No. 12 BYU women’s volleyball team wins match against Santa Clara

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The BYU women’s volleyball team came out on top against the Santa Clara Broncos and won in a suspenseful 3-1 match.

The ROC roared with every passing rally towards the end of the game. Redemption never felt so good.

The Cougars played the Broncos earlier this season and lost 1-3. They were determined in making this game different and were successful in doing so.

Alexa Gray prepares for opponent's serve. Gray was vital to tonight's game against Santa Clara. (Natalie Blothwell)
Alexa Gray prepares for opponent’s serve. Gray was vital to tonight’s game against Santa Clara. (Natalie Blothwell)

“Wow, that was a good volleyball match,” head coach Heather Olmstead said. “Santa Clara is a great team. They’re well coached. I thought they played well, we just executed a little bit better at times. I’m really proud of the team.”

Much of the team’s success can be attributed to the contributions made by outside hitter Alexa Gray. She led the team with 31 kills and 56 attacks. Gray became the all-time leader in rally-scoring kills and was given the game ball. Gray was a force to be reckoned with.

“I was just trying to get better and help my team out,” Gray said. “I wasn’t thinking about the numbers, just trying to help the team win.”

The game was close throughout each set in the entire match. The Broncos made 144 total attacks and 54 kills, whereas the Cougars made 137 total attacks and 63 kills. SCU also made one more block than BYU, which is surprising as BYU normally dominates at the net in blocking.

SCU did not go down without a fight.

The Cougars will play at home again on Saturday, Nov. 21 against San Francisco at 12 p.m.

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