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WCC Volleyball Recaps

Nov. 1, 2007

San Diego - 3
Saint Mary's - 0

Moraga, CA - The Saint Mary's women's volleyball team was beat on their home court Thursday night, as the San Diego Toreros over powered the Gaels, 30-20, 30-22, 30-26. Freshman middle blocker Shannon Lowell recorded a team-high 13 kills, while posting a .321 hitting percentage. The Toreros were led by Amy DeGroot with 15 kills and 10 digs.

Lowell chipped in six of her 13 kills in game one, posting a .400 hitting percentage. Unfortunately for the Gaels no other player could execute, as the team posted a .073 hitting percentage. San Diego's Laurel Abrahamson tabbed four kills with no errors in the game, helping the Toreros to a team .324 hitting efficiency. San Diego would defeat the Gaels 30-20 in game one.

In game two the Gaels kept the scores close up until 19-19 when the Toreros went on an 11-3 run to defeat Saint Mary's 30-22 in game two. San Diego's libero, Andrea Csaszi served for six straight points, giving the Toreros a 25-19 advantage. Junior Taylor Groess picked up four kills for the Gaels at the middle position, while Lowell added two kills and two blocks in the game.

Saint Mary's seemed to find a rhythm in game three, taking a 10-8 lead from the start. The Toreros would charge back to tie the game at 10 apiece on a Torero kill. Three consecutive San Diego blocks pushed the score to 16-13, forcing the Gaels into their first timeout of the game. Lauren Jaeckel provided a boost for the Gaels at the opposite position, tabbing five kills on six swings in the game, but the Toreros would continue to prove why they are ranked #15 in the country, as Amy DeGroot posted seven kills in the game. The Gaels would tie the game at 26 apiece, but the Toreros scored four consecutive points to win the game 30-26.

Saint Mary's returns to action against San Francisco on Saturday, November 3 at 7:00 PM.

Pepperdine - 3
Portland - 0

Malibu, Calif - The Pepperdine women's volleyball team completed its third consecutive sweep with a 3-0 win (30-20, 30-24, 30-21) over Portland on Thursday night at Firestone Fieldhouse.

With the win, the Waves improved to 15-7 (6-3 WCC) while the Bulldogs fell to 7-17 (0-10 WCC)

After falling behind 3-1 to start game one, the Waves then went on a 13-1 run to build a 14-4 lead, as they cruised to a 30-20 win as they hit .475 for the game. After the Pilots jumped out to an early 5-1 lead in game two, the Waves went on a 13-5 run to take a 14-10 lead. The Pilots cut the deficit to 22-21, but the Waves responded with an 8-3 run to close out the game 30-24. Game three saw the teams deadlocked at 20-20, but the Waves closed out the game with a 10-1 run to win 30-20 and complete the sweep. The Waves held the Pilots to a -.029 hitting percentage in game three.

Pepperdine hit .358 for the match while the Pilots hit .111.

"I thought we played well tonight," Pepperdine Coach Nina Matthies said. "We've played well in the last three matches and we've been taking control when we've needed to and I'm pretty happy about that."

Senior Chevy Crum (Phoenix, Ariz./Horizon HS) registered 43 assists and four kills in only her fourth match of the year, Julie Rubenstein (Camarillo, Calif./Oaks Christian HS) recorded 15 kills and eight digs while hitting .400 for the match and Lecca Roberts (Kula, Hawaii/Seabury HS) notched 11 kills behind a .588 hitting percentage and also contributed 8 block assists.

"Chevy's done a great job and she's a great team leader and a great senior," Matthies said. "Setters are like quarterbacks, you don't change them in the middle of the game because it can change a lot of momentum. She's been working really hard in practice and I wanted to get her out there tonight."

Up next, the Waves host Gonzaga on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. at Firestone Fieldhouse.

Santa Clara - 3
San Francisco - 1

Santa Clara, Calif. - The Santa Clara volleyball team pushed its current winning streak to six matches Thursday night as it served up a 3-1 (30-16, 17-30, 30-21, 30-26) victory over San Francisco in West Coast Conference action. With the win, the Broncos improved to 9-1 in league play, which is good for first place, and 17-9 overall. Meanwhile, the Dons dropped to 4-5 in WCC action and 15-10 on the season.

Freshman Krista Kelley recorded a match-high 20 kills and posted three total blocks, while junior Brittany Lowe earned a double-double with 17 kills and 11 digs. She also led the match with four service aces. Sophomore Lindsy Evans was a force at the net. She registered 16 kills and .393 hitting percentage. Setter Crystal Matich dished out a match-high 52 assists and collected 11 digs, while libero Caroline Walters added a match-best 16 digs to her career total. The senior is now just 10 digs away from setting a new all-time program record.

Although the Dons scored the first point of the match, the Broncos quickly tied the first game up and took a substantial lead on points from Lowe, Evans, Lauryn Dowd and Nichole Clark. A service ace from Lowe gave Santa Clara a 16-4 advantage. SCU continued to push through and quickly ended the first game, 30-16, on a kill from Dowd. The Broncos outhit the Dons .410 to .133 and tripled USF's kills total 21 to 7.

Yet, the tides had turned in the second game as San Francisco eventually earned a 30-17 win. Before the Dons were able to earn the double-digit edge over the Broncos, the two teams fought point-for-point and tied the score six times. USF took control of the scoreboard for good on a kill from Addie Webster, 14-12. From then on, the Dons continued to widen the gap and produced a 9-0 run on solid serving efforts from Haley Carroll to end game two.

"We let up a little in the second game because game one was so easy," said head coach Jon Wallace. "They served well but we did not pass well and they developed an edge that carried them through. During the break, I told the team to go back and start over because nothing has been lost. San Francisco could have continued their edge and we were a little soft in the third game, but we battled through it and I'm proud of my team's win tonight."

Tied 1-1, the start of the third game was tight and drawn out. Once again the teams went head-to-head trying to take control of the score. Yet a short 5-0 rally on service from Lowe and points from Kelley and Matich, gave the Broncos a two-point edge, 9-7. SCU then battled to a score of 15-10 on kills from Kelley and forced USF to take a timeout. Back from the short break, Kelley continued to apply the pressure at the net and helped the Broncos to a 10-point lead, 24-14, on a block with Dowd. A kill from Darcy Carroll gave the Dons 20 points and an SCU attacking error brought them within six points of the Broncos, but that was the closest they would get as a service ace from Dowd ended the third game, 30-21.

The fourth game saw a similar start as the previous game, with both teams grinding it out for the advantage and Santa Clara was the team to come out on top and points from Evans, Clark and Kim Courtney fueled a 5-1 run to make the score 17-11. San Francisco fought the knot the score again and found themselves within one point, 26-25, but were unable to equalize the score as a back-to-back errors and an ace from Lowe brought Santa Clara to match point. A kill from Kelley brought the match to a finish, 30-26.

The Broncos return to action on Saturday, Nov. 3 against the Toreros of San Diego. It is Santa Clara's final home match of the season and senior day. First serve is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Loyola Marymount - 3
Gonzaga - 2

Los Angeles, Calif. - The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team dropped a heartbreaking 3-2 (27-30, 31-29, 27-30, 30-22, 15-13) loss at West Coast Conference foe Loyola Marymount University Thursday evening. Despite the hard-fought loss, senior Briawna Mueller became the Bulldog career leader in block assists after she finished the contest with seven. Mueller broke the 17-year record of 408 block assists held by Lisa Petticord (1987-1990) and now has 411 total block assists to her credit.

With the setback, Gonzaga fell to 16-10 overall and 4-6 in conference, while Loyola Marymount improved its record to 11-11 overall and 4-5 in the WCC.

Gonzaga had five players finish in double-digit kills. Sophomore Michelle Boevers led the way with a team-high 18 kills, while senior Becky Jones had a double-double of 17 kills and 15 digs. Also in double-figures was Elaina Renius (14), Mueller (12) and sophomore Layne Brosky (10).

Senior Heather Dunn dished out 54 assists as the Bulldogs closed out the match with 73 total team kills and a .214 hitting percentage.

Defensively Gonzaga was led by senior Alecia Douglas who collected 20 of the Zags 73 total digs.

Besides Mueller, Brosky and Renius both had solid blocking nights for the Zags. Brosky finished with six blocks assists and Renius had two block assists.

Heather Hughes and Christianna Reneau led the Lions to their victory. Hughes and Reneau both finished the match with 19 kills a piece. Hughes also added 11 digs, while Reneau added 14.

Gonzaga will close out its two-match WCC road trip with a contest at Pepperdine University on Saturday, Nov. 3. Match time is set for 1 p.m.