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Volleyball Falls to Bulldogs on the Road

Oct. 27, 2007

Spokanne, WA - The Saint Mary's women's volleyball team fell to the Gonzaga Bulldog's Saturday night in four games, 23-30, 30-25, 27-30, 14-30. The Gaels were held to a .209 hitting efficiency, while Gonzaga posted an impressive .316 attack percentage as a team. Megan York posted match-high 18 kills, while also chipping in 12 digs and two aces. Opposite Lauren Jaeckel chipped in 12 kills for the Gaels, while posting a .296 attack percentage. Sophomore Alita Fisher tabbed a match-high 22 digs. Elaina Renius proved to be the Gael's nemesis in the match, tabbing 13 kills on 26 swings with no errors for a .500 attack efficiency.

In game one the Gaels were unable to control the Bulldogs, as Gonzaga would defeat Saint Mary's 30-23 in the first set. Burton, Groess, Jaeckel, and York each posted three kills in the game.

Saint Mary's came alive in game two, surging behind freshman Kapua Kamana'o's serving run. The freshman setter served four straight, tying the game at 12 apiece. The Gaels would eventually gain the lead on a York service run, and continue to control the flow of the game from there. With the game tied at 20-20 Saint Mary's went on a 10-5 run to defeat the Bulldogs 30-25 in the match. Groess added three kills in the 10-5 point swing, while also adding one block.

The third set was a battle from the start, as neither team would gain more than a few points over the other. Saint Mary's took the advantage to start, but the Bulldogs would find their rhythm late in the game, defeating the Gaels 30-27.

Lauren Jaeckel began game four with a quick kill at the opposite position, but the Bulldogs would answer back with three straight points to give them a 3-1 lead over Saint Mary's. A Bulldog service error would give the Gaels the ball back, but Gonzaga's hitters would explode for five straight kills to take a commanding 8-2 lead. Head coach Rob Browning would take his first timeout of the game to calm down his Gaels, but once again the Gonzaga attackers would answer with a kill. Saint Mary's would be unable to close the gap, falling to the Bulldogs 14-30.

The Gaels return home to face San Diego and San Francisco next week. Saint Mary's will face the San Diego Toreros at 7:00 PM on Thursday, November 1 and the San Francisco Dons on Saturday November 3 at 7:00 PM.