Tough Night Offensively Hands VB Loss in Stockton
Nov. 16, 2017
SPOKANE, Wash.--In a battle of third-place teams, the Gonzaga volleyball squad fell to Pacific in three sets (25-19, 25-14, 25-17) Thursday night at the Alex G. Spanos Center.
With the loss, the Zags dropped to 8-8 in West Coast Conference play and fell out of the league's top three for the first time this season. They saw their conference record leveled after a tough night on offense. Sarah Penner led the team with seven kills, and Payton Mack's .214 attack percentage was the highest on the squad. Jenna Kuehn dished out 18 assists - the sophomore's highest tally since Oct. 21 - while adding eight digs, narrowly missing on her 14th double-double of the season.
Junior libero Tiyana Hallums, meanwhile, saw 10 digs throughout the match. She's reached that standard in 14 of 16 conference matches this season.
The Bulldogs did out-block Pacific 6.0-3.0 as Mack, Penner, and Kaylie Loewen assisted three blocks apiece. Three of Gonzaga's stuffs came in the first set, helping the visitors to a 12-16 set lead. The Tigers rallied for the set victory, however, and went on to complete the match sweep.
"Our ability to grit through the tough stuff is being tested," said Gonzaga head coach Diane Nelson. "I believe we are growing through this."
The Bulldogs (13-15 overall) will close out the 2017 road slate on Saturday, Nov. 18 at Saint Mary's. That contest will begin at 1:00 p.m. in Moraga, Calif. Gonzaga downed the Gaels in five sets to open WCC play in September.
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