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Zags Play at Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine

Oct. 31, 2007

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Upcoming Matches:

GONZAGA (16-9, 4-5 WCC)
at Loyola Marymount (11-10, 3-5 WCC), 7 p.m.

GONZAGA at Pepperdine (13-7, 5-3 WCC), 1 p.m.

Last Week's Results
10/25 vs. Santa Clara - L, 3-0
10/27 vs. Saint Mary's - W, 3-1

TOP STORY: The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team hits the road for two West Coast Conference contests this week. The Bulldogs will look to sweep the series at Loyola Marymount University on Thursday, Nov. 1 before taking on Pepperdine University on Saturday, Nov. 3. Match time against the Lions is 7 p.m., while the contest at the Waves is set for 1 p.m.

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT LIONS: This will be the 42nd meeting between Gonzaga University and Loyola Marymount University and the second meeting of the season. The Bulldogs earned a 3-1 victory over the Lions earlier this season and have now won two-straight. LMU does hold the 32-9 lead in the all-times series though. Loyola Marymount comes into the contest against Gonzaga with a 11-10 overall record and a 3-5 mark in the West Coast Conference. LMU senior Heather Hughes leads the nation in kills per game, an honor she has held since the week of September 9. Through 21 matches and 77 games played, Hughes has collected 433 kills to the tune of a 5.62 kills per game average. Entering the week, Hughes sits at 1,572 career kills and 1,174 career digs.

PEPPERDINE WAVES: This will be the 42nd meeting between Gonzaga University and Pepperdine University and the second meeting of the season.The Waves defeated the Bulldogs earlier this season 3-1 and have now won 21-straight over GU. Pepperdine holds a 13-7 overall mark this season and a 5-3 record in conference. The Waves are currently playing without the their second-leading hitter Rachel Lumsden, who is out with a knee injury. Pepperdine is 3-3 since Lumsden's injury.

A RECAP OF LAST WEEK: The Gonzaga University women's volleyball squad split two matches this past week. The Bulldogs dropped a 3-0 decision to Santa Clara University before bouncing back with a 3-1 victory over Saint Mary's College. Gonzaga now holds a 16-9 overall record and a 4-5 mark in conference. 

A LOOK AHEAD: After its matches against Loyola Marymount University and Saint Mary's College, Gonzaga University closes out its West Coast Confernece road slate with a match at the University of Portland. The Zags will face the Pilots on Nov. 10 at 1 p.m.

LOOKING FOR FIVE: When the Gonzaga University women's volleyball team defeated Saint Mary's College 3-1 last Saturday it improved its West Coast Conference record to 4-5 overall. With one more victory in WCC action the Bulldogs will have tied the most conference victories in a season since the 2001 campaign when the Zags closed out the year with a 5-9 mark. 

A SERIES SWEEP: When Gonzaga University faces off against Loyola Marymount University Nov. 1 it will be looking to sweep its first West Coast Conference series since the 2001 season.The Bulldogs defeated LMU 3-1 earlier this season and is hoping to win on the Lions home court this Thursday. The last time Gonzaga won a WCC series was in 2001 when it swept the University of San Francisco.

ROAD WIN: When Gonzaga University women's volleyball squad defeated the University of San Francisco 3-2 on the road Oct. 18 is was only the third West Coast Conference road win in Kip Yoshimura's six-year tenure. The Bulldogs defeated Saint Mary's College on the road in 2002 and again in 2006.

NINE SWEEPS: With its sweeping victories over Eastern Washington University and the University of Portland, the Gonzaga University women's volleyball team has now won nine matches by sweeping its opponents. It is the first time since 1994 that the Bulldogs have swept nine matches and only the fifth time in school history they have had nine or more sweeps in a season.

16 VICTORIES: The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team won its 16th match of the season when it defeated Saint Mary's College on Oct. 27. The 16 wins are the most victories for the Zags since the 1994 campaign when GU closed out the season at 17-12.

WINNING ON ITS OPPONENTS COURT: The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team broke two momentous records this season when it defeated the University of Idaho and Eastern Washington University. The 3-1 win on the Vandals court was the first victory on their court since the 1997 campaign. The 3-0 sweep of the Eagles, also on their court, was the Zags first win on the EWU's court since the 1994 season and only the fifth-ever sweep over EWU. The last time Gonzaga swept Eastern Washington was Oct. 19, 1994.

CLOSING IN ON GU RECORDS: Senior Briawna Mueller is inching her way closer to multiple Gonzaga career records. Mueller currently has 512 total career blocks to her credit; 32 shy of the Gonzaga career record held by Lisa Petticord (544; 1987-90). She also has 404 career block assists and is only five block assists away from breaking career record held by Petticord (408;1987-90). Mueller also has 108 solo blocks during her tenure, 28 shy of the career mark also held by Petticord (136; 1987-90). 

14 DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Gonzaga University volleyball senior Heather Dunn tallied her 14th double-doubles of the season this past weekend. In the Zags 3-1 victory over Saint Mary's College Oct. 27, Dunn finished with 59 assists and 11 digs.

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 second in total blocks (512) and block assists (404) and is third in block solos (108). Senior Becky Jones is second in total attempts (3,942), fourth in kills (1,379) and seventh in digs (1,052), while classmate Alecia Douglas is fifth in digs (1,141) and seventh in service aces (104). Heather Dunn is also third in total assists (3,577). 

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 257.

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 46-124 record during his first five plus years with the Bulldogs. A former assistant coach at Gonzaga during the 1992 season, Yoshimura has complied a 298-197 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)