Sept. 2, 2007
Fresno, Ca - Saint Mary's defeated the Bulldogs in three straight games, 30-23, 30-21, 30-22. The Gaels were once gain led by Megan York and Megan Burton, with 20 and 13 kills respectively. Burton hit for an impressive .550 hitting percentage, and added four block assists in the match. York was one dig shy of recording her fourth double-double of the season, tallying nine digs and two blocks. Freshmen setters Kapua Kamana'o and Christy Payne dished out 26 and 20 assists respectively, guiding their team to a .256 hitting percentage.
The Gaels would open up game one with a 6-0 serving run by Kelly Huston. York and Burton led Saint Mary's with five kills apiece, hitting .263 and .833 for the game. Barker added two kills on two swings for a perfect hitting percentage, while also contributing two assisted blocks. The Bulldogs would pull to within five, but the Gaels would not let up, winning the game 30-23. Saint Mary's recorded 25 digs and 19 kills in the game.
In game two the Gaels had their way with the Bulldogs, tagging a .264 hitting percentage. Once again Saint Mary's started off strong, taking a 5-0 lead, including consecutive kills by York and Lowell. The Gaels would record two more five point runs in the game, receiving back-to-back kills from Groess and York. York took control of the game, recording nine kills and four digs, guiding the Gaels to the 30-21 victory.
Saint Mary's continued to play consistently in game three, holding the Bulldogs to .131 hitting percentage. Sophomore libero, Alita Fisher, tallied 13 digs in game three alone helping the Gaels to a 30-22 win over the Bulldogs. Fisher tagged a game-high 39 digs in the match, leading to a remarkable 13 dig average per game.
Saint Mary's returns to action next week as they travel to Palo Alto, Ca. The Gaels will play in the Stanford Invitational for the third consecutive year, facing host Stanford on September 6, BYU on September 7, and Cal Poly on September 8.