Sept. 2, 2006
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team earned a 3-0 (31-29, 30-28, 30-24) decision over Gardner-Webb Saturday afternoon on the second day of the Gonzaga Volleyball Invitational. The GU Bulldogs improved to 2-4 on the season and are now 1-1 in the tournament, while the GWU Bulldogs dropped to 0-5 on the year and are 0-2 in the tournament. Gonzaga will close out the tournament with a match against Portland State at 7 p.m. tonight.
Tied at 4-4 early in game one, Gonzaga rattled off three-straight points to take the lead. Back-to-back blocks by the GU Bulldogs and a kill by junior Becky Jones helped propel Gonzaga into the lead. Gardner-Webb bounced back and took a 16-15 advantage after an attacking error by GU's Elaina Renius and a kill by GWU. With Gardner-Webb holding the 24-27 edge, Gonzaga tallied three-straight points, including a kill by Renius and a service ace by junior Alecia Douglas to tie the contest at 27-27. A service error by Gardner-Webb's Katie Matkowski and a kill by Jones closed out the game and gave the GU Bulldogs the 31-29 game one victory.
Game two was a close played contest, with neither getting ahead by more than one point until Gardner-Webb used a 4-0 run to capture a 19-15 advantage. GWU kept GU at bay until a kill by Bulldog sophomore Tianna Tuatagaloa, a ball handling error by Gardner-Webb, and a service ace by Douglas tied the game at 26-26. Gonzaga earned the two-point come-from-behind victory when Jones notched her ninth kill of the match.
Gonzaga used a strong effort in game three to earn the match victory. The Bulldogs tallied 19 kills and had an impressive .317 hitting percentage in the final game. Mueller had eight of her match-high 16 kills in the third game, while Jones finished with six of her 15 digs.
Jones had her fourth double-double of the season, finishing with 12 kills to go along with her 15 digs. Junior Heather Dunn dished out 38 assists as the Bulldogs tallied 49 total kills and had a .256 attacking percentage. Douglas picked up a match-high 16 digs for GU, while Dunn had 12 digs.
Gardner-Webb had three players finish in double-digit kills. Ashley Pridgeon had 13 kills, while Audra Harrison and Bethany Martin finished with 12 and 10 kills, respectively. Leading the way defensively for the GWU Bulldogs was Matykowski who collected 14 digs. Gardner-Webb finished with 48 total kills and a .193 attacking percentage.
In the first match of the day, the University of Connecticut earned a 3-0 (30-28, 30-19, 30-21) victory over Portland State University. The Huskies, who are now 3-0 on the season, improved to 2-0 in the invitational, while the Vikings dropped to 2-2 on the season and are now 1-1 in the invitational.
Leading the way for Connecticut was Sarah Singer and Gina Heiderman, who finished with 12 and 11 kills, respectively. Both Jessica Issac and Bridget Denson-Dorson finished in double-digit digs. Issac collected a match-high 15, while Denson-Dorson tallied 13. Denson-Dorman dished out a match-high 41 assists as the Huskies finished with 53 total kills and a .292 attacking percentage.
Portland State was led for the second-straight match by Jessica Brodie, who tallied a match-high 15 kills. She also added two assists, six digs and one block assist. Sarah Sirianni collected a team-high 14 digs for PSU, while Nique Fradella dished out 31 assists. The Vikings tallied 38 total kills and had a .165 hitting percentage.