Oct. 13, 2000
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Senior Ynez Carrasco posted 23 kills, hitting a season-high .457, to lead the 16th-ranked Santa Clara volleyball team to its 11th straight victory, defeating Saint Mary's tonight at the Pat Malley Center in West Coast Conference action.
"Going into the year, we talked about Ynez being our best player and an All-American candidate, and the last two weeks, she's been playing like it," head coach Jon Wallace said. "She's in her zone. She's getting kills off of bad sets, when before she wasn't able to. Her game is there and she's having a blast and should feel extremely confident."
The Broncos posted their fourth straight sweep in the 16-14, 15-5, 15-7 victory to improve to 16-1 on the season, and remain undefeated in league action at 4-0. The Gaels fall to 6-10 overall, 2-3 in the WCC.
It took nine game points and one of freshman Becky Potter's 12 kills of the night to end the first game after almost an hour of action. Both teams hit over .300 in the frame as three players reached double figures. The Gaels' Meghan Coolbaugh posted 14, complimented by Heather Dill's 10. Carrasco recorded 13 for the Broncos.
"Saint Mary's played well," Wallace said of the first game. "They did some things to us that we didn't adjust well to and got behind. But I liked our chances. Any time this team gets in any kind of deuce game, we're great because we have a senior-based group that's confident, smooth, and knows what to do. Nobody panicked. That was the difference in the game."
In game two, Santa Clara outhit Saint Mary's .447 to .217, with the Broncos only making three team attack errors. In the third frame, sophomore defensive specialist Cindy Hirsch saw her first action of the night when she was subbed in to serve on Santa Clara's third game point and then pounded the back-row kill for the match victory.
Senior Brook Terhune and junior Jami Bari added 14 and 11 kills, respectively, while Bari also added a match-high 14 digs. Carrasco and Terhune added four blocks each to add to the Broncos' defensive efforts.
Coolbaugh finished the night with 23 kills for Saint Mary's, with Dill (15), Carla Vandenbark (11) and Rachelle Von (11) also reaching double figures.
The Broncos remain at home for another league contest against San Diego tomorrow night. The Saturday match will begin at 7 p.m. in the Pat Malley Center.
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No. 16 Santa Clara def. Saint Mary's 16-14, 15-5, 15-7