Sept. 1, 2007
Bakersfield, Ca - The Gaels played in their second five game match of the season, defeating the Roadrunners 30-24, 30-22, 23-30, 22-30, and 15-13. Sophomore middle blocker Megan Burton guided the Gales in the five game win, hitting 13-of-24, posting an impressive .458 hitting percentage.
The Gaels started the first game with two hitting errors, but quickly found their rhythm with a six point serving run by Alita Fisher. Fisher compiled two aces in the run, forcing the Roadrunners to take their first timeout. CSU Bakersfield would take another quick timeout at 13-6, after a run of kills by the Gaels. Burton would tally back-to-back blocks, giving Saint Mary's a 16-7 lead that Bakersfield would never relinquish. The Gaels would go on to win game one, 30-24, on a Barker-Burton stuff block. Burton would end the game tallying three kills on six swings, while also adding four block assists. Junior Brittany Barker would give the Gaels a boost at the opposite position, recording three big blocks.
Game two began with a quick lead by CSU Bakersfield, but the Gaels would not let it effect them. Saint Mary's captured the lead at 21-20, and kept the pressure on the Roadrunners throughout the remainder of the game. Freshman setter Kapua Kamana'o led the Gaels to a .560 hitting percentage in game two, while also tallying 13 assists. York was the greatest kill contributor in game two, recording eight kills on 11 swings with no errors. The Gaels would on to win game two, 30-22.
A Roadrunner ace to start game three would prove to be a foreshadowing of what was to come. CSU Bakersfield would lead throughout game three, led by outside hitter Sarah Norman with eight kills. The Gaels would not find a rhythm due to consistent serving pressure by the Roadrunners. Saint Mary's would make a late push, but it would come too late, losing the game 23-30.
In game four the barn-burner continued with no lead stretching greater than two points.Bakersfield's defense continued to frustrate the Gaels, recording five stuff blocks and forcing 11 errors. Once again the Roadrunners were led by Sarah Norman, with five kills. Shannon Lowell exploded in the middle for the Gaels, tallying four crucial kills to keep Saint Mary's in the game, however the Gaels could not maintain the momentum, falling to the Roadrunners 22-30.
The battle did not cease in game five, as both teams continued to exchange points. A pancake dig by York would lead to a Groess kill to tie the game at five apiece. The Gaels would extend their lead to 9-7 with a kill by both Burton and Groess. A well placed tip by Burton gave the Gaels an 11-9 advantage, but the Roadrunners would answer back with a Norman kill. CSU Bakersfield would keep it close up to the end, but Saint Mary's would prove to be too much for the Roadrunners, winning game five 15-13.
The Gaels continue their road trip in Fresno, Ca where they will face Fresno State on September 1 at 2:00 P.M.