VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN THREE SETS AT SANTA CLARA
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Santa Clara's Megan Anders (14 kills, .636) and Taylor Milton (10 kills, .444) combined for 24 kills and a .550 hitting percentage to help lead the Broncos to a three-set sweep (25-22, 25-14, 25-14) of Sacramento State in a Big Sky Conference volleyball match Tuesday evening at the Leavey Center.
Tonight marked the final non-conference game of the season for Sacramento State, which dropped to 7-12 with the loss. The Hornets were swept for just the fifth time all season, and second time in the last month and a half. Santa Clara improved to 15-7 overall, and 19-11 in the all-time series between the two schools. The Broncos' winning percentage against Sacramento State is the third best all-time against the Hornets, trailing only Stanford (10-0) and Pacific (27-6).
The Hornets had an opportunity to win the first set as a triple block from , and tied the score at 22-22. However, consecutive kills from Milton and a service ace gave Santa Clara the 25-22 first-set win. After the Hornets tied the score at 22-22 in the first set, Santa Clara outscored Sacramento State in points, 53-28, the remainder of the match.
The Broncos hit .314 as a team, easily the best hitting percentage by a Hornet opponent all season, and the first to hit above the .300 mark. Santa Clara had 51 kills with just 14 errors in 118 total attacks, as four different players hit better than .400. Anders' 14 kills came without an error in 22 attacks, and Milton had two errors in 18 attacks.
Sacramento State had just eight attack errors all evening, but posted a season-low 27 kills. The Hornets, who are the second-ranked blocking team in the nation, had just 6.5 team blocks, only the fifth time all season the team was held without double figures in blocks.
Outside hitter was the lone Hornet with double figures in kills as she finished with 10 kills, a .257 hitting percentage and six digs. Rightside hitter had four kills and a .267 hitting percentage, and saw her streak of 10 consecutive matches with at least nine kills come to an end. Middle hitter finished with five kills, two blocks and a team-best .333 hitting percentage. Lovett led the Hornets with four blocks (including two solo stuffs) and libero posted a match-high 16 digs.
The Hornets return to action for the final leg of their five-match road trip later this week against Portland State (Saturday, Oct. 20) and Eastern Washington (Monday, Oct. 22).