Sept. 7, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team continued to roll by winning its fifth-straight match with a 3-0 (30-23, 30-17, 30-23) sweep over the University of Northern Colorado in its second match of the Comcast Lobo Invitational hosted by the University of New Mexico. It is only the second time under the guidance of Kip Yoshimura that the Bulldogs have won five in a row and only the third time since the 1994 campaign.
With the win the Bulldogs improved to 7-3 on the season, while the Bears dropped to 2-7 overall. The 7-3 start for the Zags is the best start in nearly 17 seasons. The last time Gonzaga had a better start was 1990 when it came out strong with an 8-1 record.
Junior Elaina Renius had a strong game for the Bulldogs finishing with a match-high 11 kills, along with a .500 attacking clip, three digs and a team-high five blocks. Sophomore Michelle Boevers also chipped in six kills, while senior Becky Jones and sophomore Layne Brosky both added six a piece.Senior setter Heather Dunn kept the offense on pace passing out a match-high 32 assists as Gonzaga tallied 43 total kills and finished with a .177 hitting percentage. Dunn also had six digs and one solo block.
The Bulldogs, who have held the advantage in digs in all 10 matches this year, had the 57-40 edge over Northern Colorado. Gonzaga also held the 12-8 advantage in total blocks.
Leading the way defensively was senior Alecia Douglas who collected a match-high 12 digs. Jones and freshman Allyson Powell chipped in 11 and 10, respectively. Besides Renius, senior Briawna Mueller was strong above the net finishing with three block assists and one solo block.
Gonzaga held the Bears to only 32 total kills and a dismal .000 attacking percentage. Ashley Lichtenberg and Dulcie Stone were the offensive threats for UNC finishing the contest with eight kills apiece. Stone also had a team-high 10 digs, along with two block assists.
The Bulldogs will close out the Comcast Lobo Invitational Saturday, Sept. 8 when it plays host New Mexico. Game time is set for 2:30 p.m. The Lobos come into the contest against the Zags with an 8-1 record.