MORAGA, Calif. — For the second night in a row the Saint Mary's women volleyball team swept an opponent out of McKeon Pavilion, this time downing CSUN 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-22) with a solid all-around performance.
HOW IT HAPPENED
· The Gaels (4-4) and Matadors (5-4) kept the score close, playing within three points for most of the match.
· CSUN led early in all three sets, but each time the Gaels went on long runs to take back the lead. In set one it was an 8-2 spurt, and in both sets two and three it was 6-0 stretches to take the lead.
· In the clinching set, the Gaels went on another 6-0 run, led by six consecutive kills from Lindsey Knudsen, Morgan Hughes and Young
· The Gaels collected eight blocks versus the Matadors.
· Hughes was hitting .700 through the first two sets, finishing the match at .647 with 11 kills and zero errors.
· Calvin paired with Hughes for her own impressive offensive performance. Calvin notched nine kills and hit .400.
ROB BROWNING BITES
· “We have gotten to a level where we are good enough where we can have an off-night and still beat a good team like that.”
· “We had opportunities to step on the gas and roll, but we never did. But to their credit, they were able to maintain the energy they needed and the work they have put in to pull through for the victory.”
· “We are better team than we were three weeks ago. We have to keep pushing. I know the team is super excited to play (California and No. 4 Stanford) next weekend. We are going to put in a good hard week of practice.”
FROM THE PLAYERS
· “I think with confidence and the skill from the people behind me it really gives me the freedom to swing. What I think is really cool about our team this year is that if you are going to beat us, you have to beat all of us. We are so balanced, and it's a real strength that I am happy to be a part of.”
· “I am really excited, because when I was at New Mexico State I didn't think I was going to get to play (Power-5 Conference teams). It's been really exciting for me because I've grown up watching them and now that we are competing with them, I think it is really awesome and I wouldn't want to do it with any other group.”
· The Gaels travel to East Bay rival California on Friday before hosting defending national champion Stanford at 7 p.m. Saturday.
· Season and single-match tickets are available for purchase on SMCGaels.com or by calling the SMC Ticket Office at (925) 631-GoTx.
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