Volleyball With Another Sweep in UNLV Classic
Las Vegas, Nev. - Fourth-year head coach Dave Gantt has the Gonzaga University volleyball team rolling.
The Zags picked up their second win in the UNLV Classic Saturday morning 3-0 (25-7, 25-19, 25-8) over Prairie View A&M University. It was the first time the two programs have ever faced each other. The Bulldogs are now 5-3 on the season and Prairie View A&M drops to 2-8.
The Bulldogs are winners of four consecutive sweeps dating back to last weekend with wins over UC Riverside, Eastern Washington University and this weekend versus Texas Southern University.
"I am very pleased that our level of play is consistent over our last four matches," Gantt explained. "I am even more pleased how much better we played today than yesterday. We are played better in regards to taking care of the ball when it is on our side of the net. We played our game with our system."
It was all Zags from the early moments of the match. After dropping the opening point, Gonzaga went on a 9-0 run followed by a 10-3 run to give the Bulldogs a 19-4 advantage. With six Bulldog blocks in the set, Gonzaga went one up on the Panthers
"This came from how well we did with our serve and pass," Gantt said. "Without out that, we do not have the number of aces or high attacking percentage that we did. This is the kind of sophistication we need going forward."
"All three of our setters did a nice job of getting the ball to our middles," Gantt said. "This is the kind of match that we want our middles to replicate for the rest of the season. If we can have efficiency like this in the middle, I like our chances against anyone we play."
Prairie View A&M came out determined in the second set and kept pace with the Bulldogs. Nonetheless, the Zags found its groove and escaped the set with a 25-19 win.
"We put more kids in the match earlier today than we did yesterday," Gantt said. "Everyone played and we got Kennedy Wesley a opportunity at libero and Terran Poindexter came off the bench in a new role for her. We gave up a few points early and played catch up, but we went on to take the set."
Senior Kylie Edinger recorded seven kills in that set, brining her match total to 14. Blinn also picked up two more aces, giving her a match total of 4 and a tournament total of 7.
"I think this was a career match for Kylie," Gantt said. "Her and Meredith together had a kill percentage of .750. Again, it is nice to have our middles this involved in the match when the outside hitters are not getting many balls."
The third set mirrored the first, where the Bulldogs jumped to a quick
lead and never looked back. Prairie View A&M took a timeout when they were
down 9-2 and again down 19-8, but Gonzaga was relentless down the stretch.
GU closed the match with a 6-0 run that the seniors were instrumental in. Edinger served match point and Poindexter made an athletic solo block to end the match.
"We are in a very good situation going into this evening," Gantt said. "We match up well with UNLV and look forward to the match."
Gonzaga finishes up at the UNLV Classic Saturday night when it face host UNLV at 5 p.m.