Oct. 6, 2007
San Diego, CA - The Gaels lost a close match Saturday afternoon to the No. 14 ranked San Diego Toreros. Saint Mary's lost the first two games of the match (16-30, 23-30), but answered back to win the next two (30-27, 30-19). Although the Gaels remained close throughout the fifth game, they could not put San Diego away, losing 11-15.
Saint Mary's freshman Shannon Lowell recorded 12 kills with a .323 hitting percentage, while also chipping in a game-high 10 block assists. Freshman counterpart MeganYork tallied 19 kills and 16 digs in the match, marking her 11 double-double of the year. Sophomore libero Alita Fisher scooped up a game-high 26 digs for the Gaels. San Diego was led by outside hitter Amy DeGroot, with 26 kills and 13 digs.
The fifth game was a battle from the start, as both teams traded points back and forth. Burton posted the first kill of the game, but San Diego answered back with two Abrahamson kills, giving the Toreros a 3-1 advantage. Junior Taylor Groess would put away her ninth kill of the game to keep Saint Mary's within one. The Gaels would go on a four point run with Fisher at the line, taking their first lead of the fifth game at 6-5. Once again the Toreros would respond with DeGroot and Abrahamson kills. Three consecutive San Diego kills would give them a 9-7 advantage over the Gaels, a lead they would never relinquish. The Toreros would go on to win the game 15-11. Abrahamson tallied five kills in the game for the Toreros, while Lowell posted three for the Gaels.
The Gaels currently post a 10-6 record on the season and are 2-2 in West Coast Conference play, while the Toreros improve to 12-5 on the year and 2-1 in conference.
The Gaels return to action Friday, October 12 at 6:05 in Santa Clara, CA. Saint Mary's will face the Santa Clara Broncos in their fifth WCC match of the year.