VB | Saint Mary's Hosts San Francisco, Heads To So Cal
MORAGA, Calif. — The Saint Mary's women's volleyball team returns home Tuesday for its first West Coast Conference home match of the year before heading to Southern California for two WCC clashes on Thursday and Saturday.
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m. – San Francisco (3-12, 0-2 WCC) vs. Saint Mary's (4-8, 0-2 WCC)
Thursday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m. – Saint Mary's at Loyola Marymount (7-5, 0-1 WCC)
Saturday, Sept. 30, Noon – Saint Mary's at Pepperdine (9-5, 1-0 WCC)
LAST TIME OUT
The Gaels (4-8, 0-2 WCC) dropped a hard-fought match, 3-2, on Thursday at Gonzaga to open WCC play, then were swept Saturday at Portland to start conference 0-2 in the Pacific Northwest. Lindsey Calvin was the Gaels' leading attacker in both matches, totaling 25 kills.
ABOUT SAINT MARY'S
The Gaels have not won a true road match this season, going 0-5 so far. They are 2-2 in neutral site matches and 2-1 at home, with their only loss at McKeon Pavilion coming versus defending national champion and then-No. 4 ranked Stanford on Sept. 16. SMC has lost four straight matches after winning four of five from Sept. 1-9.
Calvin needs one more kill to reach the century mark in 2017. Payton Rund (83), Morgan Hughes (77),Lindsey Knudsen (75) and Sienna Young (74) should soon follow, eventually giving the Gaels five hitters with at least 100 kills. Hughes (45) and Calvin (44) team to lead SMC in blocks with Alex O'Sullivan (40) not far behind. Saint Mary's is out-blocking opponents 115.5 to 91.
ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO
The Dons (3-12, 0-2 WCC) have lost six straight matches, including their first two WCC matches last week versus San Diego and BYU. They, like the Gaels, are 0-5 on the road this season. USF has yet to win a match away from The City, also sitting at 0-3 in neutral site matches. It is 2-1 versus shared opponents with SMC (Fresno State and CSUN).
Three Dons have over 100 kills, led by Erica Ronda's 152 (2.87 per set). Three also have over 100 digs, including Ronda's 109. Sabrina Blackwell leads the defense with 153 digs (2.89 per set). Erin Anthony has handled the setting duties with 446 assists (8.42 per set). The Dons are getting out-hit this season, .252 to .150.
ABOUT LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
The Lions (7-5, 0-1 WCC) dropped their conference opener to Pacific Coast Highway rival Pepperdine, 3-1, on Saturday. LMU played four nationally ranked teams in its non-conference schedule. It had won five of six matches before Saturday's setback. The Lions have been better away from home (3-2 road, 2-0 neutral) than at home (2-3).
Sarah Kovac (3.16) and Savannah Slattery (3.02) are both averaging more than three kills per set. The Lions' serving prowess has outdistanced their opponents' to the tune of 73 aces against 38. Four Lions have double-figure aces. But LMU has been out-blocked by 20 blocks this year, 108-88.
The Waves (9-5, 1-0 WCC) have found success this season with wins in every single weekend. They topped LMU, 3-1, on Saturday to start conference play 1-0. Pepperdine is 1-2 versus shared opponents with Saint Mary's (CSUN, Fresno State, Washington). The Waves are 4-2 at home but have lost two of their last three at Firestone Fieldhouse.
Three Waves have over 100 kills and are averaging at least 3.00 kills per set. Hannah Frohling leads the way with 174 terminations (3.41 per set). She's also the team's second-best defender with 137 digs (2.69 per set). Jasmine Gross is second in the conference and No. 30 nationally with 70 total blocks. Pepperdine is No. 2 in the WCC and No. 37 in the NCAA with 134 total blocks.
Saint Mary's starts a three-match home stand next month with No. 9 BYU and No. 17 San Diego on Oct. 5 and 7, respectively. Pacific visits Moraga on Oct. 14. Tickets are available for purchase on SMCGaels.com or by calling the SMC Ticket office at (925) 631-GoTx.
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