Oct. 23, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State University volleyball team won its four consecutive match in a two-week, four match home stand when the Cougars swept Oregon State 15-9, 15-8, 15-13 before a crowd of 899 Saturday night at Beasley Coliseum.
WSU moves to 11-8 overall, 5-6 in conference play while Oregon State drops to 8-11 overall, 2-9 in Pac-10 contests.
Cougar freshman Chelsie Schafer, in her first appearance as a starter, led all hitters with 11 kills while Joy Sperry was the sole player in double-figure digs with 13. Melissa Wright had 32 assists while Kristen Johnson and Holly Harris each had three blocks.
Angie Shirley led the Beavers with nine kills, Sanna Jensen had eight digs and Michele Solomon added eight blocks. Oregon State was playing without the services of junior setter Brandi Bonnarens who dislocated her knee Friday night in the Beavers' 3-1 loss at Washington. OSU out-blocked WSU 11 to 6 but both teams were unspectacular offensively with WSU hitting .139 and Oregon State a mere .063.
Washington State ran an 8-1 lead to a 15-9 first-game win as the Beavers hit only .158 while adapting to freshman setter Megan Mosness.
The Cougars dominated the second game for the WSU 15-8 win.
WSU overcame a 5-0 Oregon State lead in the third, taking a 7-6 lead on Wright's setter dink. OSU capitalized on the Cougar mistakes at the net and scored seven straight points to go ahead 13-10. A kill by Adrian Hankoff and a called lift by the Beavers put WSU back in the hunt at 12-13.
A Johnson and Harris block tied it at 13, followed by Johnson's deep kill to put WSU at game point. OSU's Sara Bjeldanes attack error gave WSU the game and match-winning point.
"Chelsie played a really nice game tonight," Cougar coach Cindy Fredrick said. "She deserved the starting spot. She's been getting the kills and putting the numbers up."
Schafer hit .556 in WSU's 3-0 sweep of Oregon and tagged a .375 hitting percentage against OSU.
WSU travels to Los Angeles to meet #6 UCLA, Friday, Oct. 29, at Pauley Pavilion, and #17 USC Saturday, Oct. 30, at North Gym.
Washington State (11-8, 5-6 Pac-10) d. Oregon State (8-11, 2-9 Pac-10) 3-0
Game scores: 15-9, 15-8, 15-13
KILLS: Schafer (WSU) 11, Shirley (OSU) 9.
ASSISTS: Wright (WSU) 32, Mosness (OSU) 21. DIGS: Sperry (WSU) 13, Jensen (OSU) 8.
BLOCKS: Johnson (WSU) 3, H. Harris (WSU) 3, Solomon (OSU) 8.
SERVICE ACES: Schafer (WSU) 3, Papell (OSU) 1, Jensen (OSU) 1. Attendance: 899.