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Royce Hinton | Posted: 30 Oct 2014 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
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No. 11 BYU stunned by Santa Clara on the road


SANTA CLARA, Calif. – No. 11 BYU women's volleyball fell to Santa Clara in a three-set (25-14, 25-21, 25-15) road contest Thursday night at the Leavey Event Center. 

"We were completely outmatched tonight," BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. "Hats off to Santa Clara. We've got to find a way to turn it around for Saturday's match."

Alexa Gray led the Cougars with seven kills. Jennifer Hamson collected four blocks while Alohi Robins-Hardy added 10 assists. Ciara Parker contributed eight digs in the match.

BYU (18-4, 9-2 West Coast Conference) got off to a slow start to begin the first set as Santa Clara (17-7, 7-4 WCC) jumped out to an early 7-1 lead after a few Cougar miscues. A Gray kill helped to bring BYU within three at 9-6, but a trio of points followed from the Broncos to put them back up by six at 12-6. The teams traded points until a pair by Santa Clara brought its lead back to six at 18-12 and forced Olmstead to call timeout. The Broncos ended on a 9-2 run to take the first set 25-14. 

Santa Clara got off to another hot start in the second set, beginning on a 6-0 run with the help of two service aces. Later, Amy Boswell and Hamson got the first block of the match for the Cougars – still trailing 10-5. A Gray kill brought BYU within four at 11-7, but a 5-1 Bronco rally followed to extend Santa Clara's advantage to eight at 17-9. The Broncos took their first timeout following a 4-1 Cougar run that brought BYU back within four at 19-15. Three-straight Cougar points followed the break to bring the score to 19-18, Santa Clara, and forced another timeout. The Broncos responded this time, ending on a 6-2 run to take the second set 25-21.  

BYU took a 3-2 lead in the third set following a Santa Clara attack error. The two sides then exchanged scores until a trio of consecutive points put the Broncos back up 9-5. A pair of blocks from Hamson and Whitney Young helped the Cougars stay in the set, trailing five at 15-10. BYU took its first timeout of the set at 18-12 after a kill from Santa Clara's Sabrina Clayton. The Broncos closed out the set on a 7-2 run to complete the sweep with a 25-15 third set score.

The loss is the first time BYU has been swept in a match since it played Saint Mary's on the road in November 2011.

The Cougars stay on the road Saturday when they take on San Francisco at its home court at 1 p.m. PDT. Links to live stats and a video feed can be found on the BYU women's volleyball schedule page

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Royce Hinton | Posted: 27 Oct 2014 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Royce Hinton

No. 11 Cougars hit the road against SCU and USF


PROVO, Utah – No. 11 BYU women’s volleyball hits the road again this week for follow-up trips against Santa Clara and San Francisco.

The Cougars (18-3, 9-1 West Coast Conference) remain in first place in the conference after defeating Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine at home last week.

Santa Clara

  • BYU first faces off against Santa Clara (16-7, 6-4 WCC) Thursday at 7 p.m. PDT at the Leavey Event Center.
  • The Cougars won the first matchup of the season 3-0 earlier this year at home.
  • BYU holds a 6-2 overall record against the Broncos with the two teams splitting the series on their home courts in each of the past two seasons.
  • Santa Clara returns just three starters and its libero from its 2013 squad that ended the season 11-16, 6-12 (9th).

San Francisco

  • The Cougars will finish out the week with a trip to San Francisco (11-11, 4-6 WCC) Saturday at 1 p.m. PDT.
  • BYU won a four-set match against the Dons earlier this season at home. The match saw sophomore Whitney Young tie a BYU and WCC blocking record, collecting 17 on the night.
  • San Francisco has never beaten the Cougars, as BYU holds a perfect 9-0 record against the Dons.
  • The team returns four starters from last year’s squad that finished 13-15, 9-9 WCC (T-4th).


Both matches will be streamed live online, with Saturday’s match being streamed on Links to live stats and video feeds can be found on the BYU women’s volleyball schedule page

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