Sept. 1, 2006
Lincoln, NE - The Saint Mary's volleyball team fought hard in front of a 73rd consecutive sellout crowd at Nebraska Coliseum in the first match of the Nebraska Invitational Friday night, but ended up falling to the No. 1 Huskers on their home court 3-0.
The Gaels came out strong in the first game in front of a loud and red-wearing 4,030 fans jammed into the old volleyball only arena, but the Huskers showed why they are ranked No. 1 in the AVCA/CSTV Coaches Poll.
Saint Mary's fell in Game 1 30-23, after taking an early 13-11 lead and later an 18-17 lead. The Gaels went on to fall 30-19 and 30-14.
Saint Mary's plays in its second match of the Nebraska Invitational on Saturday, September 2 at 5 p.m. against Long Beach State. The 49ers beat Middle Tennessee State in their first match of the invitational 30-25, 26-30, 30-24, 30-26.
Offensively, junior Missie Stidham led the way nine kills and 14 digs. Christina Kirk had a solid game for Saint Mary's, as she recorded six kills with a .417 hitting percentage. Mandy Bible had 24 assists, four kills and four digs and Lauren Jaeckel added four kills.
To start game two, the Huskers jumped in front 6-3, before Stidham had a kill to stall the quick run. Nebraska went ahead 10-5, before Rob Browning called timeout early in the game. The Huskers increased their lead to 25-16 before the Gaels took their final timeout. The Huskers went on to take the second game 30-19. Christina Kirk had three kills in the game for the Gaels and Stidham had five kills and four digs.
In the opening game, the Gaels took an early lead, going ahead 13-11 midway through, forcing Nebraska to use its first timeout. After the timeout, the Huskers took a 20-18 lead before the Gaels called a timeout and then went on to win 30-23. Saint Mary's was led by Stidham, who had three kills and four digs. Bible and Jaeckel added two kills and Bible had eight assists and two digs. As the team the Gaels had two blocks.