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Volleyball Concludes with Season Banquet

Feb. 16, 2007

Moraga, CA - The Saint Mary's Volleyball team concluded its 2006 season with its end-of-year awards banquet last Sunday. The banquet, which took place at the Lafayette Park Hotel, honored a team whose season high came in a dramatic 3-2 victory over WCC foe Santa Clara, who was ranked ninth in the nation at the time.

Aside from honoring the team as a whole, the banquet made special note of honoring the team's graduating class; Mandy Bible, Lauren Holland, Christina Kirk and Cassandra Kollka. As a class, it can be argued that these players had the most successful career in the history of Saint Mary's College Athletics. In their four years at the College, Kirk, Holland, Bible and Kolkka notched three NCAA tournament appearances, advancing all the way to the Sweet Sixteen in 2004. They also tallied some impressive individual stats. To view a Photo Gallery from the banquet, click here.

Mandy Bible (Setter - Santa Barbara, CA) Mandy became SMC's all-time assists leader, notching 5,362 in her career and also holds the school record for assists per game in a single season (12.98) and in a career (12.47) and is second in career block assists (400). The setter was a three time West Coast Conference First Team Selection and a two time National Player of the Week during here years at SMC.

Lauren Holland (Outside Hitter - Manhattan Beach, CA) Holland's consistent play, unselfish attitude, and tireless work ethic helped pace the Gaels over the last four seasons. Holland had a career high 13 kills, when it mattered, in a grueling five game match against national power Long Beach State. Holland finished her career with 178 digs and 88 kills in 288 games.

Christina Kirk (Middle Blocker - San Jose, CA) Kirk is a two time West Coast Conference First Team Selection and was ranked second in the nation in blocking (1.84 per game) in her junior season. Kirk is third on the College's all-time block assists chart (358) and owns the single season blocking records, ranking first in block assists (167), total blocks (180) and blocks per game (1.85), all coming in her junior campaign.

Cassandra Kolkka (Outside Hitter - Clovis, CA) Kolkka is a two time West Coast Conference Honorable Mention selection and is often recognized for her crafty hitting abilities. Kolkka's name is scattered throughout the Saint Mary's record books. In a single season, Kolkka ranks first in service aces (43) and second in service aces per game (0.43). In her career, the outside hitter ranks first in digs (1298) and second aces (108).