Saint Mary's set the tone in the first game, letting Cal know that the Gaels would not be backing down. Game two began with an upset California team going on a scoring tear. Cal outscored Saint Mary's 20-8 through the game's first 18 points. The determination and poise of the Gaels' players was evident in the third game as they absolutely refused to lose. The two teams battled back and forth, with the lead changing hands eight times throughout the game. The Bears clawed their way back into the match in game four and took possession of a 29-28 lead. The game ended on a kill by Cal's Camille Leffall. Saint Mary's left it all on the floor in game five, taking the game down to the wire once again. The game involved a number of huge momentum swings. It looked as if Cal was going to run-away with the match after they took a 10-7 lead on a Gael service error, but the Gaels refused to go quietly. Saint Mary's fought its way back into the game taking a one-point lead at 12-11. Cal then forced a Gael time out, taking a one-point 13-12 lead. After the time out, Lindsey Bogason tied the game with her 16th and final kill of the night. In the end, Cal took the final game by two points.
Leading the way for the Gaels were Brook Lowry and Rachel Avilla. Lowry set a new career-high of 65 assists in the match and also added 17 digs. Avilla posted an astounding 27 kills, while also posting 17 digs in the match. Lindsey Bogason and Jill Parmele posted 16 kills a piece in the match, with Bogason adding 12 digs. Stacey O'Connor, who is currently the nation's fourth best blocker, finished the match with 10 kills and nine blocks. Kaui Salzman had a match-high 20 digs.
Eastern Washington 3, Gonzaga 0
The No. 17-ranked Eastern Washington Eagles (21-1) rebounded from their first loss of the season on Tuesday night with a 3-0 victory over the visiting Gonzaga Bulldogs (4-16). EWU won 30-24, 30-27 and 30-18.
Janelle Ruen led the Eagles with 11 kills as EWU combined for a .310 attack percentage and 51 kills during their 12th straight win over the Bulldogs. Andrea Verdolujak chipped in 11 digs to lead EWU's defensive effort.
Jamie VanMeetren and Christina Davis each hammered home double-digit kills to keep the Bulldogs in contention in the first two games. VanMeetren finished with a .290 attack percentage and 12 kills while Davis had 11 kills. Heather Signor turned in the Zags top defensive effort with 10 digs.
Gonzaga returns to action on Saturday night when the Bulldogs host Portland in West Coast Conference action. Start time is 7 p.m. at Martin Centre.