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Zags Open WCC Home Schedule

Oct. 11, 2006

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- UPCOMING GAMES -THURSDAY-OCT. 12 - 7 p.m.MARTIN CENTRE, Spokane, WA#17 Santa Clara University (12-4, 2-2) vs. Gonzaga (5-13, 0-3 WCC)

SATURDAY - OCT. 14 - 1 p.m.MARTIN CENTRE, Spokane, WA#22 University of San Diego (14-4, 4-0) vs. Gonzaga

TOP STORY: Gonzaga University women's volleyball opens its West Coast Conference home slate when it welcomes Santa Clara University and the University of San Diego to the Martin Centre this week. The Bulldogs welcome Santa Clara on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. and San Diego on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. Both the Broncos and Toreros are ranked in the latest CSTV/AVCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll. Santa Clara is ranked 17th and San Diego is 22nd.

SANTA CLARA BRONCOS: This will be the 39th meeting between Gonzaga University and Santa Clara University and the first of two meetings this season. The Broncos hold a 32-6 lead in the all-time series and have won the last 22 matches dating back to the 1994 season. Santa Clara, who are ranked 17th in the latest CSTV/AVCA Top 25 Poll, currently holds a 12-4 overall record and a 2-2 record in the West Coast Conference. The Broncos, who defeated Pepperdine 3-0 in its last match, are led by Anna Cmaylo who is averaging 3.89 kills and 1.20 blocks per game. Santa Clara did have a setback this past week, playing without senior All-American setter Crystal Matich.

SAN DIEGO TOREROS: This will be the 39th meeting between Gonzaga University and the University of San Diego. The Toreros hold a 29-9 lead in the all-time series and have won the last 23 meetings between the two schools dating back to the 1994 season. San Diego, who is ranked 22nd in the latest CSTV/AVCA Top 25 Poll, currently holds a 14-4 overall record and 4-0 record in the WCC. The Toreros have a four-match winning streak which includes 3-1 victories over Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount. San Diego is led Kristen Carlson, reigning WCC player of the Week, who is averaging 5.09 kills and 3.29 digs per game.

A LOOK AHEAD: After its matches against Santa Clara University and the University of San Diego, Gonzaga University will travel to play at WCC opponents San Francisco (Oct. 19) and Saint Mary's (Oct. 21). GU's match against San Francisco will begin at 7 p.m., while its contest against Saint Mary's will start at 1 p.m.

A RECAP OF LAST WEEK: Gonzaga University played its final non-conference match along with its third West Coast Conference match of the season last week. The Bulldogs defeated the University of Idaho 3-2 to start off the week and then dropped a 3-0 decision to WCC opponent Portland to close out the week. Gonzaga now holds a 5-13 overall record and are 0-3 in conference.

ANOTHER STREAK BROKEN: Gonzaga University's 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the University of Idaho on Oct. 3 broke a 10-match losing streak to the Vandals that dated back to the 1997 season. The last time the Bulldogs had defeated the Vandals was Sept. 9, 1997 when they earned a 3-0 sweep at Idaho.

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.

CLOSING IN ON 1,000: Gonzaga University junior Becky Jones is closing in on the exclusive 1,000-kill plateau. Jones currently has 939 career kills to her credit and needs only 61 more to become one of 12 players in GU history to eclipse 1,000 career kills. If she continues to average 3.70 kills per game, she will hit 1,000 in 17 games or six 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 fifth in assists (1,976), while Jones is ninth in total attempts (2,752). Mueller is seventh in total blocks (323) and in solo blocks (64) and eighth in block assists (259).

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.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH: Gonzaga University junior Briawna Mueller was the strength behind the Bulldogs 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Idaho on Oct. 3. Mueller finished with 15 kills, an impressive .542 attack percentage, one solo block and eight block assists. On the season, Mueller has 168 kills, a .267 attack percentage, 15 service aces, and a team leading 72 total blocks.

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 12 matches and double-digit digs in 11 matches. She also has accumulated eight double-doubles this season. On the year, Jones leads the Bulldogs in kills (259) and is second in digs (217).

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 3.30 digs per game. She collected a season-high 20 digs against North Dakota State University on Aug. 26 and against Idaho on Oct. 3.

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 15 out of the Bulldogs 18 matches this season. Dunn has broke her career-high assists three this season. She dished out a then career-high 61 assists in GU's heartbreaking 3-2 loss to South Dakota State, bested that when she passed out 62 assists in a 3-2 loss to North Dakota State on Sept. 9 and bested it again when she had 64 assists in a 3-2 win over Idaho Oct. 3. Her previous best was 59 dished out against UC Davis on Sept. 10, 2005. Dunn is currently averaging 11.01 assists per game.

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 and at Portland. 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.