EUGENE, Ore. - Playing in the school's 15th NCAA tournament, Santa Clara lost 3-0 at No. 13 Oregon Thursday night. Set scores were 15-25, 17-25 and 16-25. Santa Clara finishes the year at 22-10. Oregon is 22-9 and advances to the second round to play LSU.
"Oregon is a much different team in this building. They passed really well and served well, too," said Bronco head coach Jon Wallace. "We are really young. Our seniors are great, but we are a really young team. I think our future is really bright and playing this match tonight will help us for years to come."
"We are really proud of our season this year. We were picked ninth in our league and we finished third. I am really excited to have my senior year with this group of girls. I am really proud of everything we did," said junior Danielle Rottman. "Playing on the road, in an arena like this, will help us be more prepared and ready for next year."
"Our side of the net, we had prepared really well. We had good practices and came on the court focused. We were up against a really good team tonight," said senior Taylor Milton. "Tonight was not our best night out. We have a really good offense that might not have shown against Oregon, but we know we do."
Santa Clara hit .057 with 34 kills (28 e, 105 att.). The Broncos collected 34 assists, no aces, two service errors, 38 digs and 2.0 team blocks.
Kaity Edwards led the Broncos, hitting .800 with eight kills (0 e, 10 att.). Sabrina Clayton had eight kills, Nikki Hess added seven and Milton scored six. Kirsten Mead had 31 assists. Milton added 11 digs and Hess had 10.
Oregon hit .367 with 41 kills (8 e, 90 att.). The Ducks collected 37 assists, three aces, four service errors, 38 digs and 15.0 team blocks.
Martenne Bettendorf had 12 kills with 10 block assists, hitting .478. Frankie Shebby had seven kills, hitting .312. Maggie Scott had 20 assists and Shellsy Ashen added 13. Amanda Benson had 13 digs. Serena Warner had two block solos and 11 blocks assists.
Notes: This is Santa Clara's 15th NCAA tournament, including its 12th under head coach Jon Wallace ... Santa Clara is 4-9-1 vs. Oregon all-time.