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Nov 17 -- Three Gonzaga players reached double-digit kills on Saturday night as the Zags (9-17, 5-9 WCC) completed their most successful season since 1997 with a West Coast Conference victory over Portland (6-19, 2-12 WCC)

Nov. 17 -- Three Gonzaga players reached double-digit kills on Saturday night as the Zags (9-17, 5-9 WCC) completed their most successful season since 1997 with a West Coast Conference victory over Portland (6-19, 2-12 WCC). The Zags won the contest in five games 30-19, 28-30, 24-30, 30-23, and 15-11.

Gonzaga opened with 16 kills in game one as the Zags marched out to a 20-12 advantage and never looked back. Senior Shannon O'Connor playing in her final collegiate game had five of her eight kills in the first game as Gonzaga won 30-19. Portland was limited to only 8 kills in the opener.

The Pilots responded in the second game connecting for a .327 hitting percentage with 21 kills. Bridget DeChant paced the Pilots attack with five kills and two of her match-high four service aces. The Pilots held off a late GU charge to win the second match 30-28. Portland had a little easier time in the second game taking advantage of 11 Gonzaga attack errors. Portland won the third game 30-24 despite only having 10 kills compared to 17 for the Zags.

Abby Cullen and Christina Davis inspired a game four Gonzaga charge as the pair combined for 10 of the Zags 17 kills in the game four win. Natasha Kozen contributed in game five with two big kills and a match winning service ace that glanced off the arms of DeChant.

Cullen led all players with 19 kills while Davis added 18 and Kozen 10. The Zags assured themselves of at least a tie for fifth place in the West Coast Conference after finished 5-9 in WCC action this year. Gonzaga's nine wins are the most since the team posted a 9-21 record in 1997. DeChant led the Pilots offense with 18 kills while setter Sara Engstorm added 11.