Oct. 4, 2007
San Francisco, CA - Saint Mary's lost their first conference match of the year to the San Francisco Dons, 28-30, 27-30, 23-30. The Gaels were led by middle blockers Megan Burton and Shannon Lowell. Both posted team-highs, 11 kills, while also adding three and four blocks respectively. Sophomore libero Alita Fisher scooped up a match-high 12 digs on the night, while Kapua Kamana'o dished out 40 assists. The Dons were led by freshman Sarah Mandala, posting 14 kills for a .400 hitting percentage.
The Gaels kept defensive pressure on the Dons early in game one, forcing San Francisco into their first timeout at 13-7. Burton posted a kill in the middle to give Saint Mary's a 14-10 advantage, but the Dons would keep the Gaels in reach, recording three consecutive kills to tie the game at 14 apiece. The Gaels eventually found their rhythm, scoring on a Burton block and pushing ahead, 22-19. Once again the Dons would battle back, tying the game at 23-23 on a Mandala kill. York would come up with a well placed tip to give the Gaels a one point lead, but the Dons would answer back, pushing ahead 25-26. Burton hammered home two consecutive kills to give the Gaels a 28-27 lead, forcing the Dons into their second timeout of the game. A USF kill by Hasselberg gave San Francisco a 28-27 advantage, and an error by Saint Mary's left the score at 28-29. Hassleberg would put away another kill for San Francisco, defeating the Gaels 30-28. The Gaels were led by their middle attackers, as Burton and Lowell each tabbed four kills apiece with a .667 hitting percentages. Saint Mary's totaled four blocks in the game to San Francisco's one, as the Dons recorded 23 kills in the game to the Gaels 15.
Game two provided to be another uphill battle for Saint Mary's, as the Gaels would end up losing to the Dons 30-27. The score would remain close throughout the game, as both teams would hold the lead. York tabbed five kills and three digs for the Gaels, as Burton and Lowell each added three apiece. The Don's defense would pick up four blocks and 17 digs in the game, forcing Saint Mary's into eight attack errors.
San Francisco kept the momentum in game three, taking the lead from the start. The Gaels would tie the game at 6-6 and 8-8, but that is as close as they would come. The Dons went on a 10-3 run, giving them an 18-11 advantage over the Gaels. Another run by the Dons would seal the match, as San Francisco defeated the Gaels 23-30 in game three.
The Gaels continue WCC action Saturday at 1:00 PM in San Diego, Ca. Saint Mary's will face the San Diego Toreros at Jenny Craig Pavilion in their fourth conference match of the year.