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Saint Mary's Downs San Diego State In Gutsy Effort

Sept. 7, 2009

Moraga, CA - The Saint Mary's women's volleyball team continued its winning ways Monday afternoon at McKeon Pavilion. The Gaels improved to 4-1 on the season, after defeating San Diego State (4-3) in four sets (27-25, 25-27, 25-16 and 25-22). With the win the Gaels remain perfect at home this season.

Saint Mary's got a strong performance from sophomore outside hitter Chanteal Satele. Satele notched a season-high 15 kills, on 30 attempts for an impressive .433 hitting percentage. As a team the Gaels recorded 63 kills on 153 attempts for a .294 hitting percentage and got another strong showing at the net, notching nine blocks on the match.

"We survived the match today, more than we won it," said head coach Rob Browning. "San Diego State is good - even better than we thought based on the video we watched of them. I was proud of the team for finding a way to get it done. Sometimes that's the real test - getting it done even when you aren't playing your best."

Up the middle the Gaels got another strong performance from middle blockers Megan Burton and Shannon Lowell. The two tallied eight kills apiece, and recorded four blocks between the two of them.

Freshman Lauren Corp tied Satele with a team-high 15 kills. Corp finished the day with 15 kills on 41 attempts for a .244 hitting percentage. She also tallied nine digs, one and half blocks and one ace. Megan York saw her consecutive double-double streak end at four games, but still put in a solid effort recording eight kills on 24 attempts for a .250 hitting percentage, she also tallied 11 digs with 1.5 blocks and an ace.

Kapua Kamana'o had another strong performance setting the table for the attackers, notching 48 assists, with five digs and one kill. Alita Fisher notched a team-high 21 digs, with three assists, one ace. Missy White recorded nine saves and two digs on the day as well.

Saint Mary's took the first set behind the strength of Satele, who notched four of her 15 kills. The two sides traded points before SDSU's Lauren Van Orden's service error put the Gaels up one, 10-9. An attack error by Burton tied the set up at 24 apiece. From there the Gaels took over, as York notched a kill to go up one and a block from Lauren Jaeckel and Shannon Lowell sealed the set 27-25.

In the second set Saint Mary's started out in control going up early 10-4. However SMC could not keep the momentum going in their favor and the Aztecs brought the set within two, 16-14 following back-to-back kills from Lauren Salisbury. SDSU took the second set by a final score of 27-25 following a kill by Hanna Evans.

The Gaels took the third set by a comfortable margin, 25-16. Corp and Satele combined for nine kills on the set with York, Lowell and Burton adding another six. After falling behind 0-2 on a service error and an ace Saint Mary's and San Diego State traded barbs, with the game tied at 11 following a kill from Jaeckel. SMC ran off five consecutive points, to increase their lead 22-15 following another kill by Jaeckel. An attack error by SDSU's Kyley Sexton sealed the set.

In the fourth set the two sides once again battled, with the Gaels ultimately coming out on top by a final score of 25-22. Saint Mary's got four kills from Corp on the set, and three kills from Satele. The Gaels jumped out to the early 3-0 lead following an ace from Fisher. A kill from Salisbury tied the set at 10 apiece. The Aztecs would tie the set up one more time at 16 following a kill by Evans. From there the Gaels were able to close out the match, when Sexton was charged with an attack error.

Saint Mary's returns to action on Wednesday when they host San Jose State for a 7:00 PM match at McKeon Pavilion.