Oct. 20, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team dropped a hard-fought 3-2 decision to #16 University of San Diego Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs and Toreros battled back and forth before USD took a 15-12 fifth-game decision to earn the victory.
The five-game loss (30-25, 17-30, 30-18, 22-30, 12-15) broke the Zags four-match winning streak and dropped GU to 15-8 overall and 3-4 in the West Coast Conference. The win improved San Diego to 16-5 overall and 6-1 in conference.
Senior classmates Heather Dunn and Becky Jones led the way for Gonzaga. Dunn closed out the contest with a double-double of 56 assists and 15 digs. It was Dunn's fifth-straight double-double match and team-leading 13th of the season. The Zag setter also added three block assists.
Jones finished with a team-high 16 kills, her 14th double-digit kill performance of the season, along with a match-high 16 digs. Jones, whose double-double was her 12th of the season, also had three service aces, two block assists and one solo block in the heartbreaking setback.
Also having a strong match for the Bulldogs was senior Briawna Mueller and sophomore Michelle Boevers. Mueller, who offensively added 11 kills for Gonzaga, was a monster above the net defensively for GU. She closed out the match with five solo blocks and six block assists. It was her 10th match of the season with five or more blocks, including her fifth in WCC action.
Boevers was the final Gonzaga player in double-digit kills. She finished the match with 14 kills, along with three block assists and two digs.
Gonzaga ended the match with the 17-10 advantage in blocks, while San Diego held the 73-67 edge in digs. The Bulldogs hit .187 for the contest.
Laurel Abrahamson, the reigning WCC Player of the Week, paced San Diego to the victory with 25 kills, a .372 hitting clip, five digs and three blocks.
Gonzaga will be back in action Thursday, Oct. 25 when it welcomes Santa Clara University to the Martin Centre. Match time is set for 7 p.m.