Nov. 12, 2004
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The 22nd-ranked Santa Clara University volleyball took a four-game loss to 12th-ranked Saint Mary's tonight in West Coast Conference action at the Leavey Center. Games scores were 30-21, 30-20, 28-30, 30-23. Cassie Perret notched her ninth double-double of the season, but the Broncos see their overall record move to 16-6, while the WCC mark is now 7-4. The Gaels improve to 21-2 overall, 10-1 in league play.
Perret finished the night with 17 kills and 14 digs. Toni Muratore added 14 digs for the Broncos, while strong defensive efforts were posted by Anna Cmaylo and her six blocks, and Jac Heler and her 12 digs.
Saint Mary's had three players post double digits in kills, led by Kaui Salzman's 18. Cassandra Kolkka added a 13-kill, 18-dig, 5-block performance, and Lindsey Bogason added 15 kills.
Salzman paced the Gaels in a game-one victory with seven kills, as the visitors hit .385 in the frame. They took a 2-0 lead at intermission in part to six service errors the Broncos committed in game two.
Santa Clara came out with more fire in the third set and competed strong to earn the victory. There were 19 ties in the frame, with no team leading by more than two at any point. Tied 28-28, Muratore's attack set up game point, and Kristen Luxton followed with a service ace to close the match advantage by one.
Saint Mary's went up early in game four, 4-1, but an 8-1 Bronco run put the home team ahead 9-5. Four straight hitting errors and back-to-back blocks by Cmaylo forced Saint Mary's to take a time out. The match stayed tight, but consecutive blocks by the Gaels put the visitors ahead 20-18. A Muratore kill tied the frame at 21, but Saint Mary's was able to pull away for the match victory.
Santa Clara will close out the home regular season with its final match tomorrow night, hosting San Francisco at the Leavey Center at 7 p.m. Prior to the start of the match, the Broncos will honor outgoing program members Christina Vick and Muratore.