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WCC Volleyball Recaps

Oct. 25, 2007

Saint Mary's - 3
Portland - 1

Portland, OR - The Gael's serving proved to be to much for the Pilots, as Saint Mary's recorded 16 aces on the night, while defeating Portland 26-30, 30-17, 30-23, 30-20. Junior Nikki Gonzales recorded a career and team-high seven aces on the night, while sophomore Alita Fisher chipped in a career-high five aces and 27 digs. Megan York recorded another double-double on the year, tallying a match-high 19 kills and 18 digs. Taylor Groess had another impressive night for the Gaels, totaling 16 kills on 31 swings for a .452 hitting percentage. The Pilots were led by Ashley Grayson with 15 kills and .481 hitting efficiency.

Portland took hold of game one early, scoring four straight to take a 6-3 lead over the Gaels. Freshman libero Danielle Dupar tallied one ace in the run, while her Pilot counterparts added two kills. Alita Fisher would step up to the line with Gaels down 8-11, and would serve five straight points to give Saint Mary's the lead at 14-11. Portland would recapture the lead, scoring five consecutive points to give them a two point lead at 16-14. From that point on both teams would exchange points back and forth, until the Pilots forced the Gaels into their first timeout at 18-21. Portland continued to keep the pressure on the Gaels, forcing Saint Mary's into four errors, and taking a 25-20 advantage. Although the Gaels would make a late surge in the game, they would fall to the Pilots 26-30 in game one.

Freshman Megan York was the only Gael that was able to execute offensively in the game for the Gaels, recording five kills with .444 hitting efficiency. The Pilots recorded 16 kills to the Gaels 10, while recording a .269 hitting percentage to Saint Mary's .081 mark.

The Gaels turned things around in game two, taking a 6-1 lead over the Pilots. Saint Mary's tallied two aces in the first six points, with York and Groess each adding one apiece. The Gaels would continue on their hot-streak, going on a seven point run to win game two, 30-17. Junior Taylor Groess exploded in the game for the Gaels, recording seven kills.

Junior Nikki Gonzaels chipped in two aces to begin game three for the Gaels, as Saint Mary's would go on to defeat the Pilots 30-23. Saint Mary's surged to a 7-1 lead to start the game, forcing Portland into a quick timeout. Freshman Shannon Lowell found her rhythm in the game, chipping in three kills in the first seven points. Saint Mary's would keep the momentum throughout the rest of the set, defeating Portland in game two, 30-23.

In the fourth game it was Gaels all the way, as Saint Mary's recorded a 30-18 defeat over the Pilots. Saint Mary's took control from the start, as Fisher added two aces and York recorded two kills at the beginning of game four. Nikki Gonzales continued to terrorize Portland behind the service line, tallying two of her seven aces in a five point serving run, giving the Gaels a 20-10 lead over the Pilots. The Gaels did not let down the rest of the way, winning game four decisively, 30-18.

The Gaels improve to 4-4 in West Coast Conference play and 12-8 overall. Saint Mary's continues play on the road as they travel to Spokanne, WA to face the Gonzaga Bulldogs on Saturday, October 27 at 5:00 PM.

Santa Clara - 3
Gonzaga - 0

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Reigning West Coast Conference Player of the Week Krista Kelley's match-high 26 kills led the Santa Clara volleyball team to a 3-0 (32-30, 30-23, 30-26) sweep of Gonzaga Thursday night. With the win, the Broncos improved to 15-9 overall and 7-1 in league play, while the Bulldogs are now 15-9 on the season and 3-5 in WCC action.

Junior Brittany Lowe compiled a team-best .421 hitting percentage (21-5-38) and posted two total blocks. Leading the Broncos in blocks were Lauryn Dowd and Nichole Clark. Each player registered three. Senior setter Crystal Matich dished out 53 assists and a match-high three aces. Meanwhile, Caroline Walters collected a match-best 11 digs.

The Broncos and Bulldogs started the match battling point-for-point in the first game. Four straight kills from Kelley gave the Broncos the first lead of the match, 9-5. Santa Clara then climbed to a six-point advantage, 12-6, on a service ace by Matich. Yet, Gonzaga rallied back to knot the score, 19-19. The two teams went head-to-head once again before Santa Clara gained another four-point edge, 26-22 on points from Kelley, Matich and Clark. The Broncos reached game-point on a kill from Kelley, but were held off by the Bulldogs for another seven plays. Gonzaga tied the score, 29-29 on a service ace from Allyson Powell. But the Broncos reached its second game point on block assist from Lowe and Clark and a kill from Kelley ended the first game, 32-30.

SCU earned a 3-0 lead in the second game on points from Matich, Dowd, Kelley and Lindsy Evans. Yet, Gonzaga quickly responded to tie the score, 4-4, on a block by Elaina Renius. The team's fought point-for-point until two straight kills from Kelley put the Broncos up by three, 11-8. The Zags continued their fight and tied the score, 12-12, on a kill from Michelle Boevers. The Broncos finally broke free and took a 20-16 lead on a kill from Matich and then jumped on a 5-0 run to push the score to 27-17. A kill from Evans gave Santa Clara a 30-23 victory and sent the Broncos into the break leading 2-0 in games.

The Bulldogs came out swinging the beginning of the third game and took a 3-1 lead on points from Boevers. A kill from Lowe tied the game, 3-3, and Gonzaga attacking errors gave Santa Clara a 6-3 edge. Gonzaga tied the score again, 8-8, and then took a one-point lead on an ace from Becky Jones. However, SCU tied the score, 9-9 and then jumped to a 11-9 lead on points from Dowd and Matich. The Broncos held control of the scoreboard for the remainder of the game, although the Bulldogs fought hard to knot the score. A kill from Matich brought the match to a close with a 30-26 game three triumph.

The Broncos return to action on Saturday, Oct. 27 against the Pilots of Portland. First serve is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Portland, Ore.