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Volleyball Travels To New Mexico

Sept. 5, 2007

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COMCAST LOBO INVITATIONAL
Hosted by the University of New Mexico - Albuquerque, N.M.

FRIDAY - SEPT. 7
GONZAGA (5-3)  vs. Bowling Green (4-3), 9:45 a.m.
GONZAGA vs. Northern Colorado (2-5), 4:15 p.m.

SATURDAY - SEPT.  8
GONZAGA vs. New Mexico (7-1), 2:30 p.m.


Last Week's Results
8/29 - vs. Washington State  (L, 3-1)
8/31 - vs. Washington  (L, 3-0)
9/1 - vs. Morgan State (W, 3-0)
9/1 vs. Boise State (W, 3-0)
9/3 - vs. Montana (W, 3-0)


TOP STORY: The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team hits the road after a five-match homestand to partake in the Comcast Lobo Invitational hosted by the University of New Mexico Sept. 7-8. The Bulldogs, who have won three-straight, will match-up against Bowling Green State University and the University of Northern Colorado on Friday, Sept. 7 and close out the tournament with a match against host New Mexico on Saturday, Sept. 8.


BOWLING GREEN FALCONS: This will be the first meeting between Gonzaga University and Bowling Green State University and the fourth first-time meeting for the Bulldogs this season. The Zags currently hold a 2-1 edge against first-time opponents in 2007. Bowling Green comes into the Comcast Lobo Invitational with a 4-3 record and have won two-straight. The Falcons are led by Corey Domek and Stephanie Swiger. Domek is averaging a team-best 3.46 kills per game, while Swiger is averaging 2.81 kills per contest. BSU is coached by Denise Van De Walle who is in her 25th season with the Falcons.

NORTHERN COLORADO BEARS: This will be only the second meeting between Gonzaga University and the University of Colorado. The Bulldogs won the only meeting between the two schools by the score of 3-2 during the 2004 season. The Bears come into the Comcast Lobo Invitational with a 2-5 record and have lost two-straight. UNC is led by by Dulcie Stone who is averaging a double-double of 3.24 kills and 2.64 digs per contest. The Bears are coach by fourth-year head coach Lyndsey Benson.

NEW MEXICO LOBOS: This will be the fourth meeting between Gonzaga University and the University of New Mexico. The Lobos hold the 3-0 advantage in the all-time series including a tight 3-2 victory over the Zags in 2005. New Mexico is off to a solid start with two tournament championships to begin the 2007 season. The Lobos beat Florida Atlantic, Grambling State, and San Jose State to win the MCM Elegante Lobo Classic, Aug. 24-25. Next was the Hilton Phoenix/East Mesa Challenge with wins over Iowa State, Arizona State, and Northern Arizona. A win earlier in the week over Long Island also counted towards the tournament championship. The Lobos are led by Jeanne Fairchild who is averaging 4.56 kills and 1.12 digs per game. New Mexico is coached by Jeff Nelson in his first season with the Lobos.

A LOOK AHEAD:
The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team will play in its fourth and final tournament of the season when it participates in the Texas Chrisitian University Tournament Sept. 14-15. The Bulldogs will face Alcorn State University on Friday, Sept. 14 at 3:30 p.m. and then play both Sam Houston State University (9:30 a.m.) and TCU ( 6 p.m.) on Saturday, Sept. 15.

FIVE SWEEPS ON THE SEASON: The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team won its third-straight match Sept. 3 with a 3-0 (30-26, 30-22, 30-26) sweep over visiting University of Montana. With the win the Bulldogs improved to 5-3 on the season. It is the first time in program history that the Zags first five wins of the season have been sweeps and the first time since the 1997 campaign they have had five total sweeping victories.

SECOND PLACE: The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team defeated Boise State University 3-0 (30-26, 30-22, 30-26) to earn second place in the Bulldog Volleyball Tournament Saturday at the Martin Centre. The Zags, who rebounded from a first-match loss in the tournament to win their next two, placed two players on the All-Tournament team; seniors Heather Dunn and Becky Jones.

STRUGGLING AT THE LINE: The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team struggled at the service line against Washington State University Aug. 29. The Bulldogs closed out the match with 20 service errors, including a match-high six in game two. Its the most service errors in a match by a Bulldog team during head coack Kip Yoshimura's tenure.

RUBY'S MONTANA TOURNAMENT: The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team got off to a great start in 2007 finishing the Ruby's Montana Invitational with a 2-1 record. The Bulldogs defeated both Canisus College and host University of Montana 3-0 and fell to tournament champion UC Irvine 3-1. Both Elaina Renius and Heather Dunn were named to the All-Tournament team.

OPEN THE SEASON WITH A W: The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team earned a 3-0 sweep of Canisius College to open its 2007 season. It was the first Bulldogs season-opening win since the 2001 campaign when they defeated Boise State University 3-1. It also was the first Zag season-opening sweep since the 1999 when they defeated Whitworth 3-0.

BEST START IN 10 YEARS: The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team began the 2007 season with a bang. The Bulldogs closed out their opening weekend at the Ruby's Montana Tournament with a 2-1 record; their best start in 10 years. GU swept both Canisius College and the University of Montana, while falling to UC Irvine. The last time the Zags started the season off 2-1 was during the 1997 campaign when they defeated Wichita State and Texas Arlington, before falling to Washington State. Gonzaga has never started the season out with two sweeps.

A STAR RETURNS: Outside hitter Michelle Boevers returned to the court for Gonzaga University for the first time in nearly a year and a half. Boevers, who redshirted 2006 season with a knee injury, seems to have jumped in exactly where she left off. The sophomore is averaging 2.40 kills and 1.12 digs, along with eight aces and 12 blocks.

A MINOR SETBACK: The Gonzaga University women's volleyball squad was looking forward to redshirt freshman Kelsey Bashaw hitting the court again in 2007 but a late summer knee injury has sidelined her for the season. Bashaw was projected to be the back-up setter to senior setter Heather Dunn. Newcomer Allyson Powell, a defensive specialist, will now inherit the roll of back-up setter.

NEWCOMER MAKES HER MARK: Gonzaga University women's volleyball freshman Allyson Powell has made an immediate impact on the Bulldogs' squad. Powell has played in all eight matches for Gonzaga. She has 44 digs and seven service aces to her credit so far in 2007.

LIVE ON THE INTERNET: All Gonzaga University women's volleyball home matches are available via Gametracker on the internet at www.gozags.com. Check the Gonzaga website for all Gametracker links.

HEAD COACH Kip Yoshimura: Kip Yoshimura enters his sixth year as  Gonzaga University's head coach. Yoshimura has compiled a 35-119 record during his first five plus years with the Bulldogs. A former assistant coach at Gonzaga during the 1992 season, Yoshimura has complied a 282-188 career record which includes nine seasons at Lewis-Clark State College where he guided the Warriors to nine-straight NAIA tournament appearances. A 1990 graduate of Long Beach State University, Yoshimura entered the coaching ranks as a student-assistant on Long Beach State's 1989 NCAA National Championship team.

BULLDOGS TABBED 7TH IN WCC COACHES POLL: Gonzaga University's women's volleyball team has been picked to finish seventh in the West Coast Conference this season in a pre-season vote of the conference coaches. Pepperdine University was selected as the favorite to capture the 2007 WCC regular season title. The Waves garnered five first place votes and tallied 61 overall points to earn the top spot.

Women's Volleyball 2007 Preseason Poll
1. Pepperdine - 61 (5)
2. San Diego - 52 (1)
3. Santa Clara - 50 (1)
4. Loyola Marymount - 37
5. San Francisco - 30
6. Saint Mary's - 27 (1)
7. GONZAGA - 23
8. Portland - 8
(First place votes)