Sept. 11, 2006
MARTIN CENTRE, Spokane, WA
Gonzaga (3-7) vs. Eastern Washington University (7-1)
Boise State Tournament
Hosted by Boise State University - Boise, ID
FRIDAY - Sept. 15
GONZAGA vs. University of Oregon (7-0), 6 p.m.
SATURDAY - Sept. 16
GONZAGA vs. Boise State University (5-5), 11:30 a.m.
TOP STORY: Gonzaga University women's volleyball continues its non-conference slate when it welcomes Eastern Washington University to the Martin Centre on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs close out their week participating in their final non-conference tournament of the season; the Boise State Tournament on Sept. 15-16. At the tournament GU will play the University of Oregon and Boise State University.
EASTERN WASHINGTON EAGLES: This will be the 38th meeting between Gonzaga University and Eastern Washington University. The Bulldogs are looking to break a 15-match losing streak to the Eagles that dates back to the 1996 season. EWU currently holds a 7-1 record, with its only loss coming to Wichita State on Aug. 26. The Eagles are led by Brittney Page who is averaging 4.00 kills and 1.12 blocks per game.
OREGON DUCKS: Gonzaga University will face the University of Oregon in its first match of the Boise State Tournament. This is the 11th meeting between the two schools, with the Ducks holding a 7-3 advantage in the all-time series. Oregon currently holds a perfect 7-0 record on the year, having defeated UC Irvine, Portland State, Long Beach State, Cal State Northridge, Utah State, Fresno State and San Diego State. Mira Djuric and Erin Little are the top offensive players for Oregon, averaging 3.74 and 3.70 kills per game, respectively.
BOISE STATE BRONCOS: In its final match of the Boise State Tournament, Gonzaga University will play host Boise State University. This will be the 18th meeting between the two institutions, with the Broncos holding an 11-6 advantage in the series. BSU, who currently holds a 5-5 record, are led by Jeannette Jenkins who is averaging 3.33 kills, 1.15 digs and .042 blocks per contest.
UP NEXT: Gonzaga University travels to the University of Montana on Tuesday, Sept. 19. Game time is slated for 7:00 p.m. The Bulldogs then have a week between contests to prepare for West Coast Conference action. GU hits the court again on Thursday, Sept. 28 when it plays at Pepperdine at 7 p.m.
HEAD COACH Kip Yoshimura: Kip Yoshimura enters his fifth year as Gonzaga University's head coach returns a strong squad for the 2006 season. Yoshimura has compiled a 22-96 record during his first four years with the Bulldogs. A former assistant coach at Gonzaga during the 1992 season, Yoshimura has complied a 273-168 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.
A FAMILIAR FACE ON THE SIDELINES: Kip Yoshimura has added one new coach to his staff in 2006. Abby Cullen returns to her alma mater as an assistant coach after one season as an assistant coach at Central Washington University. Cullen, a four-year starter for the Bulldogs from 2000-03, ranks in the top 10 in the Zags career record book for block assists (3rd, 341), block solos (3rd, 87), total blocks (3rd, 428), total kills (4th, 1,140), attack attempts (7th, 2,917) and games played (8th, 400). She also holds the single-match record for total blocks in a game with 15 and assisted blocks with 13; both recorded against Portland in 2002.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Outside hitter Becky Jones has had a strong start to her junior season for Gonzaga University. Jones has accumulated six double-doubles this season, including three-straight to close-out the Jackrabbit Kickoff Classic Aug. 25-26. This past weekend, Jones finished with double-doubles in two out of the Bulldogs three matches. She currently has 20 career double-doubles.
SAME SCHOOL JUST DIFFERENT SPORT: After playing two seasons with the Gonzaga University women's basketball team, sophomore Elaina Renius stepped onto the volleyball court for the Bulldogs for the first time this season. The 6-4 middle blocker has been spectacular for GU. She is currently second on the team in hitting percentage (.301) and blocks (33) and third in kills (96). She has hit .300 or above in four contests this season, including a career-high .583 against South Dakota State.
A STEADY SETTER: Junior Heather Dunn began her second season as the starting setter for Gonzaga University in 2006. She has dished out 30 or more assists in all 10 Bulldog matches this season. Dunn has broke her career-high assists two times this season. She dished out a then career-high 61 assists in GU's heartbreaking 3-2 loss to South Dakota State and bested that when she passed out 62 assists in a 3-2 loss to North Dakota State this past weekend. Her previous best was 59 dished out against UC Davis on Sept. 10, 2005. Dunn is currently averaging 11.48 assists per game.
A NEW LIBERO: After two seasons as a starting defensive specialist for Gonzaga University, junior Alecia Douglas is now the starting libero for the Bulldogs. She averaged double-figure digs in each match at the Jackrabbit Kickoff Classic in GU's first weekend of action, including a team-high 20 digs in the Bulldogs 3-2 setback to North Dakota State. The 20 digs is only three off her career-high of 23, collected Oct. 1, 2005 against Portland. On the season, Douglas, who has had double-digit digs in all but two contest this season, is averaging a team-best 3.55 digs per game.
ALL-TOURNAMENT: Gonzaga University junior Becky Jones earned Jackrabbit Kickoff Classic all-tournament honors, while junior Briawna Mueller and junior Heather Dunn were both named to the Gonzaga Volleyball Invitational All-Tournament Team.
A STELLAR PLAYER: Over three contests at the Gonzaga University Volleyball Invitational, junior Briawna Mueller finished with an impressive .449 attacking percentage. On the season, she has 105 kills to her credit, a team-high .307 hitting percentage and a team-best 40 total blocks.
CAREER-HIGHS: Multiple Gonzaga University players have broken personal career-highs this season. Junior Megan Thompson collected a career-high 15 digs against Weber State. Junior Briawna Mueller served-up a career-high five aces against Weber State and collected a career-high nine digs against UMBC. Junior Alecia Douglas had a career-high four service aces against Gardner-Webb. Sophomore Francis Garcia tallied a career-high 10 digs at South Dakota State. Sophomore Tianna Tuatagaloa finished with a career-high 11 kills and four aces against North Dakota State. Sophomore Paige Dillingham had a career-high 12 digs against North Dakota State.
A MINOR SETBACK: Gonzaga University was looking forward to the tandem star power of junior Becky Jones and sophomore Michelle Boevers this season, but Boevers suffered a season-ending knee injury late this summer. As a freshman, Boevers ranked second on the squad with 296 kills despite missing the final seven matches of the season. She had double-figure kills in 15 of the 24 matches she played in during 2005.
LIVE ON THE INTERNET: All Gonzaga University home matches will be available via Gametracker on the internet at http://www.gozags.com. Check the Gonzaga web site for all Gametracker links.
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. Santa Clara University was picked as the unanimous favorite to repeat as West Coast Conference champions in 2006.
Women's Volleyball 2006 Preseason Poll
1. Santa Clara - 64 (8)
2. Pepperdine - 55
3. San Diego - 45
4. Saint Mary¹s - 36
5. Loyola Marymount - 35
6. San Francisco - 27
7. Gonzaga - 17
8. Portland - 9