Oct. 4, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team fought tooth and nail against visiting Pepperdine University but dropped a hard-fought 3-1 decision to the Waves at the Martin Centre on Thursday. The Bulldogs, who hadn't won a game against the Waves in seven matches, dropped to 11-7 on the season and 0-3 in the West Coast Conference, while the Waves improved their record to 10-4 overall and 2-0 in conference.
Gonzaga came out on fire, rattling off a 30-19 first-game victory that saw the Bulldogs hit a sizzling .433, while limiting the Waves to a .000 hitting clip. Pepperdine, who seemed stifled in the first game, found its footing in the second game and earned an easy 30-14 victory to knot the match at one game apiece.
The Bulldogs lead most of the third match, but with Gonzaga leading 27-26, the Waves rattled off three-straight points, including back-to-back service aces by Julie Rubenstein, to capture a 29-27 advantage. A kill by sophomore Michelle Boevers tightened the match at 29-28. Gonzaga's momentum was short lived as Rachel Lumsden tallied the game-winning kill for the Waves.
The fourth game too was a see-saw battle that saw nine ties and 10 lead changes. A kill by Rubenstein broke a 19-19 game and gave Pepperdine the advantage, one it would not surrender.
Gonzaga had four players close out the match in double-figure kills, including senior Becky Jones who finished with 11 kills along with 11 digs - her seventh double-double of the season. Sophomore Michelle Boevers tallied a team-high 15 kills, while classmate Layne Brosky added 12 and junior Elaina Renius had 11.
Senior Heather Dunn dished out 52 assists as the Bulldogs tallied 58 total team kills and finished the match with a .250 attacking percentage. Dunn also had 14 digs, three kills and three block assists in the setback.
Leading the way defensively for the Bulldogs were senior classmates Alecia Douglas and Briawna Mueller. Douglas collected a match-high 21 digs while Mueller had seven block assists and one solo block for GU. Renius also was strong above the net for Gonzaga finishing with four solo blocks and three block assists.
Leading the way for Pepperdine was Lumsden and Rubenstein who had 21 and 14 kills, respectively. The Waves closed out the match with 69 total team kills and a .251 hitting percentage.
Gonzaga will look to earn its first conference win of the season when it welcomes Loyola Marymount University to the Martin Centre on Saturday, Oct. 6. Match time is set for 1 p.m.