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WCC Volleyball Recaps

Nov. 15, 2007

LMU - 3
Santa Clara - 0

LOS ANGELES, CA - LMU hit an impressive .325 (50-for-114) en route to sweeping WCC-leader Santa Clara by scores of 30-28, 30-24, 30-21 on Thursday night in Gersten Pavilion. Senior Christianna Reneau led the way with a double-double of a match-high 16 kills and 11 digs and connected at a team-best .425 clip, while fellow senior Heather Hughes recorded career service ace number 157 in game three to match Kim Blankinship (1993-96) and the LMU All-Time record in that category.

Hughes added 15 kills and nine digs in the victory, while Emily Day posted 13 kills and six digs while hitting .423 over the three-game span. Freshman setter Renee Horton dished-out a match-high 42 assists and Whitney Leonard led all players with 12 digs. The Lions collected 14 block assists and four block solos in the victory.

Brittany Lowe and Krista Kelley collected a team-best 14 kills for the Broncos. Kelley added a team-high 10 digs to record a double-double. Crystal Matich connected at a team-high .444 clip, resulting in five kills on nine swings, while also recording 38 assists.

LMU came out roaring in game one, fueled by Hughes and Reneau who collected five kills apiece in the 30-28 game-one victory. The Lions hit .231 over the span, led by Reneau's .556 mark (five-for-nine) in the game. A kill by Hughes and a Santa Clara attack error gave LMU a 6-3 advantage early in the frame. The Broncos battled back to take a 13-11 lead around the midway point in the game on a Lindsy Evans kill before a bad set by Matich evened the score at 13-13 just a few points later. LMU was first to 15 as an attack error made it 15-13 before the Lions extended the lead to 18-16 on one of 11 Santa Clara service errors in the match. The two teams fought to stalemates at 19, 20 and 21 before the Lions took a 26-23 advantage on another Bronco attack error. After moving to game point on a Hughes kill, a Reneau kill capped the victory at 30-28.

The Lions maintained momentum in game two, posting a .341 hitting percentage on 41 swings to the tune of 17 kills. Reneau once again led all Lions with six kills in the frame, followed by Day and Hughes with five each. Santa Clara's Lowe led all hitters with eight tallies in the frame. Great defense highlighted the LMU game-two victory as the Lions won critical rallies over the span. A Day block gave LMU a 6-4 advantage before a Lowe kill and service ace knotted the game at 7-7 just a few points later. Reneau put-away a kill at 13-9 to force a Santa Clara timeout before Hughes collected the first of her two historic service aces after the break. Reneau made it 16-12 with another one of her kills before Santa Clara battled back to 17-15 en route to taking a 20-19 lead on a Kelley kill. Back-to-back Reneau tallies captured the lead once again for the Lions at 21-20 as LMU extended that advantage to 23-20 over the next few serves. Refusing to surrender, the Broncos scratched back to 24-23, but LMU caught fire from there, sparked by back-to-back Day kills to force a Santa Clara timeout at 27-23. Lowe connected on the first play off the break, making it 27-24 before LMU rattled off three straight points, capped by a Lowe attack error, to take the 30-24 game-two victory.

LMU completed the sweep of the Broncos with a 30-21 game-three victory. Led by Day, Hughes and Reneau, who finished with marks of .667 (six-for-nine), .444 (five-for-nine) and .400 (five-for-10), the Lions hit a blistering .412 (17-for-34) in the frame. Horton served-up 15 of the 17 assists over the span, while Leonard and Erin Downey each collected one. The two teams battled to a 4-4 tie early in the game before one of Day's two block solos on the night made it 12-8 in favor of LMU. Day pushed LMU to the 15-point plateau with a kill before Hughes' record-setting service ace forced a Santa Clara timeout at 20-13. Maintaining momentum after the break, the Lions extended the advantage to 25-18 on another Day kill. A red card was issued to the Bronco bench that made it 27-19 before Santa Clara burned its final timeout. A Bronco team block resulted in their final point of the match at 27-21 before kills by Hughes and Reneau made it match point for the Lions. With Hughes serving for the win, Santa Clara committed an attack error to hand LMU the 30-21 game-three victory and the three-game sweep.

The Lions will return to action this Saturday when they host Saint Mary's in the "Senior Day" match at 1 p.m. LMU seniors Ashley Dutro, Jania Motton, Reneau and Hughes will all be honored before the match on Saturday.

Pepperdine - 3
Saint Mary's - 0

MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's volleyball claimed a 3-0 sweep (30-26, 30-27, 30-25) over the Saint Mary's Gaels in a West Coast Conference match on Thursday night at Firestone Fieldhouse.

With the win, the Waves improved to 18-8 (9-4 WCC) while the Gaels fell to 14-11 (6-7 WCC).

Game one saw each team make an early run, as the Waves jumped out to a 9-5 lead. The Gaels responded by going on an 11-2 run to claim a 16-11 lead. The Waves used a 9-4 lead to knot the match up at 20-20, and then closed out the game on a 10-6 run to claim the 30-26 win. Each team was limited offensively in the game, as the Waves hit .118, while the Gaels only managed a .025 mark. Game two was a back-and-forth affair, as the lead changed six times before the Waves tied the cost at 20-20. The Gaels went on a 5-3 run to take a 25-23 lead, but the Waves closed out the match on a 7-3 run, as they posted a 30-27 victory to take a 2-0 lead. Game three saw the Waves limit the Gaels to a .174 hitting percentage, as they claimed a 30-25 victory and a 3-0 sweep.

Pepperdine hit. 200 for the match while Saint Mary's hit .147.

"I thought we played well tonight," Pepperdine Coach Nina Matthies said. "I thought we felt out Saint Mary's in the first game and we got better defensively as the match went on. I thought we stayed focused tonight and did a good job."

Lecca Roberts (Kula, Hawaii/Seabury HS) had a team-high 14 kills, Cassi Chamberlain (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood HS) notched 10 kills and hit .471 for the match, and Kiah Fiers (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Peninsula HS) recorded 39 assists and five kills.

Up next, the Waves host Santa Clara on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Firestone Fieldhouse, as the Waves will celebrate Senior Day by honoring Roberts, Nina Baltimore and Chevy Crum before the match. Additionally, the Waves announced that the Tuesday, Nov. 20 match against UCLA is designated as the women's volleyball team's Canned Food Drive night, as fans are encouraged to donate canned goods to the St. Joseph Center in L.A. The Pepperdine women's basketball will hold its Canned Food Drive on Nov. 28 vs. UCLA at 7 p.m. at Firestone Fieldhouse.

San Diego - 3
Gonzaga - 0

SPOKANE, Wash. - Junior outside hitter Jaimarie Sutherland paced the 18th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team to a 3-0 win over Gonzaga University Thursday evening in a West Coast Conference match at the Martin Centre.

With the 33-31, 30-24, 30-20 win, the Toreros improve to 20-7 overall, move to 10-3 in the WCC and move into a tie for first place in conference, thanks to a Santa Clara loss to Loyola Marymount this evening. With the loss, the Bulldogs fall to 17-12 overall and 5-8 in the WCC.

Sutherland recorded a match-best 15 kills on 29 attempts to post a .345 attack percentage. Laurel Abrahamson and Ali Troost were the two other USD players in double-digit kills, as each had 11. Jessica Nyrop recorded a match-best 50 assists to help direct the team to a .277 attack percentage.

For the Bulldogs, Elaina Renius led the way with her team-best 12 kills and the only other GU player in double-digit kills was Michelle Boevers, who had 11 kills. As a team, the Zags hit for a .182 clip.

In game one, Amy DeGroot grabbed the first point of the match with a kill off a set from Nyrop, but the Zags scored three in a row to take a 3-1 lead. San Diego battled back to tie things up at 5-5 but the Toreros could not grab the lead, keeping things with in two. Then with the score knotted at 10-10, a Troost kill gave USD their second lead of the game, but USD would only be able to build their lead up to two. After the two teams sea awed back and forth for a bit, and with the score knotted at 16-16, Gonzaga used a 4-0 spurt to gain some momentum. The Zags would eventually build their lead up to as many as six at 27-21, but San Diego refused to go away. A Torey Ellick kill ignited an 8-2 run to tie things up at 29-29. USD had game point at 30-29, but two points by the Zags put USD back on their heals. Abrahamson then laid down a kill and back-to-back kills by DeGroot sealed the win for the Toreros.

In game two, the Zags again grabbed the early momentum as they jumped out to a 5-3 lead, but the Toreros wouldn't allow them to get more than three points ahead. Both teams battled back and forth keeping things close for a majority of the match, then with the scored knotted at 23-23, a GU service error sparked a 7-1 run for the Toreros to claim game two, 30-24.

In the third and final game, San Diego jumped out to a quick 6-1 lead and never looked back as they hit for a .458 clip, compared to that of the Zags, who hit for a .258 clip.

The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they close out the regular-season with a 2 p.m. match at the University of Portland.

San Francisco - 3
Portland - 1

Portland, OR - USF traveled to the Rose City Thursday and took a 3-1 (30-24, 26-30, 30-22, 30-21) West Coast Conference victory against Portland on a stormy night at the Chiles Center. The Dons (16-13, 5-8 WCC) win their first road match since September 11 and complete the season series sweep against the Pilots (7-20, 0-13 WCC).

Senior outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg continued her march to the USF career kills record with a match-high 17, finishing with 1,514 and now needs just five to surpass USF Legend of the Hilltop Brittanie Budinger (2000-03), who amassed 1,518 during her stellar career in the Green and Gold.

Freshman opposite hitter Sarah Mandala recorded 15 kills on .385 hitting to go along with three blocks, while junior outside hitter Addie Webster turned in her fourth double-double match of the season with 14 kills and 17 digs. Junior middle blockers Carly Babin and Alix Gombos each tallied nine kills apiece and combined for nine blocks - five by Gombos.

Junior setter Darcy Carroll did a nice job distributing the ball, turning in her team-leading fifth double-double match of the year with a match-high 46 assists and 16 digs. Sophomore libero Haley Carrol tallied a match-high 22 digs and senior outside hitter Brynn Maurer added 14.

San Francisco held a dominating 68-48 kills advantage. The Dons hit .213 on the night and limited the Pilots to a .132 rate.

USF returns to action in its season finale Saturday, November 17 in Spokane against Gonzaga. First serve against the Bulldogs is set for 1:00 PM at the Kennel.