Sept. 4, 2009
Santa Clara, Calif. - Having lost two matches last week to top 10 opponents, Santa Clara travels to the state capital this weekend to play three matches in the Sacramento State Invitational. Santa Clara returns home next weekend to open its 2009 home slate when it hosts Arizona Thurs., Sept. 10 at 7 pm and then Utah at 7 pm on Sat., Sept. 12.
"We are looking to have play at a high efficiency this weekend and continue to improve our play in every match," said Bronco head coach Jon Wallace. "Our focus and concentration is doing all the right things that will allow us to execute with a high efficiency.
"I am more concerned with how we play, then our opponents play this weekend," added Wallace. "We are ready for these matches this weekend. Our goals are very strong this year and because of that we have to continue to work hard to beat teams like Hawaii. That's what we are striving for and we will continue to work every point. We have to with a young team."
Santa Clara will play UC Riverside at 5 pm on Fri., Sept. 4, CSU Bakersfield at 10 am on Sat., Sept. 5 and then at 7 pm the Broncos will close out the tournament with a match vs. host Sacramento State. Live stats for all three matches can be found on www.SantaClaraBroncos.com and live video for the Sac State match at http://b2tv.com/upcoming_events.asp?q=v&value=bigsky/.
The Broncos are 0-4 vs. Riverside all-time, having last played the Highlanders in 1985. It will be the first meeting with CSU Bakersfield and the Broncos lead the all-time series with Sac State 16-10, including a 3-0 win on Sept. 16, 2008.
Santa Clara is led by junior Krista Kelley. Kelley, the 2007 WCC Freshman of the Year, was named to the all-tournament team last weekend in Hawaii after hitting .342 with 14 kills at No. 7 Hawaii and then she collected her first double-double of the year with a season-high 18 kills and 11 digs, hitting .308 vs. Western Michigan. Freshman Kayla Lommori is hitting a team-high .303, Kelley leads the team with 2.1 dpg, Alexandra Palmer collects a team-high 6.1 apg and Lindsy Davigeadono is the top blocker with 1.3 bpg.
Santa Clara fell 3-0 to No. 9 UCLA on Aug. 28, lost 3-1 in a tight match to No. 7 Hawaii on Aug. 29, who moved to No. 4 in the AVCA poll this week and defeated Western Michigan 3-2 - a 2008 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 team who returned all of their starters - on Aug. 30. All the matches were played at Hawaii.
"There are times in the Hawaii match near the end of game two and the end of game three where we played very steady and at a high efficiency. We were able to sustain for 10 or more points and that's a good sign for the future on how we will be able to execute," said Wallace."
While Wallace was disappointed with their play vs. UCLA, he knows the team is determined to get better every time we play. "We have a great work ethic and we continue to improve every day," said Wallace.
WALLACE ON THE BRONCOS
Bronco head coach Jon Wallace was excited about the play of his young team, the Bronco team features 11 underclassmen, and commented on a number of players and their level of play as SCU begins its second weekend of play at Sac State.
Junior Krista Kelley
Her energy was a driving factor vs. Hawaii and Western Michigan. She passed well and hit over .300 in both of those matches.
Freshman Katherine Douglas
Kat has impressed us with her steady play. She has never looked inexperienced or young on the court last weekend. She plays like she has been out there for two years.
Junior Transfer Emily Burke
Emily has a great competitive edge and she brings two years of starting as a setter at the collegiate level to our team this year and that has helped us.
You could see Dana and Kayla growing game-to-game, and almost point-to-point. Dana needs to learn how to impose herself on teams and she will continue to get better in that aspect with each match.
Sophomore Tanya Schmidt
She is very committed to getting better as a middle blocker. She is working on her timing with a new setter, it will come and she will hit for a much higher percentage soon.