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WCC Women's Volleyball Recaps

Sept. 4, 2008

The Bulldogs went on the road to open the Washington tournament while the Pilots opened at home in the Nike Portland Invitational.

September 4
10 Washington def. Gonzaga 3 - 0
9 Arizona State def. Portland 3 - 2

September 5
12 San Diego vs Hofstra - 10:00 am
13 Santa Clara vs Texas Tech - 11:00 am
10 Gonzaga vs Portland State - 1:00 pm
9 UC Irvine at Portland - 2:30 pm
10 Gonzaga vs Boise State - 5:00 pm
15 Loyola Marymount vs Lipscomb - 5:00 pm
14 Pepperdine vs Colorado State - 5:00 pm
16 Saint Mary's vs San Jose State - 5:00 pm
13 Santa Clara at Arizona - 6:00 pm
12 San Diego vs Oklahoma - 6:30 pm
11 UCSB at San Francisco - 7:00 pm
9 Kansas State at Portland - 7:30 pm

September 6
13 Santa Clara vs Texas State - 9:00 am
16 Saint Mary's vs Cal State Northridge - 10:00 am
11 Texas-Arlington at San Francisco - 11:00 am
15 Loyola Marymount at Middle Tennessee - 2:30 pm
14 Pepperdine vs Pacific - 5:00 pm
12 San Diego at USC - 6:30 pm
9 South Florida at Portland - 7:00 pm
11 Utah State at San Francisco - 7:00 pm
15 Loyola Marymount vs Appalachian State - 7:30 pm
16 Saint Mary's at Sacramento State - 7:30 pm

September 7
14 Pepperdine at Oregon State - 2:30 pm

THURSDAY'S RECAPS

Washington - 3
Gonzaga - 0

SEATTLE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (25-10, 25-14, 25-16) decision to the University of Washington, who is currently ranked ninth in the latest CBS College Sports Network/AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll, in its first match of the Northwest Challenge hosted by the Huskies. With the loss, the Bulldogs dropped to 1-4 on the season, while the Huskies improved to 3-0 overall.

Senior Elaina Renius, and juniors Emily Johnson and Michelle Boevers were the offensive players for the Zags combining for 18 of the team's 20 kills as the Gonzaga offense combined for a .086 hitting percentage. Freshman setter dished out 19 assists as Renius, Johnson and Boevers each had six kills in the setback.

Washington's offensive was opposite of Gonzaga's as the Huskies combined for 36 kills and a .386 attacking clip. The strong and well rounded offense was led by Kindra Carlson who tallied a match-high 12 kills and had a .476 hitting percentage. Airial Salvo added six kills, while both Jill Collymore and Becky Perry chipped in six apiece.

Washington served up a total of 14 aces during the three-set match. Collymore finished with six aces to her credit, while Salvo and Carlson combined for seven.

UW controlled the play at the net slightly, finishing the match with seven team blocks, compared to GU's four blocks. Renius paced Gonzaga at the net with three block assists and one solo block.

Gonzaga will play both Portland State University and Boise State University to close out the Northwest Challenge tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 5. The Zags will face off against the Vikings at 1 p.m. and the Broncos at 5 p.m.

Arizona State - 3
Portland - 2

PORTLAND, Ore. --- The Portland Pilots won the first set before Arizona State rallied for a 3-1 win in a non-conference volleyball match Thursday night at the 2008 Nike Invitational at the Chiles Center. The Pilots opened with a 25-21 win, but ASU would take the next three sets 25-20, 25-12, 25-13.

Senior Ashley Grayson and sophomore Jessica Clemens both recorded double-double's for the Pilots, who drop to 1-3 on the season. Grayson finished with 13 kills and 10 digs, while Clemens had 10 kills and 14 digs.

Sarah Reaves connected for a match-high 20 kills for ASU (3-1).

The night started off promising as the Pilots jumped out to an early 7-3 lead. A kill by senior K.C Fox gave Portland the four-point advantage. Moments later, the lead grew to five at 13-8, courtesy of another kill by Fox.

Portland enjoyed its largest lead of the first set at 20-13. Arizona State would then rally to make the score 23-21, but UP would hang on for the win by scoring the set's final two points. Jessica Clemens capped the win for Portland with a set-clinching kill.

The second set was a back-and-forth battle, eventually won by the Sun Devils. Neither team was able to gain much advantage, with Portland taking a 12-10 lead after a kill by Maria Clemens. ASU would then re-claim the lead before UP rallied to tie it at 15-15. From there, ASU would embark on a 10-5 run to claim the set.

The third and fourth sets belonged to Arizona State.

Junior Kaylyn Jones had a team-high 22 assists for Portland, while Maria Clemens chipped in with 12. Maria added 11 digs. UP freshmen Robyn Hall, Kati Hronek, Marissa Plummer and Allix Strahon all made their Chiles Center debuts.

ASU was solid at the net, finishing with 11 team blocks. Arizona State also had an attacking percentage of .302, while UP countered with a .133 mark.

Earlier Thursday night, Kansas State defeated UC Irvine 3-1 In the Nike Invitational opener.

The tournament continues at the Chiles Center with four matches on Friday. Kansas State and ASU start things off at 12:00 p.m. The Pilots are slated to play UC Irvine at 2:30 and the K-State Wildcats at 7:30 p.m.