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Volleyball Falters At Husky Classic

Sept. 9, 2006

Box Score

SEATTLE, Wash. - For the second time in two weeks the Gonzaga University women's volleyball team dropped a 3-2 (29-31, 27-30, 30-26, 30-27, 15-9) decision to North Dakota State University. The Bulldogs won the first two games of the match, but the Bison regrouped to win the final three games to earn the victory on the second day of the Husky Classic hosted by the University of Washington. With the loss, GU dropped its overall record to 3-6 on the year, while the Bison improved to 3-7 with the victory.

With North Dakota State leading 6-2 in the first game, Gonzaga rattled off six-straight points to take the slight two-point lead. Junior Heather Dunn started the rally with a kill, followed by back-to-back kills from sophomore Elaina Renius. Renius then blocked an attacking attempt by Sheila Parrish of NDSU. Freshman Layne Brosky closed out the run with her first kill of the match.

The Bulldogs continued to hold the lead until a kill by NDSU's Kelly Kaufmann tied the game at 29-29. A kill by sophomore Tianna Tuatagaloa and an attacking error by the Bison's Parrish gave Gonzaga the game one victory.

In game two, Gonzaga jumped ahead quickly building an 8-3 lead after back-to-back kills by Renius and Brosky. North Dakota State fought back, slicing Gonzaga's lead to 13-12 after a kill by Chloe Quirk, but a 6-1 run by the Bulldogs gave GU some breathing room at 19-13. Gonzaga continued to hold a multiple point advantage until late in the game when a kill by Kaufmann of NDSU cut GU's lead to 28-27. A kill by Brosky and an attacking error by the Bison gave the Bulldogs the win and a 2-0 lead in the match.

Game three was a closely played contest early with seven ties and six lead changes, but with the game tied at 14-14, North Dakota State scored nine out of the next 11 points to break the game open and take a 23-16 advantage. Gonzaga was unable to overcome the deficit and dropped the four-point decision.

The Bison pushed the match to a fifth and deciding game after earning the 30-27 fourth game victory. Parrish and Christy Stuewe helped North Dakota State tie the match at two games a piece after finishing the fourth game with seven kills each.

North Dakota State jumped out to an 8-1 lead in the fifth game with the help of six attacking errors by Gonzaga. The Bison pushed its advantage to 13-5 after a block by Stuewe. Three-straight points by the Bulldogs cut NDSU's lead to 13-8, but the Bison's lead was too big to overcome and North Dakota State earned the match win with the 15-9 victory in game five.

The Bulldogs had four players finish with double-digit kills, including Jones who collected her sixth double-double of the season, and second double-double of the tournament with a team-high 20 kills and 17 digs. Brosky added 16 kills, while Renius and Tuatagaloa chipped in 12 and 11, respectively. GU closed out the match with 72 team kills and a .182 attacking percentage.

Dunn dished out a career-high 62 assists and had a team-high 18 digs; her fourth double-double of the year for Gonzaga. Also finishing in double-digit digs for GU were juniors Alecia Douglas (17) and Megan Thompson (10).

North Dakota State also had four players finish in double-digit kills, including Parrish who tallied a match-high 26 kills along with 21 digs. Mattie Johnson passed out a match-high 64 assists as the Bison finished with 78 team kills and a .244 hitting percentage.

The Bison held a slight edge in blocking, with 20 team blocks compared to the Bulldogs 15. Stuewe lead the charge above the net for NDSU with one solo block and eight block assists, while Renius was the leader for GU with four solo blocks and four block assists.

Gonzaga will close-out the Husky Tournament with a match against #5 Washington this evening at 7 p.m.