Sept. 19, 2006
MISSOULA, Mont. - Sophomore Elaina Renius led all players with 19 kills and a .371 attack percentage but it wasn't enough as the Gonzaga University women's volleyball team dropped a hard-fought 3-2 decision to the University of Montana in a non-conference match at West Auxiliary Gym in Missoula, Mont. The Grizzlies combined for 69 kills during the 30-28, 30-25, 25-30, 29-31, 15-9 win.
The Bulldogs, who have lost three-straight, are now 4-10 on the year after the setback, while the host Grizzlies improved to 4-6 on the season.
Besides Renius, Gonzaga had three other players finish with five or more kills in the five-game match. Junior Becky Jones added 19 kills, freshman Emily Johnson had 14 kills and junior Briawna Mueller tallied nine kills. Jones also contributed eight digs and one block assist, while Mueller chipped in two solo blocks, four block assists, two assists and three digs. Junior setter Heather Dunn passed out 56 assists as the Bulldogs finished with 68 team kills and a .198 hitting percentage.
On the defensive side, GU was led by junior libero Alecia Douglas and Renius. Douglas finished with 11 digs and Renius had eight blocks.
Montana closed out the match with a .227 attack percentage and was led by Micaela Parker who finished with 17 kills and a .394 attack percentage. Claudio Houle also reached double-figure kills with 17, along with six digs and three total blocks. Defensively, the Grizzlies were led by Jackie White and Jessica Petersen. White collected a match-high 21 digs and Petersen had six block assists.
Gonzaga held the slight 52-50 edge in digs and Montana held a small 16-15 advantage in team blocks.
The Bulldogs now have a week between contests to prepare for West Coast Conference action. GU hits the court again on Thursday, Sept. 28 when it plays at WCC member #23 Pepperdine at 7 p.m.