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Zags Close out Non-Conference Slate

Oct. 8, 2007

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Upcoming Matches:

GONZAGA (12-7, 1-2 WCC) at Eastern Washington (6-11, 5-2 Big Sky), 7 p.m.

GONZAGA vs. Portland (7-10, 0-4 WCC), 2 p.m.

Last Week's Results
10/4 vs. Pepperdine - L, 3-1
10/6 vs. Loyola Marymount - W, 3-1

TOP STORY: The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team closes out its non-conference slate with a match at Eastern Washington University on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. After the match against the Eagles, the Bulldogs will welcome West Coast Conference foe the University of Portland to the Martin Centre on Saturday, Oct. 13. Match time is set for 2 p.m.

EASTERN WASHINGTON EAGLES: This will be the 38th meeting between Gonzaga University and Eastern Washington University. The Eagles hold the 22-15 lead in the all-time series. The Bulldog did win the last meeting between the two schools to break a 15-match losing streak that dated back to the 1996 season. The Eagles, who are currently 6-11 overall and 5-2 in the Big Sky Conference, are led by sophomore outside hitter Haley Hills. Hills is averaging 3.97 kills and 2.24 digs per game. She also has 15 service aces to her credit. 

PORTLAND PILOTS: This will be the 44th meeting between Gonzaga University and the University of Portland. The Bulldogs, who hold the 28-15 lead in the all-time series, split the WCC series with the Pilots in 2006. In the first match of the 2006 campaign, Portland defeated visiting Gonzaga 3-0. The Bulldogs rebounded from the loss to sweep the Pilots 3-0 at the Martin Centre. Portland enters the contest with a 7-10 overall record and a 0-4 slate in the WCC. The Pilots are led by Jessica Clemens who is averaging 3.03 kills and 2.92 digs per game. 

A RECAP OF LAST WEEK: The Gonzaga University women's volleyball squad split its first home weekend of West Coast Conference action. The Bulldogs dropped a 3-1 decision to Pepperdine University on Thursday, despite winning the opening game by a decisive 30-19 score. The Zags rebounded to defeat Loyola Marymount University 3-1 on Saturday. The victory over the Lions was only the ninth all-time, but second-straight.

FIRST WCC VICTORY OF 2008: The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team earned its first West Coast Conference victory of the season on Oct. 6 with a 3-1 victory over visiting Loyola Marymount University. The win over the Lions was only the ninth all time, but second-straight.

NINE DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Gonzaga University volleyball senior Becky Jones tallied her eighth and ninth double-doubles of the season this past weekend. In the Zags 3-1 setback to Pepperdine Oct. 4, Jones finished the contest with a double-double of 11 kills and 11 digs. She followed that performance up with a 22 kill and 10 dig performance in GU's 3-1 victory over Loyola Marymount University.

NUMBER 12: With Gonzaga University's victory over Loyola Marymount University on Oct. 6 it improved the Bulldogs record to 12-7 overall. The 12 victories are the most Bulldogs wins in 11 seasons. Gonzaga finished the 1996 campaign with a 13-19 record.
BIG WIN: The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team defeated the University of Idaho 3-1 on Sept. 18. The Bulldogs came alive after a first-game 30-19 setback to the Vandals to win three-straight (30-27, 30-26, 30-23) and capture the victory. The win was a momentous one for Gonzaga as the Bulldogs had not won on Idaho's court since the 1997 campaign.

A LOOK AHEAD: After its match against the University of Portland, Gonzaga University will hit the road for two West Coast Conference matches. The Zags will face the University of San Francisco on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. and the University of San Diego on Oct. 20 at 1 p.m.

MOVING UP THE RECORD BOOKS: Multiple Gonzaga University women's volleyball players have continued to move up the ranks in the Bulldog career record book this season. Senior Briawna Mueller is currently third in total blocks (472), block solos (98) and block assists (374). Senior Becky Jones is second in total attempts (3,735) and fourth in kills (1,307), while classmate Alecia Douglas is tied for seventh in digs (1,049) and seventh in service aces (101). 

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 the 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.

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

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.

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 Canisius 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.

CAREER NIGHT: Junior Elaina Renius had a career night against the University of Idaho Sept. 18. The Gonzaga University middle blocker finished the contest with 20 kills; a career-high. Renius is currently second on the squad in total kills with 208.

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. Gametracker for selected away matches are also available. Check out gozags.com for all Gametracker links. 

HEAD COACH Kip Yoshimura: Kip Yoshimura enters his sixth year as  Gonzaga University's head coach. Yoshimura has compiled a 42-122 record during his first five plus years with the Bulldogs. A former assistant coach at Gonzaga during the 1992 season, Yoshimura has complied a 294-195 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)