2011-12 Volleyball News

  • What Lies Ahead
    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.
  • Athletic's Janice DeMonsi Named Sustainability Champion for SCU Staff; Volleyball's Megan Anders Works As Sustainability Intern
    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.
  • Brad Keller Resigns to Take Position With UCLA Men’s Volleyball
    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.
  • Dream Moment for Bronco Student-Athlete Tanya Schmidt Includes NCAA President
    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.
  • SAAC Hands Out 2012 Senior Student-Athlete Awards
    June 06, 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.
  • Leavey Center Wins First-Ever Sports Gear Drive
    June 06, 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!
  • Volleyball Continues To Make Huge Strides In Spring Play
    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.
  • Walk 4 Pancreatic Cancer Raises Almost $30,000!
    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.
  • Santa Clara Volleyball's Walk 4 Pancreatic Cancer May 12 (TOMORROW!) on the Mission Campus!
    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.
  • Lexi Williamson Reflects on Immersion Trip to Peru
    May 03, 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.
  • Bronco Volleyball Student-Athletes Compete in Iron Bronco
    May 02, 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.
  • Bronco Volleyball Competes In Sand Volleyball Tournament in Malibu
    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.
  • Schatzman Hopes to Help Broncos Back to NCAA Tournament
    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.
  • Ali Rambis Ready to Get Back on the Court
    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.
  • Register Today for Santa Clara Volleyball's Walk 4 Pancreatic Cancer May 12 on the Mission Campus!
    April 04, 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.
  • Santa Clara Athletic Director Dan Coonan Makes Good On Promise, Joins Volleyball Team in First Spring Practice
    April 03, 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.
  • 10th annual Bronco Volleyball Bocce Ball Tournament Set For Thursday May 31!
    April 02, 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.
  • VIDEO: Bronco Volleyball Wraps Up Individual Season, Gets Ready for Spring Practice
    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
  • Volleyball Releases 2012 Spring Schedule; Includes a Beach Tournament in Malibu
    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.
  • Local Girl Kaleigh Durket Looks to Impress One Last Time on Volleyball Court
    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.
  • Talented Taylor Milton Committed to Improving
    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.
  • Volleyball's Anders Making Sustainability Contributions Felt
    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.
  • Volleyball's Schmidt Awarded NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship
    March 08, 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.
  • Volleyball's Kayla Lommori Pumped About Santa Clara's Future
    February 09, 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.
  • Brad Keller Joins Santa Clara Volleyball As An Assistant Coach
    February 06, 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.
  • Former National Team Player Matt Lyles Returns As An Assistant Coach with Santa Clara Volleyball
    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.
  • Five Volleyball Players Honored by the WCC, including First Team Member Dana Knudsen
    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.
  • Volleyball Finishes Season With Loss to Saint Mary's on Senior Day; Schmidt Interviewing for Rhodes Scholarship
    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.
  • No. 20 San Diego Edges SCU In WCC Volleyball Action Thursday Night
    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.
  • Volleyball Finishes Season at USD on Thursday and vs. Saint Mary's on Saturday
    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.
  • Tanya Schmidt Interviews for Rhodes Scholarship
    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.
  • Volleyball Tops Portland in Three
    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.
  • Schmidt Named to CoSIDA All-District Academic Team; Only WCC Player to Make List Last Two Years
    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.
  • Volleyball Defeats Gonzaga in Straight Sets
    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.
  • Volleyball Returns Home to Host Gonzaga Thursday and Portland Saturday
    November 08, 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.
  • Volleyball Falls in Four at LMU
    November 06, 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.
  • Volleyball Falls in Three at No. 14 Pepperdine
    November 04, 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.
  • Volleyball Travels to Southern California to Face LA-Based WCC Foes
    November 02, 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).
  • BYU Tops Bronco Volleyball
    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.
  • Volleyball Hosts BYU on Sat., Oct. 29 at 1 pm in the Leavey Center
    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.
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