Nov. 3, 2007
Moraga, CA - Saint Mary's volleyball would not be beaten on their home court, defeating San Francisco 33-31, 24-30, 30-21, 35-33. Four Gaels would post double digit kills, as sophomore Lauren Jaeckel and freshman Megan York each posted 16 apiece. Jaeckel recorded .438 hitting percentage on the night, while also adding four blocks. York picked up 13 digs in the game, and added three blocks and one ace. The Dons were led by senior Kristin Hassleberg, who posted a match-high 20 kills.
Opposite hitter Lauren Jaeckel could not be stopped in game one, as the lefty posted five kills for a .364 hitting percentage. Freshman Shannon Lowell joined in with five kills as well, while also posting two blocks.
Both teams battled evenly throughout the first game, as the score would be tied 13 times. The Gaels took the lead from the start, but the Dons would continue to pressure Saint Mary's, posting 4.5 blocks in the game. Once the score hit 29 apiece both teams would turn up the intensity, pushing the scores into the 30s. A kill by San Francisco's Addie Webster tied the game at 30 apiece, but the Gaels would respond with a Lowell kill on a slide attack. The Don's answered back with a Webster kill to tie the game at 31-31, but with back-to-back kills by Lowell and Kamana'o the Gaels would take game one, 33-31.
The score was tied 11 times in game two, with both teams battling back and forth. The Dons took an early lead on the Gaels, 4-1, but Saint Mary's would post a York kill and Kamana'o ace to pull within one. From that point on neither team led by more than three points, and once the score reached 20 the Dons surged ahead, going on a 10-4 run to defeat the Gaels 30-24 in the second game. San Francisco recorded 19 kills to the Gaels' 10, while hitting .253 to Saint Mary's .086.
In game three Saint Mary's found their rhythm, recording a .333 team hitting efficiency and scooping up 18 digs. Junior Brittany Barker tagged three kills on three attempts for a perfect attack percentage, while Taylor Groess went 3-of-6 with no errors. The Gaels took an early four point lead over the Dons and never looked back, defeating San Francisco 30-21 in the fourth set.
Saint Mary's maintained the momentum throughout most of game four, taking a seven point lead over the Dons at 25-18. The Dons would sneak back into the game point-by-point, as San Francisco's defense forced the Gaels into six attack errors late in the game. The Dons tied the game at 27 apiece, and both teams would trade points back and forth from that point on. At 29-29 the Gaels would come up with a big block by Lowell and Jaeckel, giving them the advantage, but the Dons would respond with a Mandala kill. Jaeckel posted her 16th kill of the match to give the Gaels back the lead, but once again the Dons would answer with a Webster kill. Eventually Saint Mary's would string together two consecutive points on a York kill and Don error, winning game four 35-33.
The Gaels play their last home match of the season on Friday, November 9 at 7:00 PM against the Santa Clara Broncos.