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WCC Volleyball Recaps

Sept. 6, 2007

Stanford - 3
Saint Mary's - 0

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.

Wichita State - 3
Santa Clara - 0

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The No. 19 Santa Clara volleyball team lost a intense, hard-fought battle, 3-0 (30-26, 30-23, 30-19), to Wichita State Thursday night in the first match of the 2007 Waikiki Beach Marriott Volleyball Challenge. With the loss, the Broncos dropped to 5-2 on the season, while the Shockers improved to 5-2 overall.

Lindsy Evans once again produced a team-best 11 kills, while Brittany Lowe and Nina Sevastopoulos chipped in with nine kills each. Crystal Matich dished out 31 assists; just three assists shy of tying the match-high, and freshman Alex Scoffone recorded a team-high four total blocks. Meanwhile, senior libero Caroline Walters posted a season and match-high 19 digs.

Lowe opened game one for the Broncos, 1-0, and a quick run on points from Evans and Nichole Clark gave Santa Clara a 5-2 lead. However, the Shockers answered back with a 5-1 rally of their own to take control of the scoreboard, 7-6. The Broncos responded fast as Evans slammed the ball down off a quick set from Matich to tie the score, 7-7. Santa Clara and Wichita State then battled point-for-point throughout the middle of the first game. A WSU kill from Stephanie Tokarz knotted the score once again, 17-17, and another Shockers attack gave the team a two-point lead, 20-18. SCU continued to keep the score close, but a kill from Tokarz ended game one in WSU favor, 30-26.

Both the Broncos and Shockers found it hard to gain the advantage in the beginning of the second game, as the teams went head-to-head until Wichita State grabbed a three-point advantage on kills from Emily Stockman and Katie Niggemeyer, 8-5. WSU jumped to a 12-9 lead, but back-to-back kills from Nina Sevastopoulos and a block from Lauryn Down and Sevastopoulos brought the Broncos within one, 12-11, and forced the Shockers to take a timeout. After the short break, the Broncos tied the score with a kill from Kim Courtney, 12-12. The teams continued to tie the score four more times before WSU earned the one-point advantage, 17-16. However, the Broncos were not ready to give up quite yet, as Lowe got on top of the ball to knot the score, 18-18. Yet, solid serving from Stockman gave the Shockers a four-point gap in the score, 24-20. Wichita State won the second game, 30-23.

Game three began in a similar fashion as both teams went point-for-point, but two consecutive kills from Lowe gave Santa Clara an early lead, 6-4. Wichita State fought quickly to gain control. The Shockers tied the score for the last time, 10-10, before creating an 11-0 run behind Stockman serving to bring the score to 20-10. Clark halted the Shockers run, 20-11, and the Broncos followed suit producing an 8-3 last effort run on points from Dowd, Sevastopoulos, Scoffone and Lowe, 26-19. However, that as close as the Broncos would come as the Shockers ended game three, 30-19, to win the match.

Sara Lungren posted a match-high 14 kills for Wichita State, while Stockman chipped in with a double-double on 12 kills and 18 digs. She also registered a match-high five service aces.

The Broncos return to action on Friday, Sept. 7 for their second match of the 2007 Waikiki Beach Marriott Volleyball Challenge. Santa Clara will face Eastern Washington University at 8 p.m. PT.