Santa Clara played its sixth five-set match this season and defeated No. 28 San Diego State 3-2 in its first match of the Fullerton Classic in Fullerton, Calif. The Broncos move to 8-3 and San Diego State moves to 6-3. Santa Clara is to play three more matches in the next 24 hours vs. Oregon State, Brown and host-Cal State Fullerton.
Set scores were 19-25, 25-21, 25-22, 23-25 and 15-12. Santa Clara is now 4-2 in five-set matches this year.
"The women showed great grit and desire. They trusted and believed in each other," said Bronco head coach Jon Wallace. "They helped each other to a great win for us in the early going. Lexi Williamson played an integral part for us. She passed really well and stepped up big time at the end. Our setters battled really well. Ali Rambis played with great poise in serving the last few points for us. We are very excited.
Wallace continued by saying how tough Megan Anders and Taylor Milton both played. "Megan came back strong at the end and she got some big kills for us. Taylor is battling some sickness but hung in there and got better as the match went on. She gave us some great swings and great digs."
Santa Clara hit .216 with 61 kills (24 e, 171 att.). They collected 55 assists, nine aces, nice service errors, 62 digs and 5.5 team blocks. San Diego State hit .217 with 60 kills (26 e, 157 att.). They collected 55 digs, eight aces, 11 service errors, 76 digs and 6.5 team blocks.
Santa Clara hit .056 in set one, .278 in set two, .194 in set three, .293 in set four and .259 in set five. SDSU hit .233 in set one, .231 in set two, .091 in set three, .412 in set four and .048 in set five.
Williamson hit .250 with 10 kills (3 e, 28 att.) and six digs. Katherine Douglas had eights kills and collected 14 digs. Anders had 17 kills, hitting .371 (4 e, 35 att.). She also had five block assists. Alyssa Anderson had 27 assists, three aces and seven digs. Chelsea Heier had 21 assists and five digs.
SDSU had four women collect double digit kills including Chaiymin Steel who had 12, Summer Nash who had 11 and Michelle Waber and Andrea Hannasch both had 10. Kristi Jackels had a match-high 18 digs.