- Santa Clara at #9 BYU (WCC Match)
- Provo, Utah
- BYU improves to 27-2 (16-1); Santa Clara drops to 15-14 (8-9)
- Attendance: 1,157
- Box Score
The host BYU Cougars used a strong offensive performance from Veronica Jones-Perry to sweep the visiting Broncos of Santa Clara Saturday afternoon in Provo. Set scores were 25-16, 25-22, and 25-19. Jones-Perry collected 14 kills while McKenna Miller chipped in 11 kills. Lyndie Haddock had a solid all-around game with 34 assists and five digs.
With the win, the Cougars improved to 27-2 (16-1 WCC) and will have a chance to clinch a share of the WCC regular season title with San Diego when they close out the regular season on Tuesday, November 21st, hosting Loyola Marymount.
Although the Cougars hit just .233 for the match, they held the Broncos to a miniscule .124 hitting percentage. However, in total, the box score was pretty even for the match. The Cougars collected 40 kills to 39 for the Broncos while also leading the match in digs 40-39. The Cougars held a solid advantage at the service line collecting four aces to just one for Santa Clara. And teams collected 38 assists, the Broncos held a 10-8 advantage in blocks.
It was a tough week for Santa Clara who faced the top two teams in the WCC in back-to-back matches. Against BYU, Allison Kantor led the offense with 13 kills and 10 digs while Kirsten Mead handed out 33 assists to go along with 10 digs. With the loss, the Broncos dropped to 15-14 (8-9 WCC) and will close out the regular season on Tuesday, November 21st when they travel to face St. Mary’s.
Courtesy of BYU Athletics
PROVO, Utah—An all-around team effort helped No. 9 BYU women’s volleyball sweep Santa Clara (25-16, 25-22, 25-19) Saturday afternoon at the Smith Fieldhouse.
“Our serving and passing game was great today,” BYU head coach Heather Olmstead said. “Overall, I think we took good swings and managed the game well.”
Veronica Jones-Perry led the Cougars with 14 kills and five digs, while McKenna Miller contributed 11 kills. Lyndie Haddock set the team with 34 assists and Mary Lake added 11 digs. Kennedy Redding contributed on defense with a team-high five blocks.
BYU (27-2, 16-1 West Coast Conference) hit at a .233 clip while holding Santa Clara (15-14, 8-9 WCC) to a .124 hitting percentage.
Consecutive kills from Cosy Burnett and a service ace by Lacy Haddock helped put the Cougars ahead of the Broncos 8-1 early in the first set. BYU went on a 4-0 run with the help of a service ace from Lyndie Haddock to continue its lead, 14-6. A block by Redding and Lacy Haddock ended the set ended 25-16.
A Jones-Perry kill and Lake service ace allowed BYU to take an early 5-2 lead in the second set before Santa Clara came back to even the score at 8-8. The Broncos then went on a 5-0 run, taking the lead 13-11. The Cougars pulled ahead 21-18 after a kill by Burnett and a service ace from Jones-Perry. BYU closed the set 25-22 with another Jones-Perry kill.
Back-to-back kills by Miller and Jones-Perry kept the Cougars ahead 7-4 early in the third set. BYU maintained its lead throughout the set, and a kill by Burnett, block by Miller and Redding and kill from Miller brought the score to 20-13. Consecutive Jones-Perry kills then gave BYU the set and match 25-19.
The Cougars return to the Smith Fieldhouse Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. MST against Loyal Marymount for the final regular-season home game, where the seniors will be honored. The match will be streamed live on TheW.tv.
Courtesy of Santa Clara Athletics
PROVO, Utah – Santa Clara volleyball wrapped up the West Coast Conference’s toughest road trip on Saturday afternoon. The Broncos fell against No. 9 BYU 25-16, 25-22, 25-19 at Smith Fieldhouse.
Allison Kantor paced the Broncos (15-14, 8-9 WCC) offensively by leading the team with 13 kills on .258 hitting. She added 10 digs to make it a fifth double-double in the team’s last six matches. Kirsten Mead posted a 33-assist, 10-dig double-double and Taylor Odom led all players with 8.0 total blocks.
The Cougars (27-2, 16-1 WCC) were led by Veronica Jones-Perry, who turned in a match-high 14 kills on .333 hitting. McKenna Miller added 11 kills and Lyndie Haddock topped all players with 34 assists.
BYU got its offense rolling quickly after the opening serve. Jones-Perry and Cosy Burnett each had a pair of kills while Lyndie Haddock added a kill and an ace as part of an 8-1 stretch to start the afternoon. Santa Clara used five kills from Kantor to keep pace for the rest of the opening frame.
The Broncos played some of their best volleyball on the day during the second set. They flipped an 11-8 deficit into a 13-11 edge on the strength of two combined blocks by Odom and Hailey Lindberg; the pair each had a kill during the 5-0 run. Leading 15-13, Santa Clara misfired on three straight points for attack errors that led to a 4-0 BYU run, and the Cougars eventually prevailed in a back-and-forth close to the stanza.
Following the break, BYU won the third set in wire-to-wire fashion. After two straight Bronco points narrowed the early gap to 9-8 Cougars, BYU won 11 of the next 16 rallies, including three kills from Miller and at least one kill from four different players.
Santa Clara plays its final match of the 2017 regular season Tuesday night at Saint Mary’s. First serve is set for 7 p.m.
- Santa Clara is 4-10 all-time against BYU in a series that dates back to 1992.
- Kantor had two double-doubles in her first 22 matches of the season. She has five in her last six contests.
- Mead has posted two straight double-doubles and seven in her last 10 matches.
• The Broncos have played without freshman outside hitter Chloe Loreen for seven straight matches due to injury.