Sept. 14, 2007
Moraga, Ca - The Gaels returned to action against UC Davis Friday night, defeating the Aggies in three games, 30-26, 30-16, 30-25. Freshman setter Kapua Kamana'o led Saint Mary's throughout the match, recording 46 assists and three crucial aces. The Gaels were led by Megan York and Megan Burton at the attacking positions, posting 17 and eight kills respectively. York performance marked her fifth consecutive double-double and her seventh of the season, tallying 17 kills and 16 digs in the match. Saint Mary's held the Aggies to a .040 hitting percentage, while the Gaels hit for .211 on the match. UC Davis was led by Kayla Varney and Renee Ibekwe with eight kills apiece.
In game one the Gaels took an early, with Fisher serving at the line. Fisher would record two aces in the game, while also adding six digs. Megan Burton proved strong at the net, recording three kills on three swings, for a perfect hitting percentage. At the other middle position, Shannon Lowell tallied three kills and three block assists in the game. The score remained close, but once Saint Mary's reached 20 the Gaels would go on a 10-6 run to defeat the Aggies. Sophomore Lauren Jaeckel would finish off UC Davis with one of her three kills of the game, leading the Gaels to a 30-26 win.
York guided the Gaels to 30-16 win over the Aggies in game two. At the outside position York tallied five kills on 16 swings with no errors, recording a .312 hitting percentage for the game. Joining York was Burton, coming up with four kills and two blocks. Saint Mary's pounced on the Aggies from the start, taking a 14-8 lead, and forcing UC Davis to use their second timeout of the match. Out of the timeout the Gaels grew hotter, forcing the Aggies into multiple hitter errors. Fisher would step up to serve at 20-12, and continue serving for nine straight points, giving the Gaels a 27-13 advantage. Saint Mary's would never look back from there, defeating the Aggies 30-16. The Gaels would post a .257 hitting efficiency under Kamana'o's direction, while holding the Aggies to -.053 in the game.
In the final game of the match the Aggies would put the pressure on the Gaels, taking a quick lead, 3-8, and forcing Saint Mary's to call their first timeout. The Gaels would chip at the score, point-by-point, eventually tying the game at 21 apiece. York would turn up the heat late in the game, recording two important kills to keep the Gaels within reach. A kill by York would put Kamana'o up to serve, and would then go on to serve eight consecutive points to win the game, 30-25. In the run Kamana'o recorded three aces and two assists. Kamana'o recorded 13 assists, three aces, two digs, and one block assists in the game.
The Gaels return to action on Friday September 21 at 7:00 P.M. against Cornell.