Misa's Career Night Leads Pacific To A Four Game Win At Saint Mary's
Nov. 27, 2010
Moraga, Calif. - The Tigers finished their 2010 regular season with an impressive 3-1 win over Saint Mary's in Moraga, Calif. on Saturday, November 27. The win for the Tigers moved their overall record to 19-11 while the Gaels fell to 20-8.
Game scores for the match were: 26-24, 25-20, 19-25, 25-23.
¬With their final match of the 2010 regular season on the road against the No. 2 team from the West Coast Conference the Tigers wasted little time establishing themselves at McKeon Pavilion in their bid to close out the regular season on a three-match winning streak. Leading the way for the Tigers throughout the night was junior Samantha Misa who continued her assault on Pacific's opposition with a career-showing against the Gaels as the All-Big West outside hitter hammered down 26 kills. In the last three matches for the Tigers, Misa has tallied 72 kills, blasting her way past the 20-kill plateau in each of the matches.
A mid-game run by the Gaels in game one helped erase an early five-point lead by the Tigers that forced Pacific to play catch-up late in an attempt to secure the all-important opening game victory. Facing a game point, the Tigers looked to their outsides for support as senior Svenja Engelhardt, who was struggling offensively in the frame, put down just her second kill to even the game at 24-24. Combining with freshman Jennifer Sanders, Engelhardt blocked the Gaels' next attempt at the net to give Pacific their first game point of the afternoon, one they would not waste as Misa put down her game-high fifth kill to give the Tigers the opening game win.
After struggling with their hitting in game one, the Tigers found their rhythm in game two, hitting .364 in the frame while committing just two errors. Both errors for the Tigers came on their first two swings of the game from which Pacific posted 42 errorless attacks while tallying 18 kills to put the Gaels in an insurmountable hole. The Tigers broke open game two midway through the contest as they turned a one-point, 11-10, lead into a 17-13 advantage behind the attacks of Misa and sophomore Gabby Cowden. Misa's two kills was just a pair of her game-high nine in the second game on 15 errorless swings.
Holding out hope of a comeback from two down, the Gaels did not go quietly out of the break against Pacific as Saint Mary's took the third game by stepping up their defensive efforts along the back line to thwart the Tigers' attack. In the game, the Gaels produced 30 team digs against Pacific's 51 attacks, holding the Tigers' to just .098 hitting.
Despite the loss of game three, the Tigers rebounded and readjusted their attack en route to hitting .310. Even with the plus-.300 hitting, the Tigers were forced to play from behind late in the game just as they did in the first game of the afternoon, falling behind 23-22 before rallying for the match's final three points. Fittingly, Misa proved to be the difference maker for the Tigers down the stretch as she tallied a pair of kills in the final four points while also picking up the final point of the afternoon on her first and only service ace of the contest.
With Misa leading the way with 26 kills on a .349 hitting percentage the Tigers posted a .238 team percentage with 61 kills and 18 errors on 181 attacks. Engelhardt finished her night with 14 kills on 52 swings to complete the regular season with 508 kills, the ninth best single-season total in program history. Additionally, Engelhardt became just the seventh Tiger in program history to hit the 500-kill plateau in a single campaign.
Outside of the Tigers' pin hitters, Cowden added 10 kills on 26 attacks while also adding a career-high three service aces. Sophomore Hannah Clancy guided the Tiger attack with 42 assists while dropping in five kills herself. She added 17 digs to post her ninth straight double-double and her 17th of the season. Defensively the Tigers were led by junior Rebekah Torres who posted 19 digs to finish the season with 489 digs on the year, moving past Julie Magud's (2004-07) 2005, 486 dig season total and into fifth place on Pacific's single-season list. Freshman Taeler Davis finished with a career-high 11 digs in the win for the Tigers.
On the other side of the net, the Gaels were led by Lauren Corp's 18 kills. The outside hitter tallied a .326 hitting percentage as she committed just four errors as the Gaels hit .284 against the Tigers. Gabby Jolly added 15 kills while Shannon Lowell and Jordan Shaw posted 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Megan York led the defensive efforts for Saint Mary's with a match-high 23 digs while Kapua Kamana'o posted 22 while also tallying 30 assists.