Aug. 25, 2006
BROOKINGS, S.D. - The Gonzaga University volleyball team split two games to open its season on Friday at the Jackrabbit Kickoff Classic hosted by South Dakota State University at the Frost Arena. The Bulldogs dropped its season-opening match to Washington State University, but bounced back in their second game to earn a come-from-behind victory over Weber State University. The Bulldogs fell to the Cougars 3-1 (30-23, 31-33, 30-23, 30-19) and then defeated the Wildcats 3-2 (25-30, 20-30, 30-24, 30-24, 15-12).
Both junior Becky Jones and freshman Emily Johnson helped Gonzaga earn the come-from-behind win over Weber State. Jones finished the match with her first double-double of the season with a team-high 17 kills and a match-high 17 digs. Johnson added 15 kills for GU, along with four digs, two block assists and one block. Junior setter Heather Dunn dished out a match-high 56 assists, as five players closed-out the match with five or more kills. Sophomore Elaina Renius finished with a .429 attack percentage on 12 kills and three errors. As a team, the Bulldogs finished the match with 68 total kills and a .206 hitting percentage.
Weber State's offense combined for 61 kills and a .189 hitting percentage. Four players finished with double-figure kills, including Leah Burmeister who tallied a match-high 22 kills. Kolbie Murphy added 14 kills, while Caitlyn Anderson chipped in 11 and Brittney Bisaillon tallied 10.
In its opening match against Washington State, junior Briawna Mueller and freshman Layne Brosky were GU's top offensive players finishing with 10 kills each. Gonzaga closed out the match with 47 total kills and a .107 attack percentage. Dunn passed out 36 assists as five players finished with five or more kills. Jones, a 2005 WCC honorable mention, tallied nine kills for the Bulldogs, while Renius, playing in her first match for GU, also added nine kills.
Washington State's offense combined for 64 kills and a .239 attack percentage. Adetokunbo Faleti led all players with 25 kills on 49 attacks with five errors for a .408 hitting percentage. Brittany Johnson also finished in double-figures with 11 kills. WSU held the slight edge at the net with 10 team blocks compared to nine for GU. Renius was the Zags top blocker with four block assists.
Kelly Hyder led all players with 15 digs for the Cougars, as Douglas was the Bulldog leader with 14 digs. Douglas also picked up three service aces for GU.
The Bulldogs conclude tournament action on Saturday with matches against North Dakota State (7 a.m.) and host South Dakota State (Noon).