No. 1 BYU Sweeps Santa Clara
PROVO, Utah - Contributions down the lineup led to a No. 1 BYU women's volleyball sweep (28-26, 25-17, 25-11) over Santa Clara on Thursday night at the Smith Fieldhouse.
"We had a total team effort tonight," BYU head coach Heather Olmstead said. "I loved our fight and our composure."
Freshman Heather Gneiting had 11 kills with a .500 hitting percentage and added six blocks. Senior Roni Jones-Perry recorded nine kills while freshman Madelyn Robinson and junior McKenna Miller contributed seven and six kills, respectively. Senior Lyndie-Haddock Eppich led the team in assists with 33 while junior Mary Lake had 18 digs.
BYU (24-0, 14-0 WCC) led Santa Clara (6-21, 1-14 WCC) early in the first set, 15-8, before the Broncos climbed back to tie the set at 20 apiece. The two teams traded points back and forth until a kill by Gneiting and an attack error by the Broncos ultimately gave the Cougars the set, 28-26.
BYU took an immediate lead, 3-0, due to a kill by Kennedy Eschenberg and attack errors by Santa Clara. A big block by Gneiting and Haddock-Eppich gave BYU a 10-point lead, 20-10. Santa Clara fought to reduce the gap, bringing the score to 20-14, but a kill by Jones-Perry propelled the Cougars forward to take the second set, 25-17.
Robinson notched her first kill of the set on a deep hit that ricocheted off the shoulder of a Bronco, giving the Cougars 5-2 lead. BYU built the margin further, including a block by Eschenberg and Haddock-Eppich that doubled up Santa Clara, 12-6. Back-to-back blocks by Robinson and Gneiting widened the gap between the Cougars and the Broncos, 18-9. BYU finished the game on a 7-2 run with a kill by Eschenberg giving the Cougars a 25-11 win.
BYU will next hold Senior Day on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m. MT against San Francisco in the Smith Fieldhouse. Seniors Lacy Haddock, Lyndie Haddock-Eppich, Roni Jones-Perry, Sydnie Martindale and Danelle Stetler will be honored pregame.
No. 1 BYU Closes Out Regular Season Home Schedule
PROVO, Utah – No. 1 BYU women's volleyball will play its final two regular season home matches this Thursday and Saturday at the Smith Fieldhouse.
The Cougars will welcome Santa Clara at 7 p.m. MT on Thursday before facing San Francisco at 1 p.m. MT on Saturday. BYU is 12-4 all-time and 8-0 in Provo against Santa Clara. The Cougars have not lost to the Broncos since a 3-1 setback in 2015.
BYU is 17-0 all-time against San Francisco, including 8-0 at home. The Cougars have defeated the Dons twice a year since joining the WCC in 2011 in addition to two wins in 1976 and 1983.
The game against the Dons will be Senior Day where BYU will honor Lacy Haddock, Lyndie Haddock-Eppich, Roni Jones-Perry, Sydnie Martindale and Danelle Stetler.
BYU is ranked No. 1 in the country for the ninth-straight week and is the only undefeated team in the nation. On Sunday, the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Committee announced BYU was the top team at this point in the season based on criteria used to seed and select teams for the NCAA tournament.
The Santa Clara match will be televised live on BYUtv while the San Francisco match will be shown live on TheW.tv. Links to a video feed and live stats for the matches can be found on the BYU women’s volleyball schedule page.