MORAGA, Calif. — The Saint Mary’s women’s volleyball team wraps up their home schedule Thursday with senior night, while cross country and men’s soccer face important tasks this week. Here is a look at the weekly events for Saint Mary’s on and off campus.
VB | Gaels Close Home Schedule With Senior Day
The Saint Mary’s volleyball team plays their final home match of 2016 when they host Pacific at 7 p.m. Thursday. The evening will also feature Senior Night festivities for Hannah Liserra in the final home match of her career.
Liserra played her first indoor season with the Gaels in 2015 after transferring from Cal State San Bernardino. This season Liserra has featured prominently in the Gaels’ two-setter formation. She has logged over 400 assists and 200 digs in her two seasons so far at Saint Mary’s, playing in more than 130 sets.
Last week the Gaels were competitive in back-to-back matches against nationally ranked teams but fell in straight sets. Alexis Salmons has hit a team-best .280 during the stretch.
MSOC | SMC Travels to Portland for Pivotal Regular Season Finale
Heading into the final weekend of conference play, the Saint Mary’s men’s soccer team (8-7-3, 4-2 WCC) will lay it all out on the field, as the team will look to defeat first place Portland (11-5-1, 5-1 WCC) and keep their postseason hopes alive on Saturday evening at 7 p.m.
After upending Gonzaga, 3-1 on Senior Day, the Gaels can clinch the WCC title with a win versus the Pilots, and a Pacific loss or draw at Gonzaga. By clinching the conference title, the Gaels would advance to the postseason for the first time since the 2011 season.
The Gaels have won their past three matches, and remained perfect at home in conference action. Hosting GU in the season’s last home game, SMC displayed a complete game that opened with a breakaway goal by first year striker Joseph Restani. Fellow first year striker Anders Engebretsen scored a brace to lift the Gaels with the impressive victory over the Bulldogs.
XC | Gaels Aim For Continued Success At NCAA West Regional
After racing against the top schools in the WCC, the Saint Mary’s men’s and women’s cross country teams now move on to face the West Region’s elite on Friday at the NCAA West Regional at Haggin Oaks Golf Course in Sacramento.
The women’s 6-kilometer race begins at 11 a.m. and the men’s 10 km starts at noon. SMC will race against the top teams in the West Region such as Pac-12 Conference members Oregon, Washington, California, UCLA and Stanford, and WCC rivals Gonzaga, San Francisco and Loyola Marymount.
The Gaels look to improve upon last year’s finish with the men finishing 16th and the women placing 31st. Edward Chance was the top finisher for the men in 2015, coming in 50th in 32 minutes, 06.6 seconds. Now-departed Carina Novell led the women in 126th in 22:34.8.
Gabe Arias-Sheridan will look to build upon his 10th place finish at the WCC Championships after finishing 101st in in 33:07.8 in 2015. Abby Bolt will debut in her first NCAA Regionals after finishing 23rd in 22:02.9 at the WCC Championships and help the Gaels build upon their already-improved season.
ROW | Rowing Set For Final Fall Race
The Saint Mary’s rowing team competes in their last fall race Saturday at the Head of the Lagoon in Foster City. The Gaels will field eight boats in the Collegiate Fours (A, B, C and D boats), Collegiate Eights (A and B boats), Novice Eights and Collegiate Pairs.
“The team is really looking forward to it since we haven't had that many racing opportunities this fall,” says coach Anna Pytlak.
SMC will begin the day at 9:45 a.m. with the Collegiate Fours. The Collegiate Eights and Novice Eights both start at 11:15 a.m. with the Collegiate Pairs following soon after at 11:45 a.m.
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