Oct. 2, 2009
In its opening night of WCC play, Santa Clara fell at San Francisco 3-0. Set scores were 26-24, 25-15 and 25-20. Santa Clara moves to 10-6 and 0-1 in the WCC and the Dons are now 7-7 and 1-0 in the WCC. Continuing WCC play on the road, Santa Clara plays at Saint Mary's on Thurs., Oct. 8 at 7 pm before flying down to play San Diego on Sat., Oct. 10 at 1 pm.
Santa Clara hit .102, with seven team blocks and three aces. USF hit .307 with nine team blocks and three aces. Santa Clara has lost 3-0 at USF three straight years.
Individually SCU was led by Dana Knudsen, who collected nine kills and four block assists, hitting .412. Tanya Schmidt had seven kills, hitting .333 with a block assist. Katherine Douglas had seven kills, but hit -.080. Bridget O'Hara had 10 digs and Libby Morrison added two aces. USF's Sarah Mandala, the WCC Player of the Month in September, had a match-high 14 kills, hitting .444.
In set one USF ran out to a quick 4-1 lead before Santa Clara rallied behind two kills by Schmidt and two by Kelley and team block by Knudsen and Kelley to take an 8-5 lead. SCU went up 11-7 on two more Knudsen kills and a USF error. The two teams tied it up four times before USF took a 17-16 lead; and Bronco head coach Jon Wallace called timeout. SCU tied it up on a Lindsy Davigeadono kill and took the lead once again on a kill by Knudsen. A Libby Morrison ace pushed the lead to 19-17 Broncos and USF then called a break in the action. SCU then took a 21-18 lead on another Knudsen kill and a block solo by Douglas. USF scored twice and then Knudsen knocked a kill to the back row and Kelley one to the middle line to make it 23-20 SCU when USF. After calling time, USF scored four straight points to take a 24-23 lead. A Douglas kill off the block and it was tied 24-24. USF scored the final two points of the set, taking it 26-24. SCU hit .143 and USF hit .188. Knudsen was a perfect six kills on six attempts. Eleven times the score was tied and there were eight lead changes.
In set two USF started strong early, grabbing a 5-1 lead on three straight SCU errors when Wallace called time. USF kept pouring it on, taking a 9-2 lead on a mixture of kills and SCU errors. A Knudsen kill, one by Selsky and a team block by Knudsen and Douglas stopped the Bronco bleeding, making it 10-6 USF. With the Dons up 12-6, Wallace called timeout. USF went up 15-9 on a kill by Sarah Mandala and then 17-10 on a SCU ball handling error. SCU couldn't answer Mandala's swing as the Dons took a 21-12. SCU scored three of the next five points to make it 23-15 USF, but the Dons scored two points straight to win set two, 25-15. SCU hit .132 in the set with USF hitting 542.
In set three. SCU went up 6-2 on kills by Knudsen, Schmidt and Davigeadono, an ace by Schmidt and a team block by Knudsen and Douglas. With SCU up 7-5, the Dons scored five straight points to take a 10-7 lead and then Wallace called timeout. SCU pulled within two points, 11-9 USF and then USF scored four of the next five points to take a 15-10 lead. SCU scored three straight points, then a USF timeout, with the Dons up 15-13. The two traded points with USF; and then USF went up six, 20-14 USF. SCU scrapped back to score five of the next seven points, with USF up 22-19. USF scored three of the next four points to take the set and the match, 25-20. SCU hit .029 and USF hit .211.