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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 09/10/1999
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Sept. 10, 1999

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Washington State gift wrapped three services errors the first three times it served Friday night against No. 17 Texas A&M. It was foreshadowing of things to come.

The Cougars finished with 13 service errors, 28 attack errors and six ball handling errors as the Aggies swept WSU 15-6, 15-12, 15-6 in the opening game of the Jones Intercable Invitational Friday night at The Pit in Albuquerque, N.M. The loss dropped the Cougars to 4-1 on the season, while Texas A&M improved to 5-1.

"I think the thing that really let us down was our passing," said WSU coach Cindy Fredrick. "It's hard to get any offense going when you're not passing well. We're much better at passing the ball than we showed tonight."

Junior Missy Blackshire (Spokane, Wash.) led WSU with 11 kills, while senior Joy Sperry (Wallace, Idaho) and freshman LaToya Harris (Portland, Ore.) each added 10. As a team WSU hit just .124, while the Aggies hit a .208 clip. Texas A&M also out-blocked WSU 21-6.

"Texas A&M is a good team," Fredrick said. "We left a lot of holes in our blocking and they took advantage of it. They are a veteran team and they mixed things up a lot."

Senior Amber Woosley led the Aggie attack with 13 kills, while seniors Summer Strickland and Lauri Leahy each added 10.

Both teams were credited with an unusually high number of digs for a three-game match. WSU set a season high with 77 digs, while Texas A&M had 91. The Cougars were led by Harris' career-high 18, followed by Sperry with 17 and freshman Kortney Jamtaas (Orinda, Calif.), who tied a career high with 10.

WSU held a short-lived 2-0 lead in the opening game, but the Aggies rolled off five consecutive points to take control. The Cougars closed to 6-5, but scored just one more point the remainder of the game.

In game two, the Cougars' best game of the night, WSU rallied from a 7-1 deficit to tie the game at 12-12. But following a time out, the Aggies served out to win the match. Game three was all Texas A&M as the Aggies jumped out to a 10-3 lead and cruised to a 15-6 match-clinching win.

"I'm pleased with the way we came back in the second game," Fredrick said. "I think with a little better serving and a little better passing, we could have tied the match at 1-1."

WSU looks to avenge NCAA Tournament losses to New Mexico in 1991 and 1994 when the Cougars take on the host Lobos Saturday afternoon at 11 a.m. WSU will conclude the tournament with a match versus No. 23 Colorado Saturday night at 5 p.m.

1999 Jones Intercable Invitational The Pit, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M.

No. 17 Texas A&M (5-1) d. Washington State (4-1) 3-0 Game scores: 15-6, 15-12, 15-6

STATISTICS: KILLS: Woosley (TEXAS A&M) 13, Leahy (TEXAS A&M) 10, Leahy (TEXAS A&M) 10, Blackshire (WSU) 11, Harris (WSU) 10, Sperry (WSU) 10. ASSISTS: Moscovic (TEXAS A&M) 35, Wright (WSU) 32. DIGS: Gibson (TEXAS A&M) 21, Cole (TEXAS A&M) 16, Strickland (TEXAS A&M) 16, Harris (WSU) 18, Sperry (WSU) 17, Jamtaas (WSU) 10. BLOCKS: Strickland (TEXAS A&M) 8, Leahy (TEXAS A&M) 7, Harris (WSU) 2, Kightlinger (WSU) 2. SERVICE ACES: Leahy (TEXAS A&M) 1, Gibson (TEXAS A&M) 1, Blackshire (WSU) 1, Harris (WSU) 1. Attendance: TBA.

-WSU-

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