Nov. 21, 2009
On senior day for the Bronco volleyball team, Santa Clara defeated LMU 3-1 in its final regular-season match of the season. Set scores were 25-10, 25-19, 19-25 and 25-13.
Santa Clara is 17-12 and 7-7 in the WCC. LMU finishes at 12-16 and 3-11 in the WCC.
"It is great to end on a winning note. I am really proud of our girls with what they set out to do this week," said Bronco head coach Jon Wallace. "Going back to Monday they wanted to have a good send off for the seniors and by beating Pepperdine and LMU they did just that. And we wanted to start a new conference season and we went 2-0. We'll see what happens next Sunday - it's a long shot in making the NCAA Tournament for the 12th straight year, but I am proud of our girls, we really finished strong and really played hard these last two matches."
"Lindsy went out with a great night, both hitting and blocking. We tried to give her some set reps, but it didn't work like we wanted to in set three. She is our funny player because she does everything and plays such a big role," said Wallace. "Kim Courtney played libero today and played really strong."
Santa Clara hit .263 with 10 team blocks and eight service aces. LMU hit .133 with seven team blocks and two service aces.
Lindsy Davigeadono had 13 kills, hitting .684 with five block assists. Kim Courtney finished with a team-high 13 digs. Tanya Schmidt had 10 kills, hitting .348 with three service aces. Emily Burke collected 38 assists and 12 digs. Katherine Douglas 10 digs and six kills. Kayla Lommori collected nine kills with three digs.
In set one Santa Clara ran out to a quick 9-1 on a kill by Lindsy Davigeadono and four aces by Tanya Schmidt. A team block by Knudsen and Davigeadono and Santa Clara was up 12-1 when the Lions called their second timeout of the game. The Lions crushed the ball out of bounds to give the Broncos another point, but knocked a kill down to sideout with the Broncos up 13-2. After a kill by Davigeadono, Burke and Knudsen teamed up to block a ball and give SCU a 15-4 lead. A kill by Burke, a Lion error and a Douglas service ace and Santa Clara went up 19-5. A Knudsen kill to the back-row gave SCU a sideout and a 20-6 lead. The two teams traded points before SCU won two straight, including a Kim Courtney ace, to take a 23-8 lead. A Davigeadono kill off the block and a Douglas kill gave SCU the game, 25-10. SCU hit .391 and LMU hit -.032. Santa Clara had five aces - including three by Schmidt. Both Davigeadono and Douglas had three kills each.
In set two SCU took a 4-2 lead on a Lion error after a Schmidt kill. The two teams tied it up four times before LMU went up 9-7 on a kill and a Bronco error. The two tied it up four more times when a Knudsen kill gave SCU a 14-13 lead, but LMU quickly knotted it back up again at 14-14 - the ninth tie of the match. A Burke dump gave SCU and a kill by Schmidt gave SCU a 16-14 advantage. A kill by Schmidt and a team block by Schmidt and Davigeadono gave the Broncos an 18-15 lead when LMU called timeout. Another Davigeadono kill, a Douglas kill off the block and a Lion error gave SCU a 21-17 lead when LMU called timeout. Two Lion errors and SCU was up 23-17. Santa Clara won two of the next three points on Lion service errors to take set two 25-19. SCU hit .194 and LMU hit .093.
In set three, two Davigeadono kills and a Lion error gave SCU a 3-1 lead. A kill by Sam Peters put SCU up 4-2. A kill by Lexi Williamson gave SCU a 6-3 advantage. LMU scored four of the next five points to take a 7-6 lead, but a Williamson kill tied it up 7-7. The teams tied it up three times and then a Lommori ace made it 10-9 SCU. The longest rally of the day ended on a kill by Davigeadono, giving SCU an 11-9 lead. A Lion service error and a blocking error gave SCU a 13-11 lead after two straight Lion kills. A Douglas kill put SCU up 14-12, but the Lions tied it up again and took a 15-14 lead on tree straight kills. SCU called timeout to regroup after a ball handling error put LMU up 16-14. A Peters' kill and a team block by Lommori and Peters tied it up 16-16. LMU went up 18-16 on a kill. LMU took a 21-17 lead on an ace. Schmidt smacked it across the net for a kill and an ace by Burke made it 23-19 Lions. A Bronco error helped the Lions win set three 25-19. SCU hit .189 and LMU hit .400.
In set four Davigeadono knocked it off the block and two Lion errors put the Broncos up 4-1. The Lions were over the net for a Bronco side-out to give SCU a 6-3 lead. Back-to-back kills by Douglas and Lommori and a Lion error made it 9-4 SCU when LMU called timeout. Another set of back-to-back kills by Douglas and Lommori and a Lion service error put SCU up 12-4. Two kills Lommori and one by Davigeadono made it 15-6 SCU. LMU came out of its own timeout Schmidt knocked the ball off the block for a kill, 16-6 Broncos. The teams traded points when the Broncos took a 20-10 lead off a Lion error. Again, the points traded two points at a time, with SCU up 22-12. Two straight Lion errors made it 24-12. SCU blocked the ball out to make it 24-13 before a Lommori kill gave SCU the set and the match, 25-13. SCU hit .324 and LMU hit .073.