MORAGA, Calif. - The Saint Mary's women's volleyball team will play its final regular season match on Saturday when it hosts the Seattle University Redhawks at McKeon Pavilion at 2:00 p.m. The Gaels are on fire having won a program-best 14-straight sets during their season-long six match winning-streak.
Saint Mary's (16-12/10-6 WCC) hopes to extend the season to the post season for the third time in four years, the Gaels are currently ranked 51st in the latest RPI poll which is the third best in the West Coast Conference. Their post season chances were given a big boost when Kansas (47th), Middle Tennessee (48th) and Ohio State (49th) all lost earlier this week.
The Gaels finished their WCC slate with a straight-sets win over Santa Clara last Saturday. In the win, the Gaels swept their fourth-straight opponent and won their sixth-straight match. Also in the win, SMC extended their winning streak over the Broncos to nine-games, and finished their WCC schedule with a 10-6 record, impressive considering Saint Mary's started conference play with an 0-4 record.
On Wednesday, five Gaels received all-conference accolades. Jordan Shaw and Missy White were named to the All-West Coast Conference First Team. While Lauren Corp, Gabby Jolly and Sarah Reams were named to the Honorable Mention Team, Samantha Tinsley was named to the All-WCC Freshman Team.
SMC is averaging 13.30 kills per set and hitting .215 as a team. Those numbers have spiked during their current winning streak, where the Gaels are averaging 14.86 kills per set and hitting .294 as a team. Leading the charge offensively is junior Lauren Corp who is 19 kills shy of becoming the ninth player in SMC history to eclipse 1,000 career kills. She currently has 330 for the year.
Corp is one of five players with over 200 kills, it is the first time since 1993 the Gaels have had five players record at least 200 kills. Shaw leads the team with 3.36 kills per set smashing 272 kills, Jolly has 275 kills and averaging 2.52 kills per set. Tinsley has 216 kills, averaging 2.04 kills per set, while Natalie Loos has 215 kills averaging 1.95 kills per set.
Seattle University enters this week's match with an overall record of 5-20 and has lost eight of their last 10. On November 10 the Redhawks fell to Portland State in straight-sets. As a team, Seattle is averaging 11.59 kills per set, hitting .166. Leading the team on the attack is senior outside hitter Cristin Richards who has 237 kills, averaging 4.09 kills per set. Megan Augustavo leads the team with 687 assists, averaging 8.08 assists per set. Defensively, the Redhawks are led by Allie Hoskins who averages 2.58 digs per set with 202 digs on the year; Jordan Keller leads the team with 72 total blocks averaging 0.94 blocks per set.
All-time the Gaels are 1-0 against Seattle University, with the Gaels defeating the Redhawks in straight-sets on September 26, 2008 at home.
Saturday's match against Seattle University will feature live video and live stats which will be available online on the volleyball schedule page. The Gaels will learn if they will their post season fate on Sunday, November 27th at 3:00 p.m. PST, when ESPNU will air the selection show live.