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Volleyball Drops Anvil on Roadrunners

Sept. 22, 2007

Moraga, CA- The women's volleyball team prevailed in a five game thriller against CSU Bakersfield, 30-17, 30-22, 30-32, 25-30, 15-13. Saint Mary's was led by Freshman Megan York, tying her career-high, with 26 kills on the night. Junior Taylor Groess joined York in the 20's, recording 21 kills in the match. The Roadrunners were led by Sarah Norman, posting a game high 32 kills on 75 swings.

The Gaels dominated the Roadrunners throughout game one, taking a 5-0 advantage behind Christy Payne's serving. Saint Mary's would limit the Roadrunners to a .034 hitting percentage, while the Gaels would post a. 379 mark in the game. Groess led the way for the Gaels, tallying four kills on five swings for an impressive .800 hitting efficiency. Saint Mary's would never lose the lead in the game, defeating CSU Bakersfield 30-17.

Lauren Jaeckel, Megan Burton, and Shannon Lowell ignited in game two for Saint Mary's, with Jaeckel posting a perfect hitting percentage, killing six of six attemps. Burton chipped in four kills on five swings, while Lowell added four kills and two blocks in the game. Game two proved to be a battle from the start, with no team leading by more than three. The Gaels would find their rhythm with Nikki Gonzalez at the line, taking an 18-16 lead over the Roadrunners. Alita Fisher would serve for five consecutive points, guiding the Gaels to a five point lead, 25-20. From that point on it would be Saint Mary's all the way, defeating CSU Bakersfield 30-22 in the game.

The Gaels momentum would be disrupted in game three, as the Roadrunners continued to pressure Saint Mary's. Norman caught fire for CSU Bakersfield, recording nine kills in game three alone. York posted seven kills in the game, but her efforts would not be enough, losing 30-32.

CSU Bakersfield did not let up in game four, taking a quick lead over the Gaels at 3-2. The Roadrunners momentum was stopped by a Kamana'o serving run, as the Gaels would take a 7-5 lead. Both teams rallied back and forth, until CSU Bakersfield found their rhythm at 19-19. A Curtis kill gave the Roadrunners back the lead, as they would go on to win game four, 25-30. York and Burton tallied six and three kills respectively.

Both teams were not ready to give up in game five, recording eight ties and six lead changes. The Roadrunners would reach eight first, but the Gaels would find their momentum late in the game. A York kill and Payne ace forced CSU Bakersfield into their first timeout of the game, at 10-8. Saint Mary's remained composed, coming out of the timeout, to extend their lead to 13-11. The Gaels defense forced the Roadrunners into an attacking error, and a CSU Bakersfield service error would seal the game for the Gaels, winning game five 15-13.

Saint Mary's begins WCC play on Thursday, September 27 at 7:00 PM against the Gonzaga Bulldogs.