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WCC Women's Volleyball NCAA Tournament Second Round Recaps

Dec. 6, 2008

Santa Clara - 0
Washington - 3

SEATTLE - The Santa Clara volleyball team did not back down without a fight Saturday afternoon in its second round match of the 2008 NCAA Tournament. Fight they did in the third and final set; but, the Broncos late rally was not enough as the fifth-seeded Huskies of the University of Washington won the match, 3-0 (25-19, 25-12, 25-21).

The seniors were the category leaders for the Broncos. Anna Cmaylo led the team with 13 kills and a 36.0 hitting percentage. Brittany Lowe was one did shy of notching her 12th double-double of the season as she added 10 kills and nine digs. Taylor O'Brien collected 15 digs.

The score was tied twice early on in the first set by the Broncos. The first time, 1-1, was on a kill from Cmaylo. The second time, 5-5, was off a service ace from Lindsy Davigeadono. But Washington reclaimed the lead and never relinquished it. Santa Clara brought the score within two-points twice. Both times were on kills from Kim Courtney. However, the Broncos could not catch the Huskies. UW claimed a seven-point lead, 20-13, on an ace by Jenna Hagglund, but SCU chipped away at the lead to make it a four-point set, 20-16, on back-to-back aces from Lauryn Dowd. Yet, that was the closest the Broncos would get as the Huskies won the set, 25-19.

Santa Clara took charge in the beginning of the second set with a 3-1 lead on kills from Cmaylo and Lowe. Washington fought back to tied the score 3-3 and take a 3-5 lead on a block assist by Becky Perry and Jessica Swarbrick. But a Huskies service error and a solo block by Tanya Schmidt tied the score again, 5-5. However, Washington created a 7-1 run to take a 12-6 lead. Although Santa Clara interrupted the runs, the Broncos could not produce any rally of their own. UW used an 8-1 run that started with a kill by Kindra Carlson and ended on a kill from Airial Salvo to win the second set, 25-12.

Trailing two sets, a block assist from Cmaylo and Alex Scoffone won the first point of the set for the Broncos. However, two kills from Perry and an ace by Hagglund gave the Huskies a 3-1 lead. Cmaylo led the fight to knot the score with two straight kills to tie the score, 3-3. Even thought Washington took control of the scoreboard once again, Santa Clara did not trail by many. The Broncos came within one point of tying the score again on a service ace by Cmaylo, 7-6. Twice Lowe put SCU in a position to tie the score, but they were unable to. UW reached 20 points on a kill from Perry, 20-14. The Huskies claimed set point, 24-16, but the Broncos held on a fought hard to post five straight points to close the gap, 24-21. However a kill by Salvo brought the made to a close, 25-21.

The Broncos end the 2008 season with an 18-10 overall record. Santa Clara made its 14th NCAA Tournament appearance and reached the second round for the fourth time in program history. SCU was one of five West Coast Conference teams selected to advance to the postseason and the only team to advance to the second round. Santa Clara is 11-14 in NCAA Tournament action.

Santa Clara - 3
Kansas State - 2

SEATTLE - Led by Brittany Lowe's 11th double-double of the season, the Santa Clara volleyball team posted a 3-2 upset over No. 13 Kansas State to advance to the second round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament. The final set scores were 25-22, 25-20, 19-25, 16-25, 15-13. With the win the Broncos improved to 18-9 overall, while the Wildcats bring the season to a closer with a 24-8 record.

"We started off with great energy today," said head coach Jon Wallace. "As a group, we came together and created all of our luck and all of our opportunities. I could not be more proud of this group and what they accomplished today. To play so hard and to win this match for a coach is just awesome to see. We're proud of that they played really hard. It's always really good to win."

With three players from the 2005 Final Four team on the court at any given time for Santa Clara, the Broncos advance to the second round for the first time since that historic run and for the third time in program history. On Saturday, Dec. 6, SCU will face the winner of the Washington/Portland State match with a first serve scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Bank of America Arena on the campus of the University of Washington.

Lowe produced a team-best 13 kills and had 14 digs to tally another double-double. She also led the match with four service aces. Lowe's career tally climbed to 148, which moves her to No. 2 on the Santa Clara all-time list. Kim Courtney also had a double-double with 10 kills and 17 digs. Anna Cmaylo and Tanya Schmidt added 12 kills, with Cmaylo chipping in with a team-best six blocks. Setter Lindsy Davigeadono led the match with a 46.7 hitting percentage and added five blocks and two aces for the Broncos.

The Wildcats took an early 3-1 lead in the first set but the Broncos rallied back to knot the score, 4-4 on a kill from Davigeadono. However, K-State continued to hold the lead as it produced a four-point run to take an 8-4 lead. Santa Clara interrupted the run with a solid block assist from Cmaylo and Davigeadono, 8-5. The Broncos were still trailing but an 8-2 rally that began on a Wildcat attack error and ended on a kill by Courtney, gave SCU a 15-14 edge. The Broncos took their first two-point edge on a diving save from Libby Morrison and a kill from Cmaylo. A 3-1 run fueled on kills from Lowe made the score, 20-16. Although Kansas State came within two-points on five occasions but couldn't tie the score as a kill from Cmaylo ended the set, 25-22.

The beginning of the second set was kept close as the score was tied four times. However, after Jenny Jantsch knotted the score, 6-6, a tip from Cmaylo gave Santa Clara a 7-6 lead and never looked back. The Broncos produced a 6-0 run on four service aces from Lowe and kills from Schmidt and Courtney to take a 17-9 advantage. Yet, the Wildcats responded with a 7-2 rally to make the score, 19-16, and forcing the Broncos to call a timeout. Out of the break, SCU climbed to a five-point lead 23-18, on a kill by Schmidt. Davigeadono tallied an ace to bring the second set to a close, 25-20.

Kansas State won the first two points of the third set but Cmaylo slammed the ball down the line to put Santa Clara up on the board. The Broncos then tied the score, 3-3, on a dig from Courtney that was drilled over the net and landed in the back right corner. SCU created a two-point lead on several occasions but a kill by Kelsey Chipman tied the score for K-State, 7-7. The Wildcats then went on an 8-1 run to take a 14-8 lead. The Broncos produced their own rally late in the set to bring the score within two-points, 20-18. The run began and ended with back-to-back kills from Davigeadono. Yet, that was the closest Santa Clara would get as Kansas State took the set, 25-19.

The Wildcats dominated in the fourth set. Although K-State held no larger than a six point lead until late in the set, SCU was unable to tie the score. The nearest the Broncos came was within two-points on a kill from Lowe, 15-13. A service ace by Jantsch brought the Wildcats to set point, 24-16, and a block assist by Rita Liliom and Chipman won the set for K-State, 25-16.

Santa Clara was first to reach eight points in the fifth and decisive set. Lowe started things off with a kill and Courtney followed with her first solo block of the season to give Santa Clara a 2-0 lead. However, Liliom interrupted their run helped the Wildcat's knot the score. An ace by Chipman made the score, 3-3. Yet, SCU reclaimed the lead on a kill from Lowe and a block assist by Davigeadono and Schmidt, 5-3. But, the Wildcats were not about the back down and knotted the score three more times in the first half of the set. A kill by Schmidt gave SCU eight points, 8-7.

After the switch, two straight Bronco attacking errors gave the Wildcats their first lead of the set, 9-8. The score was tied four times before Santa Clara regained the advantage on an attack error and then Lowe pushed the Broncos to a 14-12 lead. However, Kansas State would have one more point to make, on a kill by Megan Farr, before another Lowe attack gave SCU the, 15-13, win.

Long Beach State - 3
Pepperdine - 1

PALO ALTO, Calif. - The #23 Pepperdine women's volleyball suffered a four-set defeat to #24 Long Beach State in the NCAA Tournament's first round at Maples Pavilion.

With the 25-18, 23-25, 15-25, 18-25 loss, the Waves concluded their season with a 20-8 record. The 49ers improved to 26-5 and move on to Saturday's second round.

Senior outside hitter Julie Rubenstein (Camarillo, Calif./Oaks Christian HS) registered a match-high 23 kills, had eight digs and hit .378 (23-6-45). She ended her stellar career with 1,743 kills, third all-time at Pepperdine.

Junior outside hitter Rachel Lumsden (Brea, Calif./Brea Olinda HS) had 12 kills and 12 digs, junior setter Kiah Fiers (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Peninsula HS) had 52 assists and 12 digs and freshman libero Stevi Robinson (Hermosa Beach, Calif./Mira Costa HS) posted a match-high 21 digs.

"Long Beach played really well," Pepperdine Coach Nina Matthies said. "They picked up their game and did a good job adjusting to us in the third and fourth sets. It started off as a good volleyball match, but it's a tough way to end the season. We fought for the first couple of games but then got outmuscled."

The 49ers finished with advantages in hitting (.278 to .253) and blocks (15.5 to 4.0), plus 13 Pepperdine service errors aided their cause.

The Waves got the match off to an exceptional start, as Lumsden put down three kills and Rubenstein had a service ace as part of a 4-0 run that made the score 7-3. The Pepperdine lead would grow to 9-4 and 11-5. Still with a 12-9 lead, the Waves went on an 8-2 run that featured three Rubenstein kills to make the score 20-11. The 49ers would score four straight points to pull within 21-16, but Pepperdine rebounded with three consecutive kills and eventually closed out the set on a kill by senior middle blocker Cassi Chamberlain (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood HS). Rubenstein had seven kills in the first set as the Waves had a .359 to .154 edge in hitting.

The pivotal second set featured 17 ties and three lead changes. The final tie was at 23-23, but after a Long Beach State timeout, the 49ers evened up the match after a kill by Caitlin Ledoux and a block by Naomi Washington and Nicole Vargas. The set was close throughout, with neither team ever leading by more than two points. Hitting was extremely good for both sides, with the Waves holding a .457.-436 edge.

With momentum in Long Beach State's favor, the 49ers took control of the third set from the outset, as they scored the first three points and steadily grew their lead from there. At 20-15, the 49ers scored the final five points of the set. Pepperdine's hitting dipped to .061 as a result of five LBSU blocks, while the 49ers hit .267.

The fourth set had a similar outcome. It was tied 4-4, but the 49ers began picking up points on their serve and went up 6-4, 8-5, 12-7 and 17-10. It was a four-point deficit at 21-17, but Long Beach State scored four of the match's final five points and clinched it on a Pepperdine service error. LBSU had a .250-.140 hitting edge in the fourth set.

Pepperdine was making its 20th NCAA Tournament appearance, including the fourth consecutive for seniors Rubenstein, Chamberlain and Caitlin Lawson. Unfortunately, the Waves were beaten in the first round for the third straight season. The Waves also lost to the 49ers in the first round in 2006.

New Mexico State - 3
Saint Mary's - 1

Berkeley, CA - The Saint Mary's women's volleyball team was unable to earn a post-season win, falling to New Mexico State, 25-22, 16-25, 21-25, 15-25. Senior outside hitter Taylor Groess closed out her career as a Gael with 10 kills and .400 hitting percentage, while also adding three block assists.

"First of all, congratulations to New Mexico State," said head coach Rob Browning. "They are a good team and did what they needed to do to get the win. We are disappointed of course. We always expect to win. Our girls played hard but they are a young team. They might not always do everything right in terms of execution but our girls will always play hard every night out. We had a great year but we are definitely disappointed with tonight's outcome."

As a team Saint Mary's was held to a .107 hitting percentage in the match, while New Mexico State finished with a .221 mark. Joining Groess with 10 kills apiece were sophomore Shannon Lowell and freshman Chanteal Satele. Lowell was solid for the Gaels throughout the match, recording 10 kills on 22 swings for a .318 hitting efficiency.

Just as expected, both teams came to battle in the first set, trading points back-and-forth. A Megan York kill put the first point on the board for either side, but New Mexico State responded with a kill, tying the set at one apiece. The Gaels then held a three point advantage, 9-6, but multiple unforced errors by Saint Mary's allowed the Aggies back in the game, trying the score at 11 apiece. New Mexico State took the lead for the first time off a York hitting error, 12-11, and extended that advantage to 15-13 at the first media timeout. An Aggie service error and Lowell kill made the score even at 15 apiece, turning the set into a back-and-forth scuffle between both squads. Late in the set the Gaels' nerves began to settle, finding their rhythm on defense and offense. Lowell and Satele each knocked down two late kills, while Groess topped off the match with a kill on the right side.

As a team the Gaels held New Mexico State to a .073 hitting percentage, forcing 10 Aggie attack errors. Saint Mary's out blocked and dug New Mexico State, totaling three blocks and 13 digs to New Mexico State's 11 digs and no blocks. Satele paced Saint Mary's with five kills in the set, while Lowell added three. Lowell was 3-of-5 for a .600 hitting percentage in the set, while Satele was successful on 5-of-8 attempts for a .500 mark. Kapua Kamana'o dished out nine assists in the set, while leading the team to a .214 hitting efficiency.

In the second a completely different Gael squad took the court, with New Mexico State taking an 8-3 lead. Multiple unforced errors by Saint Mary's attackers allowed the Aggies to take control, and with momentum on their side New Mexico State began to roll past the Gaels. Saint Mary's recorded nine kills on 25 swings with five errors for a .160 hitting mark, with Lowell and Groess leading the team with three kills apiece. As a team New Mexico State hit a stifling .500, nailing 14 kills on 26 swings with only one error.

Eight straight points by the Aggies opened the third set, including three consecutive kills by New Mexico State. Finally a York kill put the Gaels on the board, and an upward climb began for Saint Mary's. Stinging together consecutive points, the Gaels dug their way back into the set, with scrappy defense forcing the Aggies to make mistakes. Saint Mary's began to make a strong run down 11-16 in the set, scoring three straight points, including a huge block by Lowell and Groess to bring them to within one, 16-15. An Aggie error tied the set at 17 apiece, and Saint Mary's took their first lead of the set, 19-18, following a back row attack by New Mexico State. Unfortunately the Gaels seemed to run out of steam with the score tied at 19 apiece, as New Mexico State went on a 6-2 run to close out the set, 25-21.

Neither team hit for a high percentage in the third set, with the Gaels posting a .031 mark to the Aggies' .081. Saint Mary's totaled eight kill and nine errors on 32 swings, while New Mexico State was 15-of-37 with 12 errors. Lowell and York tabbed three kills apiece in the set.

The Gaels came out in the third ready to fight, but a solid New Mexico State squad did not falter, as they continued to find Saint Mary's weak spots. After holding the advantage to start, the Gaels gave up the lead at 8-7 and never regained it, falling 25-15 in the fourth.

New Mexico State senior outside hitter Lindsey Yon led all players with 17 kills (12e, 43att, .116). Also standingout for the Aggies were sophomore outside hitter Whitney Woods (10k, 4e, 22att, .273) and senior middle hitterAmber Simpson (11k, 3e, 23att, .348). Senior setter Alyssa Gintant chipped in 28 assists for New Mexico State.

The match concluded the Gaels' 2008 season, finishing with a 20-8 overall record. With the loss the Gaels are 2-4 all-time in the post season, while New Mexico State looks to continue their run against the winner of California versus Siena.

USC - 3
San Diego - 1

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The 15th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team saw their season come to an end with a 3-1 loss to No. 12 USC Friday evening in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Galen Center.

With the loss, the Toreros finish the season with a 23-5 overall record. With the win, the Trojans improve to 17-11.

Four different Toreros recorded double-digit kills paced by Ali Troost's team-best 13. Both Amy Mahinalani DeGroot and Torey Ellick had 11 kills apiece and Ashton Basch added in 10 kills. DeGroot added in 11 digs to record a double-double and Jessica Nyrop recorded a match-best 45 assists to go along with 13 digs for a double-double.

In the first set, A Breanne Ogden service ace gave the Toreros the first point of the match. The Trojans then went on a 7-2 run to gain the early momentum. A Trojan service error sparked a 4-1 San Diego run that was capped on a DeGroot kill to pull San Diego back to within one at 8-7. The Trojans then went on a 5-0 spurt to regain the momentum and force the Toreros into a timeout. Out of the timeout, USC went on a 7-1 run to take a 14-9 lead. However a USC ball handling error then ignited an 8-2 Torero run that was capped on a USC attack error to pull San Diego back on even playing terms with the Women of Troy at 18-18, forcing USC into a timeout. The Trojans then grabbed the next point, but San Diego went on a 3-0 run that was sparked on a DeGroot kill off a set from Nyrop and capped on a Troost kill to give San Diego back the lead at 21-19, again forcing the Trojans into a timeout. San Diego never let their foot off the gas as they closed out the set on a 4-2 run to give San Diego a 25-21 win.

In the second set, USC again jumped out to an early lead, as they opened the frame with a 7-2 run, which forced San Diego into a timeout. USC never let up as they used a 10-4 run to take a double-digit lead at 17-6 to force San Diego into another timeout. The Toreros never recovered, as the Trojans evened the match at one set apiece with a 25-12 win.

In the third set, USC again jumped out to an early lead with a 5-1 run to open the frame. A Troost kill then sparked a 5-0 run to pull the Toreros back to within one at 5-4. The Two teams then sea sawed back and forth over the next several points. USC would go on to take a five-point lead at 18-13 on a USD attack error kill to force the Toreros into a timeout. San Diego could get no closer than four for the remainder of the set, as the Trojans took a two-sets-to-none lead with a 25-19 win.

In the fourth set, The Trojans grabbed the first three points of the set, but a Troost kill then sparked a 7-0 San Diego run that was capped on a Troost service ace to give San Diego a 7-3 lead, forcing the Trojans into a timeout. The Toreros would go on to build their lead up to as many as five at 14-9 on a Basch kill. But the Trojans began to chip away at the lead and pulled back to within one at 15-14. The two teams then traded point for point until back-to-back San Diego kills gave the Toreros a three-point lead at 20-17. USC then scored the next two points to force San Diego into a timeout with a 20-19 lead. The Trojans then regained the lead at 22-21 on a USD attack error to again force San Diego into a timeout. The Trojans then went on a 2-0 run to have set and match point at 24-22, but the Toreros scored the next two points to tie things up. USC then captured the next two points to claim the win and advance on to the second round to face the University of Hawaii on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Duke - 3
San Francisco - 2

Los Angeles - USF volleyball battled, but could not overcome slow starts to each set, dropping a five-set decision to ACC Co-Champion Duke 26-28, 25-21, 22-25, 25-23, 15-9 Friday night in the opening round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament at Pauley Pavilion. Making their second NCAA appearance in program history, the Dons finish the season with a 22-8 record, while the Blue Devils, playing in their 15th NCAA postseason advance to take on the winner of the UCLA/LSU match Saturday night.

San Francisco started sluggish in game one as Duke rolled to a 9-2 lead. The Dons roared back, going on a 14-8 run fueled by six kills from Mandala to close to within one at 17-16. The Blue Devils responded and went on a 4-2 burst to take a 21-18 edge, prompting a USF timeout. After the break San Francisco rallied to within one at 23-22, powered by back-to-back kills by senior outside hitter Addie Webster, prompting a Blue Devils timeout. Mandala took over from there and recorded back-to-back kills staking USF to a 27-26 lead and then sophomore setter Alaina Sully served an ace for the set one win.

Mandala finished with nine kills on .571 hitting in the opening set - a new USF postseason record for a single set. The Dons hit .213 for in the opening frame - the first set won in NCAA Tournament play in program history - with 18 kills.

Duke broke open a 7-7 tie and rolled to a 25-21 win in game two tying the contest at 1-1. The Dons hit .191 for the set and Gombos emerged with five kills in the frame, while Babin and Mandala added three apiece.

After trailing by as many as four points to start the third set, USF rallied to tie the score at 15-15 on a Duke attack error. USF reclaimed the lead on another hitting error, a Babin kill and back-to-back kills by junior outside hitter Anna Berger. A Gombos kill staked the Dons to a 23-18 advantage. Duke reeled off four unanswered points to close to within two at 23-21, but Gombos hammered her 11th and 12th kills of the match to send USF to the 25-22 set win for a 2-1 lead.

San Francisco hit .312 in the third set with 13 kills and just three errors in 32 attempts. Gombos tallied five kills in the frame and Mandala added four.USF trailed in the fourth 18-13 used a 6-0 run to a 19-18 lead. Back-to-back kills by Berger and Gombos gave the Dons a 21-19 lead, but Duke responded to tie the score at 21-21. Unfazed, the Blue Devils bounced for a 4-2 run to seal the set win. San Francisco limited Duke to a .182 clip in the fourth but could not capitalize on opportunities.

It was all Duke in the decisive fifth. The Dons opened with a 3-1 lead, but the Blue Devils went on a 10-2 run and looked ready to run away. Trailing 11-5, San Francisco climbed back in as senior outside hitter Addie Webster served three straight points to pull the Dons to with three at 11-8, but they would get no closer as Duke advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive season.

The game was the final game in the Green and Gold for five seniors - Carly Babin, Darcy Carroll, Alix Gombos, Addie Webster and Zuzana Bednarova.

Mandala finished the contest with a match-high 20 kills, while Gombos recorded 18 on .441 hitting. Berger and Webster finished just short of double-digit kills with nine a piece. Webster added 16 digs, while Berger recorded 14. Carly Babin recorded eight kills with three digs and an assist.

Haley Carroll led the Dons with a match-high 22 digs. Darcy Carroll dished out 36 assists and four aces for San Francisco, while Alaina Sully posted 23 assists and eight digs.

Leading the contest for Duke was Rachael Moss, recording 16 kills and 17 digs.