Aug. 26, 2006
BROOKINGS, S.D. - The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team closed out the Jackrabbit Kickoff Classic with its second-straight heartbreaking five-game loss. The Bulldogs fell to host South Dakota State 3-2 (25-30, 30-23, 28-30, 30-24, 15-12) in their final match. GU, who holds a 1-3 record on the season, will be back in action next weekend, Sept. 1-2, when it hosts the Gonzaga Volleyball Invitational. The Invitational features the University of Connecticut, Gardner-Webb University and Portland State University.
With Gonzaga winning the first and third games and South Dakota State grabbing the victory in the second and fourth games, the match was decided in the fifth and final game. The Jackrabbits jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead, but the Bulldogs clawed their way to tie the game at 12-12. A kill by junior Briawna Miller and an attacking error by SDSU put GU back in the game. South Dakota State would not falter as three-straight kills, including two-straight by Kristina Martin, gave the Jackrabbits the victory.
Junior Becky Jones and sophomore Elaina Renius were GU's top offensive players finishing with 21 and 17 kills, respectively. Jones, whose 21 kills were a match-high, also collected a team-high 18 digs for her third-straight double-double. Renius finished with a match-high .583 attacking percentage as she only had three hitting errors on 24 total attempts. Gonzaga ended the match with 77 total kills and a .225 hitting percentage.
South Dakota State's offense also combined for 77 kills, along with a .240 hitting percentage. The Jackrabbits had five players with double-digit kills, including two players who had double-doubles. Martin had a team-high 20 kills along with 11 digs and Minette Ridenour chipped in 16 kills and 17 digs.
SDSU held the advantage at the net with 15 total team blocks compared to 10 for GU. Mueller was the top blocker for the Bulldogs with five block assists and one solo block. Jones also chipped in three solo blocks.