September 8, 2009

Volleyball's Kelley named Tournament Most Valuable Player

Sept. 8, 2009

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Santa Clara, Calif. - Hitting .378 and collecting a season-high 22 kills in Santa Clara's 3-2 win over host-Sacramento State, junior outside hitter Krista Kelley was named the Most Valuable Player of the Sac State Invitational this past weekend. It was the second straight week Kelley has received post-tournament honors as she was named to the All-Tournament team at the Hawaii Invitational the first week of the season.

Freshman outside hitter Katherine Douglas and junior-transfer setter Emily Burke were both named to the Sac State Invitational All-Tournament team.

Santa Clara, 4-2, opens the 2009 home schedule at the Leavey Center this weekend when it hosts No. 25 Arizona Thurs., Sept. 10 at 7 pm and then Utah at 7 pm on Sat., Sept. 12. Arizona comes in with a perfect 6-0 record. Utah is 5-2 and highest non-ranked team in the country this week based on votes. Arizona will be the third ranked season the Broncos have played the early season. Santa Clara is 4-4 vs. `Zona and 3-4 vs. Utah all-time.

"We are continuing to work on what we do best on our set of the net," said Bronco head coach Jon Wallace, looking for the school's 12th straight NCAA Tournament appearance. "We really look forward to playing at home, especially with a young team. We are working daily to be more consistent with our offense and continue to grow in our defensive responsibilities."

At Sac State, Kelley hit .378 with 22 kills vs. the Hornets. She also picked up 12 digs and two block assists in the five-game set win. In the match vs. UC Riverside Friday Kelley knocked down 12 kills, hitting .292. She added nine digs and a block assist in the 3-1 win.

On the season, Kelley is No. 4 in the West Coast Conference with 3.65 kpg. She is hitting .287 in five matches played; and is averaging 2.30 dpg and .30 bpg.

"Krista had another great weekend. She hit over .300 and can really be a dominant player on the court for us," said Wallace, who is in his 11th year at the Bronco helm.

In the three wins, Douglas collected eights kills vs. UC Riverside, 15 kills vs. CSU Bakersfield and a season-high 16 kills vs. Sac State. Douglas also collected a season-high 13 digs in the win over Sac State; and she added four service aces and 10 digs vs. CSU Bakersfield, collecting two double-doubles this weekend.

On the season Douglas is averaging 2.50 kpg, .29 apg, 2.21 dpg and .67 bpg. She has had double-figure kills in half of the Broncos matches this year.

"We are not surprised with Kat's play so far. We are getting what we thought we would get when we recruited her," said Wallace. "She is a great competitor and is always focused on her competition."

Burke ran two different offenses this weekend and was successful at both. She had 36 assists, seven digs and five kills, hitting .571 vs. UC Riverside. Against CSU Bakersfield she posted 42 assists, adding nine digs and four kills, hitting .667. In the 3-2 win over Sac State, the San Jose State transfer had 27 assists and 12 digs.

On the season Burke leads the team, hitting .533; and is averaging 6.42 apg running the 6-2 offense. She adds 1.75 dpg.

"Her collegiate experience and her competitiveness on the court is really helping our young team," said Wallace. "She is doing a really good job of helping our team mature."