 8-1 in league play and 16-9 overall, while the Pilots dropped to 7-16 on the season and 0-9 in WCC action.

"We played really well today," said head coach Jon Wallace. "Our serving helped us win a lot of points. There wasn't much of a difference from the last time we played Portland except they made us work a little harder for points."

The Broncos were led by three players with double figure kills. Freshman Krista Kelley once again had a match-leading performance with 16 kills and 12 digs. Outside hitter Brittany Lowe added 13 kills, while sophomore Lindsy Evans chipped in with 11 kills and four service aces.

The Pilots put the first two points on the board but the Broncos quickly tied the score 2-2 on a kill from Lowe. Lowe responded again to put SCU up by one, 3-2. Santa Clara then proceeded to jump to a five point advantage on kills from Lauryn Dowd, Nichole Clark and Kelley. Even though the Broncos controlled the scoreboard, the Pilots fought to keep the score tight. However, a 6-2 run fueled by kills from Lowe and Kelley, and service aces from Dowd gave the Broncos match-point. Junior Lowe ended the first game for Santa Clara with a kill, 30-24.

Santa Clara and Portland battled point-for-point in the start of the second game. The Broncos tied the score, 10-10, on a Pilots' service error. Santa Clara widened the gap to five-points on a kill from Evans, 17-12, but was then halted on a 5-0 run by Portland that tied the score, 17-17. Yet, the Broncos were not about to give up control of the game and pushed to a 26-21 lead and back-to-back aces from Evans finished game two, 30-23.

Four kills from Evans helped Santa Clara to a 6-3 start in the third game. Portland brought the score within one, 6-5 on two points from Jessica Clemens but that was the closest they would get to knotting the score. The Broncos pushed through the second half of the third game, taking a 5-1 run to make the score 25-19. A block assist from Crystal Matich and Clark put an end to an attempted run by the Pilots and a kill from Clark made the score, 29-23. Outside hitter Kelley brought the match to a close for Santa Clara, 30-24.

The Broncos return to the Leavey Center next week for their final two home games of the regular season. Santa Clara will play the Dons of San Francisco on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. and then the Toreros of San Diego on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m.