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Zags Play At Idaho Tuesday

Sept. 17, 2007

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Upcoming Matches:
GONZAGA (10-4)  vs. Idaho (3-7), 7 p.m.

Last Week's Results
TCU Invitational
9/14 - vs. Alcorn State - W, 3-0
9/15 vs. Sam Houston State - W, 3-1
9/15 vs. TCU - L, 3-0

TOP STORY: The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team will play its second to last non-conference match when its plays at the University of Idaho on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Match time is set for 7 p.m. The Bulldogs come into the match looking for their 11th win of the season; which would be the most wins in a season by the Zags in 11 years. 

IDAHO VANDALS: This will be the 35th meeting between Gonzaga University and the University of Idaho. The Vandals hold the 24-10 lead in the all-times series, but the Bulldogs did win the last meeting between the two schools. The 2006 3-2 come-from-behind victory by the Zags broke a 10-match losing streak that dated back to the 1998 season. Idaho comes into the contest with a 3-7 record. The Vandals are led by Haley Larsen who is averaging a team-best 5.28 kills per game, along with 2.75 digs per game. Idaho is coached by Debbie Buchanan in her eighth year with UI.

A RECAP OF LAST WEEKEND: The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team placed second at the TCU Tournament after finishing the weekend with a 2-1 record. The Bulldogs defeated both Alcorn State University (3-0) and Sam Houston State University (3-1) before falling in the championship match to TCU (3-0).

ALL-TOURNAMENT: Gonzaga University women's volleyball senior classmates Heather Dunn and Becky Jones earned All-Tournament honors at the TCU Tournament this past weekend. Dunn earned all-tournament accolades in each of the four tournaments the Zags have participated in, while this is Jones third-straight all-tournament honor.

EIGHT MATCH WINNING STREAK: The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team won a school-record eight-straight matches when it defeated Sam Houston State University in the second match of the TCU Tournament. The winning streak started with a 3-0 victory over Morgan State University on Sept. 1 and was broken when they Bulldogs fell to TCU on Sept. 15. The longest winning streak in Gonzaga history had been seven-straight from Oct. 19 through Nov.5, 1994.

LOOKING FOR NUMBER 11: When the Gonzaga University women's volleyball team matches up with the University of Idaho on Sept. 18 it will be looking for its 11th win of the season. If the Zags do record their 11th victory against Idaho it will be the most program wins in a season in 11 years. The last time GU had 11 or more wins in a season was in 1996 when it finished 13-19 overall. 

A LOOK AHEAD: The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team will take nearly a week off to prepare for West Coast Conference action. The Bulldogs will not play again until they begin WCC play at Saint Mary's College on Sept. 27. Match time is slated for 7 p.m.

BEST START IN 17 YEARS: The Gonzaga University women's volleyball squad improved to 8-3 overall by defeating Bowling Green State University (3-2), the University of Northern Colorado (3-0), and host New Mexico University (3-2) to claim the Comcast Lobo Invitational. The 8-3 start for the Zags was the best start since the 1990 season when they came out strong with an 8-1 record.

TOURNAMENT WIN: Matching up against the University of New Mexico, whose only loss of the 2007 season was against a Top-25 team, did not scare the Gonzaga University women's volleyball team. The Bulldogs took a hard-fought 3-2 (23-30, 30-27, 31-29, 30-22, 15-13) victory over the Lobos to win the Comcast Lobo Invitational hosted by New Mexico. It was the first tournament victory in two seasons for GU. The Bulldogs last won a tournament in 2005 when they claimed the Over the Mountain Invite. 

MVP, MVP: Senior Heather Dunn, of the Gonzaga University women's volleyball team, was named the Comcast Lobo Invitational Most Valuable Player after dishing out a season-high 64 assists, along with collecting eight digs in the decisive 3-2 win over New Mexico to claim the championship. In the three tournaments the Zags have participated in this season, Dunn has been named to each all-tournament squad.

ALL-TOURNAMENT: Along with Gonzaga University senior Heather Dunn, who was named Most Valuable Player of the Comcast Lobo Invitational, senior Becky Jones and sophomore Layne Brosky both garnered all-tournament accolades.

ALL-AROUND PERFORMANCE: Gonzaga University women's volleyball player Elaina Renius tallied 19 kills, seven solo blocks and two block assists versus the University of New Mexico. The seven solo blocks is tied for the second most blocks in a single-match in GU history. Renius also had seven solo blocks against Saint Mary's in 2006.

FIVE SWEEPS TO START THE SEASON: The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team first five wins of the season were each 3-0 victories. 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. 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.

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.

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 2.83 kills and 1.04 digs per game, along with 10 aces and 20 blocks.

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 11 matches for Gonzaga. She has three double-digit dig performances to her credit, 10 digs against both  Bowling Green and Northern Colorado and a career-high 12 against Sam Houston State University.

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 40-120 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)