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Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics

Volleyball Falls To Santa Clara In Annual Dig Pink Match

Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics
          Release: 10/06/2012
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SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University women's volleyball lost in straight sets to Santa Clara University (25-10, 25-13, 25-17) Saturday in the Martin Centre.

"It was one of those matches that we did not compete at a level we should be at," fourth-year head coach Dave Gantt said. "We are going to work hard in practice this week and get this match behind us."

Gonzaga dropped to .500 on the year with a 9-9 overall record and 1-4 in West Coast Conference play. Santa Clara improved to 14-3 and 4-1 in the WCC.

The Bulldogs battled to a 9-9 tie in the first set before it slipped away. The Broncos would ride a 16-1 run for the remainder of the set to go up 1-0 on the Zags.

The second set was nearly as identical as the first. Tied once again at 9-9 the Broncos would go on a 16-4 run to win the set.

"We have to remind ourselves we are working with a very young team," Gantt stated. "With that said, we have to play more consistently and play at all level we know we can play at. We need to make sure the same intensity and performance shows up to every match."

The Zags third set was better than the first two. The Bulldogs battled with Santa Clara for the majority of the set but the Broncos high attack rate was too much for the Zag defense. The Broncos hit at a line of .655 to the Bulldogs .263.

Redshirt freshman Savannah Blinn finished her day with nine kills and freshman Deanna Nielson was second on the team with four kills. Blinn also recorded a service ace to add to her team high of 34 this season.

"It is time to get back into the gym and get to work," Gantt said. "We have talent and potential. We just need to continue to gain experience and improve."

Gonzaga players wore pink jerseys during the match as a part of the WCC's "Dig Pink" campaign. Every October, all WCC volleyball programs host a "Dig Pink" match to spread awareness about breast cancer.

The Zags hit the road next week as they face the University of San Diego Thursday at 7 p.m. and Saint Mary's College Saturday at 1 p.m.

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