Aug. 24, 2007
Tucson, AZ - In the second match of the Four Points University Plaza Classic the Gaels started right where they left off, defeating Utah State three games to none, 30-15, 30-26, 30-26. For the second straight match freshman Megan York tallied the match high in kills, while also recording her first double-double, leading the Gaels with 14 kills, 18 digs, and five block assists. Megan Burton continued her stellar performance in the second match of the tournament with a match high .421 hitting percentage. Burton chipped in nine kills and eight blocks.
Sophomore middle blocker Megan Burton led the way in game one, tallying six kills on eight attacks, with a .750 hitting percentage. Freshman outside hitter Megan York also started strong, adding five kills on eight attacks, with a .625 hitting percentage. The Gaels battled back and forth with the Aggies to begin game one, but two consecutive kills by Shannon Lowell gave the Gaels the advantage. Freshman setter Kapua Kamana'o guided the offense to a team hitting percentage of .361, adding 13 assists. Saint Mary's defense held the Aggies to a team hitting percentage of -.050. The Gaels continued to rally off consecutive points throughout the game, eventually defeating Utah State 30-15.
In the second game the Gaels took a demanding lead behind Taylor Groess and Megan York's attacking. Junior Brittany Barker displayed her blocking skills, tallying five assisted blocks in game two alone. Saint Mary's defense continued to put pressure on the Aggies, keeping their opponent's hitting percentage to -.071. The Gaels would take a 22-10 advantage over Utah State. The Aggies continued to pressure the Gaels, eventually tying the game and taking the lead. After exchanging points back and forth Saint Mary's regained the lead after a Kamana'o ace. The Gaels would win the next three points defeating the Aggies 30-27.
The battle would continue in game three as the Gaels continued their defensive pressure through digging and blocking. As a team Saint Mary's notched nine blocks in game three, while also tallying 16 digs. The Gaels would eventually win the game on a Groess kill down the line, capturing the game 30-26.
Saint Mary's will continue action on Saturday 25 at 7:00 P.M. vs. the host of the tournament, Arizona.