Santa Clara fell 3-1 to rival St. Mary's on Thursday night. Game scores were 26-24, 21-25, 25-20 and 25-16. Santa Clara is 11-8 and 2-3 in the WCC. Saint Mary's is 11-6 and 3-1 in the WCC.
Santa Clara hosts No. 23 San Diego on Sat., Oct. 16 at 1 pm.
"We competed well, but against a good team like St. Mary's, who makes very few errors, it's uphill battle for us at this point," said Bronco head coach Jon Wallace. "I liked the way we played in sets one-three for the most part. We played really steady in set two. In set three, around the 18th or 19th point they got some separation and we were unable to come back. We competed well, worked hard and I liked the energy of our crowd tonight. They were really good. We want to continue to work hard to win so we can win for them."
"The combination of Kaleigh and Tanya worked out well for us. Tanya had two block solos and did a really nice job," added Wallace. "Ali Rambis gave us great spark off the bench."
Santa Clara hit .153 with 52 kills (27 e, 163 att.). The Broncos added 62 digs, 46 assists, three service aces and seven team blocks. Saint Mary's hit .338 with 62 kills (14 e, 142 att.). The Gaels added 70 digs, 58 assists, one ace and 14 team blocks.
Individually, Santa Clara's Kaleigh Durket and Dana Knudsen both collected 14 kills, with Durket hitting .429. Kayla Lommori and Tanya Schmidt added nine kills each, with Schmidt hitting .500. Emily Burke had 33 assists and 15 digs. Bridget O'Hara added 14 digs, Durket 11 and Lommori 10.
Four hitters with double digit kills, including Shannon Lowell and Gabby Jolly with 12 each, led St. Mary's. Lauren Corp had a double-double with 11 kills and 24 digs.
A service ace by Burke and then a net violation by the Gaels started off set one. A service error by SMC and a kill by Williamson made it 4-1 SCU. After another Gaels service error and a Schmidt ace, SCU went up 6-2. A kill off the Bronco block and then a team block by the Gaels before their third service error of the set made it 7-4 Broncos. Williamson knocked a kill off the Gaels block, 8-4 SCU. A dump by Burke to the back row and a kill off the block by Knudsen made it 10-8 Broncos. The Gaels scored two before a Lommori tip tied it up 12-12. SMC scored two again when Schmidt crushed the ball to the back row and Durket's kill in the front row tied it up 14-14. SMC once again scored two straight before Missy White was called for a ball handling error, 16-15 SMC. Another blistering kill to the middle by Knudsen, 17-16 SMC. After a couple Gaels points gave them a 19-16 lead, the Broncos called for time. The two came out of the timeout trading points twice before the Broncos scored three straight; and then the Gaels whistled for time, up 21-20. After SMC scored one, Santa Clara called for its second timeout. Lommori knocked a kill cross court kill. The two teams both scored two straight each with Durket and Knudsen scoring kills making 24-23 Gaels. Timeout Gaels. Gabby Jolly's attack error tied it up 24-24. St. Mary's scored off a kill and a service ace to take set one, 26-24. SCU had 15 kills (5 e, 38 att), hitting .263. Knudsen had four kills. SMC collected 19 kills (3 e, 39 att.), hitting .410. The Gaels had three hitters with four kills each.
Lommori's kill of the SMC team block, an illegal back row attack by the Gaels and a team block by the Broncos opened set two. A kill by SMC and a Bronco attacking error was followed by a Schmidt kill to the middle to make it 4-2 SCU. Lommori's ace made it 6-3 Broncos. SMC scored three of the next four points when Knudsen's kill of the team block made it 8-6 SCU. Lommori crushed the ball of a Gael face and an SMC service error put SCU up 10-8. The Gaels scored three straight to take an 11-10 lead, but a Williamson tip tied it up 11-11. Lommori's block solo and Durket's kill gave SCU a 13-11 lead. Schmidt's explosive kill followed Durket's winner to the back row; and a team block by Williamson and Schmidt gave SCU a 16-12 lead. After calling timeout SMC scored four of the next five points and Wallace whistled for time, up 17-16. Durket's kill silenced the rally and a Knudsen block solo made it 19-16. Knudsen's dynamic kill to the back made it 20-17 SCU. St. Mary's scored two straight followed by a service error and a Lommori tip off the block made it 22-29 SCU. Gaels called for time. A ball handling error by the Gael setter gave SCU a 23-19 lead a Schmidt kill made it 24-20 SCU. Lommori flat out crushed the ball to give SCU set two, 25-21. SCU hit .289 with 14 kills (3 e, 38 att.). SMC hit .316 with 16 kills (4 e, 38 att.).
Set three started with the teams tying it up six times. An SMC attack error and kills by Knudsen and Durket made it 9-6 Broncos. Trading points twice, Knudsen's kill made it 11-8 SCU and then another Knudsen kill made it 12-9 SCU. SMC scored three straight to tie it up 12-12; and then the two tied it up 13-13. A missed tip by Jolly and a block solo by Schmidt made it 15-13 Broncos. St. Mary's scored four of the next five points; and after a Bronco timeout, Durket's kill down the line tied it up 17-17. SMC scored four of the next five points to take a 21-18 lead. Timeout Broncos. SMC scored twice. SCU scored off a Knudsen kill and a Schmidt block solo, 23-20 SMC. SMC scored twice to take set three, 25-20. SCU hit .132 with 13 kills (8 e, 38 att.). SMC hit .294 with 15 kills (5 e, 34 att.).
SCU jumped out 3-1 on two SMC service errors and a Lommori kill in set four. Durket's knocked one off the block, 4-2 Broncos. Durket's kill and another by Knudsen to the back row, 6-3 Broncos. Trading points, SCU advanced 8-6 on a Gael attack error. SMC scored four of the next five to take a 12-9 lead. Timeout SCU. An SMC ball handling error silenced the rally and a team block by Lommori and Schmidt made it 12-11 SMC. Lommori flew in to crush the ball for a winner in the back row and Durket's kill trickled off the block to tie it up 13-13. Schmidt's kill off the block in the middle tied it back up 14-14. SMC scored four straight, taking an 18-14 lead. Timeout Santa Clara. SMC scored seven of the next nine points to win set four and the match, 25-16. SCU hit -.020 with 10 kills (11 e, 49 att). SMC hit .323 with 12 kills (2 e, 31 att).