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Zags Play at San Francisco and Saint Mary's

Oct. 17, 2006

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- UPCOMING GAMES -THURSDAY - OCT. 19 - 7 p.m.WAR MEMORIAL GYM, San Francisco, CAGonzaga (5-15, 0-5 WCC) vs. San Francisco (17-5, 1-4 WCC)

SATURDAY - OCT. 21 - 1 p.m.McKEON PAVILION, Moraga, CAGonzaga vs. Saint Mary's (8-8, 3-2 WCC)

Last Week's Results10/12 - vs. #17 Santa Clara (L, 3-2)10/14 - vs. #22 San Diego (L, 3-0)

TOP STORY: The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team continues its West Coast Conference schedule when it plays at the University of San Francisco and at Saint Mary's College this week. The Bulldogs hits the court against San Francisco on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. and against Saint Mary's on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO DONS: This will be the 41st meeting between Gonzaga University and the University of San Francisco and the first of two meetings this season. The Bulldogs hold a 23-17 lead in the all-time series but have lost the last seven matches to the Dons. San Francisco currently holds a 17-5 overall record and a 1-4 record in the West Coast Conference. The Dons, who defeated Loyola Marymount 3-1 in its last match, are led by Kristin Hasselberg who is averaging 4.61 kills and 2.21 digs per game. Hasselberg recorded a season-high 27 kills to lead the Dons in the win over LMU.

SAINT MARY'S GAELS: This will be the 40th meeting between Gonzaga University and Saint Mary's College. The Bulldogs hold a 21-18 lead in the all-time series. Each team won one match in the two-game series a season ago. Saint Mary's currently holds an 8-8 overall record and 3-2 record in the WCC. The Gaels, who are coming off a 3-0 loss to Pepperdine, are led by Christina Kirk who is averaging 3.47 kills and 1.07 blocks per game.

A LOOK AHEAD: After its matches against the University of San Francisco and Saint Mary's College, Gonzaga University heads back to the Martin Centre for a three-game homestand. GU will host WCC opponents Loyola Marymount (Oct. 26, 7 p.m.), Pepperdine (Oct. 28, 1 p.m.) and Portland (Nov. 4, 1 p.m.).

A RECAP OF LAST WEEK: Gonzaga University opened its WCC home slate when it welcomed both Santa Clara University and the University of San Diego to the Martin Centre last week. Gonzaga, which fell 3-2 to #17 Santa Clara to start the week, was the third team to push Santa Clara to five games this season. The Zags then dropped a 3-0 decision to San Diego to close out the week. Gonzaga currently holds a 5-15 overall record and are 0-5 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 971 career kills to her credit and needs only 29 more to become one of only 12 players in GU history to eclipse 1,000 career kills. If she continues to average 3.73 kills per game, she will hit 1,000 in seven games or three 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 (2,068), while Jones is ninth in total attempts (2,844). Mueller is seventh in total blocks (330), solo blocks (66) and eighth in block assists (264).

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 freshman Emily Johnson has come on strong the past few matches. She collected her first career double-double against Idaho with 13 kills and 11 digs. This past week, Johnson finished with double-digit kills in both WCC contests. She had 13 kills in a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to #17 Santa Clara and added 11 kills in a 3-0 setback to #22 San Diego. On the season, Johnson has 136 kills, seven service aces, and 19 total blocks.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Outside hitter Becky Jones has had strong junior season so far for Gonzaga University. Jones has had double-digit kills in 14 matches and double-digit digs in 12 matches. She also has accumulated nine double-doubles this season. On the year, Jones leads the Bulldogs in kills (291) and is second in digs (235).

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 six matches this season, is averaging a team-best 3.21 digs per game.

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 17 out of the Bulldogs 20 matches this season. Dunn has broke her career-high assists three times 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 11.06 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 against Santa Clara 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.