Santa Clara, Arizona Advance In Palo Alto Regional

Dec. 9, 2005

Stanford, Ca - The Santa Clara women's volleyball team advanced to the NCAA Tournament 'Elite Eight' with a 30-28, 30-23, 30-14 victory over No. 19 Pepperdine on Friday night at the Palo Alto Regional at Maples Pavilion.

It was the third time this year that the Broncos, ranked eleventh in the nation, had beaten the Waves.

Santa Clara will face the fifth-ranked Arizona Wildcats in the Palo Alto Regional final on Saturday at 8 p.m. at Maples Pavilion. The Wildcats came back from a two game to one deficit to score a 35-37, 30-23, 26-30, 30-18, 15-12 decision.

Anna Cmaylo led the Santa Clara attack with 14 kills in 17 attempts for a .765 hitting percentage. Cmaylo also had five blocks. AnnalisaMuratore added 13 kills in 22 attempts for a .500 hitting percentage. Cassie Perret chipped in with eleven kills, five digs and three blocks. Santa Clara hit .368.

Julie Rubenstein led Pepperdine with eleven kills. Pepperdine had a .212 hitting percentage.

Santa Clara jumped to a 12-4 lead in game one, and led as many as ten points at 20-10. Pepperdine made a charge to tie the game at 26-26. Pepperdine took a 28-27 lead, but Santa Clara rallied to win the next three points to take the game, 30-28.

Pepperdine led 6-3 in game two, but Santa Clara went ahead, 10-9, and extended the lead to 23-18, and then 29-22. A kill by Perret gave Santa Clara game two (30-23).

It was no contest in game three as the Broncos jumped to a 9-2 lead. The lead was extended to 15 points at 29-14, and Santa Clara ended the game (30-14) and the match on a hitting error by Pepperdine.

Santa Clara raised its record to 26-4 while Pepperdine finished the season 19-12.

'That was fun,' said Santa Clara head coach Jon Wallace. 'I didn't think it was going to be like this (the decisive three game win). We played great. We're focused, and we'll continue to play hard on Saturday night.'

In game one, Arizona leaped to a 4-1 lead, and held the lead until Ohio took a 21-20 lead. The Bobcats led 23-20, but the Wildcats tied the game at 28-28. Arizona had three game points, but Ohio refused to fold. With the game tied at 35-35, Ohio tallied a kill by Stephanie Blackburn and then a hitting error by Arizona gave the Bobcats the 37-35 win.

Arizona won game two by a score of 30-23. The Wildcats took the lead at 15-14, and never looked back. Arizona's biggest lead was eight points at 29-21. A kill by Bre Ladd gave the Wildcats the game two win.

Early in game three, Ohio took a 5-4 lead and never looked back. The Bobcats led by as many as five points at 29-24. Arizona then scored two straight points, but a Wildcat service error gave the Bobcats the game four victory (30-26).

Arizona dominated game four (30-18). The Wildcats led from start to finish.

Ohio led 9-6 in the deciding game five. But the Wildcats scored five straight points to lead 11-9. Ohio cut the margin to one point at 11-10, but Arizona closed out the match with a kill by Kim Glass to win the game (15-12).

Glass led Arizona with 32 kills and 15 digs. Jennifer Abernathy added 19 kills and 14 digs.

Arizona raised its record to 25-5 while Ohio ended the year 33-3.

'This was a great match,:' said Arizona head coach Dave Rubio. 'This was tough for any team to lose. Ohio is a great team that can compete at any level.'

Santa Clara (26-4) 30 30 30Pepperdine (19-12) 28 23 14Arizona (25-5) 35 30 26 30 15Ohio (33-3) 37 23 30 18 12

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