- #7 San Diego def. Santa Clara 3-0 (25-18, 26-24, 25-23)
- San Diego moves to 11-2 (2-0 WCC); Santa Clara falls to 9-5 (0-2 WCC)
- San Diego, California (USD hosted)
In the September 12th AVCA poll, the San Diego Toreros were ranked 10th in the country and the Santa Clara Broncos were ranked 17th thanks to an undefeated record.
Since then, the two programs’ results have gone in opposite direction.
On Saturday night, at home, San Diego won its 10th straight match, and Santa Clara lost its 5th-straight, now going 0-5 since achieving that high-water 17th-place ranking.
Santa Clara hit relatively well overall in the match (.202), and defensively led with 11 total team blocks (3 solo, 16 assist), but they couldn’t score the right points at the right moments – even Santa Clara’s best set offensively, the 2nd where they had 11 kills and only 3 errors, San Diego still was able to eke out a victory despite a lower hitting percentage on the frame.
Santa Clara will have their first conference home match on Tuesday when they welcome in Pacific. San Diego puts their winning streak on the line on Wednesday on the road at Loyola Marymount – a match that will be televised on ESPNU.
Courtesy San Diego Athletics:
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The seventh-ranked University of San Diego women’s volleyball team picked up its 10th consecutive win, with a 3-0 victory over Santa Clara University Saturday afternoon in a West Coast Conference match at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
With the 25-18, 26-24, 25-23 win, the Toreros improve to 11-2 overall, move to 2-0 in the WCC and have moved their winning steak to 10. With the loss, the Broncos fall to 9-5 overall, move to 0-2 in the WCC and have now lost five consecutive matches in a row.
Lisa Kramer led all players with 14 kills, while hitting .226, and she had a pair of blocks and two digs.Lauren Schad was the final USD player in double digit kills with 13, while hitting .500 and recording three blocks. Kristen Gengenbacher recorded 29 assists, while also picking up seven digs. Hunter Jennings recorded 14 digs to lead the USD defense.
As a team, USD hit for a .273 clip, while SCU hit .202. San Diego recoded 45 digs, while SCU had 35. The Broncos did out block the Toreros, 11.0-8.0
For Santa Clara, Sabrina Clayton led the offense with 11 kills, while hitting .333, and she had three digs. Callie Jones recorded 29 assists, and she has five digs. Taylor Laugero recorded 14 digs, to pace the defense.
San Diego will return to action on Tuesday, as they head up to Los Angeles, to take on the Loyola Marymount University Lions in a 7 p.m. nationally televised ESPNU WCC match.
Courtesy Santa Clara Athletics:
SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Santa Clara volleyball closed out opening week of West Coast Conference play with an 18-25, 24-26, 23-25 defeat against No. 7 San Diego Saturday afternoon at Jenny Craig Pavilion. The Broncos held leads midway through each of the three sets against the Toreros.
Saturday’s tilt marked the last of Santa Clara’s 14 straight matches away from home to start the season. The Broncos (9-5, 0-2 WCC) have lost five consecutive matches. The Toreros (11-2, 2-0 WCC) have won 10 straight contests.
Sabrina Clayton led Santa Clara with 11 kills and tied for a team-high four blocks alongside Taylor Odom, who hit .545 with seven kills.Callie Jones notched 29 assists and Taylor Laugero had 14 digs. Three Toreros hit .429 or better: Kaity Edwards (.545, 7 K – 1 E – 11 TA), Lauren Schad (.500, 13 K – 3 E – 20 TA) and Addie Picha (.429, 4 K – 1 E – 7 TA).
After dropping the first set, Santa Clara used a 6-0 run early in the second frame to take a 9-4 lead. Mary Shepherd was on serve for five of the points and had an ace during that spree. Later in the stanza, the Broncos got on set point at 24-23 after USD’s Lauren Fuller committed an attacking error. The Toreros called timeout and won the next three points to go ahead 2-0 in the match.
Clayton helped get the Broncos out to a 14-7 advantage in the third set with four kills, a block and an ace in the first 21 points. Trailing 16-10, the Toreros went on an 11-4 run as Lisa Kramer produced four of her match-high 14 kills to pace the home side. Santa Clara fought off a set point at 24-22 before Schad completed the sweep with a kill.
The Toreros — the highest-ranked team in the WCC — went on top 7-2 in the first set. Santa Clara won three straight points on a kill by Odom and two aces from Jones to take their only lead of the opening frame at 13-11. San Diego took 10 of the next 12 points and capped the stanza with a block from Edwards and Jayden Kennedy.
Santa Clara plays its first home match of the season next Tuesday, Sept. 27, against the Pacific Tigers (8-6, 2-0 WCC) at