VB Falls to Ninth-ranked BYU
Nov. 9, 2017

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SPOKANE, Wash.--The Gonzaga University volleyball team hosted ninth-ranked BYU Saturday, falling to the Cougars in three sets (25-15, 25-13, 25-21) at the Martin Centre.

The third set was the closest of the match, seeing 10 tie scores and a pair of lead changes. Neither team took control of the set early as there was just one three-point lead through the first 38 points. Gonzaga earned a 68 percent sideout mark during the set, and they also added a match-high 18 digs. Five of freshman Chapin Gray's nine kills came in the third set, but it wasn't enough as BYU closed out the match 25-21.

Junior setter Faith Smith posted a double-double Thursday night, tallying 13 assists and 11 digs. It's her second consecutive double-double and ninth overall this year. Fellow junior Tiyana Hallums topped the squad with 12 digs, and Gray's nine kills paced the Zags offensively. Sophomore Payton Mack topped Gonzaga with a .357 attack percentage, pairing seven kills with two errors on 14 swings.

GU kept pace with the Cougars defensively, matching BYU at 42 digs. The Bulldogs entered Thursday fourth in the West Coast Conference in total digs and fifth in digs per set. BYU narrowly won the blocking contest 5.0 to 3.0; Mack was involved in two of Gonzaga's three blocks, stopping one by herself in the first set.

The Zags (13-13, 8-6 WCC) continue the tough homestand on Saturday, Nov. 11, by hosting No. 12 San Diego. That contest begins at 12:00 p.m., again inside the Martin Centre.


 

 

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