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Pair Of Ranked WCC foes On Tap For Volleyball

Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics
          Release: 11/12/2013
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SPOKANE, Wash. — Only four matches remain for the Gonzaga University women’s volleyball team as the squad prepares for its toughest road trip of the season.

The Bulldogs (11-12, 7-7 WCC) will look to even its overall record and climb the West Conference standings with matches against No. 24 BYU and No. 8 San Diego.

Much like the first time Gonzaga faced BYU and San Diego, the club is riding a three match win streak. The Zags will try to avoid the same fate like the first time around, as both BYU and USD swept the Bulldogs.

GU will look to feature its sophomore outside hitter Savannah Blinn who has been electrifying lately. A two time WCC Player of the Week, Blinn averages 3.98 kills per set and has attacked at an impressive .333 line.

Seniors Meredith Crenshaw and Kristina Lavrisha will lead the squad down the stretch. Crenshaw is second on the team with 170 kills and Lavrisha can do it all (109 kills, 158 digs). 

Thursdays match in Provo will be featured on BYUtv and is slated for a 6 p.m. (PT) start. Saturday the Bulldogs and Toreros face off at noon in the Jenny Craig Pavilion.


 SCOUTING THE COUGARS:

BYU has had its way in the WCC this season with an impressive 13-2 mark. The Cougars dropped its most recent match at Santa Clara 3-1. However in its first match against the Zags, BYU swept. Hannah Robinson had a match best 12 kills and seven blocks. The BYU size was too much as the Bulldogs attack was held to just .041. Since joining the WCC, the Cougars own a 4-1 record against Gonzaga, the only loss coming in Provo 2011.  

SCOUTING THE TOREROS:

San Diego enters the week riding a 12 match winning streak. Seven of the 12 have come in straight set sweeps. USD features two time WCC Player of the Month and three time WCC Player of the Week Chloe Ferrari. Ferrari has a team-best 274 kills (3.11 kps) at a .447 stripe and 80 blocks. San Diego swept the Bulldogs in Spokane. Ferrari had a match high 14 kills and Sandra Lozic added 11. USD has taken every match from the Zags dating back to the 1994 season.

TIME CHANGE:

The starting time of the Gonzaga University volleyball match on Nov. 21 against Saint Mary’s College has been pushed back due to a men’s basketball game. Originally slated for a 6 p.m. start, the match will begin at 9 p.m. in the Martin Centre.

GETTING THE MOST OF THE SENIORS:

Seniors Meredith Crenshaw and Kristina Lavrisha have played major roles for the Gonzaga women’s volleyball team this year. Crenshaw has proven to be a vital offense weapon with her 170 kills on the season while providing stiff defense at the net (74 blocks). Lavrisha has been the glue to the Bulldogs with her consistency each match. Her 109 kills, 158 digs, and 19 service aces has carried the young Zags team. With four matches remaining, the two will continue to leave a large mark their senior campaigns. 

SAVANNAH BLINN TURNING HEADS:

A year ago redshirt sophomore Savannah Blinn was named to the All-WCC Freshman team. This year, she is on pace to make the All-WCC team with her impressive offensive numbers. With five matches remaining, Blinn has 354 kills (3.98 kps), a .333 attack percentage, 47 blocks (seven solo, 0.53 bps) and eight service aces. For her tremendous efforts, she has been named WCC Volleyball Player of the Week twice.

TRIPLE THREAT:

All season long Gonzaga University women’s volleyball seniors will be blogging about everything Bulldogs volleyball. Check GoZags.com for updates written by Meredith Crenshaw, Kristina Lavrisha and Kennedy Wesley! Go Zags!

SOCIALLY SAVY BULLDOGS:

Want more on the Gonzaga University women’s volleyball team? Follow the club on twitter @ZagsVball, facebook.com/ZagsVball and instagram @ZagsVball. Get to know the 2013 with behind the scenes photos and videos! Go Zags!

A SEASON TO REMEMBER:

The Gonzaga University women’s volleyball team is having its best season under fifth-year head coach Dave Gantt. At 11-12 overall and 7-7 in West Coast Conference matches, the Zags have set team-bests for the Gantt era. The 11 wins tops Gantt’s rookie season of 10 in 2009. The seven league wins bests his five in 2009.

Historically speaking, the 11 wins are most since the Bulldogs went 17-13 in 2007. The seven WCC victories are the most since the 1994 team went 10-4. Gonzaga has four matches remaining in the season with half being home contests.

ZAGS AMONGST CONFERENCE LEADERS:

The Gonzaga University volleyball team finds a number of its student-athletes amongst the best in the conference. The following is where some Bulldogs fall in a number of categories:

 

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