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Zags Take #17 Santa Clara to Five Games

Oct. 12, 2006

Box Score

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team dropped a heartbreaking 3-2 decision to #17 ranked Santa Clara University this evening in a West Coast Conference match at the Martin Centre in Spokane. The Bulldogs, who gave SCU all it could handle, fell to the Broncos 25-30, 30-22, 30-27, 28-30, 15-13. With the loss, GU dropped to 5-14 overall and 0-4 in the West Coast Conference, while SCU improved to 13-4 overall and 3-2 in conference.

Gonzaga will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 14 when it welcomes #22 San Diego to the Martin Centre for a WCC match-up. Match time is set for 1 p.m.

In the first game, Gonzaga jumped out to a quick 9-2 lead on the strength of juniors Briawna Mueller, Alecia Douglas and Megan Thompson. Mueller had back-to-back kills while Douglas and Thompson each had a service ace.

The Bulldogs continued to hold the Broncos at bay and were able to push its advantage to 16-12 after a block assist by sophomores Tianna Tuatagaloa and Elaina Renius and a solo block by Renuis.

An attacking error by freshman Emily Johnson, along with a Santa Clara kill by Lindsy Evans and a block assist by Anna Cmaylo and Kim McGiven cut GU's lead to 16-15. The Broncos then tied the game at 17 after back-to-back kills by Cmaylo and McGiven.

Three-straight kills by Johnson gave the Zags the 29-22 edge while an attacking error by Cmaylo gave Gonzaga the 30-25 victory.It was Santa Clara who started off fast in the second game. The Broncos strong defense above the net, which included four blocks, helped SCU gain a 7-1 lead.

After a kill by Mueller sliced SCU's lead to 17-14, the Broncos scored three-straight points to take a 20-14 lead.

It was Santa Clara's defense that continued to keep the Bulldogs at bay. A block assist by Cmaylo and Evans and a solo block by McGiven gave SCU the six-point advantage. The Bulldogs could not recover and dropped the 30-20 game-two decision.

It was a closely played third game, but with the score tied at 12-12, Santa Clara scored eight out of the next 10 points to build a six-point lead. Three-straight kills by Gonzaga cut SCU's advantage to 20-18, but the Broncos did not fold and earned a 30-27 victory when Cmaylo had her 10th kill of the match.

Back-to-back service aces by Mueller gave Gonzaga a 4-2 lead early in the fourth game, but Santa Clara took the lead at 6-5 on a service ace by Taylor O'Brien and propelled ahead 15-12 on the strength of Nina Sevastopoulos who had four kills.

A kill by McGiven and Brittany Lowe and a block assist by Megan Pura and McGiven gave SCU its largest lead of the game at 20-14.

The Bulldogs cut the Broncos lead to 22-19 after a kill and service aceby Johnson, an attacking error by SCU's Sevastopoulos and a block by Jones.

A huge dig by sophomore Frances Garcia, which led to a kill by Renius, gave Gonzaga the momentum. After the kill by Renuis, the Bulldogs rattled off four more points, including two service aces by Mueller, to take the lead at 25-23. A block by the Broncos and a kill by SCU's McGiven tied the game at 26-26, but two attack errors by SCU and a kill by Johnson gave the Bulldogs the 29-26 edge. GU earned the 30-28 victory on an attacking error by Santa Clara's Evans.

With Santa Clara leading 3-2 in the fifth and deciding game, Renius rattled off three-straight kills to give Gonzaga the 5-3 advantage. Santa Clara tied the game at 6-6 and took the one-point lead on a kill by Pura.Gonzaga responded, and after a lift by one of the SCU players, Mueller and Dunn combined for a block and Johnson had a kill to give the Bulldogs back the lead at 9-7.

The game was knotted at 10-10 when Brittany Lowe had back-to-back kills to give the Broncos a slight two-point advantage. Santa Clara started to pull away, gaining a 14-11 lead on a kill by Cmaylo, but Gonzaga wouldn't go away as Jones tallied two kills to put the score at 14-13. Santa Clara earned the victory on Lowe's 17th kill of the match.

Gonzaga had four players finish in double-digit kills, including Jones who had a match-high 19 kills and 16 digs; her ninth double-double of the season. Also finishing in double-digit kills was Johnson (13), Renius (13) and Mueller (11). Dunn dished out 55 assists as the Bulldogs finished with 66 kills and a .182 attack percentage.

Leading the way for Santa Clara was McGiven, who collected 19 kills and 17 digs. Lowe added 17 kills and 15 digs, while Sevastopoulos and Cmaylo added 18 and 17, respectively. Evans dished out a match-high 77 assists as the Broncos finished with 81 total kills and a .204 hitting percentage.