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
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.