SEATTLE — The Saint Mary's women's volleyball team battled all day Saturday against two of the top teams in the country, but host No. 3 Washington earned a 3-0 (25-15, 25-17, 25-19) victory and Pittsburgh eeked out a 3-2 (25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 20-25, 17-15) win over the Gaels in a five-set thriller at Alaska Airlines Arena.
VS. No. 3 WASHINGTON
· The No. 3-ranked Huskies led wire-to-wire in sets one and three, and only trailed by two points (2-0) early in set two.
· The Gaels stayed close in the second set, fighting to an 8-8 tie and still being within three points at 17-14 before Washington closed with an 8-3 run.
· Washington hit .260 in the match while holding the Gaels to a .124 attack percentage.
· Lindsey Calvin led Saint Mary's with eight kills. Four Gaels had at least five kills and eight registered at least one.
· Alex O'Sullivan had four blocks while SMC racked up eight total blocks.
· Washington had nine service aces, with two players tallying three each.
· The match was as close as it could be with 39 ties and 10 lead changes in five sets. The fifth set alone had 10 ties and three lead changes.
· Saint Mary's was serving for match point with a 14-13 lead in the fifth set, but Pittsburgh closed on a 4-1 run, including three kills from Stephanie Williams.
· The two teams combined for 59 attack errors and 19 service errors while also totaling 29.5 blocks. Pittsburgh had 38 attack errors and 12 service errors on its own.
· Saint Mary's collected 17.5 team blocks – its most in nearly two years since posting 19 on Oct. 17, 2015.
· Alex O'Sullivan logged a career-high 11 blocks. Five Gaels had at least four blocks each.
· The Gaels had 10 service aces. Alexsa Parker tallied five aces, the most by a Gael since Sept. 10, 2015.
· Sarah Chase (11 kills, 20 digs) and Payton Rund (12 kills, 13 digs) both had double-doubles, the first double-doubles of the season for Saint Mary's.
IN ROB BROWNING'S WORDS
· “We faced 3 really good teams this weekend and came up short. I thought we sustained a solid effort throughout the two days and I'm proud of the team for that.”
· “Playing teams of this caliber exposed many areas where we need to improve so I am looking forward to Monday when we can get back to work.
· “I'm as excited as ever for the weeks ahead and to see just how good we can get.”
· Morgan Hughes made her Saint Mary's debut Saturday and logged her first career kill with the Gaels. She would finish the day with four kills and six blocks across the two matches.
· Madi Wilkerson collected 31 digs Saturday, giving her 938 for her career. She is just 42 digs away from moving into 10th all-time on the Saint Mary's career records list.
· Saint Mary's travels to Lincoln, Neb., next weekend for another challenging tournament. This time it is the Ameritas Players Challenge at Nebraska, where the Gaels will face Oral Roberts, UMBC and the host Huskers. Fans can find all coverage links on SMCGaels.com.
· The Gaels debut at home on Sept. 8 versus Fresno State. Tickets are available for purchase on SMCGaels.com or by calling the SMC Ticket Office at (925) 631-GoTx.
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