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Zags Play On The Road For Final Time

Nov. 7, 2007

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Upcoming Matches:

GONZAGA (16-11, 4-7 WCC) at Portland (7-18, 0-11 WCC), 1 p.m.

Last Week's Results
11/1 at Loyola Marymount - L, 3-2
11/3 at Pepperdine - L, 3-0

TOP STORY: The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team embarks on its final road trip of the season when it plays at West Coast Conference foe the University of Portland on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. The Bulldogs are looking to snap a two-match WCC losing streak and earn their fifth conference victory of the year; the most WCC wins for the Zags since 2001.

PORTLAND PILOTS: This will be the 45th meeting between Gonzaga University and the University of Portland and the second meeting of the season. The Bulldogs earned a 3-0 sweep over the Pilots earlier this season and have now won two-straight over Portland. Portland comes into the contest against Gonzaga with a 7-18 overall record, an 0-11 mark in the West Coast Conference and have lost 14-straight. The Pilots are led by Ashley Grayson and Jessica Clemens. Grayson is averaging a team-best 3.07 kills per contest, while Clemens i averaging 2.98 kills and 2.99 digs per match. 

A RECAP OF LAST WEEK: The Gonzaga University women's volleyball squad dropped two West Coast Conference matches on the road last weekend. The Bulldogs dropped a heartbreaking 3-2 decision to Loyola Marymount University before falling to Pepperdine University 3-0. The Zags now hold a 16-11 overall mark and a 4-7 record in conference.

LOOKING FOR FIVE: The Gonzaga University women's volleyball hits the court this weekend with a 4-7 West Coast Conference record. 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 the University of Portland Nov. 10 it will be looking to sweep its first West Coast Conference series since the 2001 season.The Bulldogs defeated the Pilots 3-0 earlier this season and are hoping to win on the Portland's home court this Thursday. The last time Gonzaga won a WCC series was in 2001 when it swept the University of San Francisco.

LOOKING FOR A WIN AT PORTLAND: The Gonzaga University women's volleyball squad is looking to earn its first victory on the University of Portland's home court in six seasons. The last time the Bulldogs pulled out a win on the Pilots court was Oct. 10, 2001. A victory at Portland would also be the first time since 2001 that the Zags earned two road West Coast Conference matches in a season. Gonzaga, who defeated San Francisco on the road this season, defeated both Portland and San Francisco on the road in 2001. 

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 increased its sweeping victories to nine. 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.

A LOOK AHEAD: After its match at the University of Portland, Gonzaga University will close out its 2007 campaign by welcoming the University of San Diego and the University of San Francisco to the Martin Centre. The Zags will face the Toreros on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. and host the Dons, which also will be Senior Day, on Nov. 17 at 1 p.m.

BREAKING BULLDOG RECORDS: Senior Briawna Mueller became the Bulldog career leader in block assists after she finished Gonzaga University's 3-2 loss at Loyola Marymount University Nov. 1 with seven. Mueller broke the 17-year record of 408 block assists held by Lisa Petticord (1987-1990) and now has 411 total block assists to her credit.

CLOSING IN ON A FEW MORE RECORDS: Senior Briawna Mueller, who became the Zag career leader in block assists on Nov. 1, is now 22 total blocks shy and 28 solo blocks shy of sweeping the Gonzaga University career blocking records. Mueller currently has 523 total career blocks to her credit and 109 solo blocks during her tenure.  

MOVING UP THE RECORD BOOK: Multiple Gonzaga University women's volleyball players have continued to move up the ranks in the Bulldog career record book this season. Senior Becky Jones is second in total attempts (4,006), fourth in kills (1,406) and seventh in digs (1,076), while classmate Alecia Douglas is third in digs (1,170) and seventh in service aces (104). Heather Dunn is also third in total assists (3,666). 

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.

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.

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. 

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.

HEAD COACH Kip Yoshimura: Kip Yoshimura enters his sixth year as  Gonzaga University's head coach. Yoshimura has compiled a 46-126 record during his first five plus years with the Bulldogs. A former assistant coach at Gonzaga during the 1992 season, Yoshimura has complied a 298-199 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)