Nov. 17, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Friday night was senior night for the Washington State Cougar volleyball team and it was the unfortunate injury to senior co-captain Kelly Rosin that opened the door for the Arizona Wildcats to take a 24-30, 30-22, 30-14, 31-29 win before 870 fans at Bohler Gym.
WSU moved to a 15-15 overall record, 3-13 in the Pac-10 while Arizona improved its record to 4-13 in the conference, 13-16 overall. The Wildcats were without head coach Dave Rubio who was in Tucson with his family after his wife gave birth to twins Friday night.
Arizona had five players in double-digit kills with Dominique Lamb nailing 18 and Randy Goodenough landing 16. Stephanie Butkus had 64 assists and combined with Katie Jackels for 27 digs. Brooke Buringrud and Jacy Norton each had three blocks. Alanna Resch led the match with four service aces.
Tara West led the Cougars with a career-high 18 kills, a .517 hitting percentage and a match-high six blocks. Brittany Johnson added 14 kills while Corina Beyer had 48 assists and two aces, and Kelly Hyder had 17 digs. Rosin left the game in the first half of the first game with an ankle injury that required crutches and did not return to action.
"Just like last night, in game one I felt our team came out and was very aggressive, we played well together and continued playing well in game two," Cougar Head Coach Brian Heffernan said. "Then we served out of rotation and at that moment in time, I felt that we let things that were beyond our control really started to be a distraction for us. I saw our passing decrease and we got a little more tentative from the service line which allowed Arizona's offense to get in rhythm and they have some big, physical athletes over there. So if we are going to compete with them right now, we have to be able to serve the ball tough. We were just very out of sync and not playing well together, especially in game three. Fortunately we came back and showed a little bit of mental strength by coming out and playing with the lineup we had on the floor."
WSU will end the season with a pair of matches at California and Stanford next weekend.
Arizona (13-16, 4-13) def. Washington State (15-15, 3-13) 24-30, 30-22, 30-14, 31-29 KILLS - UA 72 (Lamb 18), WSU 57 (West 18) HITTING PERCENTAGE - UA .323, WSU .228 ASSISTS - UA 69 (Butkus 64), WSU 50 (Beyer 48) DIGS - UA 53 (Jackels 14), WSU 50 (Hyder 17) BLOCKS - UA 9 (Norton 3, Buringrud 3), WSU 7 (West 7) SERVICE ACES - UA 10 (Resch 4), WSU 4 (Beyer 2) Attendance: 870.