Playing in the final match of Pacific's Bankers Classic, Santa Clara, playing its third match in four nights, fell 3-2 at Pacific on Saturday night. Since the Bankers Classic's inception in 1979, Pacific has won 17 of the tournament's 32 championships. Game scores were 25-20, 25-20, 23-25, 18-25 and 9-15. Emily Burke, Dana Knudsen and Tanya Schmidt were all named to the All-Tournament team.
Santa Clara is 4-2 and Pacific is 4-1. As part of its own tournament, Santa Clara's next match is vs. Portland State on Fri., Sept. 10 at 11 am and then host CSU Northridge at 7 pm that evening.
“We played really well in game one and two,” said Bronco head coach Jon Wallace. “Pacific was pretty energized after winning game three. Game four fatigue played with us and our passing broke down. They made some good plays in game four and we didn’t play well. Pacific kept on a roll in game five and we couldn’t stop them. We couldn’t get back on track. There wasn’t a particular turning point, we just wore down. Out outsides hit negative tonight and it’s hard to win matches when your outsides hit negative.”
Santa Clara hit .144, picking up 57 kills, 80 digs and 51 assists. In addition, the Broncos had seven aces and 10 service errors. Pacific hit .225, picking up 60 kills, 84 digs and 59 assists. In addition, the Tigers had three aces and 11 service errors.
Santa Clara had four players in double figure kills for the second time this season. Kaleigh Durket scored 19, Dana Knudsen had 12, Tanya Schmidt collected 11 and Kayla Lommori scored 10. Bridget O'Hara led the Broncos with 24 digs and Santa Clara had three others in double figures: Emily Burke had 19, Lexi Williamson 13 and Kaleigh Durket had 12. Burke had 49 assists and three kills. Pacific was led by the 23 kills of Svenga Engelhardt.
In set one, an error by Pacific, a kill by Durket, an ace by Burke and another kill by Durket gave the Broncos an early 4-0 lead. SCU went up 6-2 on two kills by Tanya Schmidt between a Tiger point. Pacific scored five of the next six points to make it SCU 7-7. Knudsen and Burke stopped the Tiger rally with a kill to the back row and a dump, respectively; giving SCU a 10-7 lead after the Tigers followed the two points with an attack error. SCU went up 12-8 on an ace by O'Hara. The Tigers again rallied to scored two of the next three points to make it 13-10 Broncos. Durket halted the rally with two kills from the outside, 15-11 Broncos. After the media timeout, Durket crushed her third straight kill and Kayla Lommori scored to give SCU a 17-11 advantage. Timeout Pacific. Pacific scored three of the next four points to pull within four, 19-15 Broncos when Wallace called time. After the Bronco timeout Williamson knocked down her second kill in three plays to make it 20-15. After a team block by Pacific, Schmidt knocked down her fourth kill of the set and a Burke ace, 22-16 Broncos.
Pacific scored three straight and the Broncos called timeout to regroup. Following the huddle, the two teams traded points before Schmidt crushed ball to the back row and Ali Rambis service ace gave the Broncos set one 25-20. SCU had 18 kills with four aces, hitting .222. Durket and Schmidt led the Broncos with five kills each. Pacific hit .244 with 13 kills.
In set two after tying it up at 1 and 7, Pacific took a 9-7 lead on two Tiger kills. After two Tiger service errors, SCU tied it up 9-9. The two traded points to make it 10-10. An ace by Burke and a block solo by Lommori gave SCU a 12-10 lead when Pacific called timeout. SCU took a 16-12 lead on three Tiger miscues in four tries. The two again traded points with a Durket kill; and then Pacific called timeout again after a Knudsen kill make it 18-13. Knudsen's kill and a Tiger attack error gave SCU a 21-15 lead. Two Tiger points later and the Broncos called timeout. The two traded points to make it 22-18. Durket popped her seventh kill of the match; and she and Schmidt combined for a team block to make it 24-18 Broncos. After two points by the Tigers on a kill and a Bronco error, Schmidt knocked home the set-winning kill, her seventh of the match, to make it 25-20 Broncos. SCU hit .233 in the set, knocking down 12 kills. Pacific hit 13 kills, hitting .167. Through two sets Pacific had zero aces. Knudsen led the Broncos with four kills.
In set three Pacific started hot, taking a 4-0 lead and then a 7-3 lead. A Pacific service error gave Pacific a 7-4 lead. Two Tiger scores and up 9-4, Wallace called time to help the Broncos regroup. Knudsen and Lommori both scored, but Pacific followed up with a point to make it 10-6. A Pacific ball handling error and an attack error and SCU was down two 10-8 Pacific. Schmidt and Durket teamed up for a block and a Pacific attack error and it was all tied up, 10-10. Pacific knocked down a kill and then Durket crushed her own to make it 11-11. A second Schmidt-Durket team block and SCU had its first lead of the set, 12-11; and after another Pacific attack error, giving SCU a 13-11 lead, Pacific called timeout. Pacific scored six of the next eight points to take a 17-15. Pacific went up 19-15 and the Broncos called timeout. Pacific took a 21-17 lead on a kill, but scrapped back with a kill by Lommori and later a block solo by Lommori as well to make it 22-20 Pacific. After a Burke service error, a Lommori kill and then a Pacific attack error SCU was down by one, 23-22 Pacific. A kill by Durket tied it up 23-23 when Pacific whistled for timeout. Pacific won the next two points to win set three 25-23. SCU hit .167 with 11 kills, but six errors. Pacific scored 11 kills, hitting .132.
In set four Pacific sprinted out again to a 5-0 lead and Santa Clara called timeout. Santa Clara was forced again to call timeout as Pacific ran out to a 9-1 lead. Santa Clara had one kill and five hitting errors thus far in the set and Pacific had four kills and zero errors. After the timeout Pacific continued to build on its lead, going up 11-5, 15-7 and 20-9. Pacific continued to build on its lead taking a 22-13. Santa Clara scored three of the next four points and Pacific had seen enough, calling timeout, up 23-16. The two teams traded points with Durket knocking down her 14th kill of the match. After an attack error, Pacific notched its 18th kill of the set to win the set 25-18. SCU had eight kills, four attack errors and four service errors, hitting .047. Pacific had 18 kills, hitting .351.
In the final set, Pacific started off with two kills, a Durket attacking error and a Pacific team block to give the Tigers a 4-0 advantage. Santa Clara called timeout and the teams traded points to give Pacific a 5-1 lead before scoring an ace. With Pacific up 6-1, Durket stepped up to knock down her 16th kill of the match and then a Rambis service error and a team block by the Tigers gave Pacific an 8-2 advantage. Durket scored on a kill and then an ace to make it 8-4 Pacific. Pacific scored the next two points to push its lead to 10-4 and Santa Clara called timeout. The two traded points twice with Pacific moving ahead 12-6. Santa Clara won three of the next four points with Pacific leading 13-9. Pacific called timeout. The Tigers came out with a kill and a team block to win game five and the match 15-9.