Volleyball Falls 3-0 To Santa Clara
The Lions split their weekend matches after falling 3-0 to No. 19 Santa Clara
Nov. 10, 2001
Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001 - The Loyola Marymount University women's volleyball team fell 3-0 to No. 19 Santa Clara in West Coast Conference action Saturday night at the Leavey Center. Game scores were 30-25, 30-24, 30-28. Junior Kristen Gallup led the Lions offensive attack tallying 19 kills on the night. Gallup also led the squad with seven digs against the Broncos.
The Lions fall to 14-9 overall and 7-5 in the conference with the loss while Santa Clara improves to 18-8 overall and 10-3 in the WCC.
LMU held off six match points with four kills by the Lions' Gallup in game three, but could not overcome Bronco sophomore middle blocker Becky Potter, whose 20th kill of the night was the match-winner.
SCU collected nine blocks defensively, while Loyola Marymount tallied 11 blocks, including six from freshman Dina DeBernardi.
Santa Clara came up with a few key blocks in the opening minutes of the night to give the Broncos a 7-1 lead. A great rally by both teams kept the ball in play, but momentum stretched SCU's lead to seven at 9-2. The Lions pulled to within three at 23-21 when Laura Gustorf nailed an overpass for the unassisted kill, but the Broncos, who hit .436 in the frame, ended game one with a kill by Potter.
Loyola Marymount took a brief 3-2 lead early in game two, but SCU quickly regained the lead and opened a lead at 12-10 and extended it to 19-12. LMU held off one game point, but Jami Bari's kill on the outside gave the Broncos a two-game lead at intermission.
In a battle of sophomore setters, LMU's Nicole Oehlman posted 34 assists, three digs, two blocks and one kill while SCU's Kelli Sousa registered 48 assists, five digs and four kills.
The Lions return home next weekend to round out the regular season at home with matches against Saint Mary's and San Diego. Both matches are slated for a 7 p.m. start time at Gersten Pavilion.