Volleyball Wins Home Opener, Downs San José State, 3-1

Volleyball Wins Home Opener, Downs San José State, 3-1

South Bay Battle Tournament Preview

SANTA CLARA, Calif.Allison Kantor recorded a double-double (11 kills/12 digs), Alexa Dreyer tallied 10 kills and Michelle Shaffer had 20 assists while nearly posting a triple-double to lead Santa Clara volleyball to a 25-16, 25-17, 20-25, 25-16 victory over San Jose State in the opening match of the South Bay Battle.

Liliana Light chipped in 15 assists and 13 digs, and Julia Sangiacomo had nine kills for the Broncos (7-1) who posted a .207 attack percentage in Thursday's matchup of crosstown rivals.

Latahevai Lousi and Haylee Nelson each had 12 kills for the Spartans (3-4) who rallied in the third set, but were unable to sustain that momentum.

Leading 13-10 in the fourth set, the Broncos scored five of the next six points to take control. Taylor Odom's kill started the rally and Sangiacomo added a pair as well. A kill from Kantor extended the lead to 23-14 before the match ended on four straight service errors.

In the previous set, San Jose State led 10-5 before the Broncos battled back to take a 15-14 lead on a kill from Odom. But the Spartans scored five of the next six points as Lousi and Nelson each had a kill. Two straight attack errors extended the lead to 23-17 and Lousi closed it on a kill.

Shaffer had eight kills and nine digs as the Broncos held the Spartans to a .096 hitting percentage in the match.

The Broncos weren't as efficient offensively in the second set as the opening one (.216 to .324 hitting percentage), but a run midway through turned out to be enough. After the set was tied 7-all, Santa Clara scored seven of the next nine points. The flurry was capped by kills from Shaffer and Kantor, and a pair of Spartan attack errors.

In the opening set, Kantor posted four kills and the Broncos hit .324 to pull away from the Spartans who mustered only five kills. A Santa Clara attack error had San Jose State within 13-10, but the Broncos scored seven of the next 10 points.

Lousi had 10 digs to give her a double-double. Mamie Garard had a match-high 17 digs for the Spartans who are serving as co-hosts for the three-day tournament.


• The Broncos have won nine of the last 10 in the series, though San Jose State leads 24-15 overall.

The Broncos continue play in the South Bay Battle on Friday when they face Marist at 6 p.m. in Leavey Center. Marist and Northern Colorado will face off at noon. San Jose State will meet Northern Colorado on Friday at 6 p.m. in Spartan Gym.

Saturday's matches feature the Broncos against Northern Colorado (1 p.m.) and San Jose State vs. Marist (2 p.m.).


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 Leavey Center, as well as its ticket office, are open one hour prior to the start of the match.

There is no tournament pass for matches played in Leavey Center; each attendee must purchase a ticket for each match. Click here to purcahse tickets for the Marist vs. Northern Colorado match.


Camper Reunion Night - Any summer camper will receive free admission to each of the three Santa Clara matches by wearing their camp T-shirt. This promotion does not apply to the Marist vs. Northern Colorado match.


For weekday matches, the Leavey Center lot (see below for access), 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. The construction of the Stephen C. and Patricia A. Schott Athletic Excellence Center has necessitated the closure of the main entrance (off Accolti Way) to the Leavey Center parking lot. Access is now ONLY directly from El Camino Real (Route 82). If you are traveling east on El Camino Real, the Leavey lot entrance will be approximately 150 yards on the right (enter through the black iron gate) after you pass the main campus entrance. If you are traveling west on El Camino, make a u-turn at the main campus entrance at Palm Drive/Railroad Ave and follow the same directions.

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