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Front Row Roofs Anteaters in 3-1 Victory

Sept. 15, 2006

Box Score

Stanford, CA - Saint Mary's looked like the team that was ranked No. 2 in the nation in blocking last season, roofing UC Irvine 19 times in a 3-1 victory Friday night at the Stanford Invitational.

The Gaels' front row of Christina Kirk, Megan Burton, Mandy Bible and Brittany Barker held the Anteaters to a .159 hitting percentage and hit a solid .292 themselves, the Gaels' second best hitting game of the year.

With the win in the first game of the Stanford Invitational, the Gaels improve to 5-4 on the year. Saint Mary's returns to action on Saturday, September 16 when it faces No. 7 Stanford at 5 p.m. at Maples Pavilion.

Offensively the Gaels were led by senior Christina Kirk, who recorded a career-high 19 kills with a .533 hitting percentage. Kirk also added five aces and six blocks. Missie Stidham had 21 kills with a .277 hitting percentage and added eight digs and two blocks.

Mandy Bible set the pace with 51 assists, eight blocks, seven digs, two aces and two kills. Megan Burton had eight kills and six blocks and Brittany Barker had 10 blocks and six kills. Defensively Cassandra Kolkka had 15 kills and one ace.

Saint Mary's took an early 18-10 lead in the fourth game over the Anteaters and never looked back. After dropping the first game, the Gaels went on to win the next three, including the fourth game 30-18.

In the third game, the Gaels went back-and-forth with the Anteaters, until pulling away after hitting the 20-point mark. Saint Mary's went on to win 30-22. Stidham led all players with seven kills in the game and added four digs. Bible had 14 assists and three blocks and Kirk added three kills and two blocks. As a team the Gaels recorded four blocks and held UC Irvine to a .111 hitting percentage.

Saint Mary's jumped out to an early lead once again in the second game, but this time they ran away with a 30-19 victory. Kirk led the Gaels with six kills in the game and was hitting .769 after two games. Bible added 14 assists and three digs, Stidham had four kills and Kolkka added four digs.

In the first game, the Gaels jumped out to an early lead, only to see the Anteaters gain a 20-17 advantage, before going on to a 30-24 win. Stidham led the Gaels with six kills, while Kirk had three kills and Bible dished out nine assists. Kolkka recorded six digs as libero.