San Jose State Upsets No. 19 Santa Clara 3-2 in 1st Round of NCAA Tournament

Nov. 30, 2001

Junior middle blocker Stephanie Pascucci had a team-high 19 kills as San Jose State won each of the final two games to rally from a 2-1 deficit and upset No. 22 Santa Clara 3-2 in the First Round of the 2001 NCAA Tournament at Stanford University's Maples Pavilion. Game scores were 17-30, 30-25, 24-30, 30-25 and 16-14.

San Jose State improves to 25-7 and advances to Saturday night's Second Round match, where it will face the winner of tonight's contest between No. 3 Stanford and Nevada. Santa Clara ends its season at 19-10.

Santa Clara jumped out to an early lead, hitting .444 to take game one by a 30-17 count. San Jose State was even better in game two, winning 30-25 after drilling 18 kills against just one error in 33 attempts for a .515 hitting percentage.

Riding the hot hand of sophomore middle blocker Becky Potter, the Broncos bounced back to win game three 30-24 and take a 2-1 lead in the match. However, the Spartans quickly regrouped, jumping out to an early lead before withstanding a late Santa Clara push for a 30-25 triumph in game four that evened the match 2-2.

Game five was tight the entire way, with Santa Clara staving off one match point at 14-13 before San Jose State tallied the final two points for the victory.

In addition to Pascucci's 19 kills and .357 hitting percentage (four errors, 42 attempts), San Jose State also placed three other players in double-digits, as sophomore Liz Hudson had 16 kills to compliment a .419 hitting percentage while senior Brianna Blair and sophomore Kimberly Noble had 15 and 14, respectively. Blair also tallied 13 digs for a double-double. Senior setter Savannah Smith registered 56 assists.

Potter recorded a double-double, notching 12 kills while posting match highs with 23 kills and a .463 hitting percentage (four errors, 41 attempts). Santa Clara senior Jami Bari also had a double-double in her final collegiate match, finishing with 15 kills (.314 hitting percentage) and 13 digs. The Broncos also received 15 kills from sophomore Jessie Mechem and 14 from freshman Toni Muratore, while sophomore setter Kelli Sousa handed out 67 assists. Juniors Chrissy and Cindy Hirsch dug 13 and 10 balls, respectively.

Tonight's second First Round match between No. 3 Stanford and Nevada was set to begin at 7:30 p.m. at Maples Pavilion.

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