Volleyball

Volleyball Wraps up Homestand with San Francisco Friday

Taylor Odom goes up for an attack attempt against Portland on Saturday, Sept. 30. Santa Clara has played four of its last five matches in Leavey Center.
Taylor Odom goes up for an attack attempt against Portland on Saturday, Sept. 30. Santa Clara has played four of its last five matches in Leavey Center.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Santa Clara volleyball concludes its longest homestand of the season on Friday night. The Broncos host San Francisco in a West Coast Conference matchup at 7 p.m. in Leavey Center.

SCU has played two straight matches and four of the last five overall at home. The Broncos (7-10, 0-5 WCC) just wrapped up their busiest stretch of conference play with three matches in five days and five matches in 10 days. They fell in five sets to both Gonzaga on Thursday and Portland on Saturday.

Santa Clara staved off two match points to force a fifth set versus Gonzaga. The Broncos were on match point in the deciding set against the Bulldogs and had a pair of match points in the fourth set against the Pilots.

The Dons (3-15, 0-5) and the Broncos are the only teams without a conference victory. San Francisco held a 2-1 match lead against Portland on Thursday and a 2-0 lead against Gonzaga on Saturday; the Dons lost both contests in five sets. The team has lost nine matches in a row and last won against Fresno State on Sept. 9.

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THE BRONCOS

Redshirt freshman Allison Kantor posted career-high efforts in kills against both the Bulldogs and Pilots. Kantor had 11 kills Thursday night and a match-high 21 kills on .295 hitting Saturday afternoon.

Kirsten Mead is averaging a single-season best 2.75 digs/set in 2017. Her 656 total assists rank second in the WCC and her 10.41 assist/set average is good for third in the WCC. The senior setter is second all-time in career assists among Broncos that spent their entire careers in the rally-scoring era. She has 3,679 career assists, and needs 197 more to pass Julie Jamile (1987-90) and move into fifth-place all-time for the Broncos.

Jensen Cunningham ranks fourth in the WCC with a .342 hitting percentage. She posted career-best efforts in kills (19) and digs (16) against the Bulldogs and posted a second-straight double-double with 16 kills and 14 digs against the Pilots. The senior middle blocker had not recorded a double-double in her Bronco career prior to Thursday's match.

Taylor Odom checks in at fifth in the conference with 63 total blocks. The redshirt sophomore middle blocker logged eight block solos in 103 sets last year and has topped that mark in 2017 with nine block solos in 62 sets. She has totaled at least three blocks in 10 straight matches and had at least five blocks in half of those contests.

Michelle Gajdka's 32 kills between the Gonzaga and Portland tilts are the second-most over a two-match span in her Santa Clara career (34 against American, Georgetown - Aug. 25-26, 2017). The sophomore outside hitter has double-doubles in three of the last four matches.

THE DONS

San Francisco swept Nevada on opening day and picked up five-set wins against Cal State Northridge and Fresno State in back-to-back matches Sept. 8-9. Erica Ronda is one of the most active players on the USF offense; she ranks second in the WCC and 27th in the NCAA with 725 total attacks. Ronda is also third in the WCC with 20 aces.

PROMOTIONS

Perfect Attendance Challenge (SCU Students Only – Must be a Ruff Rider): Join the Broncos at all FIVE of the designated "Perfect Attendance" games and be eligible to win Nike prizes! If you attend two games, you're entered to win a Nike Dri-Fit Santa Clara volleyball shirt. If you attend four games, you're eligible to win a Nike Santa Clara Athletics backpack and a Nike Dri-Fit Santa Clara volleyball shirt. If you attend ALL five games, you're eligible to win a Nike Santa Clara Athletics backpack, a Nike Dri-Fit Santa Clara volleyball shirt, and Nike tennis shoes of your choosing (limited $50 value). How to play: Check-in on the Ruff Riders Rewards app at the following volleyball games: 9/21, 9/28, 10/6, 10/19, and 11/9. Our winner will be announced at the November 9th match against Pepperdine.

Giveaway: 2016-17 West Coast Conference Represent T-shirts (SCU Students Only – Must be a Ruff Rider – While Supplies Last)

TICKETS

Season or single-game tickets are available. Click here to purchase online or contact the ticket office weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at (408) 554-4660 or BroncoTickets@scu.edu. Group discounts are also available through our ticket office sales and service consultants. Doors to the Leavey Center, as well as its ticket office, are open one hour prior to the start of the match. 

PARKING

For weekday matches, the Leavey Center lot, located on Accolti Way off El Camino Real, is free beginning one hour prior to first serve. Any other parking facility on campus will be subject to normal daily rates or restrictions, including the main structure, located adjacent to Stevens Stadium on Palm Drive. During the weekend, campus parking facilities are free (except for permit required locations). Click here for a campus map and parking restrictions.

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