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The 20th-ranked Santa Clara University volleyball team broke a three-match losing streak by defeating Saint Mary's in three games tonight at the McKeon Pavilion

The 20th-ranked Santa Clara University volleyball team broke a three-match losing streak by defeating Saint Mary's in three games tonight at the McKeon Pavilion. Game scores were 31-29, 30-23, 30-13. With the victory, SCU improves to 8-4 overall, 1-1 in league play, while Saint Mary's falls to 2-8, 0-2.

Santa Clara sophomore Jessie Mechem tied her career high in kills for the third time this season, with 16 against the Gaels. She was one of four Broncos to reach double figures in that category, as sophomore Becky Potter posted 12 and senior Jami Bari and Toni Muratore added 11 each.

SCU also posted a season-high 12 service aces, two short of the program record for a three-game match. Bari led the way five, while Mechem, freshman Megan Johnston and sophomore Kelli Sousa added two each.

Saint Mary's was strong at the net, tallying six blocks to Santa Clara's two. The Broncos posted a .262 hitting percentage in the match, compared to the .138 percentage for the Gaels. SCU tallied 58 total kills to 29 by Saint Mary's.

For the Gaels, Rachel Avilla had another strong night. Following a 12 kill night against San Francisco, Avilla posted 11 kills against Santa Clara and a .303 hitting percentage to lead the Gaels. Saint Mary's was led on the defensive side by Meg Hauser?s 13 digs and Suzanne Sarkees added 10 digs.