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Gonzaga converted on every key possession and USF did not as the Bulldogs seized 31-29, 34-32, 30-25 West Coast Conference volleyball victory Saturday at War Memorial Gym in front of a season-high crowd of 1,028

Gonzaga converted on every key possession and USF did not as the Bulldogs seized 31-29, 34-32, 30-25 West Coast Conference volleyball victory Saturday at War Memorial Gym in front of a season-high crowd of 1,028. Gonzaga (4-10, 1-3 WCC) rallied back from a seemingly insurmountable 29-24 deficit in game two and never looked back as the Zags won their first match against the Dons (7-6, 2-2) since sweeping the season series in 1998.

Gonzaga used eight aces and solid hitting to down USF. The Bulldogs held a .176-.148 edge in attack percentage for the match, including a decisive .245-.200 advantage in the third frame. Junior middle blocker Zuzana Tumova and sophomore outside hitter Natasha Kozen each recorded 13 kills apiece to lead the way and each hit over .340 for the contest. Junior setter Katerina Chroustovska set a solid match, dishing out 44 assists to go along with 14 digs and three blocks.

Once again, San Francisco got a match-high 17 kills from junior middle blocker Teresa Russell, who added 14 digs. Senior outside hitter Amanda Willnerd added a match-high 18 digs, while senior middle blocker Nikki Stover added 11 kills on .435 hitting. Junior defensive specialist Francesca Pomilia played well defensively for the Dons, recording 13 digs.

Gonzaga put up a big block against USF and held a 10.0 ? 7.0 advantage at the net and converted 54 kills to 50 for the Dons.