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Volleyball Falls in Opening Match of Bankers Classic Championship

Nov. 23, 2007

Box Score

Stockton, CA - Megan York's 19 kills and nine dig performance was not enough for the Gaels, as they were defeated by Cincinnati in three games, 30-26, 30-28, 30-27. Taylor Groess posted 14 kills for Saint Mary's, while recording a .345 hitting percentage. Groess went 14-of-29 on the night, while only committing four errors. Lauren Jaeckel tallied ten kills in the match, finishing with a .450 hitting efficiency.

Saint Mary's posted a .205 hitting percentage as a team to the Bearcats .192, but were not able to control Cincinnati's serving, as the Gaels were aced 11 times in the match.

In the first game Saint Mary's was held to a .128 hitting percentage, as the Gaels only recorded 10 kills to the Bearcats 18. Jaeckel started off strong for Saint Mary's, converting on 4-of-4 swings for a perfect attacking percentage. Nikki Gonzales led both teams in digs, scooping up six in game one. The Bearcats were led by Jessie Nevitt, posting six kills on 13 swings.

Megan York exploded in game two for the Gaels, tallying nine kills and five digs. York was set 22 times in the game, while only recording three errors. Kapua Kamana'o dished out 19 assists in the game, as Saint Mary's posted 20 kills to the Bearcats 13. Once again serve receive haunted the Gaels, as Cincinnati posted five aces in the second game. The Gaels would keep it close throughout the game, but would be defeated by the Bearcats 30-28.

The Gaels would never find their rhythm in game three, finishing with a hitting percentage of .170. York and Groess posted six and seven kills respectively, but no other Gaels proved to be an offensive threat. Saint Mary's lost the third game 30-27, as the Bearcats were led by Nevitt with six kills.

Saint Mary's will finish the regular season tomorrow in the final game of the Bankers Classic Championship, when they face Fresno State on Saturday, November 24 at 5:00 PM.