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WCC Volleyball Recaps

Oct. 13, 2007

San Diego - 3
Loyola Marymount - 1
On an afternoon that saw the Lions honor greatness, Loyola Marymount volleyball had moments of greatness itself against 17th-ranked San Diego (14-5, 4-1 WCC) in the West Coast Conference match-up. But inconsistency hurt the Lions (10-8, 2-3 WCC) in the end as they fell 3-1 (34-32, 30-19, 24-30, 30-23) in Gersten Pavilion.

LMU Athletics retired the jersey of #16 Sarah Noriega (1994-97) prior to Saturday's match.

Before the match, LMU volleyball retired Sarah Noriega's (1994-97) jersey No.16. The All-American Noriega led the Lions to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1996, before going on to a career with USA Volleyball.

And though the current Lions showed moments of greatness themselves, they couldn't stay hot against the 17th-ranked Toreros. LMU hit .341 in the third game, which the Lions won 30-24, but were as cool as .000 as a squad in game two. The Toreros out-blocked the Lions 16 to seven.

Junior Emily Day (17 kills, 13 digs), Christianna Reneau (16 kills, 17 digs), and Renee Horton (49 assists, 11 digs) each posted double-doubles for the Lions. Day added five blocks, while Reneau had two aces.

Laurel Abrahamson led the Toreros with 21 kills and six blocks on a .500 hitting percentage.

Trailing by as many as nine in game one, the Lions battled back, led by senior Heather Hughes. Hughes recorded nine kills to help the Lions tie things at 24. It took extra points for San Diego to close things out at 34-32.

San Diego took a 2-0 lead heading into the break after holding the Lions to a team hitting percentage of .000 for the second game. Laurel Abrahamson had six kills in game two as USD won 30-19.

The Lions came out of the break fighting and had a six-point lead at 18-12. A kill by junior Erin Downey later put the Lions up 27-18. LMU made it a 2-1 match with the 30-24 win in game three, as the Lions warmed their team hitting percentage up to .341.

Game four saw San Diego take an early 12-6 lead, until the Lions pulled back within two at 13-11 thanks in part to a pair of blocks by Downey and Day. But San Diego rallied late, and despite hitting just .174, won the final frame 30-23 to secure the match.

San Diego had six service aces, but also 12 errors.

Hughes, the national kill leader, finished with 17 kills, nine digs, and four assists for the Lions.

Pepperdine - 3
San Francisco - 2
MALIBU, Calif. -
The Pepperdine women's volleyball team claimed a thrilling five-game win (30-24, 21-30, 30-20, 28-30, 15-11) over San Francisco Saturday afternoon in a West Coast Conference match at Firestone Fieldhouse.

The win was the Waves (12-5, 4-1 WCC) seventh in the last eight matches while the Dons (13-8,2-3 WCC) dropped their second consecutive match.

After San Francisco scored the first point of game one, the Waves went on a 11-2 run to take an eight-point lead. The Dons briefly cut the deficit to five points at 20-15, but the Waves used a 7-2 run to put the game out of reach as they claimed a 30-24 win. Game two was a back-and-forth contest early until San Francisco used runs of 7-0 and 7-1 to open up a 10-point lead en route to a 30-21 victory. In game three, the Waves hit .472 as a team and limited the Broncos to a .102 hitting percentage as they cruised to a 30-20 win. The Waves trailed 19-15 in game four before scoring six consecutive points to take a 21-19 lead. The Dons trailed 28-27 before rallying to score the last three points of the game to claim the 30-28 victory. In the deciding game five, the Waves trailed 8-5, but scored six consecutive points to take an 11-8 lead. After the Dons cut the deficit to 13-11, the Waves closed out the match with kills from Kayla Walker (Kaysville, Utah/Davis HS) and Julie Rubenstein (Camarillo, Calif./Oaks Christian HS) to claim the 15-11 win and the match victory.

The Waves hit .319 for the match while the Dons hit .204.

"A win's a win, and I'm happy with the win right now," Pepperdine Coach Nina Matthies said. "We're kind of frustrated with our see-saw play, but we're getting used to our new lineup. Now we've got to prepare for a big match against Santa Clara on Thursday and then at Saint Mary's Saturday, so this coming week will be another huge week for us."

Rubenstein had a 20-20 match, as she notched team-bests in kills (24) and digs (20), senior Lecca Roberts (Kula, Hawaii/Seabury HS) tallied 17 kills and five block assists, junior Cassi Chamberlain (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood HS) recorded a season-high 12 kills and five block assists, and Kiah Fiers (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Peninsula HS) registered her seventh double-double of the season with 62 assists and 10 digs.

Gonzaga - 3
Portland - 0
SPOKANE, Wash. -
Gonzaga University senior Heather Dunn had her 11th double-double of the season, and fourth in a row, to help the women's volleyball team to a 3-0 (30-20, 32-30, 30-27) sweep of the University of Portland in a West Coast Conference match-up Saturday afternoon at the Martin Centre.

With the win the Bulldogs improved their record to 14-7 overall and 2-3 in conference, while the Pilots dropped to 7-12 overall and 0-5 in the WCC. The 14 wins are the most victories for the Zags since the 1994 campaign when GU closed out the season at 17-12.

Besides Dunn, who closed out the match with 45 assists and 12 digs, the Bulldogs had one other player finish the contest with a double-double. Senior Becky Jones collected her 10th double-double of the season with 12 kills and 12 digs.

Senior Briawna Mueller had a strong all-around performance for GU. The middle blocker had 10 kills in the victory and a match-high .421 hitting percentage, along with three digs, five block assists and two solo blocks. Mueller, who now has 479 total career blocks to her credit, hit the 100 career solo block mark with her two in the win today. Mueller also has 379 career block assists and is only 30 block assists away from breaking the Bulldog career record held by Lisa Petticord (408).

Freshman Allyson Powell also had a strong match for Gonzaga finishing the contest with a career and match-high 18 digs. Senior Alecia Douglas added 12 digs as the Bulldogs out-dug the Pilots 70-47.

Leading the way for Portland was Maria Clemens with her match-tying high 13 kills. Jessica Clemens and Ashley Grayson added 10 and eight kills, respectively. J. Clemens also had 11 digs and four blocks in the setback, while Grayson added four digs and six blocks.