Aug. 27, 2006
FRESNO, Calif. - The trio of middle blocker Anna Cmaylo, setter Crystal Matich, and outside hitter Kim McGiven was simply unstoppable this weekend for the Santa Clara University volleyball team. All three were named to the Fresno State Invitational All-Tournament team, with Matich claiming MVP honors, after leading the Broncos to a 3-0 (30-23, 30-16, 30-20) win over the host Bulldogs to capture the tournament title.
Following the 3-0 start, the Broncos will make the trip to South Bend, Ind. for a pair of contests next weekend. SCU will battle Valparaiso at 9 a.m. Pacific time on Friday, Sept. 1 before closing things out with an 1 a.m. Pacific battle with No. 14 Notre Dame Sunday morning.
Cmaylo paced the attack by hitting an amazing .722 with 13 kills in 18 attempts and no attack errors. McGiven had six kills to go with seven digs in two games, middle blocker Megan Pura posted nine kills at a .353 clip and six blocks while Matich dished out 36 assists in quarterbacking the Broncos to a team hitting percentage of .339.
Libero Caroline Walters again paced the defense, making 17 digs in the match. Brittany Lowe had 12 digs of her own, while freshman Lindsy Evans impressed once again with seven kills and six aces against the Bulldogs.
"Fresno State served tough today, which caught us at first, but we were just too big up front," said head coach Jon Wallace. "All of our returners especially played well, and I could see individual improvements in each player's game. We played well offensively and defensively, and I'm really happy with our results this weekend."
Although the opening game started out evenly matched, as the teams split the first 16 points at 8-8, a couple of kills by McGiven and an ace by Evans gave SCU the 13-9 advantage and from there they held the Bulldogs at bay the rest of the frame.
In the second game, behind 6-7 early, Santa Clara went on an 11-1 run highlighted by two kills from Cmaylo and a pair of aces by Evans. At that point the result was a moot point as the Broncos continued to run away with the game, eventually closing things out with a Cmaylo kill.
There was no doubt to the final game, as the Broncos jumped out to an early 7-0 lead and never looked back. After a Pura kill stretched the lead to 12-2, things leveled off as Fresno State never got to within more than six as SCU closed things out.
Following the match, Matich, Cmaylo and McGiven were honored as part of the All-Tournament team, with Matich being named the tournament's Most Valuable Player after averaging 13.67 assists over the three matches. McGiven notched 43 kills while hitting .370 for the weekend, while Cmaylo dominated things up front, putting down 42 kills at a whopping .623 clip for the weekend.
"Anna was the most unstoppable player in the tournament by far," Wallace said about the 2005 All-American. "She is showing more poise, more patience, and is playing much better this year than last."
Fresno State Invitational All-Tournament Team