Clan sweeps SMU Saints in three sets

November 20, 2015

By Steve Frost

The SFU women’s volleyball team swept the Saint Martin’s University Saints in three sets (25-19, 25-21, 25-15) in their last weekend of Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) play.

This victory gives the Clan a 14-13 overall record, 10-9 in the GNAC.

The Clan opened with a slow first set, allowing the Saints to hold the lead at the start. Four early kills by SMU attackers Davidson, Vegas, and Nesbitt coupled with attack errors on the SFU side gave the Saints a 9-5 start.

A back and forth battle from there, the Clan was able to chip away at the deficit and tied the score at 16-16. From that point on the Clan began to take control of the match. Four kills by freshman Tessa May followed by three each from Devon May and Emma Jennings enabled the Clan to take the set 25-19.

SFU started game two playing point for point with their opponents, but didn’t let it last long. They remained in control and took an early lead of 10-6 thanks to kills by Christine Howlett and Madison Power. Although the Saints led in total set kills 14 to 12, the Clan’s tough defense and Alison McKay and Tamara Nipp’s four digs each allowed them to seal set two at a score of 25-21.

With two sets under their belts, the Clan dominated game three. Though SMU’s Mitchell and Vernoy put away three kills each for their team, SFU put a stop to their opponent’s offense with four big blocks. They held onto their lead and took home the set and match with a final score of 25-15.

Freshman Middle Blocker Tessa May led the Clan with 11 kills followed by her sister Devon and Jessica Young with eight and seven, respectively. McKay had an 18 digs in the match along with two serving aces, while Danielle Curtis put up 19 assists.

The Clan will play their last match of the 2015 conference play against the SPU Falcons on Saturday night, Nov. 21 in Seattle, WA.