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Volleyball Faces No. 7 Stanford and UC Irvine

Sept. 14, 2006

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WHAT'S ON SCHEDULE: The Saint Mary's volleyball team hits the road for the final time during the non-conference schedule when it travels across the bay to play in the Stanford Invitational. The Gaels will face UC Irvine on Friday, September 15 at 5 p.m. from Maples Pavilion, before facing No. 7 Stanford on Saturday, September 16 at 5 p.m. at Maples Pavilion.

WHO'S HOT: The Gaels' senior middle blocker Christina Kirk once again had an outstanding weekend. Kirk played opposite this weekend, as the Gaels went 1-1. Kirk averaged 2.83 kills per game with a .483 hitting percentage, and 2.50 digs and 1.00 blocks per game. In a victory over Idaho, Kirk recorded her first double-double of the season with 12 kills with a .688 hitting percentage, 12 digs and four blocks.

SAINT MARY'S VERSUS UC IRVINE: The Gaels hold a 4-2 all-time record against the Anteaters, including a 3-0 victory last season in Irvine, CA. Saint Mary's has one loss against UC Irvine on a neutral court and one loss at Irvine. Saint Mary's is 2-0 at home against the Anteaters.

SAINT MARY'S VERSUS STANFORD: The Gaels are 2-4 all-time against the Cardinal. Saint Mary's lost to the Cardinal 3-0 at Maples Pavilion last season, but had won the previous two meetings, including a victory at McKeon Pavilion and a victory on a neutral court. Saint Mary's is 0-3 all-time at Maples Pavilion.

ROAD WARRIORS: The Saint Mary's volleyball team and staff will hit the road for a fourth consecutive week. The Gaels played at the Troy, AL Tournament, the Nebraska Tournament in Lincoln, NE and the Long Beach State Invitational last week in Long Beach. Saint Mary's will travel across the bay this week to face the Stanford Invitational.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR KIRK: Saint Mary's senior middle blocker doubled as an opposite hitter last weekend and recorded her first double-double of the season. Kirk recorded 12 kills with a .688 hitting percentage and added 12 digs.

LAST WEEK: Saint Mary's went 1-1 last week as it beat Idaho 3-0 and lost to Long Beach State. Against the Vandals, the Gaels had four players reach double figures in kills and hit a season-high .393 hitting percentage. Mandy Bible had 49 assists and four digs and Christina Kirk had 12 kills and 12 digs. Missie Stidham added 15 kills and Taylor Groess and Megan Burton each had 10 kills.Against Long Beach State, Groess recorded 14 kills with a .385 hitting percentage. Stidham added eight kills and Brittany Barker added six kills and seven blocks.

BIBLE BREAKS ALL-TIME ASSISTS RECORD: Saint Mary's senior setter Mandy Bible broke the school's all-time assist record after recording 110 assists this weekend. Bible now has 4,373 assists in just over three years in a Gael uniform. The senior setter from Santa Barbara, CA broke Tracie Hajdukovich's 15-year-old record. Bible also holds the all-time assists per game record, which stands at 12.73 per game.

WHAT'S NEXT FOR THE GAELS: Saint Mary's opens the 2006 home season when it hosts two exhibition matches, before hosting Sacramento State on Saturday, September 23 at 7:05 p.m. in McKeon Pavilion. The Gaels host the University of Montreal on Monday, September 18 at 7:-05 p.m. and will host the Alumni Match on Friday, September 22 at 7:05 p.m.