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WCC Volleyball Recaps

Nov. 10, 2007

Gonzaga - 3
Portland - 0

PORTLAND, Ore. - Gonzaga University junior Elaina Renius had a match-high 16 kills and a .517 hitting clip to help the Bulldog women's volleyball team to a 3-0 (30-27, 30-17, 33-31) sweep over the University of Portland in a West Coast Conference match Saturday afternoon in Portland, Ore. With the victory, the Zags earned a series sweep over the Pilots, having also swept UP on Oct. 13. It is the first WCC series sweep in a season since 2001 for Gonzaga.

With the win, the Zags improved their record to 17-11 overall and 5-7 in conference, while the Pilots dropped to 7-19 on the season and 0-12 in the WCC.

Besides Renius, who also added three block assists, the Bulldogs had two other players finish in double-figure kills. Senior Briawna Mueller added 11 kills and had a .500 attack percentage for the match, while sophomore Michelle Boevers added 10 kills and a .417 hitting clip.

Senior setter Heather Dunn passed out 43 assists as Gonzaga closed out the match with 58 team kills and a .349 hitting percentage; its highest WCC hitting percentage of the season. Dunn also had four kills, eight digs and one block assist in the win.

The Bulldogs finished the match with a huge 63-49 advantage in digs and a slight 6-3 edge in blocks. Senior Alecia Douglas and junior Paige Dillingham both had double-figure digs in the GU victory. Douglas collected a match-high 16 digs, her 20th double-digit dig performance of the season, while Dillingham added 11.

Leading the way for Portland was Jessica Clemens who finished with a double-double of 11 kills and 12 digs. Jennifer Sheedy and Ashley Grayson added 13 and 12 kills, respectively.

Gonzaga will be back in action Thursday, Nov. 15 when it welcomes the University of San Diego to the Martin Centre. Match time is set for 7 p.m.

Loyola Marymount - 3
San Francisco - 1

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Led by Emily Day's double-double of a match-high 27 kills and 16 digs while hitting .400 (27-for-55), Loyola Marymount (14-11, 6-6 WCC) defeated San Francisco (15-13, 4-8 WCC), 3-1, in a four-game match Saturday afternoon. The Lions won the match by scores of 26-30, 30-23, 30-21 and 30-27. Christianna Reneau and Renee Horton also collected double-doubles in the victory, with Reneau tallying a season-high tying 19 kills and 15 digs and Horton collecting 55 assists and 12 digs. Senior Heather Hughes had 11 kills, six assists, a season-high four aces, eight digs and two blocks.

USF opened the match by winning game one, 30-26 led by six kills from freshman Sarah Mandala and junior Alix Gombos. LMU was led by Day's five kills in game one on a .364 hitting percentage (five-for-11). The Dons hit .269 in the first frame compared to the Lions' .155.

Both teams came out swinging in the second game, with San Francisco connecting at a .351 pace and the Lions hitting a stellar .475 (21-for-40). Day, Reneau and Hughes all had six kills for LMU in the 30-23 win, while Horton dished-out 16 assists in the frame. After a seesaw battle to start the game, Day gave LMU the 16-12 lead with one of her six kills. Hughes helped the Lions to a 22-16 advantage with a kill before another Hughes kill made it 27-21 late in the frame. Reneau gave the Lions a 29-22 game-point advantage before she collected the game-winner at 30-22 from Horton.

Hughes helped give the Lions a big lead in game three, scoring three aces in a 9-0 LMU run to open the frame. Reneau led all hitters with six kills in the game, while Becky Stehling hit an impressive .600 (three-for-five) over the span. USF would cut the lead to two at 18-16 following two blocks and two kills by Mandala and Gombos, but LMU pushed the advantage to 25-18 on a Horton service ace that forced a USF timeout. LMU maintained momentum after the break, moving the frame to game-point on another Reneau kill. For the second consecutive game, Reneau and Horton combined for the game-winner at 30-21.

Day came unglued in the fourth game, tallying 13 of the Lions' 21 kills in the frame to guide LMU to the 30-27 game-four victory. Day took 22 total swings in the game, collecting 13.5 points to the tune of a .545 hitting percentage. Despite Day's unparalleled individual performance, the Lions and Dons were matched in a close game three. Senior Jania Motton gave LMU the 14-10 advantage with one of her six match kills. LMU ran the lead to 21-17 on Hughes' fourth ace of the match before back-to-back Day kills made it 28-23. USF battled back to 28-26 before Day stopped the run with another kill to make it match point at 29-26. Linzy Kearny collected a kill for the Dons before Day fittingly put away the game-winner to give LMU the 30-27 game-four win and 3-1 match victory.

USF had nine service errors to the Lions' seven service aces in the win.

Mandala led the Dons with 18 kills and four blocks. Gombos added 14 kills and six blocks. Darcy Carroll collected a double-double with 45 assists and 10 digs and Haley Carroll had a match-high 31 digs.

LMU will conclude WCC play next week when it hosts Santa Clara and Saint Mary's on Thursday and Saturday.

San Diego - 3
Pepperdine - 2

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Sophomore outside hitter Amy DeGroot paced the 19th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team to a thrilling 3-2 win over visiting Pepperdine University Saturday afternoon in a West Coast Conference match at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

With the 30-28, 23-30, 30-24, 29-31, 15-13 win, the Toreros improve to 19-7 overall, move to 9-3 in the WCC and take over sole possession of second place in conference. With the loss, the Waves fall to 17-8 overall and 8-4 in the WCC.

DeGroot led the team with her 25 kills on 62 attempts to post a .339 attack percentage. Laurel Abrahamson was the second Torero with double-digit kills as she has 13 on 26 attempts to post a .308 attack percentage. Torey Ellick also had a solid match, as she had 10 kills to post a .400 attack percentage, while Ali Troost added in 12 kills and Jaimarie Sutherland recorded 10 kills. Andrea Csaszi had a slid match defensively, as she racked up a match-best 24 digs and Jessica Nyrop recorded 57 assists in helping direct the USD offense to a .326 attack percentage.

For the Waves, Julie Rubenstein had an impressive match with a match-best 29 kills on 66 attempts to post a .288 attack percentage. Kayla Walker (13) and Cassi Chamberlain (15) were the other two Pepperdine players in double-digit kills. As a team, the Waves hit for a .245 clip.

In game one, San Diego jumped out to a quick 4-1 lead, a run that was sparked on a Pepperdine attack error and capped on a Ellick kill off a set from Nyrop. The Waves however refused to go away as they kept chipping away at the lead and finally tied the game up at 14-14 on a Rubenstein service ace. The two teams the sea sawed back and forth a bit with each team taking their turn with the lead. Then with the score tied at 28-28, a Abrahamson kill and a Pepperdine ball handling error gave USD the 30-28 win.

In game two, San Diego jumped out to a 7-0 lead, as a Pepperdine service error got the run started and USD capped the run on a back-to-back Nyrop service aces. Pepperdine in turn responded with a 10-3 run to even things up at 10-10. Pepperdine then pulled ahead by as many as four at 18-14, but the Toreros launched a 4-0 run sparked by a Pepperdine attack error and capped on a Pepperdine attack error to knott things up at 18-18. The Waves then used a 6-2 run to gain back the momentum, and evened the match with a 30-23 final.

In game three, the Waves grabbed the early momentum with a 4-1 spurt to begin the frame, but the Toreros came back with a 4-0 run to take the lead. Both teams then found themselves battling back and forth trading point-for-point until the game was all knotted up at 17-17. A Pepperdine attack error then ignited a 5-1 USD run to give the Toreros back the momentum and a five-point lead. USD never looked back they cruised heir way to a 30-24 win.

In game four, it was a dog fight right from the start as Pepperdine had their backs up against the wall. Both teams played extremely well in the game with neither team taking a lead bigger than three for a majority of the game. Then late in the game with the score knotted at 20-20, Pepperdine went on a 5-2 run to gain some momentum. The Toreros only responded with a 4-1 run of their own to even things back up at 26-26. San Diego would eventually put the Waves on the ropes at 29-28, but then Pepperdine scored three straight points to force a fifth and deciding game.

In game five, the Waves jumped out to an early lead at 8-3 and forced the teams to switch sides. The Waves maintained that five-point gap until the score was at 11-6, then the Toreros went to work. San Diego put together an impressive 7-2 run sparked by a Pepperdine service error and capped by a Troost kill off a set from Nyrop to even things up at 13-13. A attack error by Pepperdine then gave USD match point, and the freshman outside hitter from Hemet, Calif., Troost, took care of business as she rocketed off an attack that Pepperdine could not handle, giving USD the 15-13 win.

The Toreros will return to action on Thursday as they head to Spokane, Wash., to take on the Gonzaga University Bulldogs in a 7 p.m. WCC match.