Oct. 27, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team broke a two-match West Coast Conference skid with a 3-1 (30-23, 25-30, 30-27, 30-14) victory over visiting Saint Mary's College Saturday evening. The win improved the Bulldogs record to 16-9 overall and 4-5 in conference, while the loss dropped the Gaels to 12-9 overall and 4-5 in the WCC.
Gonzaga had three players finish in double-digit kills, including senior Becky Jones who collected her 42nd career double-double with a 14 kill, 15 dig performance in the Zag win. Sophomore Michelle Boevers led the Bulldog squad with 17 kills, while junior Elaina Renius added 13 kills and a smoking .500 hitting percentage.
Senior setter Heather Dunn dished out a match-high 59 assists as Gonzaga closed out the match with 72 team kills and a .316 attacking clip. Dunn also added 11 digs for her team-leading 14th double-double of the season, along with three block assists and two service aces.
Along with Jones and Dunn, three other GU players finished the match with double-figure digs. Senior Alecia Douglas collected a team-high 21 digs, her fourth 20+ dig performance of the season, while sophomore Layne Brosky and junior Paige Dillingham each added 10 apiece.
Above the net senior Briawna Mueller and Renius led the way. Mueller finished with five blocks assists and one solo block and Renius had three solo blocks and three block assists. Mueller is now eight block assists shy of breaking Lisa Petticord's career record of 408 set during her tenure from 1987-1990.
Gonzaga closed out the match with an 89-74 advantage in digs and the 13-6 edge in blocks. The Bulldogs won the pivotal game three to go ahead 2-1 with their defensive play, finishing the match with an amazing 32 digs and six blocks.
Megan York led the way for the Gaels with a double-double of 18 kills and 12 digs. She also added two assists, two service aces and one block assist. Saint Mary's finished the match with 65 total kills and a .209 hitting percentage.
Gonzaga will be back in action Nov. 1 when it plays at Loyola Marymount University. Match time is set for 7 p.m.