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Zags Win Thriller Over Loyola Marymount

Oct. 26, 2006

Box Score

SPOKANE, Wash. - It is safe to say that the Gonzaga University women's volleyball team has a knack for breaking streaks this season. First the Bulldogs broke a 15-match losing streak to Eastern Washington on Sept. 12, then ended a 10-match losing streak to Idaho on Oct. 3, and followed that up with winning their first road West Coast Conference match in 31 matches against Saint Mary's on Oct. 21. Tonight was no different. Gonzaga broke a 27-match losing streak to Loyola Marymount University that dated back to the 1992 season when it came back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat the visiting Lions 3-2 (26-30, 30-26, 22-30, 30-24, 16-14). With the win the Bulldogs improved to 7-16 overall and 2-6 in the WCC, while the Lions dropped to 16-7 overall and 4-4 in conference.

The Bulldogs had four players finish in double figure kills, including junior Becky Jones who finished with her 11th double-double of the season and second-straight. Jones had a team-high 21 kills along with 11 digs to lead GU to the victory.

Also finishing in double figure kills was freshman Emily Johnson, junior Briawna Mueller and sophomore Elaina Renius. Johnson had 15 kills, along with four blocks, while Mueller and Renius both chipped in 11 kills. Mueller also added eight blocks and two digs and Renuis had 10 blocks. Junior Heather Dunn closed out the match with 61 assists as the Bulldogs finished with 66 team kills and a .225 hitting percentage.

Leading the way defensively for Gonzaga was junior Alecia Douglas who collected a team-high 18 digs. Dunn also contributed 10 digs.

The Lions had four players also finish in double figure kills, including Christianna Reneau who tallied a match-high 25 kills. Reneau added nine digs, one assist, one block assist and one service ace. Sandy Krone chipped in 16 kills for LMU, while Jania Motton had 15 and Heather Hughes finished with 14. Ashley Dutro passed out a match-high 66 assists as Loyola Marymount finished with 78 total kills and a .154 attacking percentage.

Gonzaga will be back in action this Saturday when it welcomes WCC opponent Pepperdine to the Martin Centre. Match time is set to begin at 1:00 p.m.