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Zags Fall to Washington State

Aug. 29, 2007

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team came out strong against Washington State University Wednesday evening at the Martin Centre but was unable to hold the momentum as it dropped a 3-1 (20-30, 30-22, 30-26, 30-24) decision to WSU. The loss dropped the Bulldogs to 2-2 on the season, while the Cougars stayed perfect on the year with a 5-0 record.

Gonzaga had three players close out the contest with double digit kills including sophomore Michelle Boevers and junior Elaina Renius who both had 11. Boevers also paced the Bulldogs with a .421 hitting clip while Renius checked in at .333. Rounding out the double-figure players was sophomore Layne Brosky who tallied 10.

Senior Heather Dunn was steady as always, dishing out a match-high 48 assists as the Bulldogs knocked down 54 total team kills. Dunn, who finished with her second double-double of the season, also had 10 digs, two aces and two block assists.

Gonzaga was led defensively by senior classmates Becky Jones and Briawna Mueller. Jones collected a match-high 14 digs and Mueller had eight total blocks.

It was the service line that did Gonzaga in though. The Bulldogs closed out the match with 20 service errors.

Leading the way for the Cougars were Adetokunbo Faleti, Jackie Albright and Tara West. Faleti tallied a match-high 13 kills, along with four blocks, while Albright and West both had 11 kills a piece.

The Zags will next host the Gonzaga Volleyball Tournament Aug. 31-Sept. 1. The tournament features the University of Washington, currently ranked 8th in the CSTV/AVCA Top-25 poll, Morgan State University and Boise State University. Gonzaga's first contest of the tournament will be Friday at 7 p.m. against the Huskies.