Sept. 5, 2009
Sacramento, Calif. - In its first match of two today, Santa Clara defeated Cal State-Bakersfield 3-1. SCU won the four-game match in scores of 18-25, 25-19. 25-17 and 25-11. Santa Clara moved to 3-1. CSU Bakersfield defeated Sac State 3-2 on Friday night. SCU will close out its play in the Invitational with a 7 pm match vs. host Sac State tonight.
Santa Clara challenged its youth this morning, playing with as many as four freshmen on the court most of the match vs. the Roadrunners. The Broncos didn't pass well in the first game, but only made one more passing error to rest of the match.
"We had to raise our level of intensity after the first game," said Bronco head coach Jon Wallace. "Kayla played really well - she had some thunderous attacks. Kat again played steady. Dana and Tanya did their jobs in the middle and played well."
SCU hit .288 in the match with eight team blocks and seven aces. CSUB hit .175 with 11 service errors and five team blocks. Individually SCU was led by Katherine Douglas and Dana Knudsen. Douglas had a personal-best 15 kills, hitting .273 with four aces and 10 digs. It was Douglas' first double-double of her career. Knudsen hit .368 with 10 kills. Kayla Lommori hit .400 with nine kills, five assists, a career-high five aces and six digs. Emily Burke had 42 assists, collecting nine digs with four kills, hitting .667. Sophomore Libby Morrison paced the Bronco defense with 14 digs.
In game one the teams knotted it at two before CSUB took a 5-3 lead on a SCU service error and a kill. SCU tied it on a kill by Knudsen and a CSUB error at 5-5. CSUB rallied to scored three straight points to take a 10-6 lead on an ace and two SCU errors, pushing the Broncos to call an early timeout to regroup. The timeout didn't appear to be effective as CSUB went on a 9-2 run to push its lead to 19-8, including five straight Bronco errors and then two Lindy DeGeare kills. SCU scored seven of the next nine points on two kills by Douglas and Knudsen each and two CSUB errors to make it 22-16 CSUB. The two teams went back and forth, but CSUB took game one 25-18 on a kill by Barbie Unfried. SCU hit .185 in the first game, with CSUB hitting .188. CSUB scored six aces with SCU making two service errors on its own side of the net. Knudsen led SCU with three kills.
In game two SCU jumped out to an early 7-4 lead on three errors by CSUB; and three kills by Douglas and kills by Kim Courtney and Tanya Schmidt. CSUB got within one four times at 7-6, 8-7, 9-8 and 10-9 SCU. On two straight Schmidt kills and a service error by CSUB, SCU took a 13-10 lead before CSUB scored three straight of its own to tie it at 13-13 and then 14-14. Santa Clara then scored five of the next six points to take a 19-15 lead, including kills by Knudsen, Williamson and Burke, before CSUB stopped play with a timeout. Santa Clara closed out game two by scoring six of the next 11 points, winning 25-19, with the final two kills credited to Lommori. SCU hit .238 in game two with CSUB hitting .219.
In game three the two opponents knotted it up three times out of the blocks before SCU scored five of the next six points to take an 8-4 lead, including three straight points on kills by Douglas, Knudsen and Courtney. CSUB then called the troops together off the court to regroup. CSUB came out of its own huddle to scored three of the next four points, cutting into the Broncos lead at 9-7. Burke dumped the ball for a kill and served an ace before a CSUB error to make it 12-7 SCU before CSUB called a second timeout in the game. CSUB scored five of the next seven points on kills to make it 15-12 SCU. The Broncos again grabbed control of the game, taking a 19-13 lead, on three kills by Knudsen and a Douglas ace. The two teams traded points twice with SCU taking a 21-15 lead before the Broncos scored four of the next six points to take a 25-17 victory in game three, with Lommori again knocking down the final kill. SCU hit .500 in game three to CSUB's own .233.
In game four, SCU took a speedy 7-1 lead on two kills by Courtney and Lommori each, a kill by Douglas and two CSUB attack errors. Santa Clara jumped out to a 10-2 lead and then a 17-4 lead. Santa Clara controlled the entire game and won 25-11 on an attack error by CSUB. SCU hit .323 to CSUBs own .038.