Thursday, Nov. 10
Gonzaga at Santa Clara, 6 p.m.
Santa Clara, Calif. - Leavey Center
Live stats and video links available at GoZags.com
Series Record: Santa Clara leads the all-time series 43-6
What happened the first time around?:
GU lost 3-1 at the Martin Centre on Oct. 1
Saturday, Nov. 12
Gonzaga at San Francisco, 1 p.m.
San Francisco, Calif. - War Memorial Gym
Live stats and video links available at GoZags.com
Series Record: Saint Mary's leads the all-time series 27-23
What happened the first time around?:
GU lost 3-0 at the Martin Centre Sept. 29
THIS WEEK: The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team hits the road for two West Coast Conference matches. The Bulldogs, who are looking to snap a six-match losing skid, plays at Santa Clara University Thursday and at the University of San Francisco Saturday.
ABOUT THE SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY BRONCOS: The Santa Clara University women's volleyball team enters into its contest with Gonzaga University at 9-13 overall, 4-7 in the West Coast Conference. The Broncos are on a two-match losing skid, having dropped 3-0 decisions to BYU and then-No. 14 Pepperdine University. Santa Clara is led by Katherine Douglas who is averaging a team-best 3.07 kills per set, along with 2.26 digs per set. The setter position is split between two players; Alyssa Anderson, who is averaging 6.46 assists per set, and Alexandra Palmer who is averaging 6.04 assists per set. Bronco libero Bridget O'Hara is leading the team with 3.83 digs per set.
FIRST TIME AROUND VERSUS BRONCOS: Redshirt freshman Hannah Deede registered a career-high 14 kills and junior Mengya Wang collected a career-high 12 digs but it wasn't enough as the Gonzaga University women's volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision to Santa Clara University. The Bulldogs fell 22-25, 25-23, 23-25, 15-25. After dropping the first set to Santa Clara by three points it seemed Gonzaga gained the momentum with its two-point second set victory. The Bulldogs were definitely in the driver's seat in the third set, and held the late 23-21 advantage, but, like matches before, they couldn't close it out, allowing the Broncos to rattle off four-straight points to stunningly win 25-23.
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO DONS: The University of San Francisco currently holds a 13-12 overall mark and a 5-7 record in the West Coast Conference. After starting the conference season 4-1, the Dons have dropped six-straight; all 3-1 decisions. Vendula Strakova leads the team with 3.34 kills per set. Valentina Zaloznik is contributing 2.58 kills, and a team-best 1.04 blocks per set. USF libero Rebecca Kopilovitch is averaging 4.39 digs per set; second highest in the West Coast Conference. The Dons are coached by Gilard Doran in his fifth season at the helm.
FIRST TIME AROUND VERSUS DONS: The Gonzaga University women's volleyball dropped a 3-0 decision to University of San Francisco this first time around.. The Dons, who at that time entered into the match receiving votes in the latest AVCA Top 25 poll after sweeping then-No. 16 ranked University of San Diego one week prior, defeated the Bulldogs 25-16, 25-19, 25-19.
RECORD SETTING ATTENDANCE AGAINST BYU: A rowdy 1,197 fans were in attendance to cheer on the Gonzaga University women's volleyball team as it took on BYU, Oct. 17. The 1,197 fans in attendance is the highest attendance since at least 2004 (when computer records go back to). It is the second time since 2004 Gonzaga has cracked 1,000. The Bulldogs had 1,112 fans come out to see them play the University of Washington on Aug. 31, 2007.
HEAD COACH DAVE GANTT IN HIS THIRD SEASON: Gonzaga University women's volleyball head coach is his third season at the helm of the Zags. Gantt previously coached at Montana State University and Oregon State University. To check out Gantt's full bio please head to GoZags.com.
MORE TOTAL WINS THAN 2010: Gonzaga University women's volleyball currently holds a 7-17 overall mark. The seven wins are three more than the total amount of victories the Bulldogs finished with in 2010.
TWENTY SEVEN DIGS FOR DAY: Gonzaga University women's volleyball senior Laura Day, who began the season as an outside hitter for the Bulldogs, has since switched into the libero roll. A defensive specialist by nature, Day was all over the floor for the Zags in their tough 3-2 setback at Loyola Marymount University this past Saturday, finishing with a match and career-high 27 digs. The 27 digs are the ninth highest dig total in the West Coast Conference this season and is the highest output for a Bulldog this season. Day is currently averaging 2.89 digs per set, second best on the squad.
LEFTY DEEDE EXPLODES AGAINST SANTA CLARA: Redshirt freshman Hannah Deede registered a career-high 14 kills Gonzaga University 3-1 setback to Santa Clara University, Oct. 2. Deede, who had played sporadically while battling an injury this fall, played the full four-sets for Gonzaga. Coming into the match she had tallied three total kills on the year but exploded for 14 on 37 attempts, with just six errors, for a team-high .216 attacking clip. Her best set came in the Bulldogs 25-23 second set victory as she hammered down five kills on seven attempts.
CAREER HIGH DIGS FOR WANG: Gonzaga University women's volleyball junior Mengya Wang, the Bulldogs back up setter and defensive specialist, collected a career-high 12 digs in their 3-1 setback to Santa Clara University, Oct. 1. Wang was one of three Zags to break the double-digit dig barrier with her 12. Her defensive abilities were crucial in Gonzaga sticking with Santa Clara in the first set as she picked up six of the teams 18 digs.
CRENSHAW BLOCKS A TON: Redshirt sophomore Meredith Crenshaw turned into a blocking wall in Gonzaga University's 3-2 victory over Portland State University. Crenshaw finished the match with a career-high 13 blocks, including six block assists and two solo blocks over the crucial fourth and fifth sets. Her 13 blocks ranks tied for third in Gonzaga's all-time record book for single-match block total. She is tied with former Bulldog assistant coach Abby (Cullen) Bennett, who had 13 blocks against the University of Portland in 2002 and with Christine Kubista who also had 13 blocks. Kubista's came against Santa Clara University in 1995. On the season, Crenshaw is averaging a team-best 1.04 blocks per set which stands in seventh in the West Coast Conference. Crenshaw has registered double-figure blocks two other times this season; 10 vs. Loyola Marymount (9/22) and 11 versus Santa Clara University (10/1).
ALL-TOURNAMENT SELECTIONS THIS FALL:
VAN DE MORTEL GETS GREAT EXPERIENCE THIS SUMMER: Gonzaga University women's volleyball senior setter Denise Van de Mortel, the starting setter for three-years, has come into her own in the past year. After leading the Bulldogs in 2010 with 8.98 assists, 2.14 digs per set, along with a team-leading 19 service aces and 70 blocks, third highest on the team, she participated in the open tryouts for the U.S. Women's National A2 Program, being named an alternate, and spent time playing in China this past June.
GOODWIN RETURNS TO THE MIX AFTER SEASON ENDING INJURY IN 2010: Gonzaga University women's volleyball senior outside hitter Kaprina Goodwin returned to the action after an elbow injury cut her junior season short. She was averaging 2.07 kills per set last season before the injury occurred in the opening match of West Coast Conference play.
YAMAMOTO LONE NEWCOMER: Freshman defensive specialist Maggie Yamamoto is the sole freshman on the competitive roster this fall.
DISHIN' WITH DENI: Gonzaga University women's volleyball senior setter Denise Van de Mortel will be keeping fans up-to-date on everything women's volleyball throughout the 2011 season. Head to GoZags.com every Tuesday to check out her new blog to get the inside look into the Zags volleyball program!
BULLDOGS PICKED NINTH IN WCC COACHES PRESEASON POLL: The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team has been selected to finish ninth in the 2011 West Coast Conference season according to a preseason vote of the league's head coaches. The Bulldogs received eight votes in this year's poll after losing five players, including four starters off a team that went 4-27 and 1-13 in the conference a season ago.
Women's Volleyball 2011 Preseason Poll
1. Pepperdine - 62 (7); 2. Saint Mary's - 55 (1); 3. San Diego - 52 (1); 4. Santa Clara - 43; 5. Loyola Marymount - 35; 6. BYU - 31; T7. Portland - 19; T7. San Francisco - 19; 9. Gonzaga - 8
(First place votes)
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