Fresno, Calif. – Santa Clara posted a 2-0 record on Saturday in its final day of play at the Fresno State Classic with a 3-1 win over host-Fresno State and a 3-2 come-from-behind win over UC-Riverside. Santa Clara is 2-1 on the young season and plays at Sacramento State on Wed., Sept. 1 before playing Idaho and Pacific in Stockton next weekend.
Santa Clara defeated Fresno 3-1 (25-18, 28-26, 25-15 and 25-14). Santa Clara defeated UC Riverside 3-2 (25-18, 20-25, 21-25, 25-14 and 15-9).
Sophomore Kaleigh Durket, a transfer from Colgate, was named to the Fresno State Classic All-Tournament team after posting back-to-back matches with 20+ kills in each.
"With everything considered, I liked our chances to beat Oregon on Friday, but we needed all of our weapons to win and we don't have a full roster playing due to our injuries. Oregon is a good team. With that said, we played much better today vs. Fresno State" said Bronco head coach Jon Wallace. "This morning we played well. We decided to not play Katherine Douglas today due to her injury. Kayla Lommori and Kaleigh Durket had good matches for us. Kaleigh also had a good match tonight, putting together back-to-back games with 20+ kills in each match. Dana Knudsen played a big part. Emily Burke and Bridget O'Hara also played really well. Emily served really well against Riverside. We did a really nice job this morning."
Not setting Durket enough vs. Oregon was an issue in Friday's match Wallace felt, but Burke had more confidence in her today and it showed in both of their games. "Kaleigh stepped up and asked for the ball more. She was very successful early on and had a really good game. We kept going to her, she found the hole in the block and took great swings all day long," added Wallace.
In the first match vs. Fresno State, Santa Clara knocked down 55 kills, hitting .258, adding 67 digs and five service aces. Fresno State knocked down 40 kills, hitting .060, adding 51 digs and four service aces. Santa Clara had 7.5 team blocks and Fresno State collected 16.0, including six block solos.
Santa Clara was led by Durket's 20 kills as she hit .655 (20K, 1E, 29A). She also collected 10 digs. Lommori had 14 kills and 11 digs. O'Hara led both teams with 25 digs and added two assists as well. Burke had 49 assists, three kills and four digs, also adding two aces. Knudsen had nine kills, hitting .533. Lexi Williamson had 15 digs and three kills. Only one Fresno State player had double-digit kills with Korrin Wild putting down 10 kills.
In the second match vs. UC Riverside, Santa Clara knocked down 60 kills, hitting .182, adding 76 digs and 13 service aces. UC Riverside knocked down 44 kills, hitting .188, adding 56 digs and seven service aces. Santa Clara had 3.0 team blocks and UC Riverside collected 14.0, including 22 block assists.
Santa Clara was led by Durket's 21 kills, hitting .472 with nine digs. Knudsen scored 19 kills from the middle, hitting .344. Lommori had 11 kills and 14 digs to collect her first double-double this season. O'Hara picked up 23 digs and one ace. Burke scored a season-high 55 assists with five aces, four digs and a kill.
"This was a really successful weekend for us in terms of playing hard and finding a way to fight through it and find a way to win, especially for this young team," added Wallace. "We were able to get our rhythm back even without our "A" game, playing our "B" game. I think we found out this weekend we need to be stronger and find our "A" game every time out. Any team can beat us if they don't. I think we did that. It was a great weekend because we had adversity that we inflicted upon ourselves, but found a way to succeed and that's a sign of a good team."