Santa Clara Falls to No. 25 Arizona in Home Opener
Sept. 10, 2009
Hitting .305 with eight team blocks, No. 25 Arizona remained undefeated with a 3-0 win over host Santa Clara in the Broncos 2009 home opener. Set scores were 25-23, 25-15 and 25-19. Santa Clara is 4-3 and No. 25 Arizona moves to 7-0.
Santa Clara will play Utah on Sat., Sept. 12 at 7 pm and Arizona will close out play in the SCU Invitational on Fri., Sept. 11 at 7 pm vs. Utah. Both matches will be played in the Leavey Center.
Santa Clara hit .190 in the match. Santa Clara was led by Krista Kelley's 11 aces, but she hit just .133 in the match with seven errors. Katherine Douglas added nine kills, hitting .348. Tanya Schmidt and Dana Knudsen both had five kills, with Schmidt hitting a team-high .556. Douglas and Libby Morrison both had seven digs. Alexandra Palmer had 17 assists and Emily Burke picked up 13 assists.
"It's unfortunate that we played this way in our home opener," said Bronco head coach Jon Wallace. "I expect us to come out and play much harder and with a much better effort on Saturday."
In game one, Santa Clara took a 4-2 lead on kills by Kelly and Douglas. The two teams knotted it up at 5, 6 and 9 before Arizona took a 13-10 on two straight SCU errors before the Broncos rallied with three straight kills by Douglas, Lindsy Davigeadono and Knudsen and then a Schmidt ace to take 14-13 lead. The lead didn't last as the Wildcats scored four straight points to take a 17-14 lead before SCU called a timeout. SCU rallied for three in a row before the Wildcats called a huddle off the court of the their own. SCU tied it up at 18-18, but Arizona proved to be too much and scored three straight points when Wallace called his team over to the benches with the `Cats up 21-18. Kelley knocked down a winner out of the huddle and got a kill on winners by Schmidt and a mid-court bomb by Kelley to make it 23-22 Wildcats. A kill off the Bronco block, a Kelley kill and a Wildcat kill to the back row and Arizona won game one 25-23. Santa Clara was led by Kelley who had six kills and four digs, hitting .364. Douglas added four kills. SCU hit .282 in game one and Arizona hit .243.
In game two, Arizona scored five straight points to take a 5-1 lead before SCU settled down on three straight kills and get within two, 6-4 Arizona. Arizona scored eight of the next 10 points before Kelley knocked two straight off the `Zona block to make it 14-8 Wildcats. Santa Clara got within five, 15-10 Arizona, before Arizona went on a 4-1 run and Wallace called a timeout to settle his young team. Up 19-11 coming out of the SCU timeout, the Broncos scored three times on a kill by Douglas and Peters and a `Zona error to force Arizona to call another timeout, up 20-14. Arizona scored four of the next five points to win game two 25-15. Arizona hit .500 in game two and SCU hit .185.
In game three the teams were tied early when Arizona rushed out to a 7-2 lead on four straight kills before Wallace called a timeout. SCU got within three at 10-7 and 11-8 Arizona. Arizona went up 15-9 on two straight kills. Santa Clara kept playing hard and soon enough it was down by just two, 16-14 Arizona, when the Wildcats called a timeout. Arizona was called in the net out of the timeout and the Broncos were down by just one. The Wildcats then scored three straight and Wallace called a timeout with the `Cats up 19-15. Arizona scored six of the next 10 points to take game three and the match, 25-19. SCU hit .088 in game three and Arizona hit .200.