Nov. 24, 2007
Stockton, CA - Saint Mary's volleyball finished the 2007 regular season on a good note, defeating Fresno State in three games, 30-22, 30-22, 30-27. Junior Taylor Groess' attacking ignited in the match, as she posted 20 kills on 38 swings for a .395 hitting percentage. The Encinitas native tabbed 10 more kills than any other Gael member, while also chipping in three digs.
Sophomore Lauren Jaeckel had an outstanding match for the Gaels at the opposite position, tallying nine kills with no errors for .500 hitting percentage. Junior Nikki Gonzales played another solid match for the Saint Mary's at the libero position. Gonzales picked up a match-high 33 digs, while Megan York added 13, and Kapua Kamana'o chipped in 13. As a team the Gaels out-dug the Bulldogs 75-54, while also posting 61 kills to Fresno State's 34.
Kamana'o orchestrated the Gael's offense from the setting position, dishing out 50 assists in the match, while leading Saint Mary's to .303 team hitting efficiency. Gael defense frustrated the Bulldog's throughout the match, as they were kept to a .142 hitting percentage.
The Gaels wrapped up the 2007 regular season by improving their overall record to 15-13, while Fresno State dropped to 5-26 on the season.