Nov. 21, 2003
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The 13th-ranked Santa Clara University women's volleyball team came up just short against 4th-ranked Pepperdine, dropping a five-game thriller Friday night in the Leavey Center. With the loss the Broncos' record falls to 19-9 overall and 10-3 in West Coast Conference play while the Waves improve to 23-2 overall and clinch outright the 2003 league title with their 13-0 record.
The two teams traded the first four games with SCU taking games one and four by scores of 30-21 in each. Pepperdine captured games two and three by counts of 33-31 and 30-24. Game five started out even but the Waves pulled away for a seven point victory in game five, 15-8.
Pepperdine's Katie Wilkins and Katy Daly willed the Waves to victory as Wilkins notched 28 kills, 13 digs and six block assists to go along with Daly's 15 kills and 21 digs. Melissa Mehlhorn's 60 assists directed the Pepperdine offense while her 12 digs and five kills also proved pivotal in the victory.
Five Santa Clara players ended the match in double-digit kills led by Toni Muratore who posted 20 in the loss. Becky Potter chipped in 18 kills and 17 digs while Kim McGiven added 17 kills of her own. Cassie Perret had 11 kills on the night with Becky Biniek's 10 rounding out the SCU players in double digits.
Potter's 18 kills moved her into first place all-time on the career kills list at Santa Clara as her new total of 1,752 eclipses that of former teammate Ynez Carrasco who registered 1,748 kills in her four years on the Mission Campus.
Both teams will conclude their WCC seasons tomorrow night. The Broncos will host No. 16 Loyola Marymount at 7 p.m. on Senior night in the Leavey Center while the Waves travel to San Diego to face USD in the Jenny Craig Pavilion.