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Gonzaga shares second place nationally with its student-athletes graduating at a 99 percent rate, according the latest NCAA figures. Harvard achieved 100 percent Graduation Success Rate (GSR). The Zags shared second with Columbia, Dartmouth, Evansville, Loyola-Chicago and Yale.
Gonzaga shares second place nationally with its student-athletes graduating at a 99 percent rate, according the latest NCAA figures. Harvard achieved 100 percent Graduation Success Rate (GSR). The Zags shared second with Columbia, Dartmouth, Evansville, Loyola-Chicago and Yale.

Gonzaga’s Sophie Whittle takes point-by-point approach to becoming Bulldogs’ first ITA national champion

Heading into the ITS/Riviera All-American Championships last week, Sophie Whittle had three possible game plans. Plan A: Play to her strengths and force her game on her opponents. Plan B: Figure out her competitors’ weaknesses and use them to her advantage. Plan C: Just put the ball back in play and ride it out. While the game plan was decided upon on a point-by-point basis, there was one plan than had to come to fruition: Whittle, a self-declared bad loser, had to win.
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Area roundup: Gonzaga volleyball holds on to edge San Francisco 3-2

Jenna Kuehn had 12 kills and 11 digs and Faith Smith dished out a team-high 34 assists to lead the Gonzaga Bulldogs (9-7, 4-0) to a 3-2 win over the San Fancisco Dons (3-15, 0-4) in five sets (13-25, 16-25, 25-21, 25-16 15-5) in a West Coast Conference match in San Francisco.

Area roundup: Gonzaga volleyball edged by Montana State

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 26, 2017, 9:42 p.m.

Kaylie Loewen had a career-high 20 kills and Jenna Kuehn added 29 assists, but Gonzaga (0-3) was edged by Montana State (1-2) in a five-set decision (21-25, 25-17, 25-19, 24-26, 15-9) in the Montana State Bobcat Classic in Bozeman on Saturday. The Zags rallied for the final two points in the fourth game, both on kills by Loewen, to force the deciding fifth game.

Washington State volleyball building off 2016 success

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 24, 2017, 8:43 p.m.

Success didn’t come overnight for the Washington State University volleyball program. It’s been a slow, steady build under coach Jen Greeny that resulted in 2016’s breakout season. The goal this season is to show staying power in the nation’s toughest conference, and early indications are encouraging.