Oct. 25, 2006
WHAT'S ON SCHEDULE: The Saint Mary's volleyball team begins the second round of West Coast Conference play on Thursday, October 26. The Gaels will travel to San Diego to face the Toreros at 7:05 p.m. at Jenny Craig Pavilion. Saint Mary's will then face Santa Clara on Saturday, October 28 at 1:05 p.m. at the Leavey Center in Santa Clara.
WHO'S HOT: Saint Mary's senior setter Mandy Bible averaged 13.00 assists, 2.12 digs, 1.38 blocks and 1.00 kills per game last week as the Gaels went 1-1. Bible led the way in both matches and in a 3-0 victory over Portland, Bible had 39 assists, six digs, six kills and three blocks. Bible also set the Gaels to a .320 hitting percentage as a team. In a five-game loss to Gonzaga, Bible recorded 65 assists, 11 digs and eight blocks.
SAINT MARY'S VERSUS SAN DIEGO: The Gaels are 6-35 all-time against the Toreros, including a 3-1 loss earlier this season at McKeon Pavilion. The Toreros come into the match with a hold on first place with a 7-0 record and a No. 18 national ranking. The last time out, the Gaels won the first game 30-24, but then lost the next three, 30-24, 30-11, 30-26.
SAINT MARY'S VERSUS SANTA CLARA: The Gaels are 9-32 all-time against the Broncos, including a 3-2 victory earlier this season at McKeon Pavilion. The Gaels beat the then No. 9 ranked Broncos by coming back from a 2-0 deficit to win the final three games. Saint Mary's fell behind by losing 32-30 and 30-23. But then the Gaels won 30-26, 30-27, 15-10.
BLOCK PARTY: Saint Mary's once again is atop the blocking battle in the West Coast Conference. After recording 28.5 blocks last week against Portland and Gonzaga, the Gaels are now averaging 3.07 blocks per game. Their total ranks above San Francisco, who is averaging 2.78 blocks per game. With the 3.07 blocks per game, the Gaels broke into the top 30 in the nation, at the No. 27 spot, for blocks per game.
SAINT MARY'S DROPS IN RKPI: In the latest RKPI, the Gaels fell 13 spots to No. 52 in the nation and No. 14 in the Pacific Division. The Gaels went 1-1 last week with a win over Portland and a loss against Gonzaga.
BARKER LEADS WCC IN BLOCKS: Saint Mary's sophomore middle blocker Brittany Barker leads the conference in blocks per game, averaging 1.49. Barker's 1.49 blocks per game also ranks No. 26 in the nation.
BIBLE ACES WCC: The Gaels' senior setter Mandy Bible has recorded 16 aces in seven matches, averaging 0.57 aces per game, which leads the conference. Bible has recorded 27 aces on the year, which leads the team..
CAREER-HIGH FOR KIRK: Saint Mary's senior middle blocker/outside hitter Christina Kirk recorded a career-high 27 kills against Gonzaga on Saturday, October 21. Kirk's previous career-high was set earlier this year against No. 9 Santa Clara when she recorded 22 kills.
LAST WEEK: Saint Mary's went 1-1 to close the first round of WCC play with a victory over Portland and a loss to Gonzaga. Against Portland, the Gaels were led by Missie Stidham, who recorded 16 kills and 13 digs. Mandy Bible had 39 assists, six kills and six digs and Christina Kirk had nine kills.Against Gonzaga the Gaels were led by Christina Kirk, who recorded a career-high 27 kills. Cassandra Kolkka had 13 kills and 20 digs and Nikki Gonzalez had a career-high 29 digs.
ALUMNI PLAY AGAIN IN MCKEON: Saint Mary's called a list of former players and several supporters of the school to play in its second annual alumni match. The Gaels had another successful tournament as the team played against the 2006 squad. Former players such as Meg Herr (Hauser), Rachel Avilla, Lindsey Bogason, Leslie McKinley, Raechel Parker, Jill Parmele and Suzanne Sarkees made the trip back to McKeon Pavilion.
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.
THREE FRESHMEN JOIN THE ROSTER: Saint Mary's head coach Rob Browning added three freshmen to this year's team. The Gaels welcome Megan Burton, a 6-2 middle blocker from Kapolei, HI, Lauren Jaeckel, a 6-0 outside hitter from Littleton, CO, and Alita Fisher, a 5-9 libero from Lakewood, WA.
ROAD WARRIORS: The Saint Mary's volleyball team and staff finally returned to McKeon Pavilion to face Sacramento State on September 23. The Gaels spent the first four weeks of the season on the road, which included trips to Alabama and Nebraska.
SAINT MARY'S PICKED TO FINISH FOURTH IN WCC: The Gaels were picked to finish in fourth place in the WCC by the conference's coaches, released earlier this month. Saint Mary's finished fourth in conference last season with a 9-5 record. Santa Clara was picked to finish in first, receiving all eight votes after making it to the final four last season. Pepperdine was picked to finish second and San Diego was picked third. Following the Gaels, Loyola Marymount was picked fifth, San Francisco sixth, Gonzaga seventh and Portland was picked to finish eighth.
WHAT'S NEXT FOR THE GAELS: Saint Mary's continues its road play when it travels across the bay to face San Francisco on November 4 at 7:05 p.m. Saturday's match will be the only match of the week for the Gaels.