VB | Final Home Stand, Senior Day Close Out 2017
The Saint Mary's women's volleyball team hosts its final home stand of the year with three matches to wrap up 2017
MORAGA, Calif. — The Saint Mary’s women’s volleyball team closes out the 2017 season with its final home stand of the year at McKeon Pavilion on Thursday, Saturday and Tuesday, against Portland, Gonzaga and Santa Clara. The Gaels will honor its two seniors on Saturday afternoon.
SCHEDULE Nov. 16, 7 p.m. - Portland (14-13, 5-10 WCC) vs. Saint Mary’s (7-18, 3-12 WCC) Nov. 18, 1 p.m. - Gonzaga (13-14, 8-7 WCC) vs. Saint Mary’s (7-18, 3-12 WCC) Nov. 21, 7 p.m. - Santa Clara (15-12, 7-7 WCC) vs. Saint Mary’s (7-18, 3-12 WCC)
SENIOR NIGHT SATURDAY The Gaels will honor two seniors in a pregame ceremony Saturday before their match versus Gonzaga. Setter Mary Hernandez and libero Madi Wilkerson will take part in the penultimate match of their careers before wrapping up their four-year runs at Saint Mary’s on Tuesday versus Santa Clara.
Hernandez joined the Gaels in 2014-15 season and has played in competed in 352 sets. As a freshman, Hernandez notched her first career double-double with 23 assists and 10 digs in a win over San Francisco. Coming into her sophomore year, Hernandez finished with a team-high 883 assists (9.70 per set) and was ranked sixth in the conference. She was honored As a junior, Hernandez led the team with 571 assists and was named 2016 WCC All-Academic Team Honorable Mention.
Wilkerson has played in 313 sets in all four years for the Gaels. Wilkerson reached 1,000 career digs on Sept. 15 of this season at California and became the 10th Gael to accomplish the feat. As a freshman, Wilkerson averaged 2.84 digs per set and had 10 service aces. In her sophomore year, Wilkerson led the team with 390 digs (3.94 per set). The 390 digs in the season were 10th-most in single season program history, and the 3.94 digs per set were ranked fifth all-time. As a junior, Wilkerson led the team with 351, including 17 double-digit performances and four matches with over 20 digs.
ABOUT PORTLAND Portland (14-12, 5-10 WCC) fell in three straight sets to nationally ranked San Diego and BYU in its last home matches. The Pilots beat Saint Mary’s, 3-0, in their last meeting at the Chiles Center. The Pilots are second in service aces and seventh best in hitting percentage in the West Coast Conference. Portland is 3-5 on the road.
Hannah Troutman leads the team with 440 kills (4.31 per set). Troutman is second in the WCC in kills, right behind BYU leader Veronica Jones-Perry. Katie Barker guides the Pilots in hitting .261 with 200 kills and a team-high 36 service aces. Cali Thompson leads with 1,052 assists (10.31 per set). Morgan Robinson has a team-high 326 digs (3.20 per set) and Troutman has 316.
ABOUT GONZAGA Gonzaga (13-14, 8-7 WCC) faced No. 9 BYU and No. 12 San Diego and fell to both teams in three sets at the Martin Centre. Gonzaga beat Saint Mary’s in five sets in both teams’ WCC opener on Sept. 22. The Bulldogs are 4-6 on the road.
Six players on Gonzaga have triple-digit kills. Sarah Penner leads with 237 kills (2.39 per set). Faith Smith guides the Bulldogs with 550 assists, while Jenna Kuehn has 422. Alyse Whitaker leads with 84 blocks. Opponents outhit Gonzaga .231 to .185.
ABOUT SANTA CLARA Santa Clara (15-12, 7-7 WCC) posted wins in its final home matches of the year last week at Leavey Center against Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount. The Broncos won in a five-set victory over the Lions in its last home game and outhit them .178 to .162. Saint Mary’s fell to Santa Clara in five sets earlier this season in Santa Clara. The Broncos are 7-5 on the road.
Middle blocker Jensen Cunningham hits a team-best .361 with 324 kills (3.09 per set) and 103 blocks. Kirsten Mead has a team-high 1,114 assists (10.61 per set) to go with 280 digs. Six players have triple-digit digs for the Broncos.
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