Sept. 2, 2006
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team fell to visiting Portland State 3-1 (30-24, 30-19, 30-23) in the final match of the Gonzaga Volleyball Invitational Friday night at the Martin Centre. The Bulldogs dropped to 2-5 on the season and finished the tournament with a 1-2 record, while the Vikings improved to 3-2 and were 2-1 at the tournament. GU will be back in action next weekend, Sept. 8-9 when it partakes in the Washington Tournament hosted by the University of Washington Huskies.
Gonzaga earned the 30-24 first game victory on the strength of junior Becky Jones and junior Briawna Mueller. Jones tallied five kills, including kills on the last two points, while Mueller added three kills, two service aces and two block assists.
With the second game tied at 9-9, the visiting Vikings went on a 7-1 run to jump ahead 16-10. After a kill by Jessica Brodie gave PSU the 11-10 lead, the Vikings blocked three-straight GU attack attempts and had two-straight kills of their own to open up the game. Portland State extended its lead to 21-12 on a kill by Lindsey Steele, her eighth of the match. Gonzaga could not overcome the deficit as the Vikings earned the 11-point victory. PSU was a force above the net finishing with 14 block assists and one solo block.
After winning the second game, Portland State kept the momentum to take games three and four to earn the 3-1 victory.
Jones and Mueller were GU's top offensive players finishing with 16 and 13 kills each. Mueller also added nine block assists and one solo block. Bulldog junior Heather Dunn passed out 42 assists, while junior Alecia Douglas had 17 digs. Gonzaga closed out the match with 51 total kills, a .100 attack percentage and 12.5 total team blocks.
Portland State's offense combined for 66 kills and a .200 attack percentage. Jessica Brodie led all players with 17 kills and 18 digs. Jessica Frederick, Steele and Michelle Robertson all finished in double-digit kills for the Vikings. PSU closed out the match with 18 total team blocks, including 10 block assists and one solo block from Erica Jepsen.Dunn and Mueller both earned all-tournament honors for the Bulldogs, while Brodie and Frederick also were honored for the Vikings.
The University of Connecticut won the 2006 Gonzaga Volleyball Invitational with a 3-0 (30-11, 30-25, 30-22) win over Gardner-Webb. The Huskies improved to 4-0 on the season and finished 3-0 for the tournament, while the Bulldogs dropped to 0-6 on the year and closed out the tournament with a 0-3 record.
Connecticut was propelled to the victory by Gina Heiderman, who was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament. Heiderman finished the match with a match-high 13 kills, .667 hitting percentage, three service aces, three digs and four block assists. The Huskies had two players finish in double-digit kills, including Jessica Isaac and Kate Seabaugh. Isaac finished with a team-high 15 digs and Seabaugh collected 10. Bridget Denson-Dorman dished out 34 assists as Connecticut combined for 41 total kills and a .274 attacking percentage. The Huskies also served up 16 aces and had 11 total team blocks.
Gardner-Webb was led by Bethany Martin and Ashley Pridgeon, who finished with nine and seven kills, respectively. Audra Harrison had a match-high 18 digs for the Bulldogs, while Katie Matykowski collected 14 digs. Regina Feagin dished out 28 assists as Gardner-Webb tallied 32 total team kills and a .073 attacking percentage.
Gina Heiderman, Connecticut, Most Valuable Player
Megan Silver, Connecticut
Bridget Denson-Dorman, Connecticut
Jessica Brodie, Portland State
Jessica Frederick, Portland State
Heather Dunn, Gonzaga
Briawna Mueller, Gonzaga