Portland Gets Past Volleyball To Snap Losing Streak

Sept. 10, 2005

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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Sophomore outside hitter Nicole Thometz recorded 12 kills and added 13 digs as the University of Portland (2-6) snapped a five-match losing skid with a three-game sweep over the Greyhound volleyball team (1-6) in the finale for both teams at the Cal Poly/Best Western Royal Oak Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

The Pilots took the match by scores of 30-22, 30-16 and 30-13, handing the Greyhounds their third straight loss.

After earning a 30-22 victory in the opening game, the Pilots hit an outstanding .531 in the second game with 20 kills against just three attack errors to take a 30-16 victory over the Greyhounds, who hit .148 in the game.

The Pilots took advantage of Loyola's poor hitting in the final game and sealed the match with a 30-13 win as the Greyhounds hit -.062 in the final game. As a team, Loyola hit -.054 in the match with 19 kills against 24 attack errors.

Thometz helped the Pilots hit .276 for the match as one of two players with double-digit kills. Freshman middle blocker Jennifer Sheedy added 10 kills against just one error.

Junior Murphy McClenahan registered a match-high 16 digs for the Pilots, while senior setter Sheena Surplus added 33 assists.

Sophomore Christina Greenup led the Greyhounds with six of Loyola's 19 kills while senior outside hitter Becky Corb added five kills. Freshman setter Marcellee Williams had a team-high 13 digs to go with eight assists.

The Greyhounds will look to snap the losing streak on Tuesday night when they return to Reitz Arena for a non-conference matchup against Howard University beginning at 7:00 p.m.