No. 13 Santa Clara Continues Winning Streak

No. 13 Santa Clara Continues Winning Streak

Oct. 21, 2005


San Francisco, Calif. - Playing on the road is always a difficult task and No. 17 Santa Clara found out first hand Friday night, as they defeated a scrappy San Francisco squad 3-1. Playing in Memorial Gym on the campus of USF, the Broncos were lead by junior Kim McGiven who pounded down a match-high 22 kills. Freshman Brittany Lowe contributed 17 kills, while sophomore Anna Cmaylo and Cassie Perret chipped in 13 and 11 kills, respectively. Game scores were 30-23, 29-31, 30-18, and 30-19.

Despite coming into the match with a higher ranking, Santa Clara was only able to build a two-point lead for much of the first game. A late kill by McGiven started a 3-0 SCU run to put the Broncos in control of the first game. In the final stages of Game One, Crystal Matich served three straight points to distance the two teams and finally, Megan Pura clinched the 30-23 opening frame.

The Broncos jumped out to a 15-10 edge, thanks to a strong serving run by freshman Michelle Luxton. However, San Francisco was able to catch up to tie the match at 17-17 thanks to a string of Santa Clara errors, including two back-to-back ball handling errors by setter Crystal Matich. SCU appeared to be in good position after taking a 26-23 edge after an USF attack error, but the home team would not back down, keeping the score close. Despite two game points at 29-27, Santa Clara was not able to close out the second frame and San Francisco went on a 4-0 run to take the 31-29 Game Two win heading into halftime.

As in the second game, Santa Clara held a 15-10 lead in the third frame, but this time, the visitors were able to build on their momentum and take an easy 30-18 win. Cmaylo and fellow middle blocker Annalisa Muratore supplied much of the offense towards the end of the game and Lowe served the final four points, which included two aces.

In the fourth frame, San Francisco bounced back right away and held a 10-8 advantage over Santa Clara. The two teams would continue to battle back and forth, though SCU would eventually pull away to a 23-15 lead. Sensing that victory was close, the Broncos applied the pressure even more on both ends of the court and ended the fourth game at 30-19 on back-to-back blocks.

As a team, the Broncos hit .355 on the night and had five players who ended up attacking over .300, lead by Perret's stellar .526 clip. Matich directed the potent SCU offense, dishing out 69 assists. Cmaylo and Lowe both recorded a team-high three blocks on the night.

Santa Clara improves its record to 17-1 on the year and has won eight straight matches. The Broncos are undefeated in WCC play, sporting a 6-0 record thus far in the season. SCU returns to action when the team travels to Moraga, Calif. to face Saint Mary's tomorrow night. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.

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