Handing Gonzaga its 16th-straight loss, the Santa Clara volleyball team finished off a 2-0 weekend on the road with a 3-1 win in Spokane. Santa Clara returns home for three straight matches starting Thurs., Oct. 14 when it hosts No. 25 Saint Mary's at 7 pm, No. 23 San Diego at 1 pm on Sat., Oct. 16 and finally USF at 6 pm on Fri., Oct. 22.
"Game one was pretty tough. Gonzaga came out and played with great energy. Our momentum that was established in the end of game one really helped us win the match," said Bronco head coach Jon Wallace. "Kayla Lommori played really well again tonight. She had a really solid match. Tanya Schmidt blocked really well and continued to play smart. I am proud of our fight this weekend. We look forward to coming home on Thursday to play two of the top teams in the league next weekend."
Game scores were 24-26, 25-17, 25-22 and 24-21. The Broncos improved to 11-7 on the year with the victory and evened their conference record at 2-2. Gonzaga is 2-18 overall and 0-4 in West Coast Conference action.
Santa Clara had 62 kills (23 e, 164 att) to colect a .238 hitting percentage. Four SCU players finished the match with double-figure kills, including Kayla Lommori who tallied a match-high 16 and added 13 digs. Dana Knudsen and Tanya Schmidt both added 12, while Kaleigh Durket chipped in 11. Emily Burke had 41 assists and Bridget O'Hara collected 22 digs.
Gonzaga finished the match with 46 team kills, its highest kill total in conference play this season, and had 26 hitting errors on 145 total attempts for a .138 attacking percentage. Sophomore Jessie Genger and senior Kelsey Bashaw had break out matches for the Bulldogs. Genger tallied a team-high 12 kills, one off tying a career-high, and had a career-high 12 digs in the match to collect her first career double-double. Bashaw added 10 kills and a match-high .381 hitting clip. Bashaw's 10 kills tied a career-high.