Sept. 14, 2003
LINCOLN, Neb -- The Santa Clara University women's volleyball dropped its match with No. 17 Michigan State by a score of 3-2 on the final day of the U.S. Bank/Arby's Classic in Lincoln, Neb. The Broncos fall to 5-4 on the year while the Spartans improve to 6-2.
After dropping the first game of the match by a 30-26 count, Santa Clara rallied to take the next two games, both by scores of 30-26. Game four was a 30-21 victory for MSU while the deciding fifth game went to the Spartans by a score of 15-11.
Becky Potter regained her All-American form on Sunday with 20 kills and 10 digs in the loss. Kelli Sousa handed out 63 assists to go along with 10 digs while Cassie Perret also chipped in with a double-double, registering 13 kills and 10 digs.
Toni Muratore was second on the team in kills for the Broncos, recording 16 on the day, followed by Becky Biniek's 11 and Megan Pura's 10. Sophomore Kristen Luxton played well as a defensive specialist, posting nine digs in her time on the floor.
Santa Clara's only managed a .205 hitting percentage and had 10 fewer digs and four less blocks than the Spartans who also hit at a .262 clip in the match.
Kim Schram posted a match-high 23 kills for Michigan State, followed by Megan Wallin and Jenny Rood who each had 15. Setter Nikki Colson had a spectacular day for the Spartans' with her match-high 70 assists and 21 digs.
The loss for the Broncos' was their third in as many days, all of which have come at the hands of a ranked opponent. SCU opened up the U.S. Bank/Arby's Classic with a 3-1 loss to No. 5 Nebraska on Friday and were swept on Saturday by No. 10 Georgia Tech.
Santa Clara will remain on the road next week with three matches in the Gamecock Tournament hosted by the University of South Carolina. The Broncos will take on South Carolina, Duke and George Washington in the tournament that is being played in Columbia, S.C.