SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Santa Clara volleyball caps a weekend of facing the West Coast Conference's two ranked teams with a matchup against No. 17 San Diego on Saturday. The Broncos and Toreros are set for a 1 p.m. first serve in Leavey Center.
Santa Clara (7-6, 0-1 WCC) dropped a three-set decision to No. 9 BYU at home on Thursday night. San Diego (8-3, 1-0) started conference play with a four-set victory at San Francisco.
Kirsten Mead posted a match-high 31 assists and collected 10 digs against the Cougars for her 10th double-double of the season. Jensen Cunningham had a team-best nine kills and registered a .471 hitting percentage. Cunningham has hit .471 or better three times in Santa Clara's last four matches and is averaging 3.33 kills/set and 12.5 kills/match in that stretch.
The Broncos won against an opponent ranked in the Top 10 for the third year in a row when they defeated No. 9 Kansas on Sept. 15. They took down No. 7 USC on the road last year; the Trojans are the highest-ranked team Santa Clara has defeated in regular season program history. In 2015, the Broncos upended No. 10 BYU in a four-set match at home. They defeated the Cougars four straight times in Leavey Center from 2012-15.
Santa Clara tallied four sweep victories in five matches from Sept. 2-15 of this season (Seattle, Portland State, UC Davis, Idaho). The last time the Broncos had four sweep wins in five matches was from Sept. 5-13, 2014 (Central Connecticut State, Delaware, Pennsylvania, No. 20 Duke).
2017 Record: 8-3 (2-1 Away) | SCU Record vs. Toreros: 34-34 | First Meeting: 1979
2016: 9/24 No. 7 USD Won 3-0 in San Diego | 11/17 No. 11 USD Won 3-0 in Santa Clara
Last SCU Win: 11/1/14 3-2 vs. USD in Santa Clara | San Diego Has Won Four Straight in Series
San Diego enters Saturday's tilt on a four-match winning streak, including sweeps of Missouri, Green Bay and San Diego State. The Toreros have only dropped one set among their eight victories and only lost to ranked teams (No. 13 UCLA, No. 4 Texas, No. 18 Utah). They lead all WCC teams in assists/set (13.7 – 11th in NCAA), kills/set (14.54 – 11th) and hitting percentage (.267 – 28th). Individually, Kaity Edwards ranks first in the conference and 10th in the country with a .444 hitting percentage.
Bronco Kids Packet Pickup: Bronco Kids members can visit the marketing table to pick up their membership packet that includes a t-shirt, lanyard and drawstring bag. Don't forget to bring your membership card for entry into the match. Not a member? Sign up here!
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 BroncoTicket[email protected]. 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.
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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