Sept. 21, 2007
Moraga, CA - The Gaels were led by freshmen setters Kapua Kamana'o and Christy Payne, in the 3-0 sweep over the visiting Cornell Big Red. Kamana'o and Payne guided the Gaels to a .390 hitting efficiency in the match, recording 19 and 16 assists respectively. Freshman Megan York posted a game-high 17 kills in the match, while also adding nine digs and six blocks. At the middle positions freshman Shannon Lowell and sophomore Megan Burton each chipped in six kills.
The Gaels took control early in game one, scoring six straight points to take a 6-0 lead over the Big Red. Groess served for all six points, with York, Burton, and Jaeckel all contributing kills in the run. Saint Mary's would string together another run of points behind the serving of Lowell. Lowell started the run with an ace, and kills by Barker and Groess would give the Gaels a 16-6 advantage. Serving runs would continue to haunt the Big Red throughout the match, as Kamana'o and Groess would go on five point runs late in the game. Saint Mary's would defeat Cornell, 30-11. Jaeckel and Groess each chipped in three kills in the game, while Fisher scooped up eight digs. Kamana'o led the Gaels with 11 assists, guiding Saint Mary's to an impressive .464 hitting efficiency on the game.
Game two began in the same way, as the Gaels took an early lead, 6-1. Although the Big Red limited the Gaels runs, they could not stop York on the outside, tallying six kills and four digs in the game. Lowell also came up big for Saint Mary's, adding five kills on seven swings, for a .714 hitting percentage. Cornell took the lead at 18-19 and continued to pressure the Gaels, with a 24-27 advantage late in the game. But the Gaels would come back and force the Big Red into three attacking errors, scoring six consecutive points to win the game, 30-27. Christy Payne took the reins for the Gaels in game two, tallying nine assists, while also leading Saint Mary's to a .326 hitting percentage.
The Gaels put on a blocking show in game three, tallying five total blocks. York ignited in the game for Saint Mary's, posting seven kills, three digs, and two block assists. York was joined by Groess, who chipped in three kills on five swings with a .600 attack efficiency. A serving run by Groess to start the game boosted the Gaels to a 6-0 advantage, and five consecutive serves by Lowell, left the game at 16-5. The Big Red would call two timeouts early in the game, but the Gaels momentum would not be stopped. Saint Mary's defense continued to frustrate the Cornell attackers, forcing their opponent into a -.061 hitting percentage. The Gaels, on the other hand, recorded a .414 hitting efficiency on the game. Saint Mary's would defeat the Big Red easily, by the score of 30-12.
The Gaels improve to 7-4 on the season and return to action on Saturday, September 22 at 7:00 PM, facing the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners in their twelfth match of the season.