MORAGA, Calif. -- The Saint Mary's volleyball team is set to enjoy some home cooking for the next few weeks as the Gaels begin an entire month in the Bay Area with Saturday's match against new WCC member Pacific at McKeon Pavilion.
Saturday's contest is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start, and live statistics and video of the game will be available on SMCGaels.com.
The Gaels enter this weekend's action on the heels of perhaps their finest win yet this season, having knocked off No. 8 San Diego in a five-set marathon on Saturday. Saint Mary's split that road trip, dropping a five-set thriller to BYU two days prior to the win over the Toreros.
As she has all season, Kristina Graven set the tone for the Saint Mary's offense in both matches. Against BYU, she led the Gaels with 21 kills and also added 10 digs. Two days later, she again led the way with 17 kills and also threw in seven digs to help spark the big road win.
Of course, Graven wasn't the only Gael to post impressive numbers. Outside hitter Samantha Tinsley has continued to come on strong lately, and she enjoyed standout performances in both matches last week. She compiled a double-double in each match, with 13 kills and 10 digs against BYU and 12 kills and 13 digs against San Diego.
Fellow outside hitter Jordan Shaw joined the double-double parade as well, with 15 kills and 11 digs against BYU and 12 kills and 14 digs against San Diego.
The Gaels will need to be at their best again this weekend against a Pacific team that has shown it can compete with anyone. The Tigers come to Moraga for their first conference match since rejoining the WCC, and they begin the week with a 9-6 overall record to go with a 2-2 mark in conference.
While Saint Mary's earned a split from last week's road trip, Pacific dropped both matches, falling in three sets to San Diego and BYU. Those losses snapped a five-match winning streak for the Tigers, who began the conference season 2-0. Leading the way so far this season has been sophomore outside hitter Kat Schulz, who enters Saturday's match tops on the team with 2.87 kills per set.
Saturday's match is Alumni Day at McKeon Pavilion, with SMC Volleyball alums invited to participate in pre and post-game activities. For more information on the event, click here. Saturday is also After School Program Day, and kids who wear their after school program shirt can receive $1 admission to the match.