Volleyball Falls to Santa Clara in Opener

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Volleyball Falls to Santa Clara in Opener

BOULDER, Colo. — The LSU volleyball team opened the season Friday evening with an 8-15, 15-3, 15-4, 15-5, loss to Santa Clara in the Colorado PowerBar Invitational.

The loss was the first to open the season for a Tiger team since 1995 when LSU fell to Penn State to start the year.

For the match, the Broncos outhit, outdug and outblocked the Tigers to earn the four-game victory. Offensively, Santa Clara had 69 kills to 47 for LSU and hit for a higher percentage, .244 to .161. On the defensive side of the ball, the Tigers were outdug 67 to 46 and outblocked nine to six.

Individually, middle blocker Meagan Davis, a 1999 first-team All-SEC member, picked up right where she left off a season ago for LSU by recording 12 kills in only 30 attempts for a .400 attack percentage. She was joined by middle blocker Rachel Vogt, who had 11 kills, as the only Tigers with double-digit kills in the match. Vogt added a team-high five blocks as well.

Outside hitter Jennifer Hampton led the way defensively for LSU with 12 digs. Setter Lauren O’Connor and defensive specialist Jenny Greco each had nine digs to finish just shy of a double-digit performance.

Annika Dell paced the Broncos with an all-around performance of 15 kills, 11 digs and six blocks (two solo) to record the double-double. Joining her with a double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs was Jami Bari. Ynez Carrasco had a game-high 19 kills on the evening and Merrin Thompson recorded a game-high 18 digs for Santa Clara.

In game one, it looked as though the Tigers would come away with a victory over Santa Clara, a 1999 NCAA Tournament participant. Led by Vogt, Meghan Bedford and Lauren Cuyler, who all had four kills in the game, LSU hit for a .240 clip compared to the Broncos .055.