Sept. 26, 2009
Santa Clara defeated St. Francis 3-0 in its final match of the Penn Tournament in Philadelphia this morning. Set scores were 25-13, 25-17 and 25-18. Santa Clara is 10-5 and St. Francis is 2-12.
Santa Clara, on a two-game winning streak, opens its West Coast Conference season next week with three straight matches on the road. The Broncos open their season at USF on Oct. 2 at 7 pm before traveling to Saint Mary's on Oct. 8 at 7 pm.
"We played well this morning. We got a lot of our young kids in there and they played alright," said Bronco head coach Jon Wallace. "Kayla Lommori hits the ball with power and bring so much fire to the court. It's good to see everybody out there. I liked our energy."
Wallace looks forward to beginning WCC play next week at USF and see Dana Knudsen as someone who is making a bit impact on the team right now. "Dana is playing really well," said Wallace. "She plays with a lot of power and hits the ball so hard. She is so competitive."
Santa Clara hit .259 in the match, knocking down eight aces and picking up eight team blocks. Saint Francis hit -.034 in the match, scoring two aces and five team blocks. Individually, Santa Clara was led by Knudsen, who hit .474 with 11 kills and five blocks assists. Sam Peters hit .714 with five kills. Bridget OHara collected nine digs and Lommori added two aces, two kills and seven digs.
In set one, Santa Clara took a 3-2 lead on a Bronco kill and never looked back. It built its lead to 10-5 on three straight St. Francis errors. The Broncos went on a 5-2 run to take an 18-9 lead when Saint Francis called timeout. Santa Clara won set one 25-13 on a kill by Knudsen. Santa Clara hit .565 in set one and St. Francis hit .034.
In set two Santa Clara took an early 10-2 lead on kills by Lommori and Knudsen and then four straight errors by the opposition. Santa Clara went up 19-5 on a kill by Knudsen, an error by St. Francis, two kills by Peters and another by Williamson. Santa Clara was up 23-11 when St. Francis pushed Santa Clara to take a timeout after they went on a 5-0 run. Santa Clara finished off the set on two straight kills by Knudsen, winning 25-17. Santa Clara hit .147 and St. Francis hit .000.
In set three Santa Clara took a 5-1 lead and then went up 9-3 on two St. Francis errors. Santa Clara took a 13-4 lead on two St. Francis errors and a kill by Lommori. St. Francis scored three straight points on a SCU error, a kill and a service ace. Santa Clara went up 22-14 on three straight St. Francis errors. Santa Clara shut the door and won set three and the match, 25-18, on a kill by Knudsen and an error by St. Francis. SCU hit .143 and St. Francis hit -.118.