Oct. 14, 2000
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Senior Ynez Carrasco broke Santa Clara's career kills record with her 19th on the night to lead the 16th-ranked Broncos to their 12th straight victory, defeating San Diego at the Pat Malley Center in West Coast Conference action.
The Broncos posted their fifth straight sweep in the 15-3, 15-12, 15-6 victory to improve to 17-1 on the season, and remain undefeated in league action at 5-0. The Toreros fall to 8-9 overall, 3-3 in the WCC.
Santa Clara opened game three with a 6-0 lead with Carrasco's record-setting kill giving the Broncos a 9-1 edge. She finished the night with that kill and now has 1,497 in three-plus seasons. She surpassed Lia Young's career mark set in 1990-93.
"It feels awesome," Carrasco said, "but I haven't even had time to reflect on it. I kind of calculated it in my head last night that it could happen tonight but that was the last I thought about it."
The Broncos won the first game easily, hitting .594 to USD's .216. The second frame was much more hotly contested when San Diego jumped to a 5-0 lead. The Toreros led 12-9 before consecutive kills by senior Brook Terhune and two by Carrasco evened the score. Carrasco's service ace then gave the Broncos the lead for good. A kill by junior Jami Bari set up the team's first game point, and a block solo a few plays later by Bari gave Santa Clara the 15-12 win.
San Diego's Lindsey Lampert led all attackers with 21 kills, while the Toreros Noel Frohman and Bridget Merritt added 15 and 11 kills, respectively.
Five Santa Clara attackers reached double digits. Behind Carrasco's 19 was freshman Becky Potter with a career-high 18, Bari with 13, Terhune with 11 and senior Amy Kohl with 10. Potter hit a career-high .533 on the night, committing only two errors. The Broncos were led defensively by Carrasco's 18 digs and four blocks.
The Broncos travel to Los Angeles next weekend for league matches against fifth-ranked Pepperdine and No. 23 Loyola Marymount, on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Both matches begin at 7 p.m.
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No. 16 Santa Clara def. San Diego 15-3, 15-12, 15-6