SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Santa Clara volleyball fell on Thursday night at home to Pacific 3-1 by set scores of 17-25, 25-14, 25-18, 25-14. The Broncos started strong but could not contain the Tiger attack during the final three frames.
Kirsten Mead led all players with 36 assists for Santa Clara (9-12, 2-7 WCC), which also got a double-double (12 kills/11 digs) from Chloe Loreen.
Emily Baptista led the Pacific (9-11, 4-5 WCC) offense with 16 kills while hitting .364 and adding seven digs. Andie Shelton had a double-double (13 kills/12 digs) while Katrin Gotterba collected 14 digs.
Pacific started the fourth stanza by getting out to a 6-1 lead and never looked back. The Tigers scored four of the last five points in the set to close out their victory.
After a tough second set where Pacific scored eight of nine to take control of the game at 18-10, Santa Clara fell behind 6-1 in the third but answered with four straight points. A late 6-1 run gave the Tigers a 20-15 lead and ultimately the set.
Trailing 12-11 in the first set, Santa Clara won four points in a row and eight of 10 to take a 19-14 lead. After swapping points, the Broncos scored the final three of the game.
- Loreen's double-double was her fifth of the year and third in as many matches.
- Mead has recorded at least 30 assists in 19 of 21 matches this season.
"We lost a little bit of our focus and they took off from there. We were then on our heels the rest of the night and couldn't fight our way back. We had a couple girls that didn't have great nights and we can't afford to have that if we want to compete against anybody in this league. We'll have to get better. We'll find a way and work with those girls to get them in the right state of mind."
- Head coach Jon Wallace
The Broncos return to the court Saturday at 1 p.m. as they host Saint Mary's.
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