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VB | Gaels Start Strong vs. Pilots

Madi Wilkerson (left) had a match-high 16 digs Thursday and Lindsey Knudsen (right) chipped in 11.
Nov. 16, 2017

Final Stats

MORAGA, Calif. -- The Saint Mary's women's volleyball team came out strong early Thursday versus Portland, but the Pilots were the ones to finish strong, as they won three straight sets to come from behind and win 3-1 (18-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-22) in a West Coast Conference match at McKeon Pavilion.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Saint Mary's trailed 1-0 in the first set, and then never trailed again. The Gaels went on runs of 7-1 and 5-1 to build a 19-11 lead. Sienna Young, Alex O'Sullivan, and Jennifer Laird guided the offense for Saint Mary's with back-and-forth kills to finish off the set, 25-18. The Gaels outhit the Pilots .370 to .172.

  • Set two was much closer with five lead changes and eight ties, all of which occurred within the run up to an 11-11 tie. Portland finally broke away with an 11-1 run that made it a 21-12 contest. Eight of the Pilots' points during the run came via Saint Mary's errors. The Gaels kept it interesting and went on a 6-0 run to bring Portland's lead down to 22-19, but an ace and kill from Hannah Troutman helped even the match at one set apiece.

  • Saint Mary's went on an 8-1 run early in the third set to take an 11-7 lead. But Portland worked its way back with its own 6-1 sprint to take back a 13-12 advantage. The Pilots outscored the Gaels 12-5 down the stretch, getting kills from five different players along the way to win 25-19 and take a 2-1 match advantage.

  • Set four was closest of all with 14 tie scores. Neither team ever led by more than three points. The Gaels scored four straight to take a 21-20 advantage, looking to send the match to a fifth set. But Portland would outscore SMC 5-1 to end it. Carey Williams served for three straight points - including back-to-back aces - to put the Pilots on the verge of the match win at 24-21.
NUMBERS TO KNOW
  • Alexsa "Crash" Parker notched her sixth double-double of the year with 22 assists and 11 digs. Lindsey Knudsen tied Parker with 11 digs. 

  • Madi Wilkerson narrowly missed a double-double with a match-high 16 digs and a season-high nine assists.

  • Sienna Young had a team-best nine kills. Sarah Chase tallied eight kills. Three other Gaels had seven each.

  • Two players from Portland recorded match highs. Hannah Troutman notched 14 kills and Cali Thompson collected 41 assists.
COMING UP
  • Saint Mary's will honor its two seniors at 1 p.m. Saturday before it faces Gonzaga in the second-to-last home match of the year at McKeon Pavilion. Tickets can be purchased on SMCGaels.com or by calling the SMC Ticket Office at (925) 631-GoTx.

 

 

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