Volleyball Defeats Gonzaga in Straight Sets

Dana Knudsen
Dana Knudsen

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SANTA CLARA, Calif.- 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.

"Feels great to win," said Bronco head coach Jon Wallace.  "Dana got us off to a great start by getting her first two kills of the match. That set the tone for us to be aggressive. Kayla also was very aggressive. That's two outings in a row for us with Kayla and it's helped us a lot. It was great to see Ali Rambis and Tanya Schmidt on the court. Ali made some great serves and gave us a few runs with her serves and defense. Katy Schatzman played really well defensively with 10 digs in her position.  We are excited to play again on Saturday. Portland will be a good challenge for us and we will work hard to get another win."

Santa  Clara hit .292 with 50 kills (17 e, 113 att.).  The Broncos collected 50 digs, 48 assists, five service aces, seven service errors and three team blocks.  Gonzaga hit .308 with 12 kills (4 e, 26 att.).  The Zags collected 35 digs, 29 assists, two service aces, two service errors and 5.5 team blocks. 

Individually Santa Clara was led by three players who collected 12 kills each: Katherine Douglas hit .357, Dana Knudsen hit .476 and Kayla Lommori hit .364.  Katy Schatzman and Bridget O'Hara both had 10 digs each.  Alyssa Anderson scored 44 assists and three digs.

Individually for Gonzaga Kylie Edinger collected nine kills.  Laura Day had 15 digs.  Denise Van de Mortel had 24 assists.  Meredith Crenshaw collected seven kills.

Santa Clara won set one 25-21.  Knudsen opened the first set with two of the first three points.  The Zags took a 5-2 lead on a kill and two Bronco errors.  Lommori's cross court kill, Megan Anders kill in the middle, two straight GU errors on the right side and an Anderson ace gave SCU a 7-5 lead.  The teams tied it up twice before GU scored two of the next three points to go up 11-9.  Santa Clara scored three of the next four points to tie it up on a kill by Douglas and two by Knudsen.  GU went up by two on Bronco hitting errors and a Zags ace.  With GU up 16-13, SCU whistled for time.  A kill down the line by Lommori, an O'Hara service ace and a kill by Anders tied it up 16-16.  A Douglas kill and another by Anders were sandwiched between two by the Zags.  After a Bronco service error, GU smacked it out of bounds and another Knudsen kill tied it at 20.  Timeout Gonzaga.  An Ali Rambis resulted in an ace and Durket's tip gave the Broncos a 22-20 lead.  Timeout Zags.  A setting error by Van de Mortel and a block solo by Douglas put SCU up by four.  A Douglas kill on the back line gave SCU a 25-21 set one win.  Santa Clara hit .300 with 16 kills (4 e, 40 att.).  Gonzaga hit .225 with 14 kills (5e, 40 att.).  Knudsen led the Broncos with five kills and Durket scored five digs.  Poindexter had four kills for GU, hitting .444.

SCU won set two 25-19.  Lommori started set two with back-to-back kills.  Douglas smashed the ball from the back row, Anders chopped it down as did Douglas again, 5-1 SCU.  The Douglas kill off the block gave SCU the sideout.  Knudsen tapped it over off her wrist to put SCU up 7-3.  After a mixup on the Zags side, they whistled for time.  Trading points, Lommori's cross court kill bounced off a GU player's side and a GU hitting error caused Gonzaga to call its second timeout.  Two more Zags errors made it 13-4 SCU.  Trading points, Lommori scored back-to-back kills, 16-5 SCU.  The Zags scored six straight points on two kills and four straight SCU hitting errors. SCU whistled for time up 16-11.  Trading points twice, a Douglas kill of the block put SCU up 18-13.   Knudsen's kill to the right from the middle followed another by Douglas off the block, 20-14 SCU.  Knudsen two of the next three points on the slide. Anders' quick to the back made it 23-17 SCU.   A GU blocking error following a Bronco hitting error.  Lommori's kill down the line gave SCU a 25-19 set two win. Santa Clara hit .209 with 18 kills (9 e, 43 att.).  Gonzaga hit .029 with 6 kills (5e, 34 att.).  Douglas scored five kills and Knudsen four kills.  

Santa Clara won set three by 25-20.  Douglas opened the third set with a kill.  A Zags hitting error followed a Bronco service error.  A kill by Anders put SCU up 4-2.  A Zags ball bounced out and Lommori's kill made it 7-4 SCU.  Two straight Durket kills down the line put SCU up 9-5.  A Zags blocking error and a Knudsen kill made it 14-7 Broncos.  Two straight Douglas aces made it 16-7 SCU.  Timeout Gonzaga.  Two straight GU points made it 16-9 Broncos.  Knudsen's kill cross court made it 17-9.  Tanya Schmidt checked in for the first time in a month.  Gonzaga scored twice, but Schmidt's kill stopped the rally.  Two kills by the Zags, a hitting error by Lommori  and another GU kill made it 18-15 SCU.  Timout Santa Clara.  The Zags came out swinging and scored their fifth straight before Lommori's kill off the block gave SCU a sideout.  Durket tapped one of the block to put SCU up 20-17. Goodwin scored on a kill before Durket knocked one down to the floor.  A kill by Douglas and an error by the Zags made it 23-18 SCU.  A setting error by Van de Mortel followed a kill by the Zags.  The Zags knocked it out to give SCU a 25-20 set three win.  Santa Clara hit .308 with 16 kills (4 e, 30 att.).  Gonzaga hit .308 with 12 kills (4 e, 26 att.).

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