Nov. 13, 2007
THURSDAY - NOVEMBER 15
GONZAGA (17-11, 5-7 WCC) vs. #18 San Diego (19-7, 9-3 WCC), 7 p.m.
SATURDAY - NOVEMBER 17 - SENIOR DAY
GONZAGA vs. San Francisco (15-13, 4-8 WCC), 1 p.m.
TOP STORY: The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team closes out its 2007 regular season when it welcomes West Coast Conference opponents the University of San Diego and the University of San Francisco to the Martin Centre this week. The Bulldogs will match-up with the Toreros, currently ranked 18th in the latest AVCA Top-25 poll, on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. The Zags will then host Senior Day against the Dons on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m.
SAN DIEGO TOREROS: This will be the 42nd meeting between Gonzaga University and the University of San Diego and the second meeting of the season. The Bulldogs dropped a heartbreaking 3-2 decision to the Toreros earlier this season in San Diego. USD now holds the 32-9 lead in the all-time series and has won 26-straight. San Diego comes into the contest against Gonzaga ranked 18th in the latest CSTV/AVCA Coaches Top 25 poll and holds a 19-7 overall record and a 9-3 mark in the West Coast Conference. The Toreros are led be Amy DeGroot, the reigning WCC player of the Week, who leads the team with 409 kills and 217 digs.
SAN FRANCISCO DONS: This will be the 42nd meeting between Gonzaga University and the University of San Francisco and the second meeting of the season. The Bulldogs earned a thrilling 3-2 decision over the Dons earlier this season in San Francisco. GU now holds the 25-16 lead in the all-time series and has won three-straight. San Francisco comes into the contest against Gonzaga with a 15-13 overall record and a 4-8 mark in the West Coast Conference. The Dons, who have lost four-straight, are led by Kristin Hasselberg who is averaging a team-best 3.55 kills per game along with 1.65 digs per game.
A RECAP OF LAST WEEK: The Gonzaga University women's volleyball squad played its final road match of the season last Saturday. The Bulldogs picked up a 3-0 victory at the University of Portland. With the win the Zags improved to 17-11 overall and 5-7 in the West Coast Conference.
HITTING FIVE: When Gonzaga University women's volleyball team defeated the University of Portland on Nov. 10 it improved its West Coast Conference record to 5-7 overall. The five wins ties the most WCC victories in a season in seven years. The last time the Zags won five conference contests was in 2001 when they closed out the year at 5-9. The five WCC victories are also the most in a season during head coach Kip Yoshimura's tenure. The Zags had earned four victories two different seasons during Yoshimura's six years.
A SERIES SWEEP: Gonzaga University volleyball earned its first West Coast Conference series sweep since 2001 when it defeated the University of Portland Nov. 10. The Bulldogs swept the Pilots at the Martin Centre earlier this season and did they exact same at Portland this past Saturday. The last time Gonzaga won a WCC series was when it swept the University of San Francisco in 2001. It was also the first time since the 1994 season the Bulldogs have earned 3-0 sweeps over the same WCC school. In 1994 the Zags also earned two 3-0 victories over both Saint Mary's College and Santa Clara University.
TWO ROAD WINS: When Gonzaga University women's volleyball squad defeated the University of Portland on the road on Nov. 10 it was the first time in seven years the Bulldogs won two West Coast Conference road matches. The Zags also defeated the University of San Francisco on the road this season. In 2001 Gonzaga also defeated the Pilots and Dons on the road. The road win also marked the fourth 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 victory over the University of Portland on Nov. 10, the Gonzaga University women's volleyball team increased its sweeping victories to 10 this season. It is the first time since 1992 that the Bulldogs have swept 10 or more matches and only the fourth time in school history they have had 10 or more sweeps in a season.
17 VICTORIES: The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team won its 17th match of the season when it defeated the University of Portland on Nov. 10. The 17 wins are the most victories for the Zags since the 1994 campaign when GU closed out the season at 17-12.
A WINNING SEASON: The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team secured a winning season for the first time in 14 years. With two matches to play, the Bulldogs hold a 17-11 mark. The last time the Zags finished .500 or above was in 1994 when they finished with a 17-12 mark. The 2007 winning season will only be the sixth all-time: 1988 (17-14), 1989 (21-12), 1990 (25-7), 1992 (16-12), 1994 (17-12).
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 412 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 20 total blocks shy and 27 solo blocks shy of sweeping the Gonzaga University career blocking records. Mueller currently has 525 total career blocks to her credit and 110 solo blocks during her tenure.
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 Becky Jones is second in total attempts (4,033), fourth in kills (1,413) and sixth in digs (1,085), while classmate Alecia Douglas is third in digs (1,186) and seventh in service aces (105). Heather Dunn is also fourth in total assists (3,709).
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 310.
HEAD COACH Kip Yoshimura: Kip Yoshimura enters his sixth year as Gonzaga University's head coach. Yoshimura has compiled a 47-126 record during his first five plus years with the Bulldogs. A former assistant coach at Gonzaga during the 1992 season, Yoshimura has complied a 299-199 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)