Volleyball Tops Santa Clara In 5

Volleyball Tops Santa Clara In 5

Santa Clara, Calif. - The Pacific volleyball team remained unbeaten in West Coast Conference play as the Tigers rallied to down Santa Clara on the road in five sets, 25-22, 21-25, 20-25, 25-20, 15-13.

Emily Baptista racked up a career-best 20 kills while hitting .333 for the match and tallying a career-high 12 digs.

Lexi Elman provided 13 kills and 22 digs for her 40th career double-double.

Ashlyn Fleming chipped in 12 kills while hitting .333. Andie Shelton doled out 39 assists. Libero Katrin Gotterba added 22 digs with Maycie LaBass adding eight.

The Tigers won despite being out-blocked, 14-7, and out-hit, .201 to .187. Pacific overcame via seven service aces.

Pacific improves to 9-6 overall, 3-0 in WCC action. Santa Clara falls to 9-6, 0-3 in WCC play.

Skylar Wine opened the match with a kill as Pacific took a 3-0 lead. But the Broncos answered back with four straight points. Maycie LaBass served up an ace, but Santa Clara led 7-6. Pacific embarked on a 5-0 run, and stretched the lead to 14-7 as Elman posted a pair of kills and Fleming served up an ace. Back to back blocks from the Broncos cut the gap to 15-12, but Elman, Baptista and Fleming stretched Pacific's lead back out to 21-14 with a kill each. Wine put the finishing touch on the set with a kill for the 25-22 win.

In set two, four early blocks by Santa Clara gave the Broncos a 10-6 lead. Pacific slowly began to crawl back as Baptista racked up four kills, pulling the Tigers within 18-16. But a pair of kills from Nikki Hess put the Broncos in control, and despite a block from Elman and Janie Feldsher, the Broncos took set two, 25-21.  Baptista posted eight kills in the second set, but the Tigers headed into the break tied at 1-1.

Feldsher and Wine posted kills early in set three, but three blocks from Santa Clara put the Broncos in front, 7-5. Lauren Cline chipped in a kill of the bench, but Hess tallied again for an 11-6 SCU margin. An ace from Fleming cut the gap to 13-11, but Hess answered out of a timeout. Gotterba added an ace and Fleming and Baptista added back-to-back kills to bring the Tigers within 19-17.  But the Broncos tallied four straight points to seize control, and finished the set off, 25-20.

Baptista gave the Tigers a 4-3 lead in set four with her 16th kill, Elman and Fleming added kills and a block from Fleming & Baptista stretched Pacific's lead to 8-3.

Santa Clara rallied back to within 12-10 before a kill from Baptista and ace from Jessica Diederich. The Broncos charged forward, tying the set at 20-20. From there, the Tigers closed on a 5-0 run as Baptista delivered a kill out of the back, and after an ace and two SCU errors.

In set five, the Tigers stormed out to a 4-1 lead on a kill from Baptista. The Tigers' posted a block and led 8-5 at the set-switch.

The Broncos battled back and with two straight blocks, took a 12-11 lead before Fleming answered on the slide. Elman blasted home a free ball for a 13-12 lead. Hess tied the set at 13-all, and Cline provided match point with a kill from the right pin.

Pacific will return home to face Pepperdine on Thursday (7 p.m.) and Loyola Marymount on Saturday (12 p.m.) in the Alex G. Spanos Center.