Oct. 6, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team earned its first West Coast Conference victory of the 2007 season with a decisive 3-1 (33-31, 33-31, 28-30, 30-24) win over visiting Loyola Marymount University Saturday afternoon. Senior Becky Jones led the Bulldogs to only their ninth-ever victory over the Lions, and their second-straight, with a double-double of 22 kills and 10 digs.
With the win Gonzaga improved to its record to 12-7 overall and 1-3 in the WCC, while Loyola Marymount dropped to 9-7 on the season and 1-2 in conference.
Besides Jones, whose 22 kills was a season-high, the Bulldogs had three other players close out the match in double-figure kills. Junior Elaina Renius and sophomore Michelle Boevers both had 13 kills on the day, while sophomore Layne Brosky tallied 10.
Senior Heather Dunn passed out 58 assists as Gonzaga finished with 72 total kills and a .282 hitting clip. Dunn also contributed 13 digs, six kills and three blocks.
Senior Alecia Douglas and freshman Allyson Powell were both defensive stars and offensive threats for Gonzaga. Douglas finished the contest with a match-high 22 digs, one shy of tying her career-high. The co-caption also had three service aces on the day.
Powell had seven digs for the Bulldogs but also contributed four key services aces. She had the service ace that earned GU the second-game 33-31 victory. Powell also started a key rally for the Bulldogs in the fourth game. Down 15-11, Powell came in and served six-straight times, included in that run was back-to-back service aces, to give the Bulldogs the 16-15 lead; a lead Gonzaga would not relinquish.
The Bulldogs closed out the match with the slight 18-14.5 edge in blocks and the 68-56 advantage in digs. Three Zags had five or more blocks in the victory, including senior Briawna Mueller who finished with seven block assists and two solo blocks.
Leading the way for Loyola Marymount was Heather Hughes and Emily Day. Hughes finished the match with 32 kills and 14 digs, while Day contributed 22 kills and seven digs.
Gonzaga will be back in action on Tuesday, Oct. 9 when it closes out its non-conference slate with a match at Eastern Washington University. Match time is set for 7 p.m.