Nov. 1, 2007
Moraga, CA - The Saint Mary's women's volleyball team was beat on their home court Thursday night, as the San Diego Toreros over powered the Gaels, 30-20, 30-22, 30-26. Freshman middle blocker Shannon Lowell recorded a team-high 13 kills, while posting a .321 hitting percentage. The Toreros were led by Amy DeGroot with 15 kills and 10 digs.
Lowell chipped in six of her 13 kills in game one, posting a .400 hitting percentage. Unfortunately for the Gaels no other player could execute, as the team posted a .073 hitting percentage. San Diego's Laurel Abrahamson tabbed four kills with no errors in the game, helping the Toreros to a team .324 hitting efficiency. San Diego would defeat the Gaels 30-20 in game one.
In game two the Gaels kept the scores close up until 19-19 when the Toreros went on an 11-3 run to defeat Saint Mary's 30-22 in game two. San Diego's libero, Andrea Csaszi served for six straight points, giving the Toreros a 25-19 advantage. Junior Taylor Groess picked up four kills for the Gaels at the middle position, while Lowell added two kills and two blocks in the game.
Saint Mary's seemed to find a rhythm in game three, taking a 10-8 lead from the start. The Toreros would charge back to tie the game at 10 apiece on a Torero kill. Three consecutive San Diego blocks pushed the score to 16-13, forcing the Gaels into their first timeout of the game. Lauren Jaeckel provided a boost for the Gaels at the opposite position, tabbing five kills on six swings in the game, but the Toreros would continue to prove why they are ranked #15 in the country, as Amy DeGroot posted seven kills in the game. The Gaels would tie the game at 26 apiece, but the Toreros scored four consecutive points to win the game 30-26.
Saint Mary's returns to action against San Francisco on Saturday, November 3 at 7:00 PM.