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Volleyball Falters Against #8 Washington

Aug. 31, 2007

Box Score

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (30-23, 30-13, 30-21) decision to the University of Washington, who are currently ranked #8 in the latest CSTV/AVCA Division I Top-25, in the second match of the Gonzaga Volleyball Tournament Friday evening. The Bulldogs fell to 2-3 on the season, while the Huskies are now 4-0 overall.

Becky Jones, Briawna Mueller and junior Elaina Renius were the Bulldogs top offensive players combining for 18 of the team's 34 kills as the Gonzaga offense combine for a dismal .125 hitting percentage. Senior setter Heather Dunn passed out 30 assists as only four players finished with five or more kills.

Washington's offensive was quite the opposite as the Huskies combined for 54 team kills and an impressive .409 attacking clip. The well rounded offense was led by Becky Perry, Christal Morrison, and Jessica Swarbrick. Perry tallied a match-high 13 kills, while Morrison and Swarbrick both added 12 a piece.

UW also controlled the play at the net with 11.5 team blocks compared to only four for GU. Alesha Dessing paced the way above the net for the Huskies with six blocks.

GU was able to edge out UW in the digs category 41-38. Alecia Douglas and Jones were the Zags leaders with 10 a piece. Tamari Miyashiro, of UW, led all players though will 16 digs.

Gonzaga will player both Morgan State University (11 a.m.) and Boise State University (7 p.m.) to close out the tournament.

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In the first match of the tournament, Boise State University earned a 3-0 (30-23, 30-23, 30-18) victory over Morgan State University. The Broncos improved to 3-1 on the season, with the Bears fell to 0-1 on the year.

Leading the way for Boise State was Arlee Tamietti who finished with a match-high 18 kills, along with four service aces, five digs and three blocks. Mandy Klein dished out a match-high 37 assists as the Broncos finished with 47 team kills and a .288 hitting percentage. BSU also finished with nine service aces and seven total blocks.

Morgan State was led by Ivanti Bush, a Spokane native, and Jeniqua Moran. Bush finished with 14 kills, nine digs and two services aces and Moran added 13 kills, three blocks and five digs. MSU closed out the match with 39 team kills and a .152 attacking percentage.