Aug. 26, 2006
BROOKINGS, S.D. - The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team dropped a five-game heartbreaker to North Dakota State University on Saturday morning in its third match of the Jackrabbit Kickoff Classic hosted by South Dakota State University. NDSU (1-2) won 33-31, 30-22, 27-30, 20-30, 15-11. The Bulldogs fell to 1-2 on the year and will face host South Dakota State at Noon today to close out the tournament.
With Gonzaga one-point away from victory in the opening game, North Dakota State rattled off two points to tie the match at 29-29. The Bulldogs and Bison traded points to push the score to 31-31 before NDSU's Chloe Quirk and Sheila Parrish hit back-to-back kills to earn the game one victory. Gonzaga had 16 kills in the first game compared to 17 for North Dakota State.
The Bulldogs fell behind by two games when the Bison took the second game by eight points, 30-22. NDSU, who was paced by Parrish's five kills, finished game two with 19 kills and only three errors on 36 total attempts for an impressive .444 attacking percentage.
Junior Becky Jones carried the Bulldogs in game three as she recorded nine of her match-high 25 kills. Leading 9-8, Jones rattled off four-straight kills to help Gonzaga take a commanding lead it would never surrender. The Bulldogs finished the third game with 20 kills and a .326 hitting percentage.
GU dominated game four as it scored four-straight points to start the game. The Bison did not have an answer for Jones, sophomore Elaina Renius or freshman Layne Brosky. Jones finished the game with seven kills, while Renius added six kills and Brosky tallied five. The Bulldogs finished with 22 kills and a .294 attack percentage and held the Bison to only 12 kills and a .175 hitting percentage.
In the deciding fifth game, North Dakota State started off strong building a 5-1 advantage on two attacking errors by Gonzaga. The Bulldogs pulled within one after a kill by freshman Emily Johnson put the score at 8-7 but the Bison pushed their lead to 14-10 on the strength of NDSU's Kelly Kaufmann and Lindsay Rogers, who had each had two kills. Parrish gave North Dakota State the victory on her team-high 24th kill of the match.
Gonzaga had five players reach double-digit kills and four players reach double-digit digs. Jones picked up 15 digs for GU to go along her 25 kills. It was the second-straight double-double for Jones who had the most swings for Gonzaga with 65. Kari Fagnan finished with a match-high 25 digs for the Bison, while junior Alecia Douglas finished with a team-high 20 for the Bulldogs.
North Dakota State held a huge edge at the net with 13 total team blocks compared to only four total team blocks for Gonzaga.