Women's Volleyball Drops Five-Set Heartbreaker To Portland
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team couldn't pull out another 5-set victory over the University of Portland. Having come-from-behind to grab a 3-2 win over the Pilots Oct. 13, Portland earned revenge this time around, handing the Bulldogs a 3-2 (25-13, 18-25, 25-22, 22-25, 15-20) loss Saturday afternoon at the Chiles Center.
Gonzaga (7-13, 1-8 WCC) jumped out on top in the fifth and deciding set 2-0, but with the score tied at 4-4, Portland (8-14, 2-7 WCC) rattled off six-straight points to take the insurmountable 10-4 advantage. Two of the six points came on miss-hits by Gonzaga, while another was a service error by the Bulldogs.
GU was able to starve off match point twice and got within four at 14-10 but UP's Ariel Usher hammered home the winning kill.
Gonzaga closed out the match with 60 kills, 19 errors on 153 total attempts for a respectable .268 hitting percentage. Junior Terran Poindexter was one of four players to finish with double-figure kills; tallying a match-high 16. Redshirt sophomore Meredith Crenshaw added 15, while junior Kylie Edinger and senior Kaprina Goodwin each chipped in 11.
The trio of Poindexter, Edinger and Crenshaw were also tough above the net defensively for the Bulldogs. Poindexter and Edinger each finished with two solo blocks and combined for another, while Crenshaw tallied three block assists.
The Pilots finished with 70 kills, 22 errors on 142 attempts for a .338 attacking clip.
Like Gonzaga, Portland also had four players close out the match in double-digit kills. Autumn Wedan led the charge with 15, while Kati Hronek and Rachel Femling added 14 and 12, respectively.
The Pilots held the 58-45 edge in digs and had the 9-5 advantage in service aces.
Gonzaga looks to break its two-match losing skid when it travels to California to play both Pepperdine University and Loyola Marymount University. The Bulldogs match-up with the Waves on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. and face-off against the Lions on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 1 p.m.