MORAGA, Calif. - The Saint Mary's volleyball team was firing on all cylinders in a 25-14, 25-18, 25-13 sweep against Santa Clara on Senior Day in McKeon Pavilion. It was a total team effort, led by the senior class of Lauren Corp, Gabby Jolly, Missy White and Anna Schroeder.
With the win, Saint Mary's wraps up the regular season at 17-10, 12-4 West Coast Conference, while Santa Clara drops to 20-11, 9-7 WCC.
Saint Mary's will now await word on a possible NCAA Tournament selection. The 64-team field will be announced on Sunday, November 25 at 1:00 p.m. on ESPNU.
Corp led the Gaels with 10 kills on .400 hitting. Jolly added seven kills and five blocks, including a .417 hitting efficiency. Missy White helped the Gaels to a .379 team hitting percentage, to go along with 19 assists, five digs and three aces. Anna Schroeder started at libero and tallied a career-high 13 digs.
Also for the Gaels, Kristina Graven and Samantha Tinsley added seven kills apiece, while Jordan Shaw chipped in with six kills and nine digs. SMC served up eight aces in the match, including a team-high four by Graven.
The Gaels outhit SCU .379 - .134 and outblocked SCU 10.0 - 4.0. SMC increased its hitting efficiency in each set, hitting .250 in the first, .324 in the second and .567 in the third. The Gaels had zero attack errors in the third and final set.
With the score 9-5 SMC in the first set, White went on a service run as the Gaels scored 11 consecutive points to take a commanding 20-5 lead. Rachel Gillcrist and Mileva Popovic locked up the set with a block at 25-14.
Santa Clara kept it close in the second set as the Gaels led 13-10. SMC later led 17-14 as the Broncos kept hanging around. SMC was finally able to pull away late as Dalas Dodd served up four straight points. Corp had the final kill of the set after an SCU overpass at 25-18.
After the intermission, the Gaels came out strong in the third set, scoring three of the first four points. SMC never looked back, committing no attack errors in the set. SMC led by as many as 11 at 16-5 after a Corp kill. White set Jolly up for the match ending kill at 25-13.
If the Gaels are part of the NCAA Tournament field, the first round will begin on November 29-30 at sites to be determined.