2011-12 Volleyball News

June 28, 2012
What Lies Ahead
Katherine Douglas (KD) hasn’t been thrown off by the outcome of last season on the volleyball court. With an entire summer in front of her, Douglas – and her teammates - will prepare to make another push at the WCC Tournament title.

June 15, 2012
Athletic's Janice DeMonsi Named Sustainability Champion for SCU Staff; Volleyball's Megan Anders Works As Sustainability Intern
Working to become a champion in Sustainability, including environmental conservation, social justice and fiscal responsibility, Santa Clara’s own Janice DeMonsi was named the Sustainability Champion for SCU Staff. DeMonsi is the Director of Recreation as part of Bronco Athletics.

June 11, 2012
Brad Keller Resigns to Take Position With UCLA Men’s Volleyball
Brad Keller, who has been with the Santa Clara volleyball program since Feb. 6, 2012, resigned his position with the Broncos on June 9 to take a similar position with the UCLA men’s volleyball team.

June 11, 2012
Dream Moment for Bronco Student-Athlete Tanya Schmidt Includes NCAA President
Imagine on one of your last days as an NCAA Division I student-athlete, after speaking to a room full of college presidents and administrators, the President of the NCAA applauds your efforts by personally stopping by your table. As he continues to acknowledge all you have done, he tells you he will make sure the NCAA increases the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship award so you can receive matching funds at your dream graduate school, NYU. It’s enough to make you run outside the building and do your happy dance! That’s exactly what happened to Tanya Schmidt last Wednesday night.

June 6, 2012
SAAC Hands Out 2012 Senior Student-Athlete Awards
The Student Athelete Advisory Committee, known as SAAC, handed out the Santa Clara Senior Student-Athlete Awards last week. Women's Basketball's Alyssa Shoji and men's tennis' Kyle Dandan were named the top student-athletes, while Austin Jones and Tanya Schmidt were recognized for the top individual cumulative grade point average.

June 6, 2012
Leavey Center Wins First-Ever Sports Gear Drive
This year featured Santa Clara’s first-ever sports gear drive between the Malley Center and the Leavey Center with the Leavey Center being crowned the champion! Sustainability intern Megan Anders, a rising junior middle block on the Bronco volleyball team, was there every step of the way!

May 23, 2012
Volleyball Continues To Make Huge Strides In Spring Play
Santa Clara’s volleyball team finished a busy spring season on May 12 with the Walk 4 Pancreatic Cancer, where the Broncos helped raise almost $30,000 for cancer research and then closed out play on the court on May 13 with seven straight wins vs. Cal Poly.

May 22, 2012
Walk 4 Pancreatic Cancer Raises Almost $30,000!
Helping raise almost $30,000 for cancer research (as of May 22), the Santa Clara volleyball team hosted the fourth annual Walk 4 Pancreatic Cancer on the Mission Campus on May 12. The Walk 4 Pancreatic Cancer has raised more than $83,000 since its start in 2009 with all proceeds being donated to the UCSF Foundation.

May 11, 2012
Santa Clara Volleyball's Walk 4 Pancreatic Cancer May 12 (TOMORROW!) on the Mission Campus!
On May 12, TOMORROW, SATURDAY!, the Santa Clara volleyball team, along with the Bronco Athletic Department, will host the fourth annual Walk 4 Pancreatic Cancer on the beautiful Santa Clara University campus. Last year's event - which featured the Bronco volleyball, women's golf and men's and women's basketball teams - was bigger and better than ever and this year we need your participation even more.

May 3, 2012
Lexi Williamson Reflects on Immersion Trip to Peru
Lexi Williamson sat on the roof of San Estaban Church in Lima, Peru and gazed out over the entire San Juan de Miraflores District. But instead of feeling at peace, concern crept up on her. All her eyes could observe were the countless homes without electricity and running water.

May 2, 2012
Bronco Volleyball Student-Athletes Compete in Iron Bronco
Each year during spring quarter, students hit the gym, the pavement, and the pool, more than ever to participate in the annual Iron Bronco. This event is a spinoff of the well-known Iron Man, a triathlon consisting of a 2.4 mi swim, 112 mi bike ride, and 26.2 mi run. Santa Clara students, as well as staff, are able to compete on their own or in groups of 3 over the two weeks. This year, a number of Bronco volleyball players decided to test out the race and compete together. SantaClaraBroncos.com SCB: was able to catch up with one of the team members, Kayla Lommori (KL), to discuss her training and why she chose to compete.

April 25, 2012
Bronco Volleyball Competes In Sand Volleyball Tournament in Malibu
Another first for Bronco Athletics! The Santa Clara volleyball team travelled down to Malibu last weekend to compete in its first-ever sand volleyball tournament with Pepperdine and UC Santa Barbara. A day Bronco assistant coach Matt Lyles termed as a ”typical spring tournament where there were no winners or losers”, Santa Clara’s team came away with a little sand in its hair and a lot of smiles.

April 23, 2012
Schatzman Hopes to Help Broncos Back to NCAA Tournament
Rising sophomore Katy Schatzman had an immediate impact for the Broncos in her freshman year. The defensive specialist played in 42 sets and collected 70 digs during her first season at SCU. With two new additions to the coaching staff, Schatzman spoke with www.SantaClaraBroncos.com (SCB) about what the Broncos are doing to improve in the off-season.

April 17, 2012
Ali Rambis Ready to Get Back on the Court
Ali Rambis (AR) played in 35 sets this fall and recorded service aces in four different matches, but she was sidelined for a large part of the season with an elbow injury. The rising junior is preparing to make her return in the fall as she trains with the Broncos throughout the spring. She recently spoke with www.SantaClaraBroncos.com (SCB) about the state of the volleyball program and her father’s induction into the WCC Hall of Fame.

April 4, 2012
Register Today for Santa Clara Volleyball's Walk 4 Pancreatic Cancer May 12 on the Mission Campus!
On May 12, the Santa Clara volleyball team, along with the Bronco Athletic Department, will be hosting the fourth annual Walk 4 Pancreatic Cancer right here on our beautiful Santa Clara University campus. Last year's event - which featured the Bronco volleyball, women’s golf and men's and women’s basketball teams - was bigger and better than ever and this one promises to be even more successful.

April 3, 2012
Santa Clara Athletic Director Dan Coonan Makes Good On Promise, Joins Volleyball Team in First Spring Practice
While a number of fall sports may have started spring practice around the country on Monday, it’s very unlikely many teams had the special guest Santa Clara volleyball hosted on its first day. Bronco Athletic Director Dan Coonan, in his eighth year at the Santa Clara, kept good on a promise and went through the full practice in the Leavey Center, including wind sprints to start day.

April 2, 2012
10th annual Bronco Volleyball Bocce Ball Tournament Set For Thursday May 31!
Calling all Bronco fans, friends and alums! The Santa Clara volleyball team will host its 10th annual Bocce Ball tournament and Fundraiser on Thurs., May 31 at 4:30pm at Campo di Bocce in Los Gatos.

March 27, 2012
VIDEO: Bronco Volleyball Wraps Up Individual Season, Gets Ready for Spring Practice
Santa Clara has wrapped up individual practice and is getting ready for Spring Practice, which begins April 2. Check out the work the Broncos have been doing in the gym and on the Jones Trail! Their first tournament this spring is at Sac State on April 14. Go Broncos! #SCUBroncos

March 23, 2012
Volleyball Releases 2012 Spring Schedule; Includes a Beach Tournament in Malibu
Revitalized with a re-tooled coaching staff under Bronco head coach Jon Wallace, Santa Clara released its 2012 spring volleyball schedule on Friday. Included on the schedule will be Santa Clara’s first-ever appearance in a Beach Tournament in Malibu and a spring season finale visit with Stanford.

March 21, 2012
Local Girl Kaleigh Durket Looks to Impress One Last Time on Volleyball Court
The Santa Clara women’s volleyball team is hungry to get back on the court and rising senior Kaleigh Durket has high expectations for the upcoming season. She is ready to make an impact on the court and help lead the Bronco squad back to the postseason.

March 19, 2012
Talented Taylor Milton Committed to Improving
The Bronco volleyball squad looked to young talent last year to contribute and Taylor Milton took on that responsibility. With a year on the Mission campus under her belt, Milton is committed to raising her level of play and helping the Broncos compete day in and day out.

March 15, 2012
Volleyball's Anders Making Sustainability Contributions Felt
Bronco volleyball’s rising junior Megan Anders discovered a way to combine her love for sports and sustainability when she landed the position of Sustainability Intern, Athletics and Recreation on the Mission Campus. Being involved as a student-athlete always appealed to her, and when the opportunity to apply for an internship position in the Sustainability Office popped up on BroncoLink, she couldn’t pass.

March 8, 2012
Volleyball's Schmidt Awarded NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship
Santa Clara University senior volleyball player Tanya Schmidt was one of 29 female student-athletes awarded a prestigious one-time, nonrenewable $7,500 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship this week. Schmidt was named twice to the All-WCC team during her Bronco career, including first team in 2010. She was also named three times to the WCC All-Academic Team and twice to the Capital One Academic All-District All-American team. The team captain last fall, Schmidt was also named one of 30 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award this past fall.

February 9, 2012
Volleyball's Kayla Lommori Pumped About Santa Clara's Future
There are a lot of terrific changes going on with Santa Clara volleyball these days, including adding two new assistant coaches with fantastic backgrounds and a new sports performance coach as well. Rising senior Kayla Lommori, a three-year starter, is excited about the changes and looking forward to spring training. Check out her answers below.

February 6, 2012
Brad Keller Joins Santa Clara Volleyball As An Assistant Coach
Bronco head volleyball coach Jon Wallace is proud to announce that Brad Keller, a 2002 graduate of Loyola Marymount University, is joining his staff effective immediately. Bringing a resume of helping build national championship teams, Brad Keller spent the last six seasons on the collegiate level; including helping lead Southern California to the 2009 NCAA men’s volleyball title match.

January 18, 2012
Former National Team Player Matt Lyles Returns As An Assistant Coach with Santa Clara Volleyball
Welcome Back! Playing an important role in the Broncos’ Final Four run in 2005, Matt Lyles has returned to the Mission Campus as an assistant coach with the Bronco volleyball program. He will be involved in all aspects of the program, including the overall training of the team on a daily basis. This will include practice planning and match preparation.

November 24, 2011
Five Volleyball Players Honored by the WCC, including First Team Member Dana Knudsen
For the 14th straight season the Santa Clara volleyball team has placed at least one player on the West Coast Conference First Team and this year’s entry is junior Dana Knudsen. In addition, senior Schmidt posted the highest GPA of the 12-member All-Academic Team with three others being named Honorable Mention: juniors Kayla Lommori, Alexandra Palmer and Kaleigh Durket.

November 19, 2011
Volleyball Finishes Season With Loss to Saint Mary's on Senior Day; Schmidt Interviewing for Rhodes Scholarship
Despite Bronco Senior Day for Bridget O’Hara and Tanya Schmidt, Saint Mary’s defeated Santa Clara 3-0 in the Leavey Center on Saturday. Set scores were 26-24, 25-22 and 25-20. Santa Clara ends the 2011 season at 11-16 and 6-10. Saint Mary’s ends its season at 16-12 and 10-6 in the WCC. Schmidt wasn’t at Senior Day because she was in San Francisco interviewing for the Rhodes Scholar.

November 17, 2011
No. 20 San Diego Edges SCU In WCC Volleyball Action Thursday Night
The 20th-ranked University of San Diego women’s volleyball team got past visiting Santa Clara University Thursday night at USD’s Jenny Craig Pavilion.

November 16, 2011
Volleyball Finishes Season at USD on Thursday and vs. Saint Mary's on Saturday
Santa Clara looks to finish the season with a bang as it travels to San Diego on Thurs., Nov. 17 at 7 pm before returning to the Leavey Center Sat., Nov. 19 at 1 pm vs. St. Mary’s for its final match of the season.

November 16, 2011
Tanya Schmidt Interviews for Rhodes Scholarship
Tanya Schmidt will miss Senior Day tomorrow, Sat., Nov. 19, vs. rival Saint Mary’s, not due to an injury or a cold floating around campus but rather, because she will be interviewing for a Rhodes Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford. She will be one of 15 interviewing in San Francisco for two coveted spots. If selected, she will begin at Oxford next fall. Other finalists in her district attend colleges at Harvard, Cornell, MIT, Brown, Georgetown, Stanford and Cal-Berkeley, to name a few.

November 12, 2011
Volleyball Tops Portland in Three
Finishing a perfect 2-0 weekend with two 3-0 wins, Santa Clara swept Portland in three on Saturday at the Leavey Center. Set scores were 25-23, 25-20 and 25-21. Santa Clara is 11-14 and 6-8 in the WCC. Portland is 8-20 and 2-13.

November 11, 2011
Schmidt Named to CoSIDA All-District Academic Team; Only WCC Player to Make List Last Two Years
Senior middle blocker Tanya Schmidt, who carries a 3.971 grade point average, was named Friday to the Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team. She is the only West Coast Conference Player on the First Team and the only volleyball player from the WCC to be recognized the past two years on the All-District team. Her name will now be forwarded to the Academic All-American national committee.

November 10, 2011
Volleyball Defeats Gonzaga in Straight Sets
Santa Clara won in straight sets vs. Gonzaga on Thursday night. Santa Clara won 25-21, 25-19 and 25-20. Santa Clara moves to 10-14 and 5-8 WCC and Gonzaga falls to 7-18 and 1-13 WCC. Santa Clara will host Portland on Sat., Nov. 12 at 1 pm.

November 8, 2011
Volleyball Returns Home to Host Gonzaga Thursday and Portland Saturday
Santa Clara returns home to host three of its last four matches this season. Santa Clara will host Gonzaga on Thurs., Nov. 10 at 6 pm and then Portland on Sat., Nov. 12 at 1 pm. It will travel to San Diego on Thurs., Nov. 17 for a 6 pm match before returning home for Senior Day, its final match of the season, vs. Saint Mary’s at 1 pm Sat., Nov. 19.

November 6, 2011
Volleyball Falls in Four at LMU
Santa Clara fell in four at LMU on Saturday. Set scores of 25-18, 24-26, 25-19, 25-19 in Gersten Pavilion. LMU hit .315 over the course of the match, including .340 or better in three of the four sets. Santa Clara is 9-13 and 4-8 in the WCC. LMU is 14-12 and 7-6 in the WCC. The two spilit the season series with the home winning both times.

November 4, 2011
Volleyball Falls in Three at No. 14 Pepperdine
Matching up with the only undefeated league team, Santa Clara's volleyball team fell in straights sets at No. 14 Pepperdine on Thursday night. Set scores were 25-15, 25-21 and 25-14. Santa Clara is now 9-13 and 4-7 in the WCC and Pepperdine is 18-5 and 12-0 in the WCC.

November 2, 2011
Volleyball Travels to Southern California to Face LA-Based WCC Foes
Santa Clara travels south this weekend to take on the two Los Angeles-based West Coast Conference schools. Santa Clara (9-12, 4-6 WCC) will play in Firestone Fieldhouse at No. 14 Pepperdine (17-5, 11-0 WCC) on Thurs., Nov. 3 at 7 pm. It will then travel to LMU on Sat., Nov. 5 at 1 pm in attempt to sweep the season series with the Lions (13-11, 6-5 WCC).

October 29, 2011
BYU Tops Bronco Volleyball
Hosting BYU for the first time since it joined the WCC, Santa Clara fell in straight sets Saturday at the Leavey Center. Set scores were 25-11, 25-19 and 25-22. Santa Clara is 9-12 and 4-6 in league play. BYU is 18-7 and 7-4 in WCC play.

October 25, 2011
Volleyball Hosts BYU on Sat., Oct. 29 at 1 pm in the Leavey Center
Santa Clara plays just one match this week and it’s a big one! The Broncos host BYU on Sat., Oct. 29 at 1 pm for the first time since the Cougars joined the West Coast Conference. Santa Clara is 9-11 and 4-5 in the WCC and BYU is 16-7 and 5-4 in the WCC. Santa Clara enters the week on a two-match winning streak, while BYU dropped two 3-1 matches at home last week to No. 18 Pepperdine and No. 17 San Diego.

October 24, 2011
Lommori Hits Hard
More than half way done with the season, the Santa Clara volleyball team has gone through some ups and downs this season. After winning handily their past two games versus LMU (3-0) and long-time rival USF (3-1), the Broncos have bounced back and look stronger than ever. Junior Kayla Lommori (KL) has stepped up and helped the women to success.

October 24, 2011
Volleyball's Knudsen Named WCC Player of the Week for Fourth Time in Her Bronco Career
For the fourth time in her Bronco career, Santa Clara junior Dana Knudsen was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week on Monday after hitting .548 last week in the team’s 3-0 win vs. LMU and its 3-1 win over rival USF. She was chosen over five other WCC nominees and was named to the All-WCC Preseason Coaches Team.

October 22, 2011
Volleyball Crushes Dons in Four; Host BYU Oct. 29 at 1 pm!
Playing long-time Bay Area rival USF, Santa Clara had four hitters with double-digit kills in its 3-1 win over the Dons on Saturday afternoon in the Leavey Center. Set scores were 26-24, 20-25, 25-19 and 25-16. Santa Clara is 9-11 and 4-5 and USF is 13-9 and 5-4 in the WCC.

October 20, 2011
Volleyball Defeats LMU in Straight Sets; Host USF on Saturday at 1 pm
Winning in straight sets Santa Clara won 3-0 over LMU on Thursday night. Set scores were 25-21, 25-18 and 25-23. Santa Clara is 8-11 and 3-5 in the WCC and LMU is 10-11 and 3-5 in the WCC. Santa Clara hosts USF on Sat., Oct. 22 at 1 pm in its DIG PINK match to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research.

October 19, 2011
Volleyball Hosts LMU Thursday and DIG PINK vs. USF on Saturday
Santa Clara returns home to host two matches this weekend at the Leavey Center, including its DIG PINK match on Saturday. First on the schedule is LMU on Thurs., Oct. 20 at 6 pm. The Broncos are 7-11 and 2-5 in the WCC while LMU enters the match 10-10 and 3-4 in the WCC.

October 16, 2011
Volleyball Falls in Five to Saint Mary's
Battling the entire match, Santa Clara fell in five sets at Saint Mary’s Saturday night. Set scores were 25-27, 16-25, 25-18, 25-11 and 15-12. Santa Clara is 7-11 and 2-5 in the WCC. Saint Mary’s is 9-11 and 3-5 in the WCC.

October 13, 2011
Volleyball Falls 3-1 to No. 19 Pepperdine
Winning the first set wasn’t enough as Santa Clara fell 3-1 to No. 19 Pepperdine Thursday night in the Leavey Center. Santa Clara is 7-10 and 2-4 in the WCC. Pepperdine is 12-5 and 6-0 in the WCC. Set scores were 23-25, 25-16, 25-16 and 25-7. Pepperdine is the only team in the West Coast Conference to start 6-0.

October 12, 2011
Katy Schatzman Reveals Why Santa Clara is a Special Place
Freshman Katy Schatzman (KS) joined the Broncos this summer from Presentation High School in San Jose, Calif. Prior to her college career, she was the captain of a Presentation team that was the No. 1 ranked high school team in the country for four weeks during her senior year.

October 12, 2011
Volleyball Hosts No. 19 Pepperdine Thursday at 6 pm
After playing its first 13 of 16 matches on the road this season, Santa Clara returns home to host four of its next five matches in the Leavey Center. Santa Clara will start by welcoming the West Coast Conference’s top team, No. 19 Pepperdine, on Thurs., Oct. 13 at 6 pm.

October 8, 2011
Volleyball Falls in Four at USF
Playing its 13th match of out its first 16 to start the season, Santa Clara fell 3-1 to USF on Saturday afternoon in San Francisco. Santa Clara is 7-9 and 2-3 in the WCC. USF is 12-6 and 4-1 in the WCC.

October 7, 2011
Playing For Just Second Time in School History, Broncos Fall 3-0 at BYU
PROVO, Utah—Playing BYU for just the second time in school history and the first time as West Coast Conference mates, Santa Clara lost 3-0 on Thursday night at BYU (25-14, 25-19, 25-13). Santa Clara plays at USF on Saturday at 1 pm.

October 5, 2011
Volleyball Travels to BYU, USF This Weekend for WCC Play
Santa Clara continues life on the road as the Broncos travel to Provo, Utah to play at new West Coast Conference member BYU for a 6 pm match on Thurs., Oct. 6 and then to Bay Area rival USF on Sat., Oct. 8 at Noon. The BYU match, played in Smith Field House, will be shown on BYU TV.

October 1, 2011
Volleyball Defeats Gonzaga in Four
Santa Clara won its second straight West Coast Conference match on the road to defeat Gonzaga 3-1 Saturday afternoon. Set scores were 25-22, 23-25, 25-23 and 25-15. The Broncos move to 7-7 and 2-1 in the WCC. Gonzaga falls to 6-9 and 1-4 in the WCC.

September 29, 2011
Santa Clara Volleyball Tops Portland 3-1
Santa Clara defeated Portland 3-1 Thursday night in the Broncos first West Coast Conference road match this season. The set scores were 25-17, 25-17, 19-25 and 25-19. Santa Clara is now 6-7 overall and 1-1 in the WCC. Portland is 6-10 overall and 0-3 in the WCC.

September 28, 2011
Volleyball Travels North for Two Key WCC Matches
Playing its next four West Coast Conference matches on the road, Santa Clara travels to the Northwest this weekend to play at Portland at 7 pm on Thurs., Sept 29 and then to Gonzaga to play the Zags at 1 pm on Sat., Oct. 1. Santa Clara is 5-7 and is 0-1 in West Coast Conference after falling to then-No. 16 San Diego 3-2 on Sept. 24 in the Leavey Center.

September 24, 2011
Volleyball Falls 3-2 vs. No. 16 San Diego
Playing its third straight fifth-set match, Santa Clara was topped 3-2 by No. 16 San Diego Saturday afternoon at the Leavey Center. Set scores were 22-25, 22-25, 25-23, 25-18 and 15-11. Santa Clara is 5-7 and 0-1 in the WCC, while San Diego moves to 14-1 and 1-1 in the WCC after falling in straight sets at USF on Sept. 22.

September 20, 2011
Volleyball Home Saturday at 1 pm vs. No. 16 San Diego
Santa Clara returns home for an important match this weekend as it hosts the 2011 West Coast Conference home opener vs. No. 16 San Diego on Sat., Sept. 23 at 1 pm. The Toreros, the defending WCC champions, came to the Bay Area flying high with unblemished 13-0 record, a first in school history, but were swept by USF on Thursday night 3-0. USD now travels to the Mission Campus for its match with the Broncos. The Broncos will then travel to Portland (Sept. 29), Gonzaga (Oct. 1), BYU (Oct. 6) and USF (Oct. 8) before returning home to host four of the next five matches with Pepperdine starting the streak at 6 pm on Thurs., Oct. 13.

September 17, 2011
Volleyball Finishes in Texas With Another 5-Set Win; Durket and Douglas Named All-Tournament; Host No. 17 San Diego Next Saturday
Playing its second fifth-set match in a matter of hours Saturday, Santa Clara defeated SMU in five sets to finish the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational with a 2-1 record. The set scores were 22-25, 27-25, 25-20, 19-25 and 15-12. The Broncos are now 5-6.

September 17, 2011
Volleyball Battles From Behind to Defeat UTSA in Five
Down two sets to one with the Roadrunners serving match point twice, Santa Clara battled back down from 14-10 in the fifth set to defeat UT-San Antonio 3-2 early Saturday morning (match began at 7 am Pacific in Austin, Texas). It was Santa Clara’s first five set match this season. Santa Clara holds a 4-1 career records vs. the Roadrunners. The Broncos are 4-6 and UTSA is 6-7.

September 16, 2011
Santa Clara Falls 3-0 at No. 8 Texas
Playing in front of almost 2,000 Longhorn fans, Santa Clara fell 3-0 to No. 8 Texas in the first match of the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational. Texas won 25-13, 25-23 and 25-19.Saturday the Broncos will play University of Texas-San Antonio (UTSA) at 7 am (Pacific) before finishing the tournament with a 2:30 pm (Pacific) match vs. SMU later that afternoon.

September 13, 2011
Volleyball Travels to Lonestar State for Televised Match at No. 8 Texas; Play in the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational
Santa Clara travels to Austin, Texas this weekend to compete in the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational Sept. 16-17. Santa Clara will play host Texas, ranked No. 8 nationally this week, at 4:30 pm (Pacific) on Fri., Sept. 16. The Broncos will then play University of Texas-San Antonio (USTA) at 7 am (Pacific) on Sat., Sept. 17 before finishing the tournament with a 2:30 pm (Pacific) match vs. SMU later that afternoon. The Texas match will be shown on Longhorn TV.

September 13, 2011
Alyssa Anderson Returns to Home State
Sophomore Alyssa Anderson transferred to Santa Clara last spring after an impressive freshman volleyball season at Villanova University. A native of Hermosa Beach, Calif. the 5’10 setter led the Wildcats in assists and was third in digs as the team finished with a 23-7 overall record. With her first official matches as a Bronco in the books, www.santaclarabroncos.com talked with Anderson about joining the Santa Clara community, her success as a freshman and her goals for the season.

September 10, 2011
Katherine Douglas Has 23 Kills for SCU in Close Loss to North Dakota
The Santa Clara University volleyball team dropped its second and final match of its own early-season tournament, losing to Great West Conference favorites North Dakota 3-1.

September 10, 2011
Gauchos Rally to Beat Broncos in Volleyball Action Friday Night
The visiting UCSB Gauchos used 14 blocks and a late comeback in the fourth and final set to knock off the homestanding Broncos of Santa Clara 3-1.

September 8, 2011
Bronco Volleyball Takes On UCSB in Home-Opener Friday Night
The Santa Clara volleyball team will return home this weekend after two weeks on the road to begin the season.

September 3, 2011
Volleyball Falls 3-1 to No. 24 Michigan
In its second match of the La Quinta Inn & Suites Invitational at Utah Valley State, No. 24 Michigan defeated Santa Clara 3-1. Santa Clara is now 4-2 this season and Michigan moves to 5-0. Set scores were 21-25, 25-20, 15-25 and 13-25. Santa Clara will finish the tournament on with a 6 pm match with Utah State Valley later today.

September 3, 2011
Volleyball Falls in Four to Utah Valley State
Santa Clara dropped its final match of the weekend to host-Utah Valley State by a score of 3-1. Set scores were 20-25, 25-21, 21-25 and 22-25. Santa Clara is 3-3 and Utah Valley is 5-1.

September 2, 2011
Volleyball Defeats Rival Cal Poly in 4; Plays No. 24 Michigan Saturday Morning
In its first match of the La Quinta Inn & Suites Invitational at Utah Valley State, Santa Clara defeated rival Cal Poly 3-1. Santa Clara is now 4-1 this season and Cal Poly falls to 3-2, with a win at WCC rival Saint Mary’s Tuesday. Set scores were 25-22, 25-23, 20-25 and 25-22.

September 1, 2011
Volleyball Heads to Utah for La Quinta Inn & Suites Invitational at Utah Valley State
With the current WCC Player of Week in Dana Knudsen, The Santa Clara volleyball team enters the second week of its season, continuing play non-conference tournaments. The Broncos (2-1) travel to Utah to play in the La Quinta Inn & Suites Invitational at Utah Valley State. The Broncos open up the tournament against Cal Poly on Fri., Sept. 3 at 4:30 p.m. Santa Clara will continue the tournament on Sat., Sept. 4 with matches vs. Michigan (3-0) and Utah Valley State (2-1). They will play Michigan at 10 am and then host-Utah Valley State at 7 pm. Michigan is No. 24 in the latest AVCA national poll and Cal Poly received votes this week.

August 30, 2011
Women's Volleyball Update with Jon Wallace
SCU head volleyball coach Jon Wallace talks about the upcoming Utah Valley State Tournament, Dana Knudsen's 'Player of the Week' award, the return of Kat Douglas from injury and what the team is working on.

August 29, 2011
Knudsen Collects WCC Player Of the Week For Third Time in Her Career
Hitting .545 this past weekend, Bronco junior Dana Knudsen was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week in the first week of play. Knudsen, who was selected over seven other WCC players, led Santa Clara to a 2-1 record and was named to the All-Tournament team at the Seattle University Fall Volley. Tanya Schmidt was also named to the All-Tournament team. It is the third straight year Knudsen has received WCC Player of the Week honors early in the season.

August 27, 2011
Douglas, Knudsen Shine in Win over Eastern Washington
Playing its third match in 24 hours to start the season, Santa Clara defeated Eastern Washington 3-0 Saturday. The Broncos won 25-19, 25-19 and 25-18. Earlier in the day Eastern Washington defeated Washington State in five sets. Santa Clara finishes the tournament at 2-1 and heads to Utah Valley State next weekend for three matches.

August 26, 2011
Volleyball Falls In Season Opener to Washington State; Plays Host-Seattle Later
The Santa Clara volleyball team opened the 2011 season with a 3-1 loss to the Pac-12s Washington State this afternoon in Seattle, Wash. The game scores were 27-25, 26-24, 17-25 and 20-25. Santa Clara plays Seattle this evening at 7 pm.

August 26, 2011
Volleyball Led by All-WCC Middles in 3-0 Win Over Seattle
Crushing the ball and hitting .720 in the third set, Santa Clara defeated tournament host Seattle tonight 3-0. The Broncos won 25-15, 28-26 and 25-14. Santa Clara, 1-1, plays Eastern Washington tomorrow at 1 pm to finish out its play in the Emerald City.

August 25, 2011
On Eve of Bronco Volleyball Kicking Off Season Schmidt Named as Candidate for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
On the eve of Santa Clara’s first 2011 volleyball match in Seattle, senior Tanya Schmidt was named as a candidate for the 2011 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Schmidt, one of just two from the WCC on the list, is a returning All-WCC First Team Middle Blocker for the Broncos who also excels in the classroom, sporting a 3.97 GPA as she enters her final season - one of the highest GPAs among the candidates. Click here to read Schmidt’s read Lowe’s Senior Class Bio.

August 24, 2011
Setting It Up With Alexandra Palmer
With the season opening in a couple days, setter Alexandra Palmer and the rest of the Santa Clara volleyball team has spent their two-week preseason in full force. As an upperclassman Palmer is excited for her expanded role as a leader and has set high standards for herself and her teammates. The junior setter has shaken off past injuries and is ready for the season to begin.

August 22, 2011
A Commitment to Excellence with Tanya Schmidt
Senior volleyball player Tanya Schmidt (TS) is well known for her prowess on the volleyball court and in the classroom. What some may not realize however is that she is as dedicated to serving her community and helping others as she is to her athletic and academic endeavors. In the midst of double days on the court, santaclarabroncos.com (SCB) talked with Schmidt about the upcoming season, her off the court experiences and her favorite memory from Santa Clara volleyball thus far.

August 11, 2011
Volleyball Begins Practice For 2011 Season
The Santa Clara volleyball team, which opens its season in the Emerald City on Aug. 26 vs. Washington State as part of the Seattle University Tournament, began practice on Tues., Aug. 9 and even though it’s only two days into the preseason, Bronco head coach Jon Wallace likes what he sees so far.

August 3, 2011
Schmidt and Knudsen Named to All-WCC Preseason Volleyball Team
Standouts on the court and in the classroom, Santa Clara placed two volleyball players on the West Coast Conference Preseason All-Conference Team released Wednesday with 2010 All-WCC First Team member Tanya Schmidt and 2010 All-WCC Honorable Mention Team member Dana Knudsen making the 12-woman preseason team.

August 2, 2011
Douglas Returns to the Court
Almost one year after suffering a season-ending injury, Katherine Douglas (KD) is back in her hard-hitting form. During her freshman year, Douglas took on the appearance of a veteran, recording 281 kills and 252 digs in 29 matches. As a red-shirt sophomore, Douglas, who spent part of her summer competing in Beijing, is prepared to suit up as a Bronco and take to the court once again. Douglas sat down with SantaClaraBroncos.com (SCB) to discuss her previous injury, the trip to Beijing, and what the upcoming season might look like.

August 2, 2011
Megan Anders Conquers Half Dome
Six hours and approximately eight miles had passed when sophomore middle blocker Megan Anders accomplished the feat of reaching Half Dome’s summit.

July 6, 2011
SCU Places Record Number on 10th annual WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll
With the conclusion of the 2010-11 academic year, the West Coast Conference is proud to announce the 10th annual WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll, which recognizes those student-athletes that possess at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. A record number 122 Bronco student-athletes made the list, besting last year's mark of 118. Santa Clara had 21 on the Gold list, 21 on the Silver list and 80 on the Bronze list. Santa Clara's student-athletes recorded a school-best 3.14 GPA during the Spring 2011 quarter as well.

June 30, 2011
Bronco Student-Athletes Record School Record 3.14 GPA For Spring 2011 Quarter
Recording the highest grade point average in Santa Clara history, Bronco student-athletes recorded a school record 3.14 gpa for the spring 2011 quarter. The previous high-water mark for the student-athletes one quarter gpa was 3.11 in the winter of 2009. In addition 92 student-athletes achieved a 3.5 GPA this quarter. Santa Clara's student-athletes have achieved a 3.0 GPA or better 13 of the last 14 quarters. Santa Clara's cumulative gpa for its student-athletes is 3.097.

June 17, 2011
DAY 14!!: Volleyball's Lommori and Douglas Blog Daily from China!
DAY 14!! Two of Santa Clara’s volleyball players, Katherine Douglas (Kat) and Kayla Lommori (Kayla), are currently in China participating in a tournament in Beijing and Tainjin. They are teaming up to blog about their trip and their day-to-day experiences as they encounter a new culture and new opportunities while playing volleyball for the first time in China.

June 2, 2011
Douglas and Lommori Travel to China
On June 7 two of Santa Clara’s outside hitters from the Bronco volleyball team Katherine Douglas and Kayla Lommori, will have the chance of a lifetime when they travel to China and participate in a tournament in Beijing and Tainjin. This BIP/USA Development team is composed of 24 women from multiple schools all over the United States.

May 25, 2011
Broncos Finish Spring on High Note, Release Fall Schedule
The Santa Clara University volleyball team released its 2011-12 schedule, including preseason matchups against top opponents 2010 Final Four participant University of Texas, SMU and University of Michigan.

April 27, 2011
Palmer Working Hard in Spring Season
Sophomore setter Alexandra Palmer and the rest of the Santa Clara University volleyball team is working hard in its spring season, focusing on competing and conditioning.