Happy Monday, Gael fans! It was a big weekend for Saint Mary’s Athletics as the Volleyball and Men’s Soccer teams played their first matches of the season.
Volleyball traveled east one time zone and played three matches on opening weekend, winning the first match of the year against Northern Colorado and Sunday’s showdown with North Dakota State. Sophomore Sarah Chase, who sat out the spring Beach Volleyball season due to injury, returned to the court and notched 36 kills and 32 digs in three matches. Chase was named the Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week.
And a pair of wins was not the only occasion worth celebrating this weekend.
Wishing a very Happy Birthday to Freshman, MB, Aubrey Pitts!!! No better way to celebrate than… https://t.co/XY9hreVNjX
— SMC Volleyball (@SMCVolleyball) August 27, 2016
Meanwhile, the Men’s Soccer team earned an impressive pair of draws against two top-25 opponents from the Pac-12 Conference. The men tied 2-2 against no. 23-ranked California and no. 1-ranked Stanford, the defending national champion.
Sunday’s match against Stanford: Game recap and highlights to come soon.
The team’s performances have lifted the Gaels into the national rankings. The Red and Blue face another challenging test on Thursday afternoon when the team hosts University of Washington.
GaelForce, the largest student group on campus, is ready to rock this school and athletic year! The student leaders unveiled this new T-Shirt design for all GaelForce members.
Check out this years NEW GAEL FORCE TEE!!!! 🔵🔴 pic.twitter.com/bZHyyPfxWF
— Gael Force (@SMC_GaelForce) August 23, 2016
Back in Moraga, the new school year has begun! It’s exciting to feel the campus buzzing with activity and energy again. To students and student-athletes alike: Welcome home, Gaels!