Oct. 7, 2006
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team dropped its third-straight West Coast Conference match as the Bulldogs were outplayed by the University of Portland on Saturday evening. The Pilots, who improved their record to 8-8 overall and 1-2 in the WCC, swept the match in three games (30-14, 30-22, 30-28). With the loss, the Bulldogs fell to 5-13 on the season and 0-3 in conference.
Gonzaga, who was held to 32 kills in the match, was led by junior Becky Jones and sophomore Tianna Tuatagaloa with eight and seven kills, respectively. Junior Heather Dunn dished out 27 assists for Gonzaga as the Bulldogs connected for only a .114 hitting percentage.
Portland's offense was quite different than Gonzaga's as the Pilots finished with 53 kills and a .259 attack percentage. Nicole Thometz led Portland with a match-high 17 kills, while Ashley Grayson added 13 kills. Thometz also had five of the Pilots 12 service aces.
Gonzaga held the 58-47 advantage in digs, while both teams finished with eight total team blocks. Jones finished with a match-high 13 digs for the Bulldogs and junior Alecia Douglas contributed 12 for the Zags. Leading the way for Portland was Kara Pein and Murphy McClenahan who both had 10 digs.
Gonzaga returns home on Thursday, Oct. 12 to host West Coast Conference opponent Santa Clara University at the Martin Centre. Match time is slated to begin at 7:00 P.M.