STOCKTON, Calif. – The Pacific women's volleyball dropped a heartbreaker to visiting Saint Mary's Friday night, falling in five sets (19-25, 25-16, 28-26, 14-25, 10-15) to the Gaels at the Alex G. Spanos Center.
The Tigers fall to 6-9 on the season, 1-3 in West Coast Conference play, while the Gaels continue its win streak to improve to 11-3, 3-1 in the WCC.
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- It was a back and forth set throughout the first 11 points, but with a 6-5 edge the Gaels went on a 5-0 run that allowed them to put some space between themselves and the Tigers.
- The Tigers were able to remain within four points of the Gaels until they went on a 5-4 run that put them up by six (20-14) late in the set.
- The very next play started a 5-1 run which put the Tigers within two points (20-19). Kaitlyn Lines secured the final kill for Pacific before SMC answered back with four straight points for the win.
- Lines was outstanding in the first set, leading all players with five kills, and hitting .500.
- With Allison Dennemann behind the service line, the Tigers claimed the first five points of the set.
- Saint Mary's battled back within four (9-6) before Pacific claimed another five un-answered points to take a considerable lead (14-6).
- The two teams nearly matched point-for-point, but the Tigers were too far from reach and eventually won the set, 25-16.
- Pacific hit a match-high .276, while Saint Mary's hit a match-low .067 in the set.
- The set opened in favor of the Gaels as they took a 9-7 lead.
- Pacific was able to tie the game at 11-11, following a smash by Lines. The game was tied six more times throughout the set. Following a tie at 17-17, it looked as though SMC would go on to claim the set following four-consecutive points (21-17).
- SMC served for set point at both 25-24 and 26-25 before a kill by Lines tied the game one final time (26-26). Jadyn Tubbs then tapped a serve that bounced right off the top of the net for a service ace to put the Tigers up 27-26.
- After a stellar rally, Riley Ramsey placed a ball to the back left corner of the court for the set three victory.
- Pacific struggled to keep its momentum in the fourth set and Saint Mary's took advantage of 11 Tiger errors.
- SMC opened the set with a 6-1 run and then went on another six-point run at 13-7 to put the Gaels up 18-7.
- The Gaels pushed their lead to 12 (20-8) and held on for the eventual, 25-14 win.
- In another seesaw set, Pacific took an early 6-4 lead and was the first team to eight points, switching sides of the court at 8-6.
- The Gaels answered with a 6-0 run to gain a four-point advantage (12-8).
- SMC held the Tigers to scoring just two more points to claim the match with a set score of 15-10.
- The match was highlighted by both team's defensive efforts.
- The Tigers collected a season-high 88 digs and totaling their most blocks since its 10-block effort at California on Sept. 13.
- Saint Mary's totaled 75 digs, but out-blocked Pacific, 15.5-6.5.
- Kaitlyn Lines earned her seventh double-double of the season, totaling 18 kills for a second-straight match, while also recording 16 digs.
- Riley Ramsey also had double-digit kills on the night, earning 10.
- Libero Jadyn Tubbs was flawless in her receiving and led all players with 24 digs.
- Gabby Leo dished out 27 assists, while Hanne De Schrijver had 20 assists.
- The Orange and Black will travel to Southern California next week to take on Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount.