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The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team lost to Boise State in its last match of the Northwest Challenge.
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Women's Volleyball Falls To Broncos; Ends Weekend 1-2

Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics
          Release: 08/25/2012
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SEATTLE, Wash. - In its last match in the Northwest Challenge, the Gonzaga University women's volleyball team fell 3-0 (15-25, 17-25, 20-25) to Boise State University Saturday night at Alaska Airlines Arena on the campus of the University of Washington. The Zags finish the tournament 1-2 with their lone win coming in the season-opening match against Portland State University Friday.

"You establish an average level of play for a week in the gym, come here Friday and play well then let down today," fourth year head coach Dave Gantt said. "Maybe it is to be expected with three freshmen and sometimes four on the court a lot, but the disappointing part that it was not always the freshman making the errors."

Earlier in the day the Bulldogs lost to the University of Washington in three sets in a match the Zags struggled with consistency offensively. The trend continued against the Broncos as Gonzaga made 16 hitting errors throughout the match. However, the Bulldogs did out block Boise State 13-8.

"There are traps we have to avoid," Gantt said. "This is something that continues to be an Achilles heel for us, variance in play over time is too great to overcome." 

Gonzaga did battle through the third set with junior Meredith Crenshaw leading the fight. The middle blocker finished the set with a kill and three blocks, but it was not enough catch the Broncos.

"There a few lessons the team can take away from the weekend," Gantt reflected. "We have to compete every point, we cannot wait for the other team to make errors, and on Monday we will get back in the gym and get ready for Friday."

Other notable performances for Gonzaga were senior setter Mengya Wang and freshman Lauren Joseph each picking up 10 assists.

Redshirt freshman Savannah Blinn was named to the Northwest Challenge All-Tournament team. She closed out the tournament with 31 kills, 11 digs and nine blocks.

Boise State picked up their first win of the season and finishes the tournament with the same record as the Zags.

"It is time to use this experience to get us ready for what is next," Gantt said.

Gonzaga will be back in action this coming weekend when it hosts the Gonzaga Tournament featuring South Dakota State University, UC Riverside and Eastern Washington University. The Bulldogs play South Dakota State Friday in their first-home match of the season. The match is set for 6 p.m.

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