Posting a 2-1 record with three five-set matches in less than 24 hours, Santa Clara had two volleyball players named to the Aggie Invitational last weekend at UC Davis. Middle blocker Megan Anders and outside hitter Taylor Milton were named to the team after leading the Broncos to a 6-1 record. Anders was also named to the SIUE Invitational All-Tournament team two weeks ago after leading the Broncos to a 3-0 record.
The Broncos, 6-1 on the year, have notched their best start since 2008 when they advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Washington (advanced to the Elite Eight). This weekend Santa Clara plays at No. 8 Stanford (3-2) on Fri., Sept. 7 at 7 pm. They will then face an undefeated Pacific team (6-0) at 12 pm on Sat., Sept. 8 and end the Stanford Invitational with an 8 pm match vs. Loyola Chicago (5-2) later that day.
"I was impressed with our competition last weekend. UNC is playing really well; and Utah and UC Davis are going to win a number of matches this year," said Wallace. "We are playing together so well right now. When things go wrong, we don't collapse. I am really happy with the effort the team and the coaches are putting into the gym every day. I like our attitude right now."
Anders hit .312 for the weekend at UC Davis, including a sparkling .560 with 15 kills and just one error in 25 attempts in the win over Davis. She averaged 2.00 kpg and 0.60 bpg in three matches. Anders leads the team this season with a .356 hitting percentage, averaging 2.23 kpg and 0.90 bpg.
"Megan was really excited to play close to home this weekend. She is from that area and she was psyched to play and then beat UC Davis," said Bronco head coach Jon Wallace. "She really stepped up to play UC Davis and had 15 kills with just one error. I am impressed with her continued maturity. She played well and her energy was the driving force between us winning two five-game matches."
Milton hit .214 with 39 kills on the weekend. She collected a match-high 20 kills, hitting .405 vs. Utah. Milton also had 13 digs in the Utah match and 14 digs vs. UNC. She leads the team with 3.00 kpg and 90 kills; and she has collected 2.30 dpg, good for third on the team.
"Taylor had her best match of the year vs. Utah," added Wallace. "She was definitely key to the victory over Utah."