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WCC Volleyball Recaps

Oct. 9, 2007

Gonzaga - 3
Eastern Washington - 0

CHENEY, Wash. -
The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team closed out its non-conference slate with a 3-0 (30-24, 34-32, 30-24) sweep over Eastern Washington University Tuesday evening in Cheney. The victory for the Zags was the first win on the Eagles court since the 1994 season and only the fifth-ever sweep over EWU. The last time Gonzaga swept Eastern Washington was Oct. 19, 1994.

With the win Gonzaga improved its record to 13-7 overall, while Eastern Washington fell to 6-12 on the season. The 13 wins for the Bulldogs ties the most wins in a season since the 1996 campaign when GU closed out the year at 13-19.

Gonzaga was led by junior Elaina Renius and senior Briawna Mueller. Both players closed out the match with over a .400 hitting clip. Renius tallied a match-high 14 kills along with a match-high .478 attacking percentage, while Mueller added 13 kills and had a .455 hitting percentage. Also in double-figure kills was sophomore Michelle Boevers who had 10.

Senior Heather Dunn, who nearly collected a double-double after the first game with 12 assists and eight digs, finished the contest dishing out a match-high 35 assists as the Bulldogs had 52 kills and a .275 hitting percentage during the match. Dunn also added 11 digs for GU for her team-leading 10th double-double of the season.

Gonzaga was led defensively by senior classmates Alecia Douglas and Becky Jones. Douglas had a match-high 13 digs in the victory while Jones had 10.

Leading the way for Eastern Washington was Alysha Cook who had 12 kills, six block assists and three digs in the setback. The Eagles were held to only 44 total team kills and a .185 attacking clip.

Gonzaga will be back in action Saturday, Oct. 13 when it resumes West Coast Conference action with a match against the University of Portland at the Martin Centre. Match time is set for 2 p.m.

Santa Clara - 0
Sacramento State - 3

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Redshirt freshman Kim Courtney and junior Taylor O'Brien revealed career performances Tuesday night as Santa Clara volleyball faced Sacramento State in non-conference action. Courtney registered personal bests with 14 kills and 12 digs and O'Brien tallied a career-high eight kills, however their solid attempts were not strong enough as the Broncos fell 3-0 (32-30, 30-22, 30-28) in a highly contested match against the Hornets. With the loss, SCU drops to 11-9 overall and Sacramento State improves to 12-7 on the year.

Junior Brittany Lowe added 11 kills for Santa Clara, while setter Crystal Matich dished out 40 assists and a match-high six total blocks. Outside hitter Nichole Clark added five total blocks and eight kills for the night and libero Caroline Walters collected 18 digs.

The Hornets took an early control of the match, but the Broncos fought back to knot the score 7-7 on points from O'Brien and Lowe. Although Sacramento State continued to hold the advantage, Santa Clara kept the score tight as it tied the score again, 25-25, on a kill from Courtney. The teams then went point-for-point as a kill from Lowe equalized the score for the final time. A kill from Missie Stidham, followed by a successful attack from Jennifer Ferguson ended the first game, 32-30, for the Hornets.

Lauryn Dowd opened the second game for the Broncos but the score was quickly tied by the Hornets. The teams went head-to-head for the majority of the beginning of the game before Sacramento State took a five-point edge on a kill from Stidham. SCU continued its fight, but the Hornets won game tow, 30-22.

The start of game three was quite similar to game one as Sacramento State opened with a 7-3 advantage. The Broncos rallied back to come within two, 12-10, on a block assist from Dowd and O'Brien, but was unable to catch the Hornets. A 6-1 run fueled by points from Courtney and Matich, brought SCU within three, 26-23, and another small three-point run starting with a kill from Courtney and a block assist by Matich and Clark made the score, 28-26. However, that was the closest the Broncos would get as the Hornets ended the match with a 30-28 game three victory.

For Sacramento State, Lindsey Haupt recorded a match-high 18 kills, while Stidham and Ferguson chipped in with 17 and 10 kills, respectively. Ferguson also tallied a match-high 18 digs.

The Broncos return to West Coast Conference action at the Leavey Center on Friday, Oct. 12, Santa Clara hosts Saint Mary's at 6 p.m.

Portland - 0
Portland State - 3

PORTLAND, Ore.- The University of Portland volleyball team ran into a red hot Portland State squad and fell in three games to the Vikings at the Stott Center on Tuesday. The Vikings (14-4, 7-0 Big Sky) won their ninth straight match with a 30-28, 30-20, 30-21 decision over the Pilots (7-11, 0-4 WCC). It was the final non-conference match of the season for Portland.

Freshman Jessica Clemens was the lone Pilot to reach double figure kills, cashing in 11 to go with 10 digs. Senior setter Kara Pein added 32 assists and 10 digs as well.

Jennifer Oney paced the Vikings with 13 kills, while Marija Vojnovic chipped in 10. Jacqueline Thomas had a match-high 18 digs.

Portland seemed to be in cruise control early in the first game, rallying for a 7-1 lead with seven consecutive points courtesy of Clemens' serve. She recorded two of her team-high five aces during the run. PSU took the punch and bounced back with a 9-1 run of its own to promptly regain the lead at 10-8. The lead changed hands a total of six times in the game before the Vikings pulled out the 30-28 win.

The momentum carried forward as the Vikings finished game two strong as well. Trailing 13-12, PSU would go on to win the game 30-20 led by six kills from Oney and a remarkable five aces from Vojnovic, who finished with seven for the match.

It was more of the same in the third and final game as PSU jumped out to a 15-9 lead and coasted to the 30-21 final.

Portland now returns its focus to the West Coast Conference as the Pilots will travel to Northwest rival Gonzaga on Saturday for a 2 p.m. match.