September 25, 2009

Volleyball Splits in Day One of Penn Tourney

Sept. 25, 2009

Final Stats

Santa Clara defeated host-Penn 3-0 Friday night in Philadelphia, winning the sets 25-15, 25-23 and 25-13. Santa Clara moves to 9-5 and Penn falls to 9-3. Santa Clara finishes play at the Penn Invitational at 9 am Sat., Sept. 26 with a match with Saint Francis before returning to the Mission Campus on Saturday night.

"Tonight we came out with a different energy. Emily, Lindsy, Dana and Tanya - they all played really well - they have been carrying us without Krista in the lineup," said Wallace. "We need to get our outside attacking going again. We miss the leadership of Krista right now on the outside. Dana was hitting the ball hard every time and that's fun to watch."

Santa Clara hit .296 at Penn, adding 10 team blocks and four service aces. Penn hit .080, adding four team blocks and one service ace. Individually, the Broncos were led by Tanya Schmitt, who collected eight kills, hitting .412 with seven block assists. Dana Knudsen (.357) and Katherine Douglas (.182) both collected seven kills each with Douglas picking up five digs. Lindsy Davigeadono had six kills, hitting .500 with four block assists. Setter Emily Burke collected 36 assists and two aces; and Bridget O'Hara scooped up 16 digs.

In set one the two teams were tied at 7-7 when SCU took the lead on a Kayla Lommori kill and then the Broncos went on an 8-1 lead to take 15-8 lead. The 8-1 rally included kills by Davigeadono, Schmidt and Douglas with three Penn errors. Santa Clara never looked back, winning set one 25-15, including four straight Penn errors to finish the set. SCU hit .357 and Penn hit .114.

In set two Santa Clara started by winning the first four points and seven of eight to take a 7-1 lead when Penn called timeout. Santa Clara continued to pad its lead, going up 17-9 on a kill by Lommori. Penn scored two of the next three points on a kill and an ace, but Santa Clara was too much, going up 20-13 on a kill by Douglas. Penn rallied to pull within two on mainly SCU errors, with SCU up 21-19. Santa Clara went up 24-20, but two straight SCU errors and a kill by Penn and it was 24-23 SCU. SCU won set two on a kill by Schmidt, taking set two 25-23. SCU hit .154 and Penn hit .108.

In set three the two teams tied it up four times before Santa Clara took a 9-7 lead when Penn called a timeout. Santa Clara won seven of the next nine points to take a 16-9 lead, including the last three points on two errors by Penn and a kill by Schmidt. Santa Clara pushed its lead to 19-11 on kill by Lexi Williamson and another by Douglas. SCU won set three by winning six of the next nine points, taking set three 25-13 and the match on two straight Douglas kills. SCU hit .393 in set three and Albany hit .025.

Albany tops Santa Clara 3-1 Friday morning

Earlier on Friday at the Penn Tournament, Santa Clara fell 3-1 to Albany. Set scores were 16-25, 25-22, 16-25 and 21-25. Albany is 6-8 on the year.

"Albany played well," said Wallace. "They took it to us. They did a good job this morning. They had chances to fold at the end and they kept doing what they were doing well. We didn't seem to be able to make adjustments. It was a very weird morning.

"The girls were very disappointed in themselves afterward and vowed to be different after the loss to Albany," added Wallace. "We can't approach every match like that."

Santa Clara hit .136 with seven team blocks and four aces in the match and Albany hit .275 with 10 team blocks and two aces. The Broncos were led by freshman-redshirt Dana Knudsen who picked up 15 kills, hitting .440. Lindsy Davigeadono and Katherine Douglas also picked up 11 kills. Libby Morrison scooped up 19 digs and Douglas collected 14. Emily Burke had 36 assists in the four-set match.

Santa Clara and Albany were tied at one and two in the early going in set one and then Albany took the lead for good when it scored on a kill. Albany won game one 25-16. SCU hit .000 and Albany hit .235.

In game one the two teams were tied at six and seven when Albany took the lead with a kill. Albany went up and led by as much as xx when the Broncos rallied to tie it at 20 and 21. Santa Clara won the next four of five points to win set two 25-22, including set point on a kill by Lindsy Davigeadono. SCU hit .214 in set two and Albany hit 205.

In game three, it was again tied at 2-2 when Albany stormed out to win the next eight of nine points to take a 10-3 lead. They then scored the next three of four points to take a 13-4 lead. Down 20-9 Santa Clara started its own rally and pulled within at 22-15 when Albany called a timeout. Albany scored the next three of four points to take set three 25-16. SCU hit .219 and Albany hit .571.

In set four, the two teams were tied at 11-11 when Santa Clara scored four straight points to take a 15-11 lead. Albany rallied back to tie it at 17-17 and then scored eight of the next 11 points to win set four and the match 25-21. SCU hit .139 in set four and Albany hit .227.