Sept. 6, 2007
Palo Alto, Ca - The Gaels would fall for the first time this season to No. 2 Stanford, 30-21, 30-28, 30-23. Saint Mary's was led by freshman Megan York with 14 kills and five digs. Sophomore Lauren Jaeckel offered the Gaels a spark at the opposite position, posting seven kills, with a .263 hitting percentage. Stanford was led by freshman outside hitter Alix Klineman, recording 18 kills on 37 attempts.
The Gaels began the match strong, taking a 4-2 lead over the Cardinal. Stanford would come back with two Barboza and Klineman kills, tying the game at 7-7. A Groess kill would bring the Gaels back in reach, tying the game at ten apiece. The Gaels would continue to push the Cardinal, keeping the game close at 13-14, Stanford. A service error by Stanford and two consecutive overpasses by Shannon Lowell would give Saint Mary's back the lead, at 16-15. The Gaels traded points back and forth with the Cardinal, tying the game at 18-18. Stanford turned up the pressure late in the game, scoring six straight points to give the Cardinal a 25-19 lead. Saint Mary's would never regain the momentum, losing game one 30-21. Stanford was led by Freshman Alix Klineman with seven kills. Groess and York tallied four kills apiece in the game.
The battle would continue in game two with both teams exchanging points back and forth. The Cardinal would take an early lead, but two consecutive blocks by Lowell would tie the game at 5-5. Lowell would continue her hot streak, exploding for a kill to give the Gaels eight and two consecutive aces for ten. The Gaels would take a 12-8 lead on two Stanford errors, the largest lead in the game. Stanford pushed back to score five consecutive points, with Barboza at the serving position. A Groess kill would break the streak, tying the game at 13. Burton would provide a big kill for Saint Mary's, putting the Gaels within one, 16-15. The Gaels would continue to trade points with the Cardinal, tying the game at 19-19, 22-22, 26-26, and 27-27. The Cardinal would take the lead and the game, defeating the Gaels 30-28. Lowell would provide the greatest boost for the Gaels, contributing three kills with a .222 hitting percentage, while also adding three blocks and three service aces.
Saint Mary's would jump out on top in game three, taking a 2-1 and 5-4 advantage over the Cardinal. Stanford would surge back to take the lead, but a Burton block would tie the game at 9-9. Burton would come up big the Gaels again, using a one-handed stuff block to tie the game at 12 apiece. Saint Mary's would remain close, but it would not be enough to overtake the Cardinal. Stanford would win the third set, 30-23. York would lead the way for the Gaels, tallying six kills on fourteen swings.
Saint Mary's returns to action against the BYU Cougars on September 7 at 4:30 P.M. in the Stanford Invitational.