April 10, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Washington State University volleyball team split three matches and won its fourth at the Portland Nike Spring Invitational April 8, at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.
In the second tournament of the spring exhibition season, WSU split with Oregon 30-25, 25-30, split with Idaho 30-20, 28-30, and split with Montana 30-19, 21-30. The Cougars won both games against Portland 30-21 and 30-19.
Junior outside hitters Kelly Rosin and Adetokunbo Faleti led the team offensively at the tournament. Rosin had 27 kills on 60 attacks for a .276 hitting percentage playing the rightside while Faleti added 25 kills with only four errors on the day for a .375 hitting percentage.
"Kelly Rosin has great range and the ability to terminate from the rightside. Both of our setters need to get the ball to Kelly more often," WSU Head Coach Brian Heffernan said. "When we are in system, Tokunbo is very difficult to stop."
Sophomore Maureen Perez and freshman Corina Beyer shared time as the WSU setter.
"Corina Beyer took a step toward establishing herself as our starting setter by directing our offense to a .310 hitting efficiency in the games she set," Heffernan said. "Our team again showed improvements within our offensive system. We still have lots of work to do but our hitters and setters were more effective in transition than we saw in our home tournament two weeks ago."
This spring the Cougars have been working on picking up the offensive tempo and running a faster offense requires pin-point passing.
"We have some very skilled passers and very high expectations of our team serve-receive. Saturday our team serve-receive was streaky and it cost us runs of points," Heffernan said.
"We saw lots of great stuff in each of our first games but our staff is concerned with the lack of ability to maintain consistency over the duration of a match," Heffernan said. "We need to learn to play focused regardless of our opponent or how we are feeling individually and this must be fixed before we can become a consistently competitive team."
"In order to become a more consistent team we need to expand our ability to perform at a high level over longer and longer periods of time," Heffernan said. "Right now we perform well in a single game or part of a game but to win matches we must be able to perform well and maintain our focus over five games."
The WSU volleyball team travels to the BYU spring tournament this Saturday, April 15, at Provo, Utah.