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Zags Win Comcast Lobo Invitational

Sept. 8, 2007

Box Score

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Matching up against the University of New Mexico, whose only loss of the 2007 season was against a Top-25 team, did not scare the Gonzaga University women's volleyball team. The Bulldogs took a hard-fought 3-2 (23-30, 30-27, 31-29, 30-22, 15-13) victory over the Lobos to win the Comcast Lobo Invitational hosted by New Mexico on Saturday.

The Zags have now won six-straight and hold an 8-3 overall record, while the Lobos dropped to 9-2 on the year after the setback.

Senior Heather Dunn was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player after dishing out a season-high 64 assists, along with collecting eight digs, four kills and two block assists. In the three tournaments the Zags have participated in this season, Dunn has been named to each All-Tournament squad.

Senior Becky Jones and sophomore Layne Brosky also were named to the All-Tournament team. It's Jones second-straight All-Tournament honor.

Jones led the Bulldogs with her sixth double-double of the young season. She finished with a season-high 21 kills in addition to 13 digs, three blocks and a service ace. Brosky had nine kills, three blocks and two digs in the see-saw victory.

Dunn was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament, but junior Elaina Renius was definitely the player of the match. Renius finished the contest with 19 kills, her seventh double-figure kill match. She also had seven solo blocks and two block assists. The seven solo blocks is tied for the second most blocks in a single-match in Gonzaga history. Renius also had seven solo blocks against Saint Mary's in 2006.

The Bulldogs closed out the match with a season-high 79 kills along with a .180 attacking percentage. Also in double-figure kills for GU was sophomore Michelle Boevers who tallied 16.

For the first time this season an opponent edged out Gonzaga in digs. New Mexico collected 71 digs, while Gonzaga had 61. The Bulldogs did have the advantage in blocks though, 17-9.

Leading the way for the Lobos was Jeanne Fairchild who finished with an impressive 30 kills. She also had four digs, two blocks and two assists. Also in double-digit kills were Lisa Meeter and Rose Morris, who had 18 and 14, respectively.

Jade Michaelsen and Sarah Kwasighroch combined for 54 assists as New Mexico tallied 70 total team kills and had a .197 hitting clip.

The Bulldogs will be back in action Sept. 14-15 when they participate in the Texas Christian University Tournament; their last tournament of the season. Gonzaga will face Alcorn State University (3:30 p.m.) on Sept. 14 and Sam Houston University (9:30 a.m.) and TCU (6 p.m.) on Sept. 15.