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Bulldogs Welcome Idaho, Travel To Portland

Oct. 3, 2006

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- UPCOMING GAMES -TUESDAY -OCT. 3 - 7 p.m.MARTIN CENTRE, Spokane, WAUniversity of Idaho (3-10) vs. Gonzaga (4-12, 0-2 WCC)

SATURDAY - OCT. 7 - 1 p.m.CHILES CENTER, Portland, OR GONZAGA vs. University of Portland (7-8, 0-2 WCC)

Last Week's Results9/28 - at #23 Pepperdine University (L, 3-0)9/30 - at Loyola Marymount (L, 3-0)

TOP STORY: Gonzaga University women's volleyball welcomes the University of Idaho to the Martin Centre on Tuesday, Oct. 3 for its final non-conference match of the season. Match time is set at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs then travel into Oregon for a West Coast Conference match against the University of Portland on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m.

IDAHO VANDALS: This will be the 34th meeting between Gonzaga University and the University of Idaho. The Vandals hold a 24-9 lead in the all-time series and have won the last 10 matches dating back to the 1998 season. Idaho currently holds a 3-10 overall record and a 2-1 record in the Western Athletic Conference. The Vandals are led by Haley Larsen who is averaging 3.52 kills per game.

PORTLAND PILOTS: This will be the 42nd meeting between Gonzaga University and the University of Portland. The Bulldogs hold a 27-14 lead in the all-time series. Portland currently holds a 7-8 overall record and 0-2 record in the WCC. UP fell to both #23 Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount 3-0 this past weekend. The Vandals are led by Nicole Thometz who is averaging 3.54 kills and 2.70 digs per contest.

A RECAP OF LAST WEEK: Gonzaga University lost its opening West Coast Conference matches this past week. The Bulldogs dropped 3-0 decisions to both #23 Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount. With the two losses, GU fell to 4-12 overall on the season and 0-2 in conference.

A LOOK AHEAD: After its matches against the University of Idaho and the University of Portland, Gonzaga University will welcome WCC opponents Santa Clara (Oct. 12) and San Diego (Oct. 14) to the Martin Centre. GU's match against SCU will begin at 7 p.m., while its contest against SDU will start at 1 p.m.

CLOSING IN ON 1,000: Gonzaga University junior Becky Jones is closing in on the exclusive 1,000-kill plateau. Jones currently has 908 career kills to her credit and needs only 92 more to become one of 12 players in GU history to eclipse 1,000 career kills. If she continues to average 3.69 kills per game, she will hit 1,000 in 25 games or nine matches.

MOVING UP THE CAREER RECORD BOOK: Gonzaga University junior classmates Heather Dunn, Becky Jones, and Briawna Mueller are each inching up the GU career record book. Dunn is currently sixth in assists (1,885), while Jones is ninth in total attempts (2,661). Mueller is ninth in total blocks (311), tied for seventh in solo blocks (63) and eighth in block assists (248).

SINGLE-SEASON RECORDS: Gonzaga University juniors Becky Jones and Briawna Mueller have earned a spot in the Bulldogs single-season Top 10. Jones is tied for sixth in digs (3 games) with 20 (vs. UMBC, Sept. 8) and tied for eighth in total attempts with 65 (vs. North Dakota State, Aug. 26). Mueller's 10 blocks against Portland State on Sept. 2 ties her for eighth in the single-season Top 10.

BREAKING A STREAK: Gonzaga University's 3-2 victory over Eastern Washington University on Tuesday, Sept. 12 broke a 15-match losing streak to the Eagles that dated back to the 1996 season. The last time the Bulldogs had defeated the Eagles was on Oct. 1, 1996 when they earned a 3-1 victory. With Eastern Washington leading 2-1 in last week's match, Gonzaga won the final two games to earn the five-game victory and break the streak.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH: Gonzaga University sophomore Elaina Renius was the strength behind the Bulldogs impressive 3-2 victory over Eastern Washington University on Sept. 12. Renius finished with a match and career-high 19 kills, a match-high .533 attacking percentage, along with two assists, one solo block and two block assists. On the season, Renius leads the team in attack percentage (.325) and solo blocks (17) and is second in total kills (162) and block assists (41).

DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Outside hitter Becky Jones has had a strong start to her junior season for Gonzaga University. Jones has had double-digit kills in 11 matches and double-digit digs in nine matches. She also has accumulated seven double-doubles this season. On the year, Jones leads the Bulldogs in kills (229) and is second in digs (190).

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 14 out of the Bulldogs 16 matches this season. Dunn has broke her career-high assists twice 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 on Sept. 9. Her previous best was 59 dished out against UC Davis on Sept. 10, 2005. Dunn is currently averaging 11.97 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. On the season, Douglas, who has had double-digit digs in all but five matches this season, is averaging a team-best 3.21 digs per game. She collected a season-high 20 digs against North Dakota State University on Aug. 26.

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.

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. Jones and Elaina Renius also earned all-tournament honors at the Boise State Tournament.

HEAD COACH Kip Yoshimura: Kip Yoshimura, who 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.

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.