Sept. 3, 2005
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Apparently the Santa Clara women's volleyball team's 3-1 come-from-behind win over UNLV this morning must have been pretty fun, because the Broncos decided to follow the same formula all over again opposite the UC Irvine Anteaters Saturday night.
After dropping the first game just as they did earlier, Santa Clara (3-0) battled its way back into the match and pulled out a 3-1 (30-32, 31-29, 30-22, 30-28) victory over the host Anteaters (2-3) to capture the Holiday Inn-Sunset Classic title in front of a largely pro-SCU crowd of 342 at Crawford Court.
Junior outside hitter Kim McGiven's 34 kills not only led the attack, but also set a school record for most kills in a four-game match, breaking the old record of 31 set by Laura Raybould against Texas-Arlington on August 30, 1997.
"Kim had an amazing night for us, putting down the last ball to win the match," said head coach Jon Wallace. "We had a continuance of this morning a little bit, playing uphill and being our own worst enemy. But I like the character of the squad, they're in it to win and they kept on task."
Senior Cassie Perret and freshman Brittany Lowe each put up a double-double on the night, Perret notching 13 kills and 11 digs while Lowe's stat line showed 11 kills and 16 digs. Team co-captain Kristen Luxton spelled Crystal Matich (21 assists in two games) for most of the match and recorded 41 assists on the night.
Noted Wallace: "Kristen did a nice job coming in and setting for us. She really steadied us out."
McGiven, Perret, Anna Cmaylo, Caroline Walters and Megan Pura were named to the All-Tournament team following the match. Walters made 23 digs in the match while Cmaylo and Pura's efforts in the middle (three and four blocks in the match, respectively) gave the Broncos a defensive lift.
After closing out a perfect opening week, Wallace expressed his satisfaction but also pointed out that it was still too early in the season to draw definite conclusions.
"I'm happy we're 3-0, obviously," Wallace commented about Santa Clara's fast start, before adding, "We've still got a lot of room to get better. The girls know that, but for now to get through the week with three wins is great."
The Broncos will return to the Leavey Center Thursday night to host the Bronco Invitational from September 8-10, featuring Fresno State, UC Santa Barbara, and Arizona.
UCSB and Arizona open tournament action at 4:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon, and Santa Clara takes the court against the Fresno State Bulldogs at 7 p.m. Tickets are available by calling (408) 554-4660 or by clicking here.