Oct. 21, 2006
MORAGA, Calif. - Behind 2-1 against Saint Mary's College, the Gonzaga University women's volleyball team fought back and won the final two games to earn the 3-2 (17-30, 30-25, 28-30, 31-29, 5-12) come-from-behind victory. The win was the Bulldogs first conference victory of the season and first road conference win in 26 matches; nearly four seasons. The last time GU earned a WCC road win was during the 2002 season when it also defeated Saint Mary's by the same score.
GU improved its record to 6-16 overall and 1-6 in the WCC with the win, while the Gaels dropped to 9-9 overall and 4-3 in conference.
Each Gonzaga player had a part in the come-from-behind victory as the Bulldogs had five players finish in double digit kills and five players finish in double figure digs. GU was led by junior Becky Jones who tallied her 10th double-double of the season. Jones finished with a team-high 21 kills along with 20 digs.
Sophomore Elaina Renius chipped in 18 kills and was a monster above the net for the Zags finishing with seven solo blocks. The three other players who had double figure kills were junior Briawna Mueller (13), freshman Emily Johnson (11) and freshman Layne Brosky (10).
Junior setter Heather Dunn dished out a career-high 66 assists as the Bulldogs finished the match with 85 total kills and a .260 attack percentage. Dunn also added eight kills and 15 digs.
Keeping the ball alive in the backline for Gonzaga were juniors Alecia Douglas, Paige Dillingham and Megan Thompson. Douglas closed out the match with a team-high 22 digs, while Dillingham and Thompson both added 10.
Saint Mary's was led offensively by Christina Kirk, who recorded a career-high 27 kills and added 12 digs and four blocks. Mandy Bible set the pace offensively with 65 assists, 11 digs and eight blocks. Cassandra Kolkka added 13 kills and 20 digs while Megan Burton had 11 kills and five blocks.
Rounding out play for the Gaels was Taylor Groess who added 12 kills, Nikki Gonzalez who had a career-high 29 digs and Brittany Barker who had nine blocks.Saint Mary's finished the match with 74 total kills and a .224 hitting clip.
Gonzaga will be back in action this coming Thursday (10/26) when it welcomes Loyola Marymount to the Martin Center. Match time is slated for 7:00 p.m.
GU Notes - Elaina Renius' seven solo blocks ranks second in the GU single match Top 10, just one behind Kelley Cunningham who had nine solo blocks against Eastern Washington in 1989 ... With her 21 kills today, Becky Jones is only eight kills shy of eclipsing the 1,000-kill plateau. Jones will become only the 12th player in GU volleyball history to collect 1,000+ kills.